Smooth Jazz And Internet – AbyssJazz

ABYSSJazz Magazine is an open forum where music lovers meet, greet, and talk jazz.

Music speaks in the dialect of rhythms, tones, and harmonies. This language has no barriers. Through music we blend the words and/or melodies of our heart songs with compositions as we listen. We then become a part of the music. A conversation between the artist and the listener ensues as a result of this interaction. I believe that the ability to have this conversation is the primary reason we who are jazz, R&B, and Soul enthusiasts are loyal to these genres of music.

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Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Pines Theater at Look Park

The Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park, commonly referred to as Look Park, is a park in Florence, Massachusetts in Hampshire Country. The park is open year round.

Look Park, consisting of over one hundred & fifty acres, was gift to the City of Northampton from Mrs. Fannie Burr Look, wife of Frank Newhall Look. She provided the land, funds for its development and a trust fund for its upkeep. Additionally, operation and maintenance funds are dependent upon visitor fees, grants, and gifts. The park receives no funding from the city or state. The park was made open to the public in 1930. The Park is a city-owned park and is administered as a non-profit organization.

The Pines Theater is an outdoor amphitheater located within the park. The stage is built out of Goshen stone, along with the entryway and sound towers. The theater holds the annual “Transperformance” concert, a music festival hosted by The Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of the Northampton Public Schools. Famous artists to perform at the venue include Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Smooth Jazz fans will attend the 2012 Cancer Crushing Jazz Fest featuring artists such as Chieli Minucci, Eric Leone, Jeff Golub Band, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Karen Briggs, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliott, Vincent Ingala.

Pines Theater at Look Park, Northampton, Massachusetts

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Crockett Park

Crockett Park is bisected by Main Avenue and is often called either Crockett Square or the “Twin Parks.” It was established as a public square in 1875 after the city of San Antonio settled a lawsuit over ownership of the tract of land from which this park was developed. By 1877, street cars were taking people to the neighboring San Pedro Springs Park and this caused a real estate growth around Crockett Park.

By 1883, City Council agreed to clear brush and mark the streets then running through the park. In 1911, sidewalks were constructed around the park’s perimeter, and in 1914, walkways were installed in both squares of the park. The formal plans for this renovation also called for walkways radiating from a central, circular sidewalk to the corners of the larger square.

Later, in the 1980s, picnic tables, trees, and a playscape were added; and again, in 1994, new sidewalks, lighting and drinking fountains were part of a Bond issue that help to improve the park. It is in the central circular sidewalk design that the present Crockett Park gazebo now stands . The park has picnic tables and grills, children’s playground equipment, drinking fountains, and a gazebo. The gazebo is a gift to the people of San Antonio in the memory of Carla L. Trott.

The address of Crockett Park is 1300 N. Main, San Antonio, TX 78212 and has been the site of the San Antonio Jazz Festival for many years since the Jazz Festival’s beginnings in 1993. The whole park is set up with music stages, speakers and booths to promote Jazz and to fund-raise support for various private charitable organizations in town. However, the parking is limited to street parking and there are no restrooms available at the park .

Smooth Jazz And Printed Medium – Saxophone Journal

Every other month Saxophone Journal brings you the kind of technical information and news you need to improve your playing. Each issue now contains a saxophone play-along or masterclass compact disc, as well as, regular columns on jazz improvisation, playing techniques, tips on doubling, career management, new publications, writing for saxophones, teaching techniques, saxophone repair, vintage saxophones revisited, the saxophone mouthpiece, reviews of new recordings, coming artist performances, new product announcements, classical repertoire, and more!

Add to this the feature front cover interviews with leading jazz, pop, and classical artists, transcribed jazz solos, sheet music, and you have a private lesson in every issue! Saxophone Journal is the only magazine of its kind in the world. Regular contributing writers include such leading international performers, teachers, composers, historians, collectors, clinicians, educators, and instrument repair specialists as: Andrew Clark, Jay Easton, Thomas Erdmann, Gunnar Mossblad, Skip Spratt, Susan Fancher, David Demsey, David Gibson, Emilio Lyons, Steve Mauk, David Pope, Greg Banaszak, Billy Kerr, Frank Bongiorno, Paul Wagner, Greg Fishman, David Camwell, Steve Goodson, and frequent guest writers!

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Guasti Regional Park

Located in Ontario, CA where business and culture meet, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park provides 150 acres of outdoor recreation activities in an urban setting. There is a park fee, which varies according to age or Holiday.

Enjoy a wide range of activities including two lakes for fishing, a swim complex with water slides, zero depth water play park, picnic tables and group picnic shelters for corporate events, large parties and family reunions.

This is the place of the Ultimate Jazz Festival. Saturday, August 4th, 2012, from 12am until 9pm (gates open at 11am)
Joey Sommerville, Gregg Karukas, and more! Sunday, August 5th, 2012 from 12am until 7pm (gates open at 11am)
Paul Taylor, Tim Bowman, Kevin Toney, Sugarfoots Ohio Players, and more!

Guasti Regional Park, 800 N Archibald Ave, Ontario, California 91764

Smooth Jazz And Books – Smooth Jazz

Easy arrangements of 18 terrific songs by such primary proponents of the smooth jazz genre as Fourplay, Chuck Mangione, Kenny G, Grover Washington, Jr., Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, The Rippingtons, and others. Includes: Bali Run * Just the Two of Us * Morning Dance * She Likes to Watch * Songbird * This Masquerade * We’re in This Love Together * more.

Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.

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Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Estes Park

Estes Park is a town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859.

Take in the beauty of Estes Park, the art in numerous galleries and listen to the sounds of jazz. Estes Park’s free 22nd annual Jazz Fest/Art Walk weekend kicks of the season in style Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20.

Performance Park, 417 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517



Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Naperville Community Concert Center


The Naperville Community Concert Center is city-owned facility located in the heart of downtown’s Central Park at 104 E. Benton Avenue. While the Concert Center is a year-round home to the Naperville Municipal Band and Young Naperville Singers, it is also available for use by Naperville-based groups.

The Concert Center is designed to accommodate performing arts groups and boasts a large performance stage, acoustic equipment, rehearsal and meeting space and dressing rooms.

The Naperville Jazz Festival will take place at the Naperville Community Concert Center located in Central Park in downtown Naperville, June 16, 2012. Smooth Jazz fans will appreciate the concert of Mindi Abair and Friends, Featuring David Pack and Jeff Golub.

Naperville Community Concert Center, 104 E Benton Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540



Candy Dulfer – Candy Sax

Candy Dulfer has been on the fast track since she first picked up the saxophone in 1975 at the tender age of six. Thirty years later, the ride has yet to slow down.

Born in Holland in 1969, Dulfer was raised in a musical family. Her father, Hans Dulfer, was a well-known Dutch saxophonist who founded the Bimhaus, the famous jazz club that was originally subsidized by the government as a means to promote the arts. Ironically, Hans was ousted from the original organization for embracing styles outside the strict confines of traditional jazz. Seeing her father ostracized from the very same jazz community that he’d helped establish had a profound effect on young Candy.

“Back then, even as a young girl, I felt betrayed by the Dutch jazz scene,” she recalls. “I decided that I was going to do things my own way. I decided I would play R&B, pop, and whatever else moved me, and then decide later on where all the jazz that I had heard as a child would fit into what I was doing. I really never played straightahead gigs. I thought it was very purist and confining.”

By 14, she had assembled her own band, Funky Stuff (the name alone should offer some clue to her rebellion against the stifling parameters of traditional jazz). The musical unit was still intact five years later when she recorded Saxuality, her solo debut album, in 1988. Released in 1990, Saxuality sold more than a million copies worldwide and scored a GRAMMY nomination. The massive success of the album prompted world touring for Dulfer and Funky Stuff beginning in the early ’90s. More than 15 years and ten solo albums later – not to mention numerous guest appearances on albums by other artists – the globe-trotting itinerary has yet to stop.

Along the way, Dulfer has made scores of friends in high places. She appeared in Prince’s “Partyman” video in 1990, and played with him on the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack released that same year. She has toured with him frequently since the late ’90s, most recently on his Musicology tour in 2004. She also played on his 2006 release, 3121.

Other collaborative partners over the years have included Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Maceo Parker, Van Morrison, David Sanborn, Beyonce, Pink Floyd, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Blondie, Joey DeFrancesco and many others. Clearly, this is an artist who will not be hampered by the typical constraints of one genre or style over another.

“I think one of the reasons why my career has gone so well, and continues to go well after all these years,” says Dulfer, “is because I make this really strange mix of all the music I grew up with, even if it doesn’t always make sense. I’m not afraid to put jazz and R&B and house music into what I’m doing. For some people, this sounds crazy, but most people just like it.”

Dulfer brings this melting-pot approach to Candy Store, her debut on Heads Up International. The album is a churning confection of R&B, pop, funk, hip-hop, Latin and more – an all-inclusive formula that’s consistent with her career-long philosophy of weaving a diversity of styles to craft high-energy, positive music.

“Aside from my father, I was one of the first musicians in Holland to really just go for it and say, ‘Whatever,'” says Dulfer. “I’ll never play the American forms of music as well as the Americans, because they invented it. But what I can do is take it and combine it with what I know from my own culture and my own background, and then make the music that I think would be the most fun.”

Candy Dulfer published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Wine – South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

Prepare to experience luxury uncorked. In the heart of Southern California’s Temecula Wine Country, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa is conveniently located about an hour’s drive from San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles. Come and discover our unique resort and working winery, reflecting owner Jim Carter’s vision.

Rolling vineyards, private villas, vibrant dining, lush spa, exclusive tastings. The glass is definitely more than half-full at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa.  This Temecula Valley, California, destination combines working winery with luxurious sanctuary, adding a new dimension to an increasingly popular wine country. The intimate resort offers Southern California residents a very drivable getaway. It’s also easily accessible from the San Diego, Los Angeles and Ontario airports and central to the region’s many attractions.

And the guest experience here? Peaceful walks through the vines, winery tours and tastings, gourmet food paired with award-winning wines, vineyard views from a villa terrace with the highest standards of service. A slightly romanticized version of the vintner lifestyle. Just the way founder/proprietor Jim Carter originally pictured it.

On Sunday, June 17, 2012  South Coast Winery Rhythm On The Vine presents TIZER featuring Chieli Minucci & Karen Briggs.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Tarrytown Music Hall

The historic 843-seat Music Hall, erected in 1885 by chocolate manufacturer William Wallace, is the oldest theater in Westchester County and one of only 6% of theaters in the United States built before 1900. 2010 marks the Music Hall’s 125th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of its rescue from the wrecking ball.

The Music Hall was built during Tarrytown’s “Millionaire’s Colony” era. Notable Tarrytown residents such as the Goulds, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts were patrons of the Music Hall, participating in its elaborate flowers shows, balls, and entertainment. Designed by distinguished architects Theodore DeLemos and August Cordes who also built New York City’s Grand Central Palace and the Macy’s building at Herald Square, the Music Hall’s facade is considered to be one of the finest examples of Queen Anne decorative brickwork in the county. The Music Hall was one of the first theaters to show silent films in 1901 and was the venue for several national causes, including women’s suffrage in 1915. Antonin Dvorak, Rafael Jossefy, Mae West, and Woodrow Wilson are among the first performers and speakers to grace the Music Hall stage.

Concert goers have always been treated to a wonderful experience at the Music Hall due to its excellent acoustics. Notable artists and groups who have performed and/or recorded in the Music Hall since 1980 include Joan Baez, Lewis Black, Chris Botti, David Bromberg, Dave Brubeck, The Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Savion Glover & TiDii, Nanci Griffith, Lionel Hampton, The Hubbard Street Dance Co., Kim Hunter, Joe Jackson, Lyle Lovett, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tito Puente, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Regan, Chita Rivera, Sonny Rollins, Lea Salonga, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Tesh, Richard Thompson, Gwen Verdon, Rufus Wainwright, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, and Dan Zanes to name just a few.

Smooth Jazz fans will notate  Friday, June 1, 2012, when Fourplay will give their concert in this Music Hall.

Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St, Tarrytown, New York 10591


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Port Arthur

Port Arthur is located 90 miles east of Houston on the gulf coast of Texas. Port Arthur is the namesake of Arthur E. Stilwell who platted the 1895. He envisioned Port Arthur as a resort, as a port City and as the terminus of the railroad he would eventually build linking Port Arthur to Kansas City.

John W. “Bet-A-Million” Gates, gained control of the Stilwell interest and built a rice mill in Port Arthur in 1900. He spent $1.4 million to dredge the Port Arthur ship canal then ceded it to the federal government for one dollar. This transaction was completed by Congress’ designation of Port Arthur as a port of entry, and by 1914 it ranked as the twelfth largest port in the United States and the second largest refining port.

Today Port Arthur is the home of three major refineries and still the important terminus of the Kansas City Southern railroad. The town of a mere one thousand souls in 1900, has grown to almost 60,000 with a diversifying economy to sustain Port Arthur’s growth into the twenty-first century.

Port Arthur welcomes you to the Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival on Friday, June 08 and Saturday, June 09, 2012 – 5:45 pm at the downtown Procter Street Pavilion. Althea Rene, Kyle Turner & Michael Ward will entertain the smooth jazz fans.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Cranes Roost Park

Cranes Roost Park is at the heart of Uptown Altamonte surrounding Cranes Roost Lake. The lake is encircled by one mile of continuous walkway with benches and covered seating areas. Within the 45-acre park is a European-style Plaza which includes a choreographed fountain show and a 62’ picturesque tower as well as the Eddie Rose Amphitheater with stadium-style seating and a one-of-a-kind floating stage.

Residents and visitors will note the cobblestone-style pathways, ionic columns, gathering areas with seating, themed lighting fixtures all ready for leisurely strolls, listening to music or just enjoying the beauty of the park.

WLOQ 102.5 and the City of Altamonte Springs celebrate at this venue the concert series Jazz Jams Uptown. This park is worth a visit for all smooth jazz lovers.

Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs, Florida


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Copper Mountain Resort

Copper Mountain knows there are skiers and riders out there who have never felt the thrill of waking up and hearing on the radio that school was canceled. There are people who have never spent a whole day in the snow doing anything their heart desired. No joke. These people, and those who understand snow day bliss, are the reason we do what we do. So come to Copper to take a day, or two or seven and experience the mountain. Welcome everybody, to the home of the snow day.

The summer has also some good moments.  Relax in the beautiful backdrop of Copper Mountain as stars from Smooth Jazz and Fusion to Mainstream Jazz delight your senses. Known for its scenic splendor, internationally renowned talent and diverse wine selection, Genuine Jazz & Wine will not disappoint this summer.

The fest is featuring Paul Taylor, Ronnie Laws, Nick Colionne and Alex Bugnon. Don’t miss the fest in August.

Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Circle, Copper Mountain, Colorado 80443



Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Chastain Park Amphitheater

Pack your picnic basket, gather your friends and immerse yourself in the Delta Classic Chastain experience. The distinguished setting is more tradition than venue, and the eclectic line-up of top performers guarantees musical memories!

Chastain Park Amphitheater has become an Atlanta tradition. Home of the Delta Classic Chastain series, the amphitheater has worn many faces – including its current one as a summer tradition for making musical memories.

The venue’s cozy confines create the perfect rendezvous for spreading out with friends and family; hanging out with a group of co-workers or members of a special group; entertaining clients; or getting away for a romantic idyll amid music and moonlight.

This venue is the place for the Sunset Jazz Fest featuring smooth jazz stars like Brian Culbertson, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Norman Brown, and many more.

Chastain Park Amphitheater, 1280 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Smooth Jazz And Books – Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves for Eb Instruments

Internationally renowned authors, musicians and recording artists, Frank Villafranca and Andrew D. Gordon of The Super Groovers have composed a collection of grooves and melodies in the Smooth Jazz Genre creating an exciting supplemental jazz study series for beginner, intermediate and advanced jazz students and musicians.

After releasing their first CD Supergroovin , which received world wide airplay, they recognized a need in the music publishing business for a series of books on contemporary improvising within the Smooth Jazz genre.

The smooth jazz grooves in this 48 page book feature a variety of contemporary rhythm section styles including R&B, Jazz, Funk, Top 40, Rock, Gospel, Hip Hop and Latin.. These stylistic influences are frequently associated with smooth jazz. Popular artists in this genre include, The Super Groovers, David Sanborn, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G, Dave Koz, Tom Scott, Gerald Albright, Candy Dulfer, Wilton Felder, Boney James, Chris Botti, Chuck Mangione, Sade, George Benson, Peter White, Lee Ritenour, Earl Klugh, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, George Duke, Joe Sample, Spyro Gyra, Pat Metheny, Four Play, The Yellow Jackets and The Rippingtons.

On each of the 20 tracks, the groove is separated into 3 melodic ideas. Each melodic idea (example or riff) is played first, by the saxophone with the groove, followed by just the rhythm section groove, without sax. The 1st example is usually the easiest, the 2nd slightly harder and the 3rd the most difficult.

Versions for each groove are available separately as midi files or extended MP3 files where the rhythm tracks for each groove are recorded for approximately 2 minutes.

In their opinion, the melodies were so catchy they couldn’t resist developing them into completed songs. Mainline Connection , Villefranche sur-Mer and You re The Only One In My Life , are a few featured on their second CD, Mainline Connection . Their CD’s or mp3 downloads are available from iTunes,, CD Baby or from The Super Groovers web site.

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Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – The Funky Biscuit

Good drinks, Good music, Good times. Drink and shot specials everyday!!!! Live music, DJ’s, national acts, and the best prices in town, that is The Funky Biscuit. This is a Modern American Restaurant in Boca Raton.

The Funky Biscuit brings a new type of casual atmosphere to the surrounding Mizner Park area. Vast in size, the venue has a large stage near the entrance that plays home to live musical acts and local aspiring comedians. Adjacent to the stage is an enormous marble bar with mirrored shelving and a few large flat-screen TVs.

Vintage rock ‘n’ roll photos and artwork decorate the dark walls, making the bar feel like an old New York rock joint. Stocked with a full liquor bar and beer options as well as a few small-plate options, the Funky Biscuit provides the local college scene and 30-somethings with a laid-back option within the Boca Raton nightlife scene.

The Funky Biscuit serves dinner seven nights a week and brings in the most amazing entertainers Wednesday through Sunday Nights. While you’re groovin’ to the hot licks of Crazy Fingers, Eric Lindell, or another wildly talented national act, you can savor Chef Derek Leinonen’s Austin New York Strip, Flatbreads, Quesadilla, Sliders and more

The best: This bar is host for the Royal Palm Place Jazz Series presenting national Smooth Jazz artists like Alexander Zonjic, Jeff Lorber, Will Donato, Jonathan Fritzen and many more.

The Funky Biscuit 303 SE Mizner Blvd Boca Raton FL

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – St. Clement’s Island Potomac River Museum

This museum features information on the landing of Maryland colonists in 1634 and the first Roman Catholic Mass in the English speaking colonies. It traces the history of the area and life along the Potomac River through archaeological exhibits and cultural events. St. Clements Island can be clearly seen from the museum grounds. The annual Blessing of the Fleet occurs here on the first full weekend in October. The museum also hosts the annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit.

This museum will be the place of  the 2012 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival featuring Marcus Anderson (sax), Marc Antoine (guitar) with Brian Simpson (keyboards), and Steve Cole (sax) on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

St. Clement’s Island Potomac River Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd, Coltons Point, Maryland

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Bayou Music Center

The Bayou Music Center (formerly known as Verizon Wireless Theater and Aerial Theater) is an indoor theater owned by Live Nation and located in Houston, Texas, United States. The theater is located at 520 Texas Avenue in the 130,000-square-foot Bayou Place entertainment complex in Downtown Houston.

A variety of acts have performed in this venue ranging from Velvet Revolver, The Killers, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, and other musical acts, to comedy. Now the Houston International Jazz Festival presents at this venue the most exciting Jazz artists from around the world, bringing a diverse mix of styles to Houston. It has established its place among notable events as thousands of loyal fans turn out the first week-end of each August.

Smooth Jazz Fans await the concert of Hiroshima.

Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Ave, Houston, Texas 77002

Gato Barbieri – The Cat

Born to a family of musicians, Barbieri began playing music after hearing Charlie Parker’s “Now’s the Time”. He played the clarinet and later the alto saxophone while performing with the Argentinean pianist Lalo Schifrin in the late 1950s. By the early 1960s, while playing in Rome, he also worked with the trumpeter Don Cherry. By now influenced by John Coltrane’s late recordings, as well as those from other free jazz saxophonists such as Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders, the warm and gritty tone, which would become his trademark sound, began to develop.

In the late 1960s, he was fusing music from South America into his playing and contributed to multi-artist projects like Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and Carla Bley’s Escalator Over The Hill. His score for Bernardo Bertolucci’s film Last Tango in Paris earned him a Grammy Award and led to a record deal with Impulse! Records.

By the mid-70s, he was recording for A&M Records and moved his music towards soul-jazz and jazz-pop with albums like Caliente! in 1976 (including his best known song, Carlos Santana’s Europa) and the 1977 follow-up, Ruby Ruby, both produced by fellow musician and label co-founder, Herb Alpert.

Although he continued to record and perform well into the 1980s, the death of his wife Michelle led him to withdraw from the public arena. He returned to recording and performing in the late 1990s with the soundtrack for the film Seven Servants by Daryush Shokof (1996) and the album Qué Pasa (1997), playing music that would fall more into the arena of smooth jazz.

He received the UNICEF Award at the Argentinian Consulate in November 2009.

Gato Babieri published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Highway 99 Blues Club

The walls of the Highway 99 Blues Club are graced by photos from some of the best blues photographers in the country. Jef Jaisun, Phil Chesnut and The Sheriff are all professional blues photographers that have an extremely impressive body of work.

The Highway 99 Blues Club is all about the music. So they have installed a state-of-the-art, distributed system that provides great sound to every corner of the room. The enormous stage is centrally located in order to provide up close, intimate interplay between the artists and the audience. An exciting venue for the blues culture and music of America.

The building that is home to the Highway 99 Blues Club was built in 1909. It provides the “old timey” feel that you get when you walk in the door. The club has now opened the door for smooth jazz. Artists like Patrick Lamb are gracing the scene.



Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2013 – Sorrento

Dave Koz & Friends are delighted to be able to cruise in style with you to Italy, Greece & Sicily. The 2013 Mediterranean line-up includes:

Your Host – Dave Koz, Special Guest – Michael McDonald, Mindi Adair, Gerald Albright, Peter White, Keiko Matsui, Jake Shimabukuro, Vincent Ingala and more to be announced.

September 22nd thru September 29th, 2013

Ports of Call: Rome, Messina, Sicily; Mykonos, Greece; Athens, Greece; Sorrento, Italy

This is a Unique opportunity to hang out with Dave and his friends. You don’t want to let this ship sail without you. For more information about the cruise visit

The ship will depart on September 22, 2013 from Rome and return on September 29, 2013. Saturday, September the ship will arrived in Sorrento, Italy.

Sorrento is a town of extraordinary beauty and is known as a popular gateway to Italy’s most spectacular stretch of coastline – the Amalfi Drive lined with fishing villages and famous resorts. The seaside resort of Amalfi sits with weathered houses scrambling up steep cliffs. Visitors marvel at its location and its magnificent cathedral. The religious sanctuary of Cloister of St. Francis is worth a visit. The tiny, exclusive resort of Positano has its famous world-class hotel, San Pietro.

Excavations of the ruined city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79 A.D. during the disastrous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, give visitors a vivid impression of life in a very wealthy ancient city and the tragic end of its population. The Isle of Capri ranks as one of the most beautiful islands and has captured visitors for centuries with excellent climate, spectacular landscape and fantastic sea caverns. Capri has lavish villas, elegant hotels, chic boutiques and quaint restaurants. Museo Correale contains a death mask of poet Torquato Tasso and some special editions of his works, pictures, furniture and porcelain.

The Smooth Jazz Calendar

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Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Riverwalk Amphitheater Montgomery

Riverwalk Amphitheater has been home to many concerts including: Daughtry, Sugarland, Hootie & the Blowfish, Hall & Oates and many more.  Flexible meeting spaces abound at the ballpark in the heart of downtown, and set right on the riverbank, the Amphitheater can host gatherings large or small with a long list of amenities.

Jubilee CityFest, Alabama’s premier festival will be held on Friday, May 18 and Saturday 19 in downtown Montgomery. During this festival Spyro Gyra will perform in this venue.

Riverwalk Amphitheater, 355 Commerce St, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves for Piano/Keyboards

Internationally renowned authors, musicians and recording artists, Frank Villafranca and Andrew D. Gordon of The Super Groovers have composed a collection of grooves and melodies in the Smooth Jazz Genre creating an exciting supplemental jazz study series for beginner, intermediate and advanced jazz students and musicians. After releasing their first CD Supergroovin , which received world wide airplay, they recognized a need in the music publishing business for a series of books on contemporary improvising within the Smooth Jazz genre.

Andrew composed and recorded all the rhythm tracks used in this book. In their opinion, the melodies were so catchy they couldn’ t resist developing them into completed songs. Mainline Connection , Villefranche sur-Mer and You re The Only One In My Life , are a few featured on their second CD, Mainline Connection . Their CD’s or mp3 downloads are available from iTunes,, CD Baby or from The Super Groovers web site.

The smooth jazz grooves in this 50 page book feature a variety of contemporary rhythm section styles including R&B, Jazz, Funk, Top 40, Rock, Gospel, Hip Hop and Latin. These stylistic influences are frequently associated with smooth jazz. Popular artists in this genre include, The Super Groovers, David Sanborn, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G, David Benoit, Dave Koz, Tom Scott, Gerald Albright, Candy Dulfer, Wilton Felder, Boney James, Chris Botti, Chuck Mangione, Sade, George Benson, Peter White, Lee Ritenour, Earl Klugh, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, George Duke, Paul Hardcastle, Joe Sample, Spyro Gyra, Pat Metheny, Four Play, The Yellow Jackets and The Rippingtons.

We suggest that you become acquainted with as many of these artists as possible by purchasing their CD’s or mp3’s via retailers such as itunes or On each of the 20 tracks, the groove is separated into 3 melodic ideas. Each melodic idea (example or riff) is played first, by the piano with the groove, followed by just the rhythm section groove, without the piano. The 1st example is usually the easiest, the 2nd slightly harder and the 3rd the most difficult.

This CD/Book-combination is available at Amazon.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is a city in San Bernardino County, California along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, located 25 miles  northeast of the city of San Bernardino. Big Bear Lake is a reservoir in the San Bernardino Mountains, in San Bernardino County, California, United States.

Big Bear Lake provides an attractive setting for many outdoor activities, including fishing (trout, bluegill, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass), pleasure boating, and water skiing. Because of the very cold water and the presence of underwater obstacles near the shorelines, swimming is discouraged.

Music, drinks, dancing and fun abound will take place on the Big Bear Lake shore with the annual Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival. Located at the Marina Resort Lake Side Lawn, 40770 Lakeview Drive, a floating stage will feature the smooth sound of jazz bands doing their thing while spectators celebrate into the night.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Merriweather Post Pavilion is an outdoor concert venue located within Symphony Woods, a 40-acre lot of preserved land in the heart of the planned community of Columbia, Maryland. It was named for the American Post Foods heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Originally intended to be a summer home for the National Symphony Orchestra, the pavilion later became a venue for more popular music concerts. It was designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry and opened in 1967.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most beautiful and storied amphitheatres – nestled in 40 acres of forest, smack between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Every year the beloved concert venue sets out to improve. Recent enhancements include building an enormous kitchen that prepares the most delectable cuisines from all over the world, a Music Pinball Arcade, award-winning sculptures and the tripling of restroom facilities.

Merriweather is music, but so much more. It’s a gorgeous walk in the park.

In this pavilion smooth jazz fans will attend fine music activities like the Capital Jazz Fest and  Wine in the Woods.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Oso Viejo Park

Oso Viejo is one of the best spots for playgrounds, sports, fitness, and family walks on the Oso Creek Trail through the Jeronimo Open Space. The park went under a complete overhaul in 2008 with new walkways, gardens, sports fields, parking lot and a very large playground area. The park is located in Mission Viejo.

Mission Viejo is a city in southern Orange County, California, U.S. in the Saddleback Valley. Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States, and is rivaled only by Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in its size.

The houses and shopping centers in the city are almost uniformly designed in a Spanish mission style, with “adobe”-like stucco walls and barrel-tile roofs.

The Oso Viejo Park is home of the Annual  KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival.

KSBR Birthday Bash, Oso Viejo Park, Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, California 92692

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Historic Downtown Grapevine

Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas, is more than a destination, it’s a journey. A journey to bygone days when neighbors would call out to each other on the street, shake hands, say ”good morning” and really mean it.

You don’t have to be a Texan to appreciate downtown Grapevine. In fact, you’re likely to brush shoulders with East Coast bankers, Midwestern farmers or Hollywood elite as you explore the unique shops on Main Street or savor the grapes that gave our town its name.

People from all over the country tell us Main Street reminds them of the town where they grew up. For some, it’s the historic Palace Theater, featured in its pre-restoration days in the movie Tender Mercies, and now home of the renowned Grapevine Opry. For others, our family-style restaurants rekindle memories of good times.

Grab a slice of summer fun at Main Street Days, the official kick-off to summertime in Grapevine. The 3-day Main Street Days features bands of all genres, including on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2pm – 3:30pm Tom Braxton and at 4:45pm – 6pm – Russ Hewitt Band.

Historic Downtown Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas 76051

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Overland Park

With a population of 175,000 people, Overland Park, Kansas is the heart of Johnson County – the engine of progress that drives the diverse Kansas City economy. Overland Park has more than 250 restaurants and several of the most interesting tourist attractions in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

Jazz in the Woods is Kansas City’s largest annual free music event put on by the Overland Park South Rotary Club to raise money to provide assistance for helping the children of Kansas City build a brighter tomorrow.

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Stan Sargeant – Hot Jazz

Degreed in molecular biology from Howard University, his science origins and passion for music translated brilliantly to music theory and practical application.

Stan Sargeant relocated from Washington DC to LA in 1991. There he met famed blues guitarist Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson. The unfolding of his dream had begun.

Though well-known as a bassist in the Los Angeles area, Stan’s reputation spans both US and international markets. Following several years of touring in Europe, Stan performed with pop singer Jody Watley on the Arseneo Hall Show in 1994. He remained with Jody Watley for two years.

By 1998, Stan’s resume of performances and tours would feature an enviable cast of world-class artists: Keiko Matsui, Bobby Caldwell, Patti Austin, Dolly Parton, Dianne Caroll, The Jazz Crusaders, Vanessa Williams, Suzanne Sommers, Peggy Lee, Lou Bega, Next, Montel Jordan, Jonathan Butler, Rick Braun, Oleta Adams, Richard Elliott, Paul Jackson Jr., Peter White, Barry Manilow, and many others.

In 1998, Stan worked as the in-house bassist on the Howie Mandel Show. On the show, he met Kevin Eubanks and ‘Smitty’ Smith. When the Howie Mandel Show ended a year later, he was picked up again by Barry Manilow.

In March 2002, Stan accepted a position as the in-house bassist on the Tonight Show.

Stan Sargeant is composing songs for Mindy Abair, David Benoit and several other upcoming artists. Currently, Stan is touring with Al Jarreau.

Stan Sargeant – Hot Jazz published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.