Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Buffalo Bill Historical Center

It took special people to settle the American West–people of vision and courage with strong values and beliefs. This uniquely American story starts with the land and its first peoples, and extends through the centuries to the present day—western experiences that refine the spirit of our nation.

Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West—keeping those western experiences alive for today’s visitors and those in the future. Just as William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody “took the West to the world,” we’ve taken on the challenge of bringing the West to you.

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a complex of museums displaying artifacts and art of the American West located in Cody, Wyoming. Founded in 1917, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is the oldest museum in the West. The museum is an affiliate in the Smithsonian Affiliations program.

The museums include the Buffalo Bill Museum, which features general western articles and historical items that help tell the story of W. F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life. A large amount of background and historical information is provided so as to put his life into context with what was going on in the country, especially out west, at that time.

For over two decades the Yellowstone Jazz Festival has been bringing top jazz performers and musicians in the Yellowstone National Park area to participate in jazz concerts during the Festival. Smooth Jazz fans will attend the concert of Dotsero.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 720 Sheridan Ave, Cody, Wyoming 82414

Smooth Jazz And Books – Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves for Bb 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.

Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves for Bb Instruments is available at


Smooth Jazz And Wine – Helwig Winery

The new, state-of-the-art winery with its unique wine cave system is located just outside Plymouth, California, in the heart of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley. With its contemporary American barn design, Helwig Winery is a combination of functionality and modern-day, rustic charm.

Join them in the Helwig Winery Amphitheater for the Summer Concert Series, beginning June 2012. They are very excited to present these artists, and are looking forward to a fabulous concert series!

Craig Chaquico has engaged and inspired two generations of pop music fans, first as a founding member, lead guitarist, and a prolific principle song writer for the multi-platinum Jefferson Starship/Starship in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. While others came and went, Craig is the only person in the band to appear on every recording, tour, MTV video, album, CD, and hit song during that time.

Helwig Vineyards & Winery, 11555 Shenandoah Valley Road, Plymouth CA 95669

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Maymont Park


Maymont is a 100-acre American estate, an extraordinary gift given to us by James and Sallie Dooley who lived here from 1893 to 1925. Whether strolling in the gardens, touring the mansion or watching river otters play, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

It contains Maymont Mansion, now a historic house museum, an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, and petting zoo known as “The Maymont Children’s Farm”.

In 1893, Major James H. Dooley, a wealthy Richmond lawyer and philanthropist, and his wife, Sallie, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River. According to their wishes, after their deaths Maymont was left to the people of Richmond. Over the next 75 years, additional attractions were added.

The Japanese gardens located at Maymont are well tended and cared for and consist of a koi pond as well as a large waterfall coming down from the terrace. There is an extensive rose garden ending in a large waterfall located on a terrace below the manor. The roses are partially shaded by a wisteria covered pergola. Bamboo forests are a great spectacle in the Gardens

The arboretum dates from the early 20th century, and contains more than 200 species of trees and woody plants. It includes a number of “exotic champions” including a Cedrus atlantica, Cryptomeria japonica, Parrotia persica, and Tilia europea.

Maymont’s gardens are popular for outdoor weddings focused around the Italian garden, the Japanese gardens, the waterfalls, or other numerous gazebos located throughout the grounds.

Smooth Jazz fans love this ground for the  Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont.

Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220




Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Market Creek Amphitheater

The Market Creek Amphitheater is an ideal location for musical and theatrical performances or for creating unforgettable seminars and corporate retreats. This grand, open-air space is accented by a Children’s Art Wall featuring a copper-inlaid tree with hand-painted circular leaves created by more than 1,000 local school children. Tiered grass seating areas make the perfect setting for up to 500 guests to relax or picnic in the shade. Centrally located in Market Creek, the Amphitheater makes an exciting addition for multi-venue use. Adjacent businesses offer a variety of food and services.

The Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater is San Diego’s newest outdoor amphitheater, featuring a stage set into the bed of Chollas Creek that rises and falls with the level of the water flowing through the creek. The amphitheater features symbolic glyphs of water, sun, and hands on the walls that border the theater’s grassy seating.

The site was envisioned as a venue for showcasing the rich talent and culture of the community. Cultural groups, local dance studios, spoken word groups, and cultural music groups will soon take center stage before crowds of up to 500 people.

This place will be the venue of  Jazz At The Creek. This concert series is unique on the San Diego jazz scene in setting as well as purpose, and will afford you the opportunity to encounter Jazz enthusiasts from all across San Diego County, Southern California and neighboring states.

Three national acts are scheduled to headline: Darryl Williams (June 30), Marcus Johnson (July 21) and Jazz In Pink (August 11).

Market Creek Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave, San Diego, California 92114

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Avondale Park

Avondale was a company town built around the Avondale Mills east of Birmingham, Alabama in Jefferson County. The town was incorporated on March 18, 1887. The city was annexed into Birmingham and is now divided into three separate neighborhoods, North Avondale, East Avondale and South Avondale.

The Park was the largest in Birmingham until Ruffner Mountain Park was dedicated. It was known for the spring-fed grotto pool, an extensive rose garden, athletic fields, a secluded pavilion called “The Villa”, and a large amphitheater that hosted a spectacular pageant in celebration of Birmingham’s 50th anniversary in 1931. The park was also one-time home of the Birmingham Zoo, which at the time consisted mainly of non-exotic species with the exception of “Miss Fancy”, an erstwhile circus elephant purchased by the Birmingham Advertising Club as a promotional novelty and then donated to the city.

The project, under way since last winter, was a major overhaul of the historic park that has dominated Fifth Avenue South in the Forest Park-South Avondale neighborhood since the mid-1880s.

The historic amphitheater at Avondale Park will be the setting for this summer’s Jazz in the Park concert series, according to officials with series organizer Magic City Smooth Jazz.

The nonprofit organization presents free summer concerts, billed as “Building Community through Jazz,” in parks around Birmingham. The concerts are held on Sunday afternoons, except for the July 4 kick off event, which will be from 6-9 p.m.

Other concert dates are July 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Avondale Park is at 4101 Fifth Ave. South.

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Smooth Jazz Europe

“Smoothjazz” triggers a lot of prejudice in Europe with some poor perceptions. Among the regular “jazz environments”, it is stated as an undefinable style. Outside the Jazz style, most of the time, the music has a name as being a friendly jazzy variation of easy listening (sometimes perceived as elevator music). Because of this prejudgment, this music style is rarely programmed at the big jazz festivals.

However, Inge Wenzel and Marijn Eland from Almelo wanted to make a change in all this. They are owners of the website and with organizing this first (Dutch) SmoothJazz Festival in history, they have made a bold statement in this style of jazz that has been underestimated for years.

The website offers reviews, and a lot of information about smooth jazz radio, concerts, promoters, artists and more.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Sambuca Jazz Cafe

Live jazz, seven nights a week, in Houston? Look no further than Sambuca. Set in an oasis of dark woods and white linen with the occasional tiger print thrown in, Sambuca features local singers, like the sultry Yvonne Washington and Tianna Hall, and high-energy Houston bands, like the Blue Monks and the Mark Dini Group.

The bar also regularly plays host to international acts such as Acoustic Alchemy and Larry Carlton. Want to dance? Sambuca’s got you covered. In the mood to just sit back and listen? No problem. The monthly music calendar has something for everyone’s taste. Sambuca’s menu is a great complement to the music onstage (don’t miss the miso sea bass).

Located in Houston’s historic Rice Hotel, Sambuca Houston was a pioneer in the downtown area renovation. Area business associates gather daily for business lunches, and each evening guests unwind in the bar and dining room to enjoy the live music seven nights a week. The live music is as diverse as the Eclectic menu, this rockin’ dinner club offers sultry singers, crooners, classic rock, top 40, jazz and Latin rhythms. Looking for a location for your rehearsal dinner, wedding, business luncheon, pharmaceutical seminar or networking happy hour? Whether it is off site, at Sambuca or The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice, you can be assured everything will be handled with attention to every detail.

Sambuca Houston – 909 Texas Avenue



Joyce Cooling – Staying Cool

Since her arrival in the San Francisco Bay Area Joyce Cooling was always infected by music. But it was Wes Montgomery’s solo on If You Could See Me Now which Joyce turned to the guitar. Her contact to Jay Wagner, a keyboardist on San Francisco’s Brazilian circuit, gave her the impetus and energy to start her solo career. Her first album was Cameo (1990), a Brazilian-oriented music under the strong influence of her partner and musician Jay Wagner.

Her breakthrough was her Heads Up International debut Playing It Cool (1997), presenting a mixture of Latin and smooth jazz. The title song reached #1 on the Gavin Report and was the foundation for her great fan community. Based on a frequent appearance on numerous gigs and festivals her next album Keeping Cool (1999) could extend her popularity and success. Still on the heights of charts followed her albums Third Wish (2001-GRP), This Girl Got To Play (2004) and Revolving Door (2006-Narada Jazz), musically anchored in the smooth jazz genre.

Released from any label contract in the absolute weightlessness of independence Joyce finds back to her roots on her latest album Global Cooling (2009). All songs on the new album are written and arranged by Joyce and her longtime friend Jay Wagner. Joyce expresses her excitement: “Global Cooling is like taking a transcontinental flight, touching down in fun, exciting and beautiful places. We were inspired to travel into uncharted territory, so we really stretched ourselves to get our passports in order! We played with a lot of new instruments and layered Tablas, congas, bongos, sitar, berimbau and even accordion over funk, rock and jazz. It was a trip.”

Currently Joyce is studying music and somehow we all are waiting for her new album, she intended to record soon.

Joyce Cooling published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Outside the Lines

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.

This unique book offers smooth jazz stylings of nine sacred standards, in moderately difficult arrangements for solo keyboard with optional guitar, bass and percussion. Tunes include: Be Thou My Vision * Jesus Paid It All * Lamb of God * Shout to the Lord * Wonderful Words of Life * and more.

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Smooth Jazz 24/7

Smooth Jazz 247 (That’s Smooth Jazz Twenty Four Seven) is a young Internet radio station.  Their mission is to “keep the smooth jazz flowing”, which they endeavour to do 24 hours a day.  With an impressive line up of DJs each day, plus guest artist DJs from the world of smooth jazz, they aim to be the one place you need to bookmark for the best in smooth jazz radio.

With the years of experience gained from running the World’s biggest smooth jazz Internet station to help them along, they hope that you ‘ll find the music on Smooth Jazz 247 to be just what you’ve been looking for.  Although they have launched this venture with the USA in mind, they look forward to welcoming listeners from other countries.

Presenters are such popular artists and people like Marc Antoine,  Lynn Briggs,  Lynda Clayton,  Nick Colionne,  Euge Groove,  Carmen Kennedy, Jimi King,  Dianna Rose, Stephanie Sales and Oli Silk.

More information is to find at their website.

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Cool Jazz Forever

The website is dedicated to every jazz musician who picked up an instrument and created magic in a studio or performing live on stage. Our mission is to celebrate their memory and pass on their legacy to future generations. We also believe in creating a culture of jazz appreciation in several cities around the country. This music will continue regardless of radio support. I ask for your support of jazz organizations and jazz festivals all over the world. This music will LAST FOREVER!

Cool Jazz Forever was founded in 2007 to support the artists and musicians in the contemporary jazz industry after corporate radio had abandoned the format in several major cities across the country.

Their mission is to network with artists, musicians, and vocalists around the world to celebrate one of America’s gifts to the universe. They also have a music education component that will teach our young children and cultivate new jazz fans FOREVER! Also add Mission Statement: Cool Jazz Mission Statement: “Celebrating America’s great heritage and preserving the legacy for future Jazz Lovers of the World”

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Riverside Park

Riverside Park in West Bend is a grand expanse of prairie, river, and open play area. Football, soccer, and softball fields, along with sand volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts are found throughout the park. A combination playground and wooded picnic grove create a quality leisure experience of unprecedented scale.

West Bend is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Wisconsin, United States in southeastern Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s finest music festival, the Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival features international jazz musicians and vocalists in an outdoor setting under a spacious tent surrounded by rolling hills and rustling trees. The festival takes place in the first week of September.

Riverside Park, West Bend, Wisconsin

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Onset Beach

Onset Beach has been referred to as the Gem of the Southcoast Beaches in leading Tourist Summer magazines. It is true. Onset Beach is gorgeous.  White sand, smooth no rocks to hurt your toes. Artisticly arched to Shell Point at the end. Shell Point is such a romantic summit. You will love walking on the Beach anytime.  In the summer, there is the Viking (a cruise ship) for Canal tours, entertainment sea trips, you can charter it also. Come and visit anytime you are in Onset and enjoy!

Onset Village ”The Hidden Gem” will be the place to be as it kicks off this summer with a string of fabulous festivals. On July 21, 2012, Onset locals and jazz lovers from near and far will be pleasingly intoxicated as The Onset Beach Jazz Festival welcomes Boston’s own Award Winning Saxophonist, “Walter Beasley”.

Onset Beach, 201 Onset Ave, Wareham, Massachusetts 02558 (New Bedford)



Smooth Jazz And Wine – Kokopelli Winery and Bistro

He is distinguished by his hump back and flute, but his legend is still being deciphered by all who read about him. Kokopelli is a mythical character of many attributions. He was known as a traveler who played his flute for the villagers to hear. He was a story teller to the villagers and would tell them of his great travels. He was a fertility god because whenever he came to town women who wanted to bear fruit were suddenly fruitful. He was also known as being an agriculture god that he bore a seed sack (distinguishing his humpback) and that he was the bearer of a green thumb. Everyone has their own beliefs to each legend; however, the one that helped down pick the name was….well all of them.

When Don was looking to produce the first batch of wine he knew that he needed a name. He wanted something that was catchy that was South Western with an Italian flair. This is when he and Carol came up with the idea of Kokopelli. Don found that when he started researching that he had picked the absolute best name for the winery.

“I enjoyed all of the different legends that Kokopelli had, but the way I see it they really are all one legend,” Don said, “Each legend also played a part in what we were trying to accomplish through our winery.”

Since the winery was so far away Don and Carol wanted people to know they were coming they didn’t have a flute to play; however, they did have great wine to share. Don and Carol had also had an amazing adventure growing, harvesting, and producing the grapes that they also had great stories to tell of their experience. Now Don was definitely no fertility god; however, all the ladies were quite fond of him. “It just comes with the job and being so handsome,” Don says while Carol looks on and laughs. Probably the most truthful legend of all that fits Don and Carol is the agriculture god. With the support of family and friends they now bore green thumbs for growing and producing grapes.

So whatever legend you may choose, enjoy it while you have a great glass of Kokopelli wine (we think Kokopelli had something to do with it)! There’s smooth jazz, Latin jazz, swing jazz, and other types, sometimes crossing over into each other and into other categories of music. Kokopelli Winery is Arizona’s largest and most decorated winery.

35 West Boston Street Chandler, AZ 85225 (480) 792-6927


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University, founded in 1908, is an urban research university located in Youngstown, Ohio, United States.

The university’s origins trace back to 1908, when the local branch of the YMCA established a school of law within the Youngstown Association School. In 1921, the school became known as the Youngstown Institute of Technology and offered its first evening courses. In 1928, a year after establishing the College of Arts and Sciences, the institute once again changed its name to Youngstown College. In 1955, Youngstown College was renamed as Youngstown University, an indication of the school’s broadening curriculum.

On September 1, 1967, after becoming a public institution, Youngstown University became officially known as Youngstown State University. The following spring, YSU opened a Graduate School and College of Applied Science and Technology. In 1974, the College of Fine and Performing Arts was established.

Jones Hall, often the building that welcomes people coming onto the YSU campus, is also one of the campus’s oldest buildings, having been built in 1931, when YSU was known as Youngstown College. Its history as the “main building” of the campus continues today, as it is perhaps the best-known and most photographed building of the whole campus. The building was renamed Jones Hall in honor of the institutions first president, Dr. Howard Jones. Today, the building is used as mainly administrative office space.

This university is the place of the 2012 Youngstown Jazz Fest

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Magic City Smooth Jazz

Magic City Smooth Jazz serves a culturally diverse group of people in race, age, and income. Over the past three years, over 10,000 people have attended events focused primarily on educating youth in the Greater Birmingham area through music education workshops and live contemporary jazz performances from an ethnically diverse group of artists.

In 2011 MCSJ presented “Jazz in the Park®,” in 10 Birmingham area city parks each Sunday from July 4 (Monday) that culminated at Linn Park on September 11. On Memorial Day, organized “Pickin’ up the Pieces” FREE tornado relief concerts in 30 days that featured eight bands and 30 musicians sponsored by Waldrep, Stewart and Kendrick. Collaborated with Magic City Art Connection arts festival and Sidewalk Film festival to present jazz music for both events. On Mother’s Day, presented “Jazz in the Park®” in Town of Mt Laurel.

In 2010 MCSJ presented “Jazz in the Park,” a FREE pilot concert series that traveled to five (5) Birmingham city parks each Sunday in July and culminating at Railroad Park on October 24. Diverse area performers showcased music styles from contemporary jazz, straight-ahead jazz to Latin Jazz and everything in between. Scrollworks, a community music school performed at all of the aforementioned sites and provided on-site lessons for the young and the young at heart on an instrument of their choice. Our collaborative partners were the city of Birmingham Mayor’s Office, city of Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, Birmingham City Council, Wells Fargo Foundation, Daniel Foundation of Alabama, Alabama State Council on the Arts, Buffalo Rock, Samford University’s WVSU-FM 91.1, and Scrollworks through Metropolitan Youth Orchestras of Central Alabama (MYOCA).

In 2009 MCSJ collaborated with the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and Birmingham City Schools in presenting two music workshops and performances with world renowned bassist and 2011 Grammy Award Winner Esperanza Spalding in February and saxophonist Eric Marienthal in March. The workshops and performances were made possible by a grant from The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and generous donation from the Birmingham City Council.

This year MCSJ  presents two projects – Jazz in the Park® and Taste of 4th Avenue Jazz Festival – to enhance cultural arts in the community of Birmingham.  For more information visit this website.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Famous Saxophone Solos From R&B Pop And Smooth Jazz

Perform some of the best-known sax solos of all time! Playing these clearly rendered and meticulously detailed transcriptions will give you insight into the styles of sax greats such as Michael Brecker, Kenny G, David Sanborn, Jay Beckenstein, and many others. Berklee professor Jeff Harrington’s introduction offers tips on how to practice and perform.

Features solos from 17 songs: Against All Odds * Baby, I Love Your Way * I Heard It Through the Grapevine * Love Is a Wonderful Thing * Morning Dance * Still Crazy After All These Years * Time Passages * Walk on the Wild Side * and more. “I love the clarity with which all the different solos are transcribed, and it’s great to have the opportunity to see all this incredible work from such a wide variety of soloists.” – Kenny G

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Jonathan Butler – So Strong

Jonathan Butler grew up in the townships of South Africa, the youngest of 12 children. He started singing and playing guitar at age seven. Even before he reached age ten, he traveled cross-country performing in villages with a 100-member troupe making money to help support his family. The audiences would vary from poverty-ravaged black townships to opulent halls open only to whites. Traveling accommodations were dismal and atrocious. In his travels, the young entertainer could neither comprehend the extreme destitute nor the harsh treatment he endured and bared witness to under the reign of Apartheid. Afrikaans was his native tongue, but he learned English in his travels.

After signing his first record deal as a teenager with British record producer Clive Caulder’s Jive Records, Butler’s premier single became the first by a black artist to be played on white radio stations in South Africa. The single won a Sarie Award, which is the South African equivalent to a Grammy award. Butler called England home for 17 years. His self-titled debut album put him on the map internationally and garnered two Grammy nominations: one for the R&B-pop vocal statement “Lies” and the other for a poignant instrumental, “Going Home.”

Butler’s albums and worldwide concert tours have afforded him fame and a lifestyle far from what he ever could have imagined as a child performer, but more importantly, it brought him the freedom to follow his passion – music – on his own terms. Residing with his family in the verdant hills of Southern California for more than a decade, an area that he says reminds him of his homeland, Butler remains humble and grateful.

Jonathan Butler published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – The Spirit of New York

For 15 years, the Smooth Jazz Cruises have been a hit. This summer enjoy New York’s favorite summer jazz series aboard the Spirit of New York! The Smooth Jazz Cruise has evolved into one of New York’s most popular attractions.

Entertainment Cruises offers a distinct portfolio of dining and sightseeing cruise experiences on New York Harbor. No other venue in New York can match our fantastic fusion of dining, entertainment, sightseeing and spectacular views of the famous Manhattan skyline.

The Spirit of New York on New York Harbor delivers the most entertaining and unique combination of dining, dancing, entertainment and spectacular views. Cruising year-round from Chelsea Piers, the Spirit of New York offers Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Cocktail, Moonlight Cruises and much more!

Grand buffets. Breathtaking views of New York from the Hudson River. DJs playing Top 40 hits. And an amazing wait staff singing show-stopping favorites. All included for one price.

To learn more about the  smooth jazz side of the Spirit of New York visit this website.




Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Humphreys by the Bay

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay is located between Humphreys Restaurant and Humphreys Half Moon Inn. The 1,400 seat outdoor theatre, ideally situated on San Diego Bay, has been presenting a wide variety of major attractions since 1982. Generally running from May through October, Humphreys Concerts covers the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music.

The stage is set up right next to the ocean and they set up rows of white fold up chairs. Humphrey’s has excellent sound & an amazing view. In the summertime the sun sets perfectly as the main performer makes their way to the stage and even from the back you still feel like you’re 10 feet away!

Seats are close together and plastic patio chairs, but there’s not a bad seat in the house. It’s a small and intimate venue. With the stars sparkling in the moonlit sky and the languid breeze ruffling the palm trees that line the bay, it is impossible to say a bad word here about this venue.

Smooth Jazz fans have often the opportunity to listen to their music. We suggest The Trinity House Jazz-It-Up 2012 featuring Gerald Albright and Norman Brown also Aysha with special guest Elan Trotman as the dinner entertainment and opening act. The date is September 8th, 2012.

Humphreys by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, California 92101




Smooth Jazz And Internet – A Jazz Life


After 7 years on the air, the tv stations broadcasting A Jazz Life – KHEM-TV, KZSW-TV – and KMET, our radio home – no longer air music. But A Jazz Life is moving with you to Facebook! Warning: There will be sound. There will be current photos…there will be moving pictures! Let’s get back on the musical road with our favorite artists and see where A Jazz Life takes us!

Robin Laurie Stewart is the Founder and Host of A Jazz Life. Her sunny personality and generous spirit are the driving forces behind the program. Robin has a unique ability to create a comfortable and knowledgeable climate in her show that lets Jazz artists open up and engage in intimate conversation.

Are you curious? Then visit her website and learn more about her interview show.

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Vino Piazza Winery

Spend the day at this converted 1940s distillery and explore the nooks and crannies, plazas and courtyards, wine-tasting rooms and food vendors that make up this most unusual visitors’ center.

Vino Piazza, translated from Italian, means “the wine plaza”. Twelve wineries are represented here, and are owned and operated independently, each with their own unique approach to winemaking. The spaces themselves are worth the investigation, as some reside in the old “vat rooms” while others are in the ancient boiler rooms.

The landlords are the owners of the Olde Lockeford Winery, and they also have a very worthwhile fossil and minerals exhibit, including giant research-quality caste replicas of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops. There is plenty to explore and plenty of wine available to taste. Each winery has its own tasting schedule.

Sax And The City with Jessy J, Marion Meadows and Paul Taylor is coming to the city of Lockeford, CA this weekend,
Saturday, June 9, 2012 7:00 pm. Taste the wine and enjoy the music.

Vino Piazza Winery, Stone Garden Vineyard, 12470 Locke Rd, Lockeford, California 95237


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Bushnell Park


Bushnell Park in Hartford, Connecticut is the oldest publicly funded park in the United States. It was conceived by the Reverend Horace Bushnell in the mid-1850s at a time when the need for open public spaces was just starting to be recognized. Reverend Bushnell asked his good friend and Hartford native, Frederick Law Olmsted, to design the layout of the park. Olmsted, however, was occupied at the time with the double-duty of designing of New York City’s Central Park and Springfield, Massachusetts’ Forest Park, and thus declined the offer.

Olmsted recommended Jacob Weidenmann, a Swiss-born landscape architect and botanist. Weidenmann’s plan for the park included graceful paths and clusters of trees that shielded strollers from the sounds of the city, and enhanced the presence of the Park River which flowed through the park.

Later additions to the park include: the Horace Wells Monument in 1875, sculpted by Truman Howe Bartlett; the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, designed by George Keller in 1886 to commemorate those who fought in the American Civil War; the Corning Fountain in 1899, with sculpture by J. Massey Rhind; the carousel in 1974; and the performance pavilion in 1995. As a result of seasonal flooding, and especially after damage from the great flood of 1936, the Park River was buried in underground conduits, and a main feature of the park was lost. A pond was later added to return a water feature to the park.

Today Bushnell Park is a focal point in downtown Hartford, and it is the site of several festivals and music events each year. The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is a non-profit organization originally conceived by Paul Brown, noted Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. For 25 years, Paul had produced the Monday Night Jazz Concerts in Bushnell Park, drawing thousands of music lovers to Hartford’s Bushnell Park for picnics and world-class entertainment. That first Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in July of 1992, was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of those wonderful summers.

The tradition continues in 2012 in Bushnell Park, America’s oldest public park, when the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will presented its 21th annual event of three nights and two days of hot and cool jazz on the Performance Pavilion and the Friends of the Festival Arch Stage, featuring great artists from around the world and the USA, as well as young and up-and-coming performers from the local region. Connecticut’s State Capitol Building and Hartford’s skyline provide a beautiful, dramatic backdrop as the sun sets and the stars rise in the night sky and on stage.

Bushnell Park, 1 Jewell St, Hartford, Connecticut 06103

Smooth Jazz And Wine – The Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival

When is an arts and crafts festival more than an arts and crafts festival? When it’s a WINE FESTIVAL!

June 9-10, 2012, at The Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

The Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival combines not just the largest collection of artists and craftsmen ever presented at a festival in Annapolis but features a Wine and Specialty Food Pavilion that rivals other wine festivals in size and scope. Over fifteen Maryland wineries will be represented, each offering a selection of their special wines:

Boordy Vineyards
Cove Point Winery
Cygnus Wine Cellars
Far Eastern Shore Winery
Fiore Winery and Distillery
Friday’s Creek Winery
Great Shoals Winery
Harford Vineyard
Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery
Linganore Winecellars
Perigeaux Vineyard and Winery
Port of Leonardtown Winery
Romano Vineyard and Winery
Running Hare Vineyard
Slack Winery
Solomons Island Winery
Woodhall Wine Cellars

So it’s a day of shopping for arts and crafts from over 200 artists employing a variety of medium: painting, sculpture, ceramics, digital art, mixed media, printmaking, jewelry, fiber art, glass, wood, leather, metal and photography —while enjoying a glass of Maryland wine (or purchase a bottle or two to take home) — while listening to smooth jazz. Life is good!

And afterwards, hop on the shuttle to visit historic, downtown Annapolis with its many quaint shops and restaurants.

To view details and purchase tickets:

The Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, Md 21401


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront Hotel

The Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront hotel is set on a six-acre park on the banks of the Nansemond River in historic Suffolk, Virginia. Conveniently located near Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth, our Suffolk, Virginia hotel is only 25 minutes to Norfolk International Airport.

The Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront is the venue established for the Gladys Gatlin Foundations Benefit and Suffolk Riverfront Jazz. The hotel is pleased to welcome and host the Gladys Gatlin Foundations Benefit. The proceeds from this event will assist women in the United States Armed Forces as they transition from military to civilian life. This benefit will be the first of upcoming jazz series.

Smooth Jazz fans are welcome to the Suffolk Riverfront Jazz Fest featuring  Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Cindy Bradley, Jeff Bradshaw, Leslie Harrison, Smooth Jazz, Soulon, Spyro Gyra, Stanley Jordan and more in July.

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Chitown Smooth Jazz

Although many terrestrial smooth jazz radio stations have changed their format. Smooth Jazz is still alive at the Internet. Chitown Smooth Jazz is keeping Smooth Jazz alive and well in Chicago with more than a dozen personalized channels of Smooth Jazz radio, hosted by Danae Alexander!

Listen at Chicago’s place for lush ballades and smooth grooves at

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl is a modern amphitheater in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, United States that is used primarily for music performances. It is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000.

The Hollywood Bowl is known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that graced the site from 1929 through 2003, before being replaced with a somewhat larger one beginning in the 2004 season. The shell is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood Sign to the Northeast.

The “bowl” refers to the shape of the concave hillside the amphitheater is carved into. The bowl is owned by the County of Los Angeles and is the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the host of hundreds of musical events each year.

It is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, north of Hollywood Blvd and the Hollywood & Highland subway station and south of Route 101.

The Playboy Jazz Festival has taken place at the Hollywood Bowl each year since 1979. The 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival is just around the corner! This landmark event continues its rich tradition of featuring the biggest names in jazz, along with future jazz headliners delivering an exciting mix of everything from standards and blues to Latin beats and world fusion.

Brian Culbertson – Trumpet

Brian Culbertson is the wonder boy of smooth jazz. Sure, he has reached a decent age, but how he graces his music, that speaks for the energy of his youth. He plays with music like formats never existed. With eleven albums Long Night Out (1994), Modern Life (1995), After Hours (1996), Secrets (1997), Somethin’ Bout Love (1999), Nice & Slow (2001), Come On Up (2003), It’s On Tonight (2005), A Soulful Christmas (2006), Bringing Back the Funk (2008) and Live From The Inside (2009) he won a respectable place in the smooth jazz community. Where Brian is, you find the groove.

His latest album is called XII (2010) and was released in July 20, 2010. On his well-designed website you will find a lot of information about this album. Brian is also a friend of social networks like twitter, myspace and facebook and documented the recording in many video-blogs. So his fans are best informed about the making of this brilliant album.

But wait! Brian is already releasing his next album called Dreams on June 12, 2012. The new album is packed with brand new songs from Brian, and Brian brought in guest vocalists Vivian Green, Noel Gourdin and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition to masterfully mix jazz with some R&B flair! Listen to snippets at Brian’s website or at soundcloud.

Brian Culbertson – Trumpet published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Rainbow Lagoon Park

Located north of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue, this park is the remnant of Rainbow Lagoon by Auditorium Park before the lagoon was filled for the Long Beach Arena. Rainbow Lagoon is designed in a traditional Japanese style with two connected islands and surrounding park with high arched “rainbow bridges.” The area is turf, with accenting trees. The Hyatt Hotel built its pool deck to the Lagoon edge. Rainbow Lagoon is filled with seawater, and maintained at park level, above sea level, through pumps.

The park is meticulously maintained, the pathways are winding and spacious, traveling all throughout the park. The colorful bridges and lots of shade coupled with the expansive, wide open spaces are appealing to the visitor.

The only Southern California Jazz Festival staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful Lagoon setting. Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists of the year and includes VIP seating in an incredible outdoor setting with a great selection of food, art and much more. “Jazz”, an experience you will never forget!

Get ready for the 2012 Long Beach Jazz Festival and book the date now August 10th-12th, 2012.