Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Scioto Mile Park

Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Scioto Mile is an urban oasis comprised of more than 145 acres of lush parkland. Stretching along the riverfront from the vibrant Arena District to the natural beauty of the Whittier Peninsula, the Scioto Mile reconnects downtown to the Scioto River through an integrated system of parks, boulevards, bikeways and pedestrian paths.

Fostering some of our City’s most celebrated features—a stunning 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain, the country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall, and the world’s most authentic replica of the Santa Maria—the Scioto Mile has something for everyone.

The Scioto Mile Park hosts the Soul Food Music Festival featuring artists like Paul Taylor, Alex Bugnon and Urban Jazz Coalition.

Scioto Mile Park, Columbus, Ohio

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Loews Ventana Canyon

Tucson’s spectacular ‘Ventana’ or ‘Window’ to the Soul of the Sonoran desert— is Loews Ventana Canyon. Discover a magical perspective high above Tucson’s Catalina Mountains, where this stunning natural retreat offers a variety of activities, signature services and experiences to relax, energize and inspire guests.

A playground of visitor delights includes: the luxurious Lakeside Spa & Tennis Center; Canyon hiking; professional stargazing; 2 Tom Fazio-designed PGA golf courses and lighted tennis courts; 2 swimming pools; a fitness center; nearby riding trails and more.

Labor Day weekend saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa is joined by Crystal Stark.

One of the most diverse, in demand sax players in all of contemporary jazz, Jeff Kashiwa became one of the most dynamic live saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his amazing decade long tenure with The Rippingtons. A year after leaving The Rippingtons, Kashiwa was an immediate smash on the smooth jazz charts, scoring a #1 hit for over eight weeks on the Radio & Records chart.

His sound ranges from funky pop to more classic traditional jazz – this show will have it all. Joining Kashiwa for several numbers will be Tucson favorite, singer Crystal Stark.

Stay at the resort and enjoy these special packages – call 800-234-5117 to make hotel and VIP package reservations.

Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson, Arizona 85750

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Keel & Curley Winery

Keel and Curley Winery was started in spring of 2003 in the kitchen of founder and owner, Joe Keel. Keel, a central Florida blueberry farmer wanted to find something to do with his end of crop blueberries. As in most produce farming, once the market price reaches a price which is lower than harvest and sale commissions, farms stop harvesting their crops. At this time in the season, there are still a lot of quality blueberries on the bushes. So Keel asked himself, “what can I do with this perfectly good fruit, to use it in a productive way and not waste it? Jellies, jams, blueberry pies? No!”

Keel decided blueberry wine would be interesting to dabble with in the family farm house kitchen. He started that spring of 2003 with 10 gallons of blueberry wine. The wine came out so-so, but drinkable. So he made 10 more gallons and it got better each time. So was the beginning of a company he started with production of over 20,000 cases of quality wines that the company produces to this day.

Keel and Curley Winery, produces three types of Blueberry wines, each with a very distinct taste. The first is a sweet wine, the second, a semi-dry or semi-sweet wine, and the third, a dry wine. All three wines are made from 100% blueberries.

In July, 2011, Keel & Curley debuted two new wines – Dry Blackberry and Sweet Blackberry. Both are made with 100% blackberries.

This winery is also the place for smooth jazz music.  Next group will be the Robert Harris Band. This formation is one of the premier Jazz / R&B groups in central Florida. Robert has performed at several National Jazz Festivals and Concerts with his central Florida based group and plays at least a dozen Jazz festivals in the state each year.

Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 W Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City, Florida 33565 (Tampa area)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Harbor Park

Redeveloped industrial space on the Kenosha Harbor now housing a park and open space, a public museum, residential housing, and a marina, with plans to build a commercial district. The Harbor park area is a blend of park and open space development mingled with a new public museum, new residential housing and a planned commercial district. This marriage of park and open space, housing, museum, marina, harbor and electric street car makes for a very successful development visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The areas offer convenient parking and access points onto the promenade and recreation trail. Antique-like benches provide seating opportunities throughout the area. Lighting is ample even on the darkest nights and the lights stand out from miles around in contrast to other nearby parks and downtown. Concrete is blended with brick to lessen the affect of pure concrete and diminish its importance. Courtyards provide havens for people to gather and listen to entertainers which assemble for special events. There are public restrooms and private restrooms (for boaters). The marina adds an element of nautical charm to the area.

Considered one of Kenosha’s favorite music events for the diversity of its lineup and its idyllic Lake Michigan setting, HarborPark Jazz and Blues (HPJB) has welcomed many national jazz and blues artists and attracts thousands of concertgoers to Kenosha’s scenic lakefront.

Harbor Park, 206 55th St, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140 (Milwaukee)

Wine, Dine And Jazz At Sea – Raiatea

French Polynesia – Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine & Taha’a
September 29- October 6, 2012

Cruise with Cjazz to magnificent French Polynesia on this luxurious and exclusive 150 cabin full ship charter aboard 5-star Paul Gauguin Cruise line! Enjoy free flowing award winning DeLille Cellars wines, world-class cuisine by top Chef Kevin Gillespie and top recording artists of Contemporary Jazz!

Announced artist are Richard Smith, Eric Marienthal, Dan Siegel, Sean Holt, Eric Milstein and Land Richard. Book your cabin here.

Raiatea and Tahaa are two of French Polynesia’s favorite undiscovered treasures…

Far less traveled than Bora Bora, Tahiti, or Moorea, these two fascinating islands offer the vacationer the experience of a true unspoiled French Polynesia.

The larger of the two islands, Raiatea, is only slightly smaller than Tahiti itself. This makes Raiatea the second largest Island in the French Polynesian Archipelago known as the Society Islands, and the largest of the “Leewards.”

Located directly between Bora Bora and Tahiti, Raiatea is closely situated to all the wonderful South Pacific islands known to the world as Tahiti Polynesia.

Raiatea itself is recognized throughout Tahiti as it’s “Sacred Island”- the cultural heart of all Tahiti Polynesia. It is believed by historians that Raiatea was the main stopover point for early Polynesians newly arrived from Hawaii, then known as Hav’aii.

The Island holds much fascinating history, legend, and lore, as well as Tahiti’s most significant archaeological sites.

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Icicle Ridge Winery

Icicle Ridge Winery is one of the most unique wineries in the Pacific Northwest. Located in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Leavenworth, Washington, founder Louie Wagoner and wine-maker Don Wood produce hand-crafted, award winning wines that will delight you. The incredible ambiance of the 5,000 square foot log home, where the wine tasting takes place, is sure to amaze you. But most of all, the feeling of being part of the family will bring you back again and again!

Music connects with the human soul in a way nothing else can. The beauty of Icicle Ridge Winery is reflected by beautiful live music at events throughout the year.

The summer “Jazzamatazz” concert series started in 2003 as a hang-out night listening to Don and Kristen play with their quartet on top of the 1930’s era flatbed farm truck. That series has expanded to multiple summer concerts, always featuring the best of the best in Smooth Jazz, Folk, and Rock.

Icicle Ridge Winery, 8977 North Rd, Peshastin, Washington

Smooth Jazz And Books – The Total Jazz Guitarist

The Total Jazz Guitarist is an exciting journey through the diverse world of jazz guitar playing. You start with basic lessons on the major scale and end up playing intricately beautiful chord melodies and soloing over tricky jazz chord progressions. This wide-ranging study is for all players from beginning to advanced.

The beginning-to-intermediate student will find all the tools needed to become a great guitarist, while the more advanced player will find lots of useful tips and a fresh perspective on jazz guitar. Whether this is your first jazz guitar book or you’ve been studying for years, this is the one place to get everything you need to make you a great jazz guitarist. A CD demonstrating the examples in the book is included. This book is great for someone who wishes to learn how to play jazz, or for someone who knows a little and wants to become more proficient.

Get one of the last copies at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Wine – SILO’s


SILO’S, Napa’s Premiere Music Room is located in the heart of Downtown Napa at the Historic Napa Mill, adjacent to the Napa River Inn. They are open 1 hour before show-time. Check the calendar for show dates and times. Bar Manager Keith Stansberry features fine wines carefully selected from the best of Napa Valley wineries along with Silo’s very own micro-brewery draft beer “Silo’s Ale”.

Tucked behind their historic building like a classy Chicago speakeasy, Silo’s features a Full Liquor License with appetizers available until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Unforgettable live music on Friday and Saturday nights. It’s not unusual to find Grammy Award Winners sitting in for a set with local legends like Skyler Jett and Victoria Theodore. While you may not know exactly who will be playing when you get there, due to the incredible artists that are attracted to the opportunity to drop in and play at “Napa’s Premiere Music Room,” you always know you’re going to hear the very best live jazz, blues, rock, reggae, smooth jazz and Motown music around.

Smooth Jazz artists like Steve Oliver are welcomed artists in this venue.

SILO’s, Napa Mill, 500 Main St, Napa, California 94559

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Gloria’s Restaurant

Gloria and Jose Fuentes were seventeen years old when they arrived to the United States in 1978. Like many other young Salvadorians, they were filled with hope – longing for a better life than what they were experiencing in a cruel and intense civil war, and civil chaos which lasted many years (decades) in El Salvador. Without knowing each other, Gloria and Jose settled in Houston, Texas and faced the precarious existence and survival difficulties of undocumented immigrants for some time.

Fatefully, love created a miracle when they met and moved to Dallas to work with Gloria’s sister at a Salvadorian restaurant, which her sister owned in Oak Cliff. A year later passed, and Gloria’s sister gave up on the restaurant and Gloria and Jose chose to take over. Despite all the obstacles, and showing amazing resilience and a persistent work ethic, their life was beginning to change for the best. Playing an entrepreneurial role – with no previous knowledge – they registered the assumed Gloria’s name before the Dallas County Clerk on April 15, 1986. A few months later they became legal U.S. residents under the amnesty provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Under Jose and Gloria’s management, the little Salvadorian restaurant became distinguished for their tasty food. It was so full of flavor that an undercover critic of the Dallas Morning News gave them a very positive review. The next day there was a considerable line of Anglo clients waiting under the summer sun of Dallas, for an opportunity to indulge in the new and delicious dishes. Even William “Bill” Clements, Jr., the Governor of Texas at the time, was one of those curious customers.

Gloria’s growth has been a constant since then. Financial organization opened their doors to Gloria’s for the first SBA loan in 1999 and continues to show support to the fourteen restaurants they own today. Coincidentally, this coming April, Gloria’s will move their first small restaurant in Oak Cliff to the historic Fire Station building in the neighborhood, in celebration of their 25th Anniversary of triumphs. As well as, celebrating Gloria’s unique attention to innovate and delight their customers taste and senses.

Texas’ very own smooth jazz band The Brew is performing in this venue.

Gloria’s Restaurant, 3309 Esperanza Xing, Austin, Texas 78758

Warren Hill – The Smooth Jazz Business Man

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Warren Hill began his musical journey on the guitar and vocals at the age of 7. In his first lesson, his guitar teacher simply asked him “tell me your favorite songs and I’ll teach you how to play them” It was this simple question that set the stage for Warren’s entire musical future: playing the music that he loved.

Within a couple of years he had a songbook the size of an encyclopedia and a growing desire to learn more music. This desire led him to a music camp where he met bassist and hit music producer Matthew Gerrard. At age 14 and 15, the two formed a rock band performing shows all over Toronto. Eventually Warren began to incorporate his growing desire for the saxophone into the band, which led Gerrard and Hill to Rochester for a summer music camp at the acclaimed Eastman School of Music. Warren brought both his guitar and his sax, but once he arrived, someone played him a cassette with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Warren was instantly hooked on this undiscovered style of music called “jazz”. During that summer, he was so engrossed with the sax that his guitar never left the closet! From there it was back to Toronto where he quit his rock band and formed a fusion group, playing Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Spyro Gyra, Grover Washington Jr. and David Sanborn.

At this point, Warren was in his senior year of high school, with a tough decision to make. An “A” student with a passion for math and physics, he was accepted into the prestigious program of Engineering Science at the University of Toronto. It seemed that the “logical” choice was to sideline his music and pursue a more stable career in Science. Thus began one of the most difficult years of his life. His studies were so demanding that he was only able to play music once a week. This made him realize even more how important music was to him. But then the sudden tragic death of his older sister literally flipped his world on it’s end and made Warren re-think his life path. Realizing that life was precious and his time on this earth was short, he decided that he’d better be doing what he loved. So he applied to Berklee College of Music in Boston and received a full scholarship. In his words it was the best “career” decision he ever made.

3 years later, on Hill’s graduation night performance, to his surprise legendary producer Russ Titleman was in the audience and hired Warren on the spot to record 2 solos on his current project Chaka Khan’s “CK”. The record included a virtual who’s who in music, including Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. It was a dream come true for Warren. Little did he know that things would not necessarily happen that easily from that point on. He was still going to have to work hard to reach his dreams of becoming a recording artist in his own right. It was 1988 and Hill packed his bags in Boston and went west to Los Angeles to pursue his own record deal.

After only 6 months, one of Warren’s demo tapes was heard by Ahmet Ertegun and HIll was offered a recording contract with Atlantic Records. However, the celebration was short-lived as Warren faced his first challenge of perseverance: he spent 8 months on “cloud nine” composing and preparing to make the record, only to be shut down before ever stepping foot in the studio, due to sudden cutbacks at the label. After investing all of his time and money into a record deal that was now gone, Warren pulled up his boot straps and sent his tapes around to more labels. After 4 months of pounding the pavement he found his new home with Steve Backer and RCA Records, where Warren was finally able to introduce the world to his music. Backer allowed Hill the freedom to make the record with very little input from the label and Warren delivered “Kiss Under the Moon” his debut CD in 1991.

The CD quickly caught the attention of the industry and climbed to the top of the Contemporary Jazz charts. Most importantly, it caught the attention of Natalie Cole, who was looking for an opening act for her “Unforgettable” tour. Suddenly Warren found himself on the hottest tour of the year, performing throughout the US and Canada at some of the most prestigious and historic music halls, including 3 nights at Radio City Music Hall in New York City! A hit record and a tour that put him in front of 250,000 people in 2 months, the foundation for Warren’s solo career had been set.

Since 1991, Warren has released 11 solo CD’s which have reached combined worldwide sales of over 1 million copies. His live show is critically acclaimed as one of the best in his genre and has taken him around the globe including Southeast Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. He has earned accolades from a variety of institutions including: 6 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, Berklee Distinguished Alumni, multiple SESAC Songwriter Awards, a Juno Nomination, multiple Number 1 songs at Radio & Records, USA Today and Billboard. He has performed as a special guest for many Artists, including the number 1 Pop hits “Baby I Love Your Way” with Big Mountain, “Tell Me What You Dream” with Restless Heart”. In the field of Contemporary Jazz he has been heard on recordings with Chieli Minucci, Keiko Matsui, Jeff Golub, Steve Oliver, Special EFX, John Tesh, to name a few, many of which became number 1 songs. Still a vocalist at heart, Warren continues to include his vocals on his CD’s, one of which reached Top 20 on the Billboard Charts in 1998 “Shelter From the Storm”. His television credits include performances on Arsenio Hall, The Tonight Show and BBC’s Top of the Pops.

In 2002 Warren had an idea to create an event that would bring his fellow Artists and fans together for a brand new musical experience. He created the concept for the world’s first Smooth Jazz Cruise. After 2 years of development and planning, Hill launched “Warren Hill’s Smooth Jazz Cruise” in January 2004. It was an instant success. So much so that it spawned additional cruises mimicking Hill’s design. After 3 years of sold-out cruises, Warren decided to move on to other projects and handed over the reigns of his cruise to the capable hands of the late, great Wayman Tisdale. 7 years later, Warren’s initial concept and design are still producing several sold-out cruises per year, earning him the right to be referred to as a music business “pioneer”.

The true loves of Warren’s life are his wife of 16 years, Tamara and their 13 year old daughter, Olivia. He has written countless hits dedicated to them, including “The Passion Theme”, “Our First Dance”, “Tamara”, “U R the 1”, “Olivia” and “Still in Love”. Olivia is now getting ready to take over the role of “star” in the family, as her career is beginning to take off. She has a feature film “Olivia Rox” being released as one the the world’s first family oriented webisode series. Olivia is an incredible singer/songwriter with over 200 songs composed since the age of 4. A natural performer, Olivia starred in the role of Annie for 75 shows during the summer of 2009, receiving an Ovation Award Nomination from the critics.

Currently Warren is touring with the “Soul of Summer”, a package tour featuring Jonathan Butler and Maysa. He is working on several projects including: a new CD; his daughter’s CD and next film; his online Sax Club – with student members around the globe; concert promotion; and an innovative new internet music series. When he is not working, he enjoys the outdoors for long family walks with the dogs, jogging, cycling and swimming. Although if you ask him his response would be”Technically I don’t feel like I ever stop working. Even when I go for a jog, I’m working on some new song or arrangement in my head. But I’m not complaining!”

Warren Hill published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Pearl Restaurant

Pearl Restaurant offers Al Fresco dining on their beautiful outdoor terrace, accented by the modern décor and relaxing atmosphere of its inside dining area. Pearl’s menu is a perfect blend of spectacular Asian and Italian influences, boasting authentic seasonal ingredients and the freshest sushi in Rhode Island.

Pearl Restaurant & Lounge’s amazing cuisine and service coupled with its sophisticated surroundings make it the ideal choice for corporate gatherings, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and more. Allow us to assist you in making every detail of your special occasion exceptional in every way.

A fine place for smooth jazz. Enjoy sax beneath the stars.

Pearl Restaurant, 393 Charles St, Providence, Rhode Island 02904

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Smooth Jazz FM

SJFM is Sydney’s first 24-hour Smooth Jazz station, broadcasting from Darling Habour, Kings Cross and Maroubra. It encompasses the Sydney CBD, Inner Suburbs and Eastern Suburbs beaches exclusively.
We also reach part of the affluent North Shore. SJFM proudly caters to a niche market – and a rewarding one.

SJFM forms part of the Robert’s Media Group – specialists in broadcasting, publishing and entertainment promotions for 22 years.

At SJFM, we focus on minimal advertising and maximum smooth music with the competitive advantages of ownership of the station, full-time licences and digital broadcasting studios.
NB : Sydney Smooth Jazz Radio is unique !

For more information about this radio station visit http://www.smoothjazz.com.au.

Wine, Dine And Jazz At Sea – Moorea

French Polynesia – Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine & Taha’a
September 29- October 6, 2012

Cruise with Cjazz to magnificent French Polynesia on this luxurious and exclusive 150 cabin full ship charter aboard 5-star Paul Gauguin Cruise line! Enjoy free flowing award winning DeLille Cellars wines, world-class cuisine by top Chef Kevin Gillespie and top recording artists of Contemporary Jazz!

Announced artist are Richard Smith, Eric Marienthal, Dan Siegel, Sean Holt, Eric Milstein and Land Richard. Book your cabin here.

Moʻorea is a high island in French Polynesia, part of the Society Islands, 17 km (roughly 9 mi) northwest of Tahiti.  Moʻorea means “yellow lizard” in Tahitian. An older name for the island is ʻAimeho, sometimes spelled ‘Aimeo or ʻEimeo (among other spellings misunderstood by early visitors with no knowledge of the language). Early Western colonists and voyagers also referred to Moʻorea as York Island.

Because of its stunning scenery and accessibility to Papeetē, Moʻorea is visited by many western tourists who travel to French Polynesia. Especially popular as a honeymoon destination, Moʻorea can often be seen in advertisements in American wedding magazines. Arthur Frommer declared in Frommer’s travel guide that he considered it the most beautiful island in the world.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Festival of the Arts

You can’t find a more beautiful place to be on a summer day. The Festival of Arts is a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled in the canyon and only a few blocks from the ocean in Laguna Beach. This is the place to find that art treasure for your home or business for which you have been searching. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by over 140 of “The O.C.’s” finest artists! If you’re on the hunt for that perfect art piece, you’ll be sure to find it at The Festival of Arts.

In addition to the art show, the Festival provides a relaxing, entertaining environment with plenty to see and do. In addition to the special events, come and enjoy art workshops, daily docent-led tours offering expert insights to the exhibits, musical entertainment and hands-on demonstrations in printmaking, ceramics, painting and paper art. Then, explore the outstanding accomplishments of talented local students at the Junior Art Exhibit, featuring 150 works selected from over 1,500 submissions.

This venue also offers a great bouquet of National jazz artists.

Festival of the Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, California

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Leimert Park

Leimert Park is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California roughly bounded by Rodeo Road on the north, 4th Avenue and Roxton Avenue on the east, Vernon Avenue on the south, and Crenshaw Boulevard on the west. Crenshaw District lies to the south, View Park to the west, Vermont Square to the east, and Jefferson Park to the north. The district’s principal thoroughfare is Leimert Boulevard, which bisects the neighborhood from northeast to southwest.

Developed by Walter H. Leimert beginning in 1928 and designed by the Olmsted brothers, Leimert Park was one of the first comprehensively planned communities in Southern California designed for upper and middle-income families, and was considered a model of urban planning for its time: automobile traffic near schools and churches was minimized, utility wires were buried or hidden from view in alleys, and densely planted trees lined its streets. Walter Leimert envisioned a self-sufficient community, with a town square, theatre and retail shopping. Leimert Park became a desirable community and one of the first to have a Home Owners’ Association.

Today, Leimert Park is considered center of the African-American arts scene in Los Angeles, with flourishing blues and jazz clubs, as well as venues for hip hop and numerous dramatic performances and poetry readings. One resident, filmmaker John Singleton, has called it “the black Greenwich Village.” The park at the district’s center, adjoined by shops and a theater, is a popular place for performances and gatherings.

This park holds the famous Summer Jazz In Leimert Park.

Leimert Park, 4323 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90008

Smooth Jazz And Books – The Nils Songbook

This book now comes with a CD of all the songs with out the lead guitar. So you can jam along with the track.
To get an autographed copy enter your name in the field below

Lead sheets for 12 songs plus a note by note guitar transcriptions with tablature for Nils’ #1 Hits “Pacific Coast Highway” and “Jump Start” and “Catnap”

Songs include:

Back Pocket , Cat Nap, Coming Home, Cruisin’, Jump Start, Just Smile, Last Night, Midnight Breeze, Ready To Play, Sneakin’, Sunrise on Sunset and Pacific Coast Highway

The songbook is available at Nils’ website.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves for Violin

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, Amazon.com, 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 Amazon.com 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 violin with the groove, followed by just the rhythm section groove, without the violin. The 1st example is usually the easiest, the 2nd slightly harder and the 3rd the most difficult. The Super Groovers were very fortunate to have violinist extraordinaire Christian Howes perform and record the violin examples in the book.

This book is available at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Johnson’s Beach & Resort

Johnson’s Beach and Resort is located in the casual little northern California town of Guerneville on the Russian River in Sonoma County. It is in the downtown area within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. A few miles away are redwoods, wine tasting and the Pacific Ocean.

The Russian River is an old time resort area. Johnson’s Kamp was started by Gertie and Ernie Johnson around 1918. It has been owned and operated by just three families during all that time. Guerneville is a tourist town and also a bedroom community for beautiful Sonoma County and beyond. It’s a great place to explore or just take it easy.

Jazz on the River is a great way to spend the weekend. This Festival is also often called the Russian River Jazz Festival because earlier in the year the Russian River Blues festival takes place in the same area at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. The setting couldn’t be better. Huge redwood trees surround you with the hot sun shining through. Everyone hangs out on lawn chairs and just kicks back while the music plays. If you get too hot, just jump in the warm and inviting Russian River for a dip. Combined both festivals are since 2011 the Russian River Blues And Jazz Festival.

Johnson’s Beach & Resort, 16241 First St, Guerneville, California 95446

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Schwartz Center for the Arts

The Schwartz Center for the Arts was originally constructed in 1904 and known as The Dover Opera House. George M. Schwartz expanded it into a movie theater in 1923 and tabbed it The Capital Theater. For years, the Theater flourished but in the 1970s fell into a state of disrepair and in 1982, the doors were closed. After an intensive statewide fund-raising campaign, The Friends of the Capitol Theater, raised enough money to develop an extensive modernization and expansion. The beautiful $8.5 million facility reopened in October, 2001, dubbed the Schwartz Center for the Arts.

In 2004, a strategic alliance was formed to collaborate the resources of Wesley College, Delaware State University, and
The Friends of the Capitol Theater, to maximize usage and position the historic treasure as the premiere performing arts center in Central Delaware. In January, 2007, the relationship was formalized with the three becoming equal partners in the operation, management and programming of the Center. The agreement created a new organization with a board, that oversees fund-raising and philanthropic activities.

Two great jazz performers come together for a concert that highlight a variety of musical influences that promise to stir up and maintain a great sense of joy and musical passion! Showtime is at 8 PM on Saturday, September 8 at the Schwartz Center in Dover Delaware for Jessy J and Kim Waters.

Euge Groove – Born 2 Groove

Euge Groove — a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steve Grove — began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or ten. His teacher gave him a classical education on the instrument, which he followed at the University of Miami’s School of Music, where he became interested in jazz.

Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group’s 1987 number one single “Seasons Change.” He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group about four years.

Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, the Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx.

His saxophone appeared on Marx’s Top 20 pop and number one AC hit “Keep Coming Back” in 1991. At the end of the ’90s, Grove developed the persona of Euge Groove, a corruption of his real name, and recorded a demo that attracted the attention of various labels. This demo soon landed him with Warner Bros. Records. Euge Groove, his debut album, was released in May 2000.

At the time, the saxophonist toured in Tina Turner’s backup band. He followed up with 2002’s Play Date featuring the singles “Slam Dunk” and “Rewind.” In 2004, Grove moved to Narada for the ’70s pop-soul inflected Livin’ Large. Grove stuck with the ’70s vibe for 2005’s Just Feels Right and then incorporated a more gospel approach for 2007’s Born 2 Groove. He moved to Shanachie for 2009’s Sunday Morning. In 2011, Grove returned with his seventh studio effort, the fittingly titled Seven Large on Shanachie.

Euge Groove published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Internet – The Smooth Jazz Ride

The Smooth Jazz Ride is a website devoted to the preservation of contemporary jazz by providing album reviews, artist interviews, smooth jazz news, and a host of other features designed to get and hold the interest of the contemporary jazz aficionado. We do not directly sell any products but do provide advertisements and music purchasing information for those interested in purchasing the products we review or profile here. Ours is an informational site, and we hope you enjoy its many features time and time again. It is your interest that keeps us–and the genre–alive.

The website is maintained by Ronald Jackson.  Ron has been a music aficionado for decades. In fact, he was a vocalist. guitarist, and writer in both the R&B and classic rock genres from his preteens through four decades. He has also enjoyed smooth jazz, new age, world, and Latin music for decades. After reluctantly deciding to relinquish his dream of becoming a national performer, he chose to use his writing ability to make a contribution to this industry he so loves. He developed a deep love for contemporary or smooth jazz beginning in 1990 and has chosen that genre for his focus. Now also hosting his creation, Smooth Conversations, on BlogTalkRadio, and being quite adept at all things music, he is certainly the perfect “driver” to steer The Smooth Jazz Ride.

For more information visit The Smooth Jazz Ride.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is one of the city’s premier locations for outdoor concerts, festivals, and private rentals. The site offers panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware River, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as well as a unique waterfront ambiance for events that is unrivaled in the Philadelphia region.

The facility features five tiered levels of various sizes that can accommodate equipment such as stages, tents, seating, and food concession areas. Large public parking areas are conveniently located adjacent to the event space and two public restrooms are located on-site. The facility also has other amenities including a private backstage area with dressing rooms, a small on-site office area, and a private parking area. The Great Plaza parking areas can also be used as additional event space.

The 15th Season of the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Concert Series at Penn’s Landing celebrates women in music with an illustrious all female lineup that will leave you awestruck and enthralled. An evening summer breeze, the sultry sounds of horns, smooth vocals, and heart pounding percussions will certainly give credence to the Smooth Jazz Summer Night Concert Series being a summertime must-do event.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd at Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Wine, Dine And Jazz At Sea – Bora Bora

French Polynesia – Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, Raiatea, Huahine & Taha’a
September 29- October 6, 2012

Cruise with Cjazz to magnificent French Polynesia on this luxurious and exclusive 150 cabin full ship charter aboard 5-star Paul Gauguin Cruise line! Enjoy free flowing award winning DeLille Cellars wines, world-class cuisine by top Chef Kevin Gillespie and top recording artists of Contemporary Jazz!

Announced artist are Richard Smith, Eric Marienthal, Dan Siegel, Sean Holt, Eric Milstein and Land Richard. Book your cabin here.

Bora Bora is an island in the Leeward group of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The island, located about 230 kilometres (140 mi) northwest of Papeete, is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef. In the center of the island are the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, the highest point at 727 meters (2,385 ft).

Bora Bora is a major international tourist destination, famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts. The major settlement, Vaitape is on the western side of the main island, opposite the main channel into the lagoon. Produce of the island is mostly limited to what can be obtained from the sea and the plentiful coconut trees, which were historically of economic importance for copra. According to a census performed in 2008, the permanent population of Bora Bora is 8,880.

Today the island is almost entirely dependent on tourism. Over the last few years several resorts have been built on motu (small islands, from Tahitian) surrounding the lagoon. Thirty years ago, Hotel Bora Bora built the first over-the-water bungalows on stilts over the lagoon and today, over-water bungalows are a standard feature of most Bora Bora resorts. The quality of those bungalows ranges from comparably cheap, basic accommodations to very luxurious and expensive places to stay. Most of the tourist destinations are aqua-centric; however it is possible to visit attractions on land such as WWII cannons. Air Tahiti has five or six flights daily to the Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mute from Tahiti (as well as from other islands). The island is served by Bora Bora Airport on Motu Mete in the north, with Air Tahiti providing daily flights to and from Papeete on Tahiti.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Esther Short Park

 

A five-acre gem in the heart of Vancouver, Esther Short Park is the oldest public square in the state of Washington. It was established in 1853, when it was bequeathed to the city by its namesake. Today, it is anchored at its southeast corner by the 69-foot Salmon Run Bell Tower, made possible by generous donations from Burgerville founder and philanthropist, the late George Propstra and his wife Carolyn. A Glockenspiel diorama emerges from the tower on a regular schedule to depict a story of the Chinook Indians.

Some years ago, Esther Short Park was unkempt and crime- and drug-ridden. Mayor Royce Pollard, responding to citizen complaints, made the park’s renovation his personal project. A little over a decade later, the park had transformed into the inviting community hub it is today. Propstra is credited for spurring new development in the park, first donating $2 million to park improvements and then, later, contributing $1.3 million to build the bell tower. Private donations of $3.6 million and city investment of $2 million were used in 1998 to redevelop the park. The playground equipment, donated by the Angelo family, is constructed in a Victorian theme that reflects the history of the park. The park has proven to be a catalyst that has contributed to a surge of economic development in downtown Vancouver.

The Esther Short Park  is the place of  the Wine And Jazz Festival featuring WAR, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, The Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet, Yellowjackets, The Rippingtons, Marcia Ball, Diane Schuur, and the legenendary Jose Feliciano.

8th and Columbia Sts, Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington 98660

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – North Charleston Performing Arts Center

The North Charleston Coliseum broke ground in North Charleston in 1991 and opened in 1993 followed by the opening of the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and the Charleston Area Convention Center in 1999. The North Charleston Coliseum, Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center are owned by the City of North Charleston and managed by SMG.

North Charleston promotes a blue collar lifestyle with walkable communities and sustainable living. Not only a terrific place to live, but as South Carolina’s retail leader, North Charleston offers the best shopping in the state from retail hubs to small neighborhood boutiques. A great place to work and especially play, whether at North Charleston’s Coliseum/Convention Center Complex or by the scenic Riverfront Park at our historical Naval Base Memorial.

North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center hosts many of Charleston’s largest and most popular concerts, musicals, and events. This venue offers entertainment throughout the year along with convenient parking, great concessions, and a friendly staff!

The Low Country Jazz Festival takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418

Smooth Jazz And Books – Brian Culbertson

Brian Culbertson is not only a prolific composer/writer/musician but also author of a songbook with the simple title Brian Culbertson. The book includes Jazz piano solos from the talented, highly-acclaimed young composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist, Brian Culbertson. This book contains hit songs from each of Brian’s last six recordings. Titles are:

* Come to Me
* Midnight Sun
* After Hours
* Close to You
* So Good
* On My Mind
* You’re the One
* Do You Really Love Me?
* Back in the Day
* The Rise and Fall (Of Loving You)
* I’m Gonna Miss You
* Get It On
* I Could Get Used to This
* All About You
* Someone
* Alone with You.

This book is available at Amazon.

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Café Jazz Radio

Café Jazz is hosted by the keeper of the Canadian cool, Ted Hasiuk, CSJA Broadcaster Nominee in 2006, 2008, & 2009 ASJA Internet Broadcaster of the Year Nominee for 2010! Always an avid fan of music, Ted Hasiuk first became exposed to the smooth jazz movement while vacationing in the USA back in the late 80s. It was love at first listen and awakened a desire that could only be described as insatiable. After several years of compiling a smooth jazz library, which has evolved into the largest in Canada, Ted with his background as an educator, took to the airwaves in an effort to spread the word!

In early 2007, Ted was nominated as the 2006 CSJA Broadcaster of the Year. Having no prior broadcasting background, he was honoured by the accolade. The following year, Café Jazz went international and achieved a global presence. As of June 2010, the program is carried on 30 stations around the world. With affiliates in Canada, the USA, the UK, Chile, and beyond, Canada’s smooth jazz connection is now also enjoyed in such exotic locales as Taiwan, New Zealand, & Tenerife in The Canary Islands!! Two additional CSJA nominations followed in 2008 & 2009; and with a recent ASJA nomination in the Internet Broadcaster category, Ted is helping make smooth jazz history!

Ted’s passion for music comes through in the selections he chooses as well as in the knowledge he brings to the program through thorough research and interviews. Artists look to Ted for his advice, his genuine interest in their music and his integrity – he’s always considered it a personal privilege to expose and support new artists. Fans can always expect a personal answer to their e-mail and phone calls. In fact, over the years many friendships have developed in this very manner. Now several hundred programs after our premiere edition, the Café Jazz mission remains “to win listeners over one at a time, to have fun, and to showcase the very best in smooth jazz from around the world.”

Listen to Canada’s top smooth jazz radio station here.

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Smooth Views

SmoothViews is a monthly Internet magazine devoted exclusively to the world of Smooth Jazz. SmoothViews strives to present a broader, more multifaceted view of Smooth Jazz, showcasing the music as it is experienced at live shows and as it is heard on the deeper tracks of Smooth Jazz CDs.

Each month SmoothViews will help Smooth Jazz fans get to know the artists, introduce them to new CDs, as well as some old favorites, and keep them up to date on what’s new in Smooth Jazz through regular feature articles including: Artist Interviews; News; CD Reviews, Concert Reviews; SmoothViews Perspectives; Retrospectives (a look back at a favorite CD); On the Side (a look at Smooth Jazz sidemen); and On the Lighter Side (a little humor).

Always worth a visit.

Ray Fuller – The Weeper

There’s an understanding among artists of all walks that the most gifted make their statements with the most refinement. From Picasso and Rembrandt to Miles and B.B., at the height of their artistry, each was able to express volumes with a few precise brush strokes or one and well placed note. Chicago native Ray Fuller, a guitarist, composer and band leader blessed with limitless capacities for taste, economy and sensitivity, is well on the road to such refinement, though it’s mostly been other musicians who have realize it… That will change upon the release of Ray Fuller’s first album as a leader “The Weeper”, its title taken from the nickname he was given by none other than world class musician, George Duke.

From hard working teen on the scene in the ‘70s to A-list session player and world touring Guitarist/Musical Director in the present, Ray Fuller has earned the enviable title of the chosen few in his profession: that of musician’s musician.” For three decades, Ray has been honing his skills in the service of some of the greatest asked most diversified artists of all-time. His resume includes legends Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones, Roebuck “Pops Staples & The Staple Singers, Nancy Wilson and “Mr. Motown” himself, Berry Gordy. It also includes all-around musician / producers such as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, David Foster and Mike Post. It includes vocal divas Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Whitney Houston, Anita Baker and Oleta Adams. And it includes Contemporary Gospel royalty The Winans, Kirk Franklin,Tramaine Hawkins and Yolanda Adams.

This first solo project has been a long time coming for Fuller.’l started thinking about how much life had crept up on me,” he muses.”A musician known for supporting others (and very satisfied with that) began to see that life had become far too easy. I started thinking about my children how one day they would want to know about who their daddy was as an ‘artiste.’ I figured I’d better start thinking about MY legacy and getting a story told.”

Ray was gently pushed into this more foreground position by several people who recognized his greater potential as a lead artist. One was the late artist manager Howard Lowell, who told Ray he envisioned him playing beautiful melodies. Peer saxophonist Everette Harp keenly elaborates, ‘Ray’s ability to subtly emote through his guitar is merely an extension of his soul.With the exception of the late,great Eric Gale, I have never heard anyone play this style. And The Weeper has taken it a step or two further.’ Perhaps the biggest push came in 1997 in the form of some tough love from Ray’s frequent employer, George Duke. When Ray asked him to produce some music for him, Duke said,”No, because you already know what you want. All of the choices that you make around for me are the same ones you need to go ahead and make for yourself.”

Ray Fuller published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Rosa Parks Circle

Rosa Parks Circle is a plaza located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the warmer months it is a multipurpose facility, acting as a venue for events like concerts or dances put on by the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society. In the winter the Circle is converted to an ice rink. Below the ice there are 166 fiber optic lights designed to represent the sky of Michigan as it appeared at midnight, January 1, 2000.

The area was designed by Maya Lin who is famous for her work on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The original name of the circle was Monroe Mall Amphitheater. It is now named in honor of longtime Michigan resident Rosa Parks, of whom there is a statue in the park.

GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. GRandJazzFest is being held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, where attendees can enjoy music, support local businesses and visit other Grand Rapids attractions.

Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503