Smooth Jazz And Books – Smooth Jazz Guitar Solos

Fifteen Jazz standards superbly arranged by Andy Jones for guitar tablature and standard notation, complete with chord symbols. Includes Chelsea Bridge, Honeysuckle Rose, I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You, Undecided plus many more.

This sheet book is available at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Tangier

Opened by Ed George Sr. in 1948, The Tangier has been providing the Akron community with food and entertainment for three generations. This historic complex is Akron’s leading creative event center, offering new menus with an artistic flair and a multi-faceted, off-site catering and special event service – all at a competitive price point.

The 11-room facility – approximately 60,000 square feet – plays host to a variety of popular events, from wedding receptions, corporate galas and sales meetings to a mix of entertainment at The World-Famous Cabaret, which has been a local showplace for top-name entertainers such as Tina Turner, The Temptations, Charlie Daniels, The Scintas, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, Michael Stanley, 38 Special, The Platters, The Righteous Brothers, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, and Natalie Cole. The facility is also widely known for its steaks, fresh fish and Lebanese cuisine that are offered in its Legendary Dining Room or Georgie’s Bar & Grille.

Smooth Jazz fans will enjoy the Rippingtons on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

The Tangier, 532 West Market St, Akron, Ohio 44303

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – MCG Jazz Hall

All arts and music programs of the Guild share a common vision born from Founder Bill Strickland’s personal experience – that through direct involvement in the making of art and through personal exposure to the masters who teach and perform it, our lives will be enriched, even transformed.

MCG Jazz’s mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. Through our performances, we strengthen the long time Pittsburgh jazz community and contribute to the overall cultural and artistic diversity of the region. Through our live recordings we reach a national and international audience – a market we’d like to grow. Through our educational programs we are able to have students attend the concerts at low or no cost to them, make artists available for master classes and provide opportunities for internships in production and marketing.

Since 1987, MCG Jazz has brought audiences together with jazz artists at its 350 seat music hall in Pittsburgh for innovative 4-day performances and recordings. Many of these international masters of jazz would headline a list of Jazz’s “Needs No Introduction” — Joe Williams, Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Ray Brown. MCG Jazz Archives now contain over 300 CDs worth of jazz history by those who represent the past, present and future of jazz music. The performance series, one of the oldest in the nation, is an anchor of Pittsburgh cultural and community life.

The jazz artists come to the Guild to perform with an understanding that we’re a school. Most leave feeling that they got as much or more from their MCG experience than they gave. They frequently mention “hope” and “the spirit of the place.” You will hear what they mean in their recordings. MCG Jazz label recordings are unusually joyful. Artists spread the word and encourage others to perform here. Many come back time and again, choosing to record something unique on the MCG Jazz label. They generously give proceeds to support our programs.

MCG Jazz Hall, 1815 Metropolitan St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233

Smooth Jazz And Internet – TheUrbanMusicScene.com

A great group of friends, music lovers & comrades that makes up the team known now throughout the community of music called The Urban Music Scene . com. In only 5 years – from 2007 on, they have been blessed to stay consistent, take their gifts for the music they love (or not) & present it by form of review or summary & organize a portfolio of articles in stretches/blogs/pages for the music fans such as yourselves reading this to come & absorb.

Yet, none of them really thought it was a mission to do, rather was compelled to allow the passion of music to which they have grown to ‘appreciate’ & share it to the many or most. Whether you like or agree to them or not. And its not just music. But also information in pertinence to it.

For lovers of R&B and smooth jazz this site is highly recommendable.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Upland Memorial Park

It’s a large park, lots of benches and picnic tables, and a great playground. Directly to the south is Upland Skate Park, and at the north end of the park are two baseball fields. The park is fairly well maintained and sees a good amount of visitors every day. It’s a nice place to go and sit and have lunch, or just to relax and read the newspaper.

Adjacent to the park are baseball diamonds, a skate park, and in the next few years, the park will also be the location for the new Upland Animal Shelter!!

Come and enjoy an evening of Jazz with the Edward Brown Smooth Jazz Quintet in this park as part of the Jazz Festival 2012.

Upland Memorial Park, 1100 E Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA 91786

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

The Dirty Dog is another feather in the cap of Gretchen Valade, the entrepreneur and philanthropist whose generosity and love of jazz saved the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Chef Andre Neimanis’ sophisticated tapas-style menu encompasses unusual dishes that showcase his creativity. Musically, the Dirty Dog has some of Detroit’s best players, with piano sets from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by two evening shows with full bands. Willie Jones, the general manager, is visible in the front of the house, overseeing service and keeping the whole show running smoothly.

The Dirty Dog is a gem of a find for great jazz music. There are few places in the US you can hear music of this caliber. It is relaxed, fun and always entertaining. Remember, you are paying to hear truly great music. The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe is a sensory extravaganza of flavors and sounds. The restaurant is elegantly decorated with a warm, glowing ambiance. Alexander Zonjic is often performing at this place.

Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval Ave, Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan (Detroit)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Valencia Country Club

Envisioned as the centerpiece of a master-planned community, Valencia Country Club was built in 1965 by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. His course at Valencia has long been recognized as one of the best golf courses in all of Southern California, for its challenging layout, beautiful conditions, and complex greens. Recently, Golf Digest named it a top 25 golf course in the state. Originally a public course in when it opened, the course was purchased by a Japanese corporation in the mid 1980’s, and transitioned into a private Club. Since then it has remained private and exclusive, but ask anyone in the area who played it as a public facility, and they will tell you just how amazing “Big V” truly is.

The quality of golfers that have played Valencia Country Club mirrors the quality of the course. The course has been fortunate enough to have its fairways graced with the presence of some of golf’s living legends. In 1998, Valencia Country Club played host to The Nissan Open, once known as the Los Angeles Open, renamed today as the Northern Trust Open. From 2001 through 2009, the Club hosted the Senior PGA Tour, now referred to as the Champions Tour. The 1998 Nissan Open was the site of an extremely rare Tiger Woods playoff loss in a PGA Tour event.

Although the Santa Clarita Valley has seen many changes throughout the years, Valencia Country Club still remains a fixture in the community. While its prestige and reputation have grown to legendary status, it is still a beacon for leaders in the community, businesspeople, and a site for families to enjoy themselves, just as it was intended over forty years ago.

Friends of smooth jazz attend the Santa Clarita Jazz and Blues Festival 2012, which will take place at this venue in September.

The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea – Cabo San Lucas

As the perennially sold-out sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea prepares to launch its 10th anniversary excursions in January 2013, parent company Entertainment Cruise Productions is determined to keep the party going strong by creating a West Coast outing from San Diego to exotic Mexican ports in the fall of 2013 with music hosts Brian Culbertson and Boney James. Grammy winners David Sanborn and Marcus Miller will perform on the new program and continue to serve as the music hosts of the traditional January sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2014 that will embark from Fort Lauderdale to Caribbean paradise as it has done for a decade. Both 7-day cruises will be held aboard a luxurious Holland America ship and feature performances by legends, hitmakers and fan favorites.

“As we enter the second decade of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, we want to keep things fresh for our loyal family of cruisers that comes back year after year. Thanks in part to their suggestions, we decided to spread the love by creating a sensational West Coast cruise. With a cruise on both coasts, we feel that the hosts should reflect the different personalities of each coast. I cannot imagine a more exciting cruise menu than Brian Culbertson and Boney James hosting a West Coast cruise and David Sanborn and Marcus Miller topping an East Coast cruise. Brian, Boney, David and Marcus will perform on both cruises as will Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer. We’re going to showcase 22 incredible headliners between the two cruises,” said Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of St. Louis-based Entertainment Cruise Productions.

The first-ever left coast departure for The Smooth Jazz Cruise, the West Coast expedition will make its maiden voyage on the m/s Westerdam October 12-19, 2013 from San Diego and visit Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Baja Coast. Joining Culbertson, James, Sanborn, Miller, Butler and Dulfer as performers will be Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Kenny Lattimore, Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams, Brian Simpson, DW3, comedian Alonzo Bodden and special guest Tower of Power.

Cabo San Lucas commonly called Cabo, is a city at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. As of the 2010 Censo General de Población y Vivienda, the population was 68,463. It is the third-largest city in Baja California Sur after La Paz and San José del Cabo (although it is only slightly less populous than San José del Cabo). It has experienced very rapid growth and development, often with adverse environmental impact.

Cabo San Lucas together with San José Del Cabo is known as Los Cabos. Cabo is known for its sandy beaches, world-class scuba diving locations, balnearios, the distinctive sea arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas, and abundant marine life. The Los Cabos Corridor has become a heavily-trafficked holiday destination with numerous resorts and timeshares along the coast between Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Laishley Park

Laishley Park in Punta Gorda offers a gazebo with pond and fountain, veterans garden, shelter with picnic tables, restrooms, fishing pier, boat ramp, sidewalk for walking, jogging and biking, parking throughout park.

This park hosts The 8th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival featuring sax player Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Richard Elliott and Sergio Mendes.

Laishley Park, 100 West Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, Florida 33950 (Fort Myers area)

Gregg Karukas – The Soundtrack To Your Soul

The best way to recognize the popularity of a musician is to read his tour schedule. Gregg Karukas is undeniable one of the busiest artists of the smooth jazz genre. His tight current schedule sees him this year with Rick Braun, Earl Klugh, Peter White, Richard Smith, Greg Adams, Michael Paulo. Brian Bromberg and many other stars of the contemporary jazz scene.

“I think we all need music to be the soundtrack to our soul,” Gregg comments. “It can inspire us, balance out our lives and relieve stress. I appreciate that and I treat each CD or concert as another opportunity to connect to those sounds and emotions on a deeper level. I love sharing that with others and try to make each project a special event all its own.”

Karukas feels lucky to work with singers and musicians whom he feels a magical musical rapport with. “People say my music sounds romantic and uplifting – and I look so happy on stage, he says. It’s totally true. For me, the best music comes out of an inner feeling of either intense happiness or sadness. I always try to stay faithful to that original inspiration, because that is where the true sound of emotion’ comes from.

Currently he is working on his new album.

Gregg Karukas published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Music Minus One Tenor or Alto Saxophone: Smooth Jazz for Saxophone

Play originals and contemporary standards for the modern saxophonist. Listen to the Soloist-then play the selections yourself. Perfect for practice, performance, auditions and for everyday listening pleasure!

Performed by Rich Maraday, tenor sax
Accompaniment: The MMO Band

Song Listing:
Ribbon in the Sky
Sweetest Taboo
Let it Flow
Saxophone
No Ordinary Love
Unbreak My Heart
All around the World
Another Sad Love Song

Buy this songbook at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill

Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill is a hidden gem that’s located within another hidden gem – Fosters golf course. This is by far one of the best “19th holes” in Seattle, mainly due to their excellent selection of beers that rotate frequently – currently Racer 5 IPA is on tap, which is my favorite. If you like good beer that’s not overpriced, this is a great place to go. They also have a very large smoker which they use for a lot of their meats, so the burgers here are much better than most restaurants since they smoke them.

Sundays are when the men’s golf league takes place, so you’ll encounter many happy fella’s at the bar starting at 11am who’ve just played 18 rounds of golf (Billy’s opens at 11am). But even if you’re not a golfer, you can enjoy the food, drinks, and big screen TV’s that Billy’s has to offer. If you are a golfer, order their burger at the turn and save yourself $5 on the best burger around!

This is also the place to go for smooth jazz fans. Michael Powers will play there on Saturday, October 20, 2012 – 8:00 pm.

Billy Baroo’s Bar & Grill, Foster Golf Links, 13500 Interurban Ave S, Tukwila, Washington 98168 (Seattle)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Heritage Park, Florida

This 4 acre park is located at 192nd and Collins Avenue. Heritage Park is a multi-use facility with parking, government offices, and recreation at one location.

Opened in January 2011, Heritage Park offers residents a gathering place to listen to music, take a stroll on the walking path, let your children play in the playground areas or take fluffy and fido to the new dog park. The park size was increased thanks to a donation of the easement of one acre of land by the property owner at Ocean Reserve.

Park amenities includes: a performance stage and dance floor; a walking path around the entire park, the exterior of which can be accessed outside of the operating hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days per week; a covered pavilion; 2 separate playground areas, one for 2-4 year olds and one for 5-12 year olds; 2 sets of swings; seat walls throughout; lush landscaping with many trees; large great lawn for gathering; pathway lighting; lightning prediction system; security cameras; restrooms and drinking fountain; and metered public parking for up to 100 cars.

Heritage Park, 193rd St, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160 (Miami)

Wine, Dine And Jazz At Sea – Taha’a

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.

Tahaa is an island located among the Society Islands, in French Polynesia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean. The islands of Tahaa and neighboring Raiatea are enclosed by the same coral reef, and may once have been a single island.

Taha’a, with the rich aroma of vanilla lingering heavily in the air, offers a glimpse of the traditional, tranquil life of the Tahitians. The flower-shaped island’s simple beauty is charmed by soft mountain shapes and surrounded by tiny motu with bright sand beaches. In the fertile valleys cutting within the island, local farmers grow watermelon, vanilla, and copra.

Smooth Jazz And Radio – SmoothJazz.com

With midsummer temps hovering near the boiling point, the last thing you want to do is trudge around Internet seeking out tunes to cool down too. No worries, Smooth Jazz Global Radio provides the ice the in your Margarita. Innovative and easy, just navigate your web browser to SmoothJazz.com’s Top 50, Top 50 Indie or check the tunes on the radar at Radar Chart.

Support your favorite artist. Smooth Jazz Global Radio charts give you the info, artist website, buy CDs, download, all by clicking the album cover.

Summer’s sultry temps are sure to chill with never before heard smooth tunes debuting on SmoothJazz.com this season. Always on the cutting edge, the SJ.com crew brings the music before fans can even purchase it. Global audiences will hear every track two days before the album is available with commentary from Sandy Shore and the artist.

“It’s truly an honor to be invited to play the full album of major recording artists on our station first,” said Sandy Shore, founder of SmoothJazz.com. “The SJ.com crew is also very excited that the summer premieres will reach a new audience with our new iPhone and iPad apps.”

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Moorefields Estate

Moorefields was built in 1785 as a summer home by Alfred Moore, a Revolutionary military leader, founder of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and prominent jurist who ultimately served as the second and last North Carolinian on the United States Supreme Court. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 by Edward Draper-Savage, an artist and UNC French professor.

The 70 acres of woodlands and permanent pasture at Moorefields are currently maintained as a wildlife refuge. Owned by the Moorefields Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit, the property is administered by the Friends of Moorefields and is open for scheduled use by groups and individuals.

This is the place of the Hillsborough Jazz Festival.

Moorefields Estate, 2201 Moorefields Rd, Hillsborough, North Carolina (Durham area)

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Mazz Bar & Grill

Their mission is to redefine the guest experience by providing the highest quality of customer service. They strive to build long lasting relationships that inspire growth and development for their guests, employees, and their families while advancing the company in a way that is fun and profitable.

They are more passionate about guest focus and team training than anything else. They are driven by a simple truth; relationships mean everything. At Mazz they are committed to these relationships by providing attention to detail and exceeding guest expectations.

At Mazz Bar & Grill their commitment to the guests and their families does not end outside the restaurant doors. At Mazz, they thrive on building long lasting, meaningful relationships that show just how vested they are in the welfare of guests and community in Riverside and at large.

This fine place hosts smooth jazz with artists like Lakin, U-Nam and Jason Weber.

Mazz Bar & Grill, 3555 Riverside Plaza Dr, Ste 100, Riverside, California

Smooth Jazz And Radio – SwissGroove

A warm welcome to SwissGroove, the web radio reaching by far the world’s largest audience for the unique mix of jazz, funk, soul, world, latin, lounge & nu grooves.

SwissGroove is an Internet radio run as a non-profit organization called “SwissGroove” located in Altstaetten, Switzerland. Its members, under the knowledgeable guidance of Peter Böhi & Thomas Illes, both music aficionados of various genres, aim to play mainly music from artists off mainstream that are rarely played on other radio stations nowadays.

SwissGroove, founded by Patrik Jungo, has been online since May 2003 while SmoothVibes, as a music channel, ran from May 2006 until December 2007. This channel was programmed by Harry Melchior and the current president, Peter Böhi, providing mainly smooth jazz and related styles. Additionally, Peter Böhi runs a website called Smooth Jazz Vibes that has already been online since 1996, informing about the smooth jazz scene in depth. In December 2007 both channel were merged continuing under the “SwissGroove” brand.

The play-list has grown to 19’000 hand-picked tracks (from our countless archive) from the present and the past of various genres and styles, and it is growing daily. The makers don’t believe in the common “Broadcast Architecture” used by many radio stations worldwide. They merely believe in music and only play what they like themselves!

For more information visit http://www.swissgroove.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Mable House Amphitheater

For a number of years, the Mableton community enjoyed the use of the historic Mable House grounds for a variety of activities. Events telling the history of the area, arts festivals, and local concert activities were some of the programs hosted on the grounds.

Citizen interest in the late 1970s in the construction of an amphitheater on the back section of the Mable House property prompted action. A fundraising drive was organized to make the facility a reality. While a number of people contributed, the effort fell short of the amount required for construction. The funds collected were used to improve grades in a natural amphitheater area on the property and a portable stage was used for community concerts.

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is the result of former Governor Roy Barnes’ goal to provide Mableton with a quality outdoor theatre. Shortly after his election in 2000, he contacted the Cobb Board of Commissioners and asked that a program for such a facility be developed. This was quickly done and Governor Barnes, with the support of the local legislative delegation, provided a state grant for construction.

The 2,000-seat facility represents a $7 million dollar investment of state and local funds for a state-of-the-art amphitheater. A 20-year dream came true. This venue hosts the famous Atlanta Smooth Music Festival.

Mable House Amphitheater, 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, Georgia 30126 (Atlanta)

Paul Jackson – The Session Guitarist

Paul Jackson Jr. is worldwide the first-call and most wanted session guitarist. His performance is recorded on more than 1.000 albums, among those Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Bad. Further artists he played with are Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones, Steely Dan, Elton John, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Madonna, Rod Stewart, Barbara Streisand and some hundreds more.

His solo albums are I Came To Play (1988), Out of The Shadows (1990), River in The Desert (1993), Never Alone: Duets (1996), Power Of The String (2001) and Still Small Voice (2003). After a long hiatus Paul Jackson, Jr. presented in 2009 his  album Lay It Back on his new label Branch Records.

Jackson can be seen playing guitar in a wide variety of styles on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and American Idol.

Paul Jackson published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Books – A Guide to Smooth Jazz

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The ’90s saw the birth of a new instrumental genre called smooth jazz. Born by combining the great funky jazz instrumentals of the ’70s with the “keep them on the floor” R&B dance grooves of the late ’80s, smooth jazz has become a constant on radio airwaves across the globe.

Project Webster represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Project Webster continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge.

A Guide to Smooth Jazz Including Its Stylistic Origin, Cultural Origin, Widely Associated Instrument, Pioneering Artists, Record Labels, and More by Charlotte Adele is available at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Birchmere

The Birchmere is a concert hall in Alexandria, Virginia, known for presenting performers in the bluegrass, country, folk, and jazz genres. The main stage has table seating with dinner service. The room seats 500 people and the tables in front are about two feet from the stage. The bandstand includes a dance area.

This cool club has hosted some of the greatest touring musicians in the world, and is a favorite stop on many musicians’ itineraries. Table seating, a dinner menu, beer and cocktail offerings and an intimate atmosphere set the Birchmere apart from other area music venues.

The Birchmere hosts shows almost nightly and presents a varied mix of music and other live performances. A dance floor adjacent to the stage is available for many shows.

Many smooth jazz artists have already presented their shows at this place.

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Criticaljazz.com

Criticaljazz.com is a blog by jazz journalist Brent Black. He considers himself a jazz advocate more so than a traditional critic.  A site devoted to a critical examination of jazz and the world around us. Brent is a former contributor to All About Jazz and  to Jazz Review. He created this blog because he prefers integrity.

Read his statements:

“Some would question my integrity in doing a second review. Integrity is why I did a second take, preconceived notions should never interfere with taking an artists work at face value.”

“Too many critics were writing at a technical level that makes understanding most reviews too difficult for the average listener. The technical review works if you desire to limit yourself to an audience of musicians with advanced degrees. I only offer perspective, what you do with the information is up to you.”

“Just because an artist received a favorable review does not mean they are a critics favorite any more than a poor review qualifies the work as a sonic clay pigeon.”

“Would you only go see a physician that would only tell you positive things or would you go see a physician that would tell you everything?”

That’s the reason Brent Black writes critical reviews in his own blog and gets our attention.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Nighttown

The closest thing Cleveland has to an Algonquin Round Table is Nighttown, a New York-style supper club that attracts a most deliciously diverse clientele. Named by Down Beat magazine as one of the world’s “100 Great Jazz Clubs,” Nighttown draws the serious music fans for sure. But there is far more to the joint than hot licks and cool chords. The menu is decidedly old-school but well-executed, with dishes like whole artichokes, roast duck, trout amandine and Dublin Lawyer ruling the roost. The comfortably appointed dining rooms, bar and patio burble with conversation as doctors, professors, writers, artists and students exchange bon mots over bouron and beer. It’s this rare triple identity – as serious restaurant, inspired jazz club, and especially as living room to an intellectual community – that makes people continue to flock to “The Top of the Hill.” (Scene Magazine)

Named after the Dublin Red-Light District in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Nighttown posseses the ambiance of Irish pubs and turn of the century New York bars. Leaded, etched, and stained glass, combined with a clutter of memorabilia from earlier eras decorate the four distinctly different dining rooms and three active bars. Be sure to see Stephen’s Green, our outdoor dining area (fully-heated for year-round use) with a wall-size waterfall.

Since opening day, February 5, 1965, the menu has been a model of consistency. Top quality Certified Angus Beef, milk -fed veal, and the freshest of fish and chicken are prepared with creative simplicity. Try our house speciality, The Dublin Lawyer. And Nighttown has the best jazz available – in fact, we’re the only club in Ohio on Down Beat’s list of The Best Jazz Clubs in the World. Local players, as well as the likes of Ahmad Jamal, Benny Green, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, the Count Basie Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bob Dorough, Karrin Allyson, Kurt Elling, Bob James and literally hundreds of other “name” artists have all performed to enthusiastic audiences in one of the most intimate venues imaginable.

Smooth Jazz fans will also see their favorite artists.

Nighttown, 12383 Cedar Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-3153

Wine, Dine And Jazz At Sea – Huahine

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.

Huahine is an overlooked paradise in French Polynesia.

For one thing, the island is, arguably, the most picturesque in all of French Polynesia… With steep mountains descending into protected bays of azure blue and emerald green colors, the island is also one of the more geographically diverse of the Society Group.

Also known as “The Garden Island” due to its abundance of lush green tropical foliage and wild jungle-like scenery, Huahine is one of the more interesting of the Society Islands to explore.

Huahine itself is actually 2 islands known as Huahine-Nui and Huahine-Iti (Big Huahine and little Huahine). Interconnected by a bridge, both islands can be easily explored in a day or two, making this a travel destination you will never forget.

There are many things that make Huahine stand out among the Society islands, but perhaps the most treasured one is the much saught after idea of solitude and quietness.

Similar to its cousins Raiatea and Tahaa, Huahine is far less touristed than Moorea, Bora Bora and Tahiti! (and that’s a good thing) This island is so relaxing and stress free that many people pick it as their favorite Society Island after traveling here just once.

There’s also an abundance of long and beautiful white sandy beaches on Huahine… and the good news is that on this island, most of them are easily accessible for total quality beach and sun worshiping.

All these wonderful attributes and more make Huahine a fascinating world destination for you to explore. Take some quality time as you browse the pages and information of our site and enjoy your stay.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Copper Dine And Drink

The setting by day and especially by night is gorgeous, that’s the chief attraction. You really feel you’re not in East Lansing or Okemos. And the food is good, reasonably priced, and portion size is large-ish.  A public restaurant at a private country club. The dining room, while small, has a great decor and the music is fantastic, a nice change from the traditional elevator music one would expect for a place like this.

The service is wonderful! From the bright smiled hostess to the attentive wait staff your party is well cared for. The house salad is fresh, and different. The spiced cashews with the sweet tangy vinaigrette is the perfect combination. All of the dishes have a unique twist to them, the chef certainly adds his own signature to some old time classics! Each dish is neatly presented and appealing to the senses and the flavors leave nothing to be desired! And although usually a health conscious consumer, when the desserts are homemade, there is always room for at least a taste and sharing!

We recommend the smooth jazz days presenting artists like Phil Denny.

Copper, Walnut Hills, 2874 Lake Lansing Rd, E Lansing, Michigan 48823

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Strictly Jazz Entertainment

Strictly Jazz Entertainment is a for-profit organization dedicated to promoting the education and awareness of Jazz Music in the Memphis and Mid-South communities. Most of our effort goes into publishing our monthly newsletter. The newsletter is sent by e-mail to all members and keeps them informed on the local jazz scene. It includes news about the regional jazz scene; a schedule of what is going on in all the Memphis jazz clubs; special concerts and other events; and information about national jazz festivals.

For more information visit http://www.strictlyjazzentertainment.com.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves for Flute

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 flute with the groove, followed by just the rhythm section groove, without the flute. The 1st example is usually the easiest, the 2nd slightly harder and the 3rd the most difficult.

Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves for Flute is available at Amazon.com.

Hiroshima – A Pioneering Voice

In 1971, Duke Ellington recorded an album entitled The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse. As part of that work, Ellington proclaimed “that whole world was going [Asian],” and that no one would know “who was in the shadow of whom.”

The celebrated ensemble known as Hiroshima is the fulfillment of Ellington’s prophecy. In the three decades since they first convened, the Los Angeles-based ensemble of Dan Kuramoto (keyboards/ woodwinds/ composer/ producer), virtuoso June Kuramoto (koto/ composer), Kimo Cornwell (piano/keyboards/composer), Danny Yamamoto (drums/percussion), Dean Cortez (bass) and Shoji Kameda (taiko drum/percussion) have blended jazz, pop, and rock with traditional Japanese folk music and instruments. The resulting sound was a pioneering voice in the contemporary world music movement of the late 20th century.

Ever evolving, the 2010 Grammy-nominated group, highlighted by the sound of June Kuramoto’s shimmering koto (noted by Stanley Clarke to be the world’s best) creates music and sounds totally unique–with depth, heart and soul.

After more than 30 years in the recording industry — and almost 4 million records sold – Hiroshima decided to leave record companies behind and venture on their own.

Hiroshima published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Paramount Center

Originally built as a 1500-seat movie palace by Publix Pictures, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, the Peekskill Paramount Theatre first opened its doors to the public wtih great fanfare on June 27, 1930. The Inaugural program featured an overture by the Paramount Symphony Orchestra, an appearance by the village mayor, and “A Paramount All-Talking Picture”, The Big Pond, starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert.

At the time, Publix Theatres was recognized as a leader in the theatre building industry, and the Peekskill Paramount was constructed as a state-of-the-art facility unrivalled in the region. Designed by the noted architectural firm of George and Charles Rapp, who designed great theatres all across the country, the Paramount boasted “a mammoth cooling and air conditioning plant, a beautifully furnished lounge, rest rooms and many other exclusive features.” It even had a great Wurlitzer theatre organ, which rose from the pit, played for years by Banks Kennedy. The Paramount building is a designated Westchester County Landmark, listed on both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Paramount prospered for decades despite the Depression and World War II. However, it was the advent of shopping malls and television that brought on its demise as a movie theatre. Paramount sold the building in 1973. Eventually the building was acquired by the City of Peekskill in 1977 due to a tax default. Following improvements to the building, the Paramount opened briefly in 1979 as a performing arts theatre operating under the auspices of local arts and community groups.

The results of those performances were mixed, and following a market survey and various proposals, and through the urging of a community-based grassroots “Save the Paramount” campaign, the City of Peekskill agreed to the establishment of an independent nonprofit corporation, which would lease the building and independently operate it. Following further renovations and improvements, including the removal of several hundred seats, the Peekskill Paramount Center for the Performing Arts presented its first series of performances in the spring of 1982. Its mission was to bring cultural and educational programming to the northern Westchester and Putnam County area at affordable prices.

Currently, the nonprofit Paramount Center for the Arts operates as a year-round multidisciplinary center for the arts, with live performances, arts-in-education programs, films, and visual art exhibitions, serving over 63,000 people annually from throughout the mid-Hudson Valley Region.

The Paramount Center for the Arts is exploring a new way of presenting top caliber performers by offering patrons onstage seating with the artist in an intimate setting. Wine tasting by Dylan’s Cellar and appetizer pairings from 12 Grapes will be offered beginning ½ hour before the performance and tickets will be limited to 64 to create an unforgettable close up and personal experience for our guests and an inviting audience interaction for our artists. Selecting top names with a diverse musical background, we believe this is a wonderful opportunity for our audience to get acquainted with performers in a relaxed and appealing space.

Smooth Jazz fans will await the appearance of the Sax Pack.

Paramount Center, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, New York 10566