Michael Lington – Pure Lington

Hailing from Denmark saxophonist Michael Lington delights since many years the smooth jazz scene with his solo albums. After his self-titled debut album (1997) followed Vivid (2002), Everything Must Change (2002), Stay With Me (2004), A Song For You (2006) and Heat (2008). Also to mention Best of Michael Lington – The Songbook Collection (2010).

His newest album is entitled Pure, released February 14th 2012 on Trippin N’ Rhythm. Guest musicians are Michael Bolton, Lee Ritenour, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Ray Parker Jr., Jeff Golub, Jeff Babko, Paul Jackson Jr. and many more. The album was produced by executive producer Les Cutmore.

Michael Lington published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Adam Leibovitz

Under the leadership of Adam Leibovitz, a record promoter with years of experience with most major Smooth Jazz artists and labels, ASL offers the best in Smooth Jazz & Jazz, and World Radio Promotion and Consulting. Having promoted both highly established artists and fresh newcomers from largest major labels to the newest, upstart independents, Adam Leibovitz is acutely aware of the unique model of the Smooth Jazz and Jazz formats as he engages in weekly contact with all Jazz, Smooth Jazz, and World radio outlets on behalf of your record.

ASL Music Media & Promotion is particularly dedicated to developing artists and increasing exposure at the Smooth Jazz/NAC and Jazz formats via radio airplay. Through the utilization of format relationships, as well as a specifically designed program geared towards breaking new artists, ASL is a consistent and reliable source of the format’s new talent. ASL is explicitly committed to the infusion of new talent in the format to perpetuate a fresh sound and the development of new artists.

Adam Leibovitz grew up with a unique love of music. From listening to the influences of his mother and father’s very different and eclectic styles of music, to playing his own as a member of numerous bands. While cutting his teeth under industry veteran Cliff Gorov, Adam cultivated his relationships with Smooth Jazz radio and learned the ropes of radio promotion.

Adam has promoted such artists as Norah Jones, Luther Vandross, Sade, Celine Dion, Brian McKnight, Ramsey Lewis, Seal, Boney James, Dave Koz, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, George Benson, Chris Botti, Mindi Abair, Al Jarreau, Alicia Keys, Bonnie Raitt, Yanni, Peter White, Van Morrison, Richard Elliot, Bobby Caldwell, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, Tower of Power and Soul Ballet.

For more information about Adam Leibowitz visit his website.

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Soft Jazz FM

Soft Jazz FM is responsible for chilling out more people than any other station of it’s genre since 2001. Soft Jazz listens to its listeners. People who tune in to stations on the Live 365 network can vote for their likes and dislikes from the tracks they play. They can even vote with their feet! Yes they even get reports of what you were listening to when you decided to tune away.

Their listeners likes and dislikes are monitored and acted upon. And the favorites stay on the playlist for as long as they stay favorites. However if YOU say it should go, then IT GOES. They believe that it’s THIS policy that has kept them at the top of the Live365.com Smooth Jazz listings for the last 10 years.

For more information about this radio visit http://www.softjazz.co.uk/.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Ultra Smooth Jazz Grooves For Bb tenor saxophone

Do you like smooth jazz? Do you like the tenor saxophone? Are David Sanborn, Grover Washington Jr., Kirk Whalum, Eric Marienthal, Kenny G, Wilton Felder and Dave Koz your favorite saxophonists? If you can answer all questions with an astounding yes, then this songbook is for you.

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.

This book/CD is available at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The John T. Bernhard Center

The Bernhard Center is the center of campus life at Western Michigan. As the “heart of WMU,” the center offers services (Student Organization Center, WMU Catering, Bronco Mall, Bookstore, Bronco Express, Student Activities and Leadership Programs, to name a few), facilities (22 meeting rooms of all sizes), and programs (Registered student organizations and University departments sponsor hundreds of lectures, concerts, seminars, conferences, banquets, festivals, and special events every year), which help support cultural, social and educational activities.

Join The Producers on Friday, November 16th there with Darren Rahn, Paul Brown & Nate Harasim.

The John T. Bernhard Center, 1903 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5408

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Christian Bößner

Promoter and event manager Christian Bößner has fulfilled his lifelong dream. If he wants to hear and see a great musician, he invites him to his Smooth Jazz Festival. His festivals in Bregenz, Munich, Austria, Mallorca and Augsburg are legend.

Musicians like Peter White, Rick Braun, Brian Simpson, Nick Colionne, Dave Koz, Jessy J, Paul Brown, Rocco Ventrella, Jonathan Fritzén, Gerald Albright, Martin Ehlers Trio, David Benoit, Walter “Chepe” Blanco, John Odio, Paul “Shilts” Weimar, Chuck Loeb, Joyce Cooling, Steve Oliver, Michael Lington, Club des Belugas, Marcus Johnson, Richard Elliot, Gabin, Chieli Minucci, Alex Bugnon, Marion Meadows, De Phazz, Praful, Pat Appleton, Jaared, Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius, Jeff Lorber, Marc Antoine, Warren Hill, UNÉ and Adani & Wolf followed his invitation.

His events are varied. He surprises the audience constantly with new programs. As he always opens up new places and venues, it is also not boring for the audience concerning this aspect. But apparently is his hometown Augsburg the constant in his career as promoter. Thus, the Smooth Jazz Festival in Augsburg is meanwhile tradition and institution. Evidently provides the Kurhaus Göggingen all the elements for a successful festival.

For more information about Christian Bößner visit http://www.smoothjazzfestival.de.

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Groove FM

For some time, there is a very special web radio on the Internet: The privately run web radio GrooveFM sends each day relaxing jazz sounds from Mainz and Aschaffenburg. You do not know what a web radio? Well, radios emit only once from a normal radio program, but the program only to hear over the Internet. Many stations use it, the sound quality that you’d expect from a conventional CD. So, an improvement compared to conventional FM radio.

Such a radio program established in October 2006, the two music enthusiasts Peter Henning Höld and Schwoerer. In GrooveFM hear relaxing music in the fields of jazz, funk and electronic music. Daily from 06.00 – 03.00 clock in the morning the program is broadcast, which is accessible through the Internet around the globe.

For more information visit their website in German language.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – One World Theater

This venue is maintained by Hartt & Nada Stearns.  In July 1999, One World Theater opened as an extension of the arts-in-education program with a mission to educate and inspire children and adults with innovative and exciting multicultural arts and entertainment programs. It is a beautiful setting in which to experience great music and art.

Visitors love the coziness of the concerts and the feeling of being in the artists living room sharing their love for music. The venue only seats around 350, so it is quite intimate. The owners of this venue have a heart for smooth jazz fans. So people could attend concerts of Nick Colionne and Brian Simpson, Earl Klugh and most recently Fourplay (Sunday, November 04, 2012).

One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road, Austin, Texas 78746

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Last FM

Smooth Jazz is a genre mix that is heavily influenced by R&B, Rock, and Pop. It features heavy use of electric instruments a smooth R&B inspired beat and melodies. The smoothness makes it appealing to both core jazz lovers and core R&B lovers.

The Internet radio Last FM offers a great compilation of smooth jazz here. You can choose between your favorite artists and listen to their music.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Nissi’s

Nissi’s is an award-winning restaurant and music venue located in Lafayette, Colorado. Great entertainment, really outstanding gourmet food at reasonable prices, and a wonderful, warm cozy environment. Excellent, friendly service, and the best sound man in the business.

Friends of smooth jazz will like Nelson Rangell’s Holiday Show on Wednesday, December 19, 2012.

Nissi’s, 2675 North Park Dr, Lafayette, Colorado 80026 (Boulder)

June Kuramoto – The Koto

Born in Saitama-ken Japan (just outside of Tokyo), and raised in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles, June epitomizes America’s evolving art and music culture. As a child, she longed to return to Japan and found comfort in playing an ancient Japanese instrument– the koto. Almost by destiny, a renowned koto master, the madame Kazue Kudo, protege of Japan’s most famous kotoist and composer, Michio Miyagi, relocated to the United States, and began teaching koto– in June’s family home. Using her grandmother’s koto, June, only six years old, found a ‘connection’ for her life in the instrument and Japanese music.

June has subsequently received all the classical degrees of koto through Kudo-Sensei and authorized by the Miyagi School of Koto in Japan. Along the way she has performed with some of the greatest musicians in the classical world from Japanese masters to Ravi Shankar. But June is an American artist. She wanted somehow to integrate this music that is her life– with the American culture and music that she loves.

June met an eccentric artist-musician named Dan, and they began merging June’s koto music with the diverse musical environment of Los Angeles. This was the beginning of Hiroshima. June has since been the driving artistic force of Hiroshima, creating a multi-cultural music statement, while growing into one of the world’s greatest kotoists.

June Kuramoto published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Miller Center for the Arts

The Miller Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Reading Area Community College, has become an anchor in the city of Reading’s cultural landscape. Our 509-seat theatre offers quality programming for all ages and interests. Whether you would like to see modern dance, improv comedy or a children’s show, the Miller Center has something for everyone.

Some of the more prominent acts that have appeared at the Miller Center include New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Phildanco and the Flying Karamazov Brothers.  Along with performances, the Miller Center also hosts community events and is available for rental.

Friends of smooth jazz will enjoy  Peter White’s Christmas Show with Mindi Abair & Rick Braun on Sunday, December 02, 2012.

Miller Center for the Arts, Reading Area Community College, 4 N Second St, Reading, Pennsylvania 19601

The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea – Bahia Magdalena

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 Bahia Magdalena. 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.

Bahía Magdalena (Magdalena Bay) is a 50 km long bay in Comondú Municipality along the western coast of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. It is protected from the Pacific Ocean by the sandy barrier islands of Isla Magdalena and Isla Santa Margarita.

This bay is particularly noted for the seasonal migration of the California Gray Whales that come here during winter to mate. The bay is also popular for commercial and sports fishing. Nearby mangrove swamps provide sanctuaries for sea birds. The bay includes the small fishing port of San Carlos, as well as Puerto López Mateos, which provides a good place to observe the whales.

Smooth Jazz And Books – A Reference Guide to Jazz from 1890-2010: Including Ragtime, Swing Music, Bebop, Hard Bop, Latin Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Acid Jazz and Many more

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online.

This book features an overview of jazz and its stylistic evolution throughout the years. The book is divided according to following time periods: 1890-1910; 1920-1930; 1940-1950; 1960-1970 and 1980-2010. It includes descriptions of various types such as ragtime, dixieland, swing, bebop, post-bop, smooth jazz and acid jazz.

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.

This book is available at Amazon.com.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Jazzyblu Cafe & Lounge

Local jazz fans come to the city’s only club dedicated to the genre for open mic on Thursday, live local talent on Friday, and neo soul on Saturday. Located on lower level of a glass factory (relax, there’s exposed brick), happy hour and lunch specials (Southern cooking) betray cost expectations of an upscale lounge setting. Crowd tends to be older, but how many young jazz fans do you know?

My suggestion for smooth jazz fans: Walter Beasley – Friday, November 02, 2012 – 8:00 pm!

Jazzyblu Cafe & Lounge, 815 West Market St, Louisville, Kentucky 40202

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Studio Z Café and Listening Room

Studio Z Café and Listening Room is  the former Café Classics. A great place with amazing food to unwind and socialize in Monroe. This place will be blessed by Alexander Zonjic and friends every Friday and Saturday with two shows. So smooth jazz fans in the Motor Town area visit this fine café.

Studio Z, Cafe And Listening Room, 29 South Monroe Street, Monroe, MI

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Smooth Jazz Berlin

The program of Smooth Jazz Berlin is the adaptation of a very successful American idol. Smooth Jazz, a style of music in the U.S.A. discovers millions of people including Germany. Smooth Jazz is, for example, in contrast to normal Jazz, not interrupted by hard beats. Smooth is just what sounds fluently.

Prominent artists such as Sting, Sade, Nora Jones, Al Jarreau, and George Benson. Smooth Jazz you can not hear, it is alive. The lovers of the “soft music” are connoisseurs without haste. They cultivate a lifestyle to which in addition to the quiet sounds, a good wine, Whiskey or the right cigar can belong. Therefore this radio brings smooth jazz music from the airwaves and in Berlin on stage and offers small concerts in an exclusive setting, with culinary claim.

More information about Smooth Jazz Berlin here.

In keeping with the slogan of the station “More than music”.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Vitello’s Jazz And Supper Club

Upstairs at Vitello’s is a custom-built listening room over Vitello’s Italian Restaurant in Studio City; it is called the “Upstairs Room”. Williams describes it as “like a Vegas lounge, with great sound, lights and stage and there is not a bad seat in the house.” Local musicians say this room is reminiscent of the clubs of Dante’s and Shelly’s Manhole. These were great clubs of the sixties and seventies.

Vitello’s is not just a restaurant; it is a philosophy of life…an obsession for quality that is translated through every prepared Italian dish. Vitello’s brings cuisine simplicity to life by teaching guests to appreciate the natural ingredients and explosive flavors carefully selected by our expert culinary team.

When you’re in the mood for good times and great cuisine, be sure to check out Vitello’s Restaurant. The restaurant is located in one of the area’s most pleasant settings and is known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine. The menu at Vitello’s Restaurant features a wide array of great selections, made from only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with something sure to please every member of your group.

Vitello’s Restaurant has established itself as one of the area’s favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer you a pleasant and unique dining experience every time you visit. Our suggestion for smooth jazz fans is Rick Braun’s CD Release Party of his new album on Thu, 11/08/12 8:00 PM PST.

Vitello’s Jazz & Supper Club, 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is the Crown Jewel of the South Bay arts scene. With its new bold, modernistic Grand Lobby, featuring a black Indian slate exterior, a granite water feature, stainless steel and cherry wood accents and a 21-feet high cherry ceiling, the 1,457-seat theatre is home to three prestigious and highly successful presenters.

Mike Jones’ One Miracle Celebration of Life Foundation presents the 7th Annual Evening of Jazz fundraiser starring Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, benefitting kidney donors this weekend.

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, California 90278 (Los Angeles)

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Churchill’s on Elm

Someone once said something of membership and privileges. A Churchill’s membership is easy to obtain and its privileges are plentiful! Immediately upon entering one will realize you’re part of something special. Step inside and step back in time with lavish leather seating, the rich feel of a granite & copper bar, an array of relaxing cigars in the humidor and uplifting live music each night. Join your friends at Churchill’s, indulge your senses and celebrate the good life victoriously.

Whole food approach to great American food. No walk in cooler or freezer. Fresh ingredients delivered daily. Chances are you have heard of the Contemporary Smooth Jazz group Freeport as they are regulars at festivals, top venues and notable events. The four piece Smooth Jazz group consists of Steve Thornton on saxes, flute, Jo Daniels on keys, Tony Testa on drums, and Scott Marvill on basses and guitar.  Freeport provides a very soulful, appropriate, inquisitive, and smooth approach to performing. They offer a combination of Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, and Jazz Standards.

Listen to Freeport at Churchhill’s on Elm on Thursday, October 25, 2012 – 9:00 pm.

Churchhill’s on Elm, 213 South Elm St, Greensboro, North Carolina 27407

Ron Kobayashi – Piano Passion

Pianist and leader Ron Kobayashi has performed with Mel Torme, Margaret Whiting, Eric Marienthal, Phil Upchurch, Teddy Edwards, Tim Weisberg and Paula Kelly Jr. and “The Modernaires,” He was a featured performer on the internationally distributed “Johnny Yune” television show, and has been featured on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. In 1992, Ron performed for President Bill Clinton and has recorded as a solo artist for the Casierra Record label.

The Ron Kobayashi Trio has played numerous jazz festivals including the San Bernardino Music Festival, The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival, the Dana Point Jazz Festival and the Mission Viejo Music Festival, as well as the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

In 2012, the Ron Kobayashi Trio was nominated for “Best Jazz” at the Orange County Music Awards.

Ron Kobayashi published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – John Ascuaga’s Nugget

John Ascuaga’s Nugget is one of the few family-owned casino resorts left in the country. Founded as a coffee shop with a few slot machines on March 17, 1955, John Ascuaga has built the Nugget into a world-class, full-service gaming resort destination. John and two of his children, Michonne and Stephen are intimately involved in the daily operations of the business and set the tone of the quality, caring and fun environment that makes the Nugget the perfect place to take your next getaway, vacation or event.

Spend a well deserved evening out and relax with live jazz each week in the beautiful atmosphere of the Orozko Lounge. There is no cover charge and parking is free and easy in their parking lot west of Orozko just across 14th Street or valet at the hotel’s main entrance.

Smooth Jazz fans will see great shows in October by Shilts, Phillip Denny with Nate Harasim and Nils.

Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, Nevada 89431

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Plaza Club

Located on the 21st floor of the Frost Bank Tower at the corner of Houston and North Main, Plaza Club is only minutes from the River Walk and Alamo. They offer a private setting rich in tradition, and one of the finest dining and business centers in the San Antonio area. Members enjoy spectacular panoramic views of downtown San Antonio through the floor-to-ceiling windows, which showcase the city’s rich history and its vibrant future. When you join Plaza Club, it’s their mission to provide you with a sense of belonging and a memorable experience on every visit.

Plaza Club offers Members:
A variety of business networking events and social activities
Incredible club privileges at a network of clubs for entertaining while you travel
The opportunity to enrich your professional and personal relationships
A place to meet with friends and associates as you enjoy the elegance of the Club

Smooth Jazz fans will enjoy Darren Rahn and Nate Harasim in November, 2012.

The Plaza Club, 100 W Houston, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Toad’s Place

Toad’s Place has been hoppin’ since 1975, establishing itself as one of the premier music halls in the country. Virtually every major touring act has appeared on Toad’s stage in the past twenty years.

Toad’s place remains a favorite venue for many of the megastars when they wish to perform in a smaller, more intimate atmosphere where they can be closer to their fans. For this very reason, The Rolling Stones chose to kick off their 1989 “Steel Wheels” tour at Toad’s Place!

Smooth Jazz fans will enjoy  Rohn Lawrence & friends, often including Jay Rowe, Trever Somerville with A Night of Smooth Jazz. Marion Meadow’s Christmas Show will also take place here.

Lily’s Pad at Toad’s Place, 300 York St, New Haven, Connecticut 06511

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Hawaii Convention Center

The Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC) is a premier convention and exhibition center in Hawaii, located in Honolulu on the island of Oahu. The Hawaii Convention Center is the largest exhibition center of its type in the state. It is located near the world-famous Waikiki district of Honolulu.

The Hawaiʻi Convention Center is the largest “design-build” project undertaken by the State of Hawaiʻi. The bid process for the design began in 1994 with LMN Architects being chosen to design the building. Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) was chosen to design the interior incorporating historical Hawaiian quilt designs and nature based motifs throughout.

The Hawaii Convention Center combines the modern requirements of a state-of-the-art meeting facility with the beauty, comfort and culture that are uniquely Hawaii. The site for the Center was selected for its close proximity to 10,000 committable hotel rooms. The spirit of the Hawaii Convention Center is the spirit of Aloha – welcoming and serving all who visit the Center with unconditional Aloha.

This center is also the place of the famous Pacific Rim Jazz Festival. It is the intent of the festival to highlight and feature many of Hawaii’s own talented artists and musicians and in the process allowing them the opportunity to share the stage with world class artists.

Hawaii Convention Center, 1801 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Smith Center

From its very beginning, The Smith Center was envisioned as a world-class performing arts center that would develop and present the best and brightest in a broad range of first-rate programming and unite the residents of our community.

This cultural complex will enable Southern Nevada to take its place on an international stage, celebrating artistic excellence, education and culture from around the world.

The ambition to create one of the nation’s leading performing art centers led The Smith Center’s design team to visit venues across North America and Europe in 2007, where they studied some of the world’s finest opera houses, concert halls and performance venues. After they toured venues including Palais Garnier in Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna and La Scala in Milan, they came together to design The Smith Center.

This venue hosts fantastic events like Jazz Roots: Brazil meets Funk.

Smith Center, 361 Symphony Park Ave, Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea – Puerto Vallarta

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.

Puerto Vallarta  is a Mexican balneario resort city situated on the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas. The 2010 census reported Puerto Vallarta’s population as 255,725 making it the sixth-largest city in the state of Jalisco. The City of Puerto Vallarta is the government seat of the Municipality of Puerto Vallarta which comprises the city as well as population centers outside of the city extending from Boca de Tomatlán to the Nayarit border (the Ameca River).

Puerto Vallarta was once named as La ciudad más amigable del mundo (The Friendliest City in the World), as the sign reads when entering from Nayarit. Today, the presence of numerous sidewalk touts selling time-shares and tequila render the city’s atmosphere more akin to tourist-heavy resorts like Cancun and Acapulco, but overall the city’s reputation remains relatively undiminished.

Tourism in Puerto Vallarta has increased steadily over the years and makes up for 50% of the city’s economic activity. The high season for international tourism in Puerto Vallarta extends from late November through March (or later depending on the timing of the College Spring Break period in the USA.) The city is especially popular with US residents from the West Coast because of the sheer number of direct flights between Puerto Vallarta and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The city is also popular with tourists from western Canada with a number of direct scheduled and charter flights from western Canadian cities.

Puerto Vallarta is also a highly popular vacation spot for domestic tourists. It is a popular weekend destination for residents of Guadalajara (tapatíos), and a popular national destination for vacations such as Semana Santa (the week preceding Easter) and Christmas.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – The Jazz Underground Supper Club

The Jazz Underground Supper Club is Birmingham’s home for live jazz, cooked to order food and the most fun you have had in a long time. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s original entertainment district, 5 Points South, Jazz Underground is your live music entertainment destination.

The magic of Jazz Underground is certainly in the music! Catch their legendary house musicians five nights a week and make sure you check back often for special events and concerts. National Recording Artist & Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist Dee Lucas brings his ‘Rebirth of the Smooth’ show to Birmingham at The Jazz Underground Supper Club!

The saxman will perform several tunes from his ‘Rebirth of the Smooth’ compilation CD which reflects the accomplishment of Dee’s previous CDs: ‘Remembrance’ (A Tribute to George Howard)/2004, ‘Something to Ride 2’ (Smoothjazz.com Top 10)/2007, & ‘Standing Room Only’ (Billboard’s Top 30)/2010.

Friday, October 12, 2012 – 7:30 pm!

Jazz Underground, 2012 Magnolia Ave, Birmingham, Alabama 35205

Earl Klugh – The Spice of Life

At the age of 13, Klugh was captivated by the guitar playing of Chet Atkins when Atkins made an appearance on the Perry Como Show. Klugh was a performing guest on several of Atkins’ albums. Atkins, reciprocating as well, joined Earl on his Magic In Your Eyes album. Klugh also appeared with Atkins on several television programs, including Hee Haw and a 1994 TV special entitled “Read my Licks”. Klugh was also influenced by Bob James, Ray Parker Jr, Wes Montgomery and Laurindo Almeida. His sound is a blend of these jazz, pop and rhythm and blues influences, forming a potpourri of sweet contemporary music original to only him.

Klugh’s first recording, at age 15, was on Yusef Lateef’s Suite 16. He played on George Benson’s White Rabbit album and two years later, in 1973, joined his touring band.

For their album One on One, Klugh and Bob James received a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1981. He has since received 12 Grammy nods, millions of record and CD sales, and continues touring worldwide to this day.

Klugh has recorded over 30 albums including 23 Top Ten charting records – five of them No. 1 – on Billboard’s Jazz Album chart. With 2008’s The Spice of Life, Klugh earned his 12th career Grammy nomination – his second nomination and release on the independent Koch label.

Each spring, Klugh hosts a special Weekend of Jazz featuring jazz legends and greats at the Five-Star Broadmoor Hotel & Resort in Colorado Springs. Jazz greats including Ramsey Lewis, Patti Austin, Chuck Mangione, Bob James, Joe Sample, Chris Botti, Roberta Flack, and Arturo Sandoval have all performed at the annual event set in foot of the Colorado Rockies. In November 2010 Klugh brought the ‘Weekend of Jazz’ to Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. In November 15–17, 2012 the third Weekend of Jazz at the Kiawah Island Resort is scheduled.

Earl Klugh published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.