Eric Marienthal – The Fusion Sax

In 1997, Eric was signed by legendary jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour to record for his new label, i.e. Music. Lee produced Eric’s “Easy Street” CD and the title track, which features Rick Braun on trumpet, made it to #2 on the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts.

Currently, Eric is signed to the Peak Records label, owned by Rippingtons founder Russ Freeman. “When Russ asked me to join the Rippingtons, he also offered me a deal with his label and I jumped at it. Playing with the Ripp’s has been incredibly fun for me and the band is awesome!” Eric’s first 2 recordings on Peak were “Turn Up The Heat” and “Sweet Talk”. The later of which featured the title track that was co-written by Eric’s 14 year old son, Robert. “Rob plays guitar and wrote this song which was originally more of a folk song. After I put my two cents in it turned into more of a smooth jazz tune and I don’t think Rob will ever forgive me!”

Eric’s next CD is his 3rd for Peak entitled “Got You Covered”. It’s an amazing collection of some of Eric’s favorite tunes and was recorded live in the studio. “Of all 10 of my records, this is my favorite. It features Russell Ferrante, Peter Erskine, Russ Freeman, Chick Corea, Dave Carpenter and Luis Conte. Most of the record was recorded live all together and all at the same time. It was so refreshing to record this way and the music sounds just like we played it.” The record has a very heartfelt, mostly acoustic sound and it’s one that Eric is obviously very proud of.

For the past 7 years Eric has been the musical director of an annual fundraising concert for High Hopes. High Hopes is a non-profit organization in Orange County, California that works with people who have suffered traumatic head injuries. With the help of guest artists such as Lou Rawls, Patti Austin, David Benoit, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Vesta Williams, Jeff Lorber, David Pack, Lee Ritenour and many more, these concerts to date have raise well over a half million dollars for this charity.

Among all the different bands that Eric has been a part of, one of his favorites is the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. Gordon is a very prominent, Grammy winning composer in Los Angeles and the Big Phat Band is among the most popular Big Bands in the world today. Eric is the band’s lead alto sax player and obviously loves being there. “This is about the only band I’ve ever been in that has as much fun traveling together as we do playing together! The audiences always go completely crazy during our shows and they know most of the music we play.” The band is made up of some of L.A.’s top studio musicians. The Phat band’s 3rd record, “The Phat Pack” was recently released in June, 2006. According to Eric, it’s the best record Gordon’s ever made.

Eric Marienthal published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The PSI Theatre

The PSI Theatre is one of the best small performance theatre spaces in the area. It is on the Upper Level of the Durham Arts Council just beyond Semans Gallery. The PSI Theatre is perfect for a theatre performance, pageant, film showing, seminar, lecture, musical or dance performance or recital, or other business and community meetings.

The theatre features upholstered, raked theatre seating with capacity up to 200. Its flat Marley dance floor can be adapted for any use. Four dressing rooms (2 are included in the base rental) feature restrooms, showers, and dressing/make-up areas. The adjacent Duke Power Rehearsal Studio may be used as a Greenroom for an additional cost. The theatre’s Tech Booth has a 96 channel light board, 10 channel sound board and spotlight. DAC’s Theatre Operations Manager/Technical Director operates the theatre, and will assist clients in creating their lighting and sound plans.

This is a hot spot for everything called jazz.

PSI Theatre, Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Smooth Jazz And Videos – I Came to Play – the Science of Rhythm Guitar by Paul Jackson, Jr.

Learn some of the best-kept secrets of R&B rhythm guitar playing. Paul Jackson, Jr. brings over twenty years recording experience right to your home or studio. In this video you will learn the techniques needed for great rhythm, how to dissect a chord into simple parts, the concept of space, and what role “effects” play in a song. These are techniques that Paul has used on countless gold and multi platinum recordings.

This video is available at CDBaby.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Best of Grover Washington, Jr. (Saxophone)

Best of Grover Washington, Jr. (Saxophone). (Note-for-Note Saxophone Transcriptions). By Grover Washington, Jr.. For soprano saxophone solo, tenor saxophone solo and alto saxophone solo. Instrumental. Jazz and Smooth Jazz. Difficulty: medium-difficult to difficult. Saxophone solo songbook. Standard notation, chord names, legend, introductory text and black & white photos. 87 pages. Published by Cherry Lane Music (HL.2500429).

ISBN 1575604906. With standard notation, chord names, legend, introductory text and black & white photos. Jazz and Smooth Jazz. 9×12 inches.

One of the most successful saxophonists of all time, Grover Washington, Jr. began his professional life as a preteen and made and recorded beautiful music for over 30 years before his untimely passing in 1999. This folio features note-for-note sax transcriptions of 13 of his finest songs, including Just the Two of Us, Little Black Samba, Take Me There and more. Also includes a biography, great photos and a fingering guide.

Buy this book here.

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Smooth Jazz Network

Smooth Jazz Network is part of Broadcast Architecture. Broadcast Architecture, founded in 1988, provides research and consultation services to the radio, television, and entertainment industries. Their sole commitment is to deliver the highest quality intelligence available and to utilize that intelligence to maximize the success of our clients. By combining innovation and experience with revolutionary technology, Broadcast Architecture has established a new hallmark of uncompromising service and effectiveness.

Smooth Jazz Network offers Smooth Jazz Internet Radio and Smooth Jazz News at their website.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – The Bottom Line Bar & Grill

 

The Bottom Line Bar and Grill, formerly Hang Tyme Lounge, is all about enjoying yourself and letting loose. The bar featues special nights during the week to get customers excited, like all-day buffalo wing and beer specials during football season. Or if you feel like practicing for the next American Idol then Thursday is the night for you, as DJ Dave gets the bar singing with karaoke. Then on Friday it’s House Party night, where the music is loud, the lights are crazy and house music is in effect. But the real bottom line for this cozy bar and grille is the famous fried pork chops. You can’t leave without trying them.

For smooth jazz fans they present Jazzy Tuesdays, featuring Jaared and the JAT Band
Light Buffet w/ All Night Long Happy Hour
Happy Hour – ALL NIGHT LONG!
Hours: 4:00PM ~ CLOSE

Jaared’s sound is unmistakable and undeniable. A virtuoso musician and an incredibly exciting performer, his heartfelt instrumentation and vocals show a depth and musical understanding that go straight to the heart.

Bottom Line Bar & Grill, 9008 Old Branch Ave, Clinton, Maryland 20735

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Michael Lazaroff

The man behind the Smooth Jazz Cruise and other cruises is Michael Lazaroff, executive director of Entertainment Cruise Productions. Since 1999 when his mother Anita Berry first created the Jazz Cruise, Lazaroff has been working to present jazz at sea with the only fully-chartered jazz cruise.

Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (ECP) is the world’s leader in full ship charter music cruises. Beginning more than a decade ago, ECP, through its various cruise programs, has produced more than 30 full ship charters featuring music themes as diverse as Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis and Jazz. The diversity of music presentations is reflected in our two divisions (Jazz Cruises and Memory Lane Cruises), but our formula for success remains constant among our various programs.

Michael Lazaroff  serves as the Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions and was primarily responsible for the development of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, hosted by Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz & Friends at Sea, the 2007 North Sea Jazz Cruise, hosted by Marcus Miller, and the Playboy Jazz Cruise™. Michael’s responsibilities include the financing, advertising and promotion of the various cruises and Michael personally serves as the cruise producer for each sailing, working behind the scenes with the staffs of the various ships to insure that there is appropriate quality control and services for all of our guests.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Baker’s Keyboard Lounge

At Baker’s keyboard lounge, come and enjoy traditional jazz, great atmosphere and feel like you just stepped back in history. In the late thirties, Clarence had installed himself as entertainment director, and began booking solo pianist into Baker’s. Suddenly, there were lines outside the door. What began as a neighborhood spot serving steaks and chops, now, was a little jazz club.

In March of 2011 the club was purchased by Hugh Smith, a former manager, and Eric Whitaker, a retired General Motors Engineer. They have begun to revitalize Baker’ s with noticeable improvements to the interior and exterior since they purchased the jazz icon from Colbert. The improvements include new stage and sound system, new flooring, new roof, and updates to the kitchen. The new owners are also pursuing bringing in national acts, continued updates to the interior and exterior of the building, and the commitment to continual improvements towards quality delivery of service to it’s customers.

Join Lin Rountree on Friday and Saturday, November 23th and 24th, 2012.

Bakers Keyboard Lounge, 20510 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI, 48221

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Smooth Jazz Times

SmoothJazzTimes Web Magazine™ offers up close and personal interviews with recording artists from the world of Smooth Jazz. We feature local jazz bands that have a major impact on the jazz scene from coast to coast. The latest in jazz news, reviews, concerts and events are offered here – in addition to segments surrounding the importance of music education and fine works from musically influenced illustrators. We also honor legendary jazz greats who paved the way for so many musicians today.

SmoothJazzTimes Web Magazine was founded and created by Kim Betton, a veteran television news anchor/reporter who worked in various markets throughout her career covering both entertainment and breaking news reports from the field, and at the helm of the anchor desk. Some of Betton’s previous stations include, NBC 4 & MSNBC, Washington, DC, USA TODAY Sky Radio, Washington, DC, FOX 13 News, Memphis, TN, WKBW-TV, Buffalo, New York, and KARK 4 News in Little Rock, AR.

SmoothJazzTimes Web Magazine is a product of Premier Multimedia Group, LLC, a Maryland/Washington, DC area based firm offering entertainment marketing and public relations, Web design, video production, voice imaging, photography and online publishing.

You can visit this web magazine here.

Bobby Lyle – Piano Magic

A flexible pianist and keyboardist, Bobby Lyle has long straddled the boundaries between straight-ahead and more commercial forms of jazz. He grew up in Minneapolis and at age six took piano lessons from his mother, who was a church organist. Lyle played clarinet for a period in junior high school before switching back to piano. He considers Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, and Art Tatum to have been his early influences.

Lyle’s first gig was when he was 16 and, after two years of college, in 1964 he became a full-time musician. He spent six years playing locally in Minneapolis and then toured for two years with Young-Holt Unlimited. After returning to Minneapolis for local work (recording a set in 1974 that was released just in Japan), in 1976 Lyle moved to Los Angeles where he quickly got a job with Sly & the Family Stone.

After playing with Ronnie Laws, he recorded two solo albums for Capitol. Lyle made guest appearances on recordings by George Benson, Phyllis Hyman, and Esther Phillips and in the early ’80s toured with Benson and became Bette Midler’s musical director. After two years with Al Jarreau, Lyle recorded a straight-ahead combo date for King (which was reissued as an Evidence CD), conducted for Anita Baker in 1986, and worked with Gerald Albright.

In 1988 he began a long association with Atlantic that resulted in the release of six albums between 1989 and 1997, with Pianomagic, a 1991 album of piano solos, being one of the highlights of his career.

Bobby Lyle has remained a highly versatile and valuable keyboardist as both leader and sideman during the new millennium, releasing such albums as 2002’s Joyful, 2004’s Straight and Smooth, and 2006’s Hands On on independent labels.

Bobby Lyle published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Radio – After Hours

Hosted by Kerri Donovan, After Hours features smooth, fusion and crossover jazz from the 70’s to today. After Hours can be heard on Smooth Jazz Expressions from 9 pm to 1 am Eastern time. You can also join her Mondays at 11 am eastern time for the Smooth Jazz Top 25 on Smooth Jazz Expressions.

For more information go to this website. Videoclips about her broadcasting are here.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Dinner Music By Saxophonist Mark Maxwell

The right dinner music is a must for fine dining, cocktails, elegant gatherings. It should create a relaxed and warm ambiance -the perfect mood for you and your guests. Often, you’ll want something that’s mellow but not too mellow, romantic without being too dramatic, something sophisticated and supportive to good conversation.

Maxwell’s dining music is that “just right” combination of relaxation and sophistictication, jazz and smooth jazz music, mellow instrumental versions of songs you’ll know, mixed with our smooth and relaxed originals.

Max Maxwell’s thoughts about Dining Music and his musical offers are to find at his website.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Volume 103 – David Sanborn

Volume 103 – David Sanborn by David Sanborn. Edited by Jamey Aebersold. For any C, Eb, Bb, bass instrument or voice. Play-Along series with accompaniment CD. Jamey Aebersold Play-A-Long series. Intermediate, advanced. Book & CD. 64 pages. Published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz (JA.V103DS).

Intermediate/Advanced. A smooth blend of the songs written and recorded by the great alto innovator David Sanborn and his side-man Marcus Miller. State-of-the-art studio production techniques and authentic arrangements by keyboardist Georgy Whitte make this Play-A-Long a sweet change of pace. RHYTHM SECTION IS: Produced & Played by George Whitte.

Buy the Book/CD package here.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Sherman Street Event Center

The Sherman Street Event Center was built in 1906 and features a beautiful Byzantine themed grand ballroom with a wraparound mezzanine, a theatre with pitch perfect acoustics and a collection of Arts and Crafts styled meeting rooms. It is considered to be the finest example of Moorish Revival architecture in the region and is listed on both the National and Colorado Registry of Historic Places. The distinct character and charming ambience provided by the well-preserved workmanship at the Sherman Street Event Center is incomparable to other Colorado event centers.

Whatever the occasion, your special event will truly be an extraordinary experience at Denver’s historic Sherman Street Event Center. The Grand Ballroom is an elegant choice for personal celebrations: weddings, wedding receptions, mitzvahs, quinceañeras, anniversaries and reunions. Large corporate galas, non-profit fundraisers, fashion shows and concerts are impressive in this magnificent setting. The Viggio Theatre is an outstanding option for theatrical productions and corporate presentations. Small events are easily accommodated in the Baerresen Meeting Rooms and the speakeasy reminiscent Blue Note Lounge.

Don’t miss Dotsero & The Hot Lunch Band at the DOT Lunch New Year’s Eve Party!

Sherman St Event Center, 1770 Sherman St, Denver, Colorado 80203

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Mall of Monroe

The Mall of Monroe, formerly known as Frenchtown Square Mall, is an enclosed shopping mall in Frenchtown Charter Township, Michigan, just outside the city of Monroe, Michigan. Opened in 1988, it features more than fifty tenants, including a food court and movie theater. Anchor stores include Target and two Elder-Beerman stores, with one vacant anchor last occupied by Steve & Barry’s. The mall is managed by Cafaro Company of Youngstown, Ohio.

Smooth Jazz fans will enjoy the annual Pipers Holiday show with Alexander Zonjic and friends on  Saturday, December 08, 2012.

Mall of Monroe, 2121 N Monroe St, Monroe, Michigan 48162

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Tralf Music Hall

The Tralf Music hall is Buffalo NY’s finest live music entertainment concert venue. The acoustics are good and there really isn’t a bad seat in the house to view the music act on stage. There is plenty of seating and seats are set up around tables on the ground floor.

The Tralf is located at 622 Main St. in downtown Buffalo in the Acquest Building formerly known as Buffalo Place. The building is the first building south of Shea’s Theater and has entrance doors on Main St. and Pearl St.

Smooth Jazz lovers will enjoy Pieces Of A Dream on Friday, November 16, 2012.

Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St, Buffalo, New York 14202-1914

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Dosey Doe Big Barn

 

This 165 year old historical structure has been saved for its current purpose. Originally built as a tobacco barn in Kentucky the 300-600 year old growth oak & birch massive beams are the foundation not only for a beautiful room but also for the great acoustics. It is a place where memories are made. No need to run from restaurant to music hall as here you have it all.

Award winning Executive Chef, Dan McEachern, oversees the preparation of “cooked from scratch” entrees based on the season, special offerings of purveyors and with the type of music of the night in mind. His task is to offer a meal that would be the reason in and of itself to visit Dosey Doe. His presentation is note worthy and his creations are featured in several Cook Books from Canada to Texas.

Nationally recognized artists from around the world now dominate the calendar here: From Jerry Jeff Walker to the Rippingtons, Dave Mason to Lee Roy Parnell, Clint Black to Bela Fleck, Leon Russell to Spro Gyra, Steve Wariner to Hayes Carll, Roger Creager to Mel Tillis, Manhattan Transfer to Gallagher…up very close and very personal. Most artists will stay to have photos taken and give autographs after the show. Many very rarely do it anywhere but here and almost everyone says it is one of their very favorite rooms to play.

Dosey Doe Big Barn, 25911 I-45 N, The Woodlands, Texas 77380 (Houston)

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – MyLena Entertainment LLC

 

MyLena Entertainment LLC, pride ourselves on the blueprint that we specialize in creating a backdrop of musical ambiance featuring the world’s finest and unique talent while servicing your individual entertainment needs.

Our clients include corporate companies, musical directors, songwriters, recording artists, producers, record labels, both indie and major.

MyLena Entertainment provide services for live entertainment, special events, on and offline marketing and social media net-marketing techniques. We have created a new division that provides a complete scope of artist development for new artist, interested in creating a long term career in the industry.

We advise artists and clients in all areas of the entertainment business, from the selection of talent agencies, publicists, touring projects, contract negotiation and any day-to-day responsibilities of the artist’s business.

For more information go to http://mylenaentertainment.com/.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel offers the perfect location on the sunny Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. Situated on a beautiful crescent beach, the luxury resort offers guests the ideal setting for a relaxing getaway in paradise. The “aloha spirit” truly inhabits this hotel and the beauty of the setting still takes your breath away.

The hotel is amazing since the renovation several years ago. The grounds are in very good shape. The private beach and golf course are priceless. The breakfast buffet leaves nothing to be desired. The service, staff and attention to detail are exceptional! While it is about 40 minutes from Kona Airport, it is well worth the drive and with the shops, amenities and activities there is no need to leave.

Friends of Smooth Jazz will attend An Evening of Jazz with Tom Scott.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, 2-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr, Kamuela, Hawaii 96743

Jeff Lorber – Master of Fusion Jazz

Over three decades after breaking ground as leader of the pioneering Jeff Lorber Fusion, the Philly-born and bred composer, producer and keyboard legend is still keeping the vibes fresh and the grooves funky, inspiring contemporary jazz fans everywhere to exclaim with each new musical excursion: Heard That. On his highly anticipated Peak Records debut, Lorber keeps the soulful momentum going, collaborating brilliantly on pop, jazz, R&B and blues-influenced tracks–and even harkening back a bit to his early 80s Fusion heyday–with one of urban jazz’s top hit makers and sonic architects, Rex Rideout.

Highlighted by a swinging, bluesy-brass twist on Amy Winehouse’s Grammy winning “Rehab,” (the first single,) Heard That features a typically vibrant Lorber all-star guest list, including trumpet great Rick Braun, guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., bassist Alex Al, and Peak labelmate, saxman Gerald Albright. Lorber has been touring all throughout 2008 as part of Guitars & Saxes with Albright, Jessy J, Jeff Golub and Peter White.

As high charting, pop-jazz oriented releases like West Side Stories (1994), State of Grace (1996) and Midnight (1998) were establishing him as one of the genre’s top artists, Lorber also became an in demand producer; every artist looking for a hit melody and groove, from Albright to Eric Marienthal, Richard Elliot and David Benoit, tapped his behind the board talents. But on his later projects, Lorber sought new inspiration himself by collaborating with other producers. On his first three Narada Jazz sessions, including Kickin’ It (2001), Philly Style (2003) and 2005’s Grammy nominated Flipside, the keyboardist partnered with producer Steven Dubin. Leaning more jazzy on his eclectic 2007 date He Had A Hat, he worked with legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer and Chris Botti producer Bobby Colomby.

Eager to return to his trademark R&B sound when he signed with Peak, Lorber immediately sought out Rideout, who has lent his Midas touch over the past ten years to a virtual who’s who of contemporary jazz and soul instrumentalists and vocalists: Albright, Elliot, Boney James, Paul Taylor, Kirk Whalum, Maysa, Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi.

“I have been a fan of all of the records he’d been doing in the urban jazz realm for years,” the keyboardist says. “My last album He Had A Hat was more of a serious jazz exploration, and I wanted to record a more funky, R+B approach that would be modern, yet also have some of the funky sound and jazzy chord changes like the music from 1979’s ‘Water Sign’ which is one of my favorite albums. Songs on Heard That like ‘The Bomb’, ‘Night Sky’ and ‘Gamma Rays’ have these influences. There’s also a strong blues influence, especially on ‘Don’t Stop and the title track.”

That exciting blues twist is also a prominent element in Lorber’s instantly infectious romp through “Rehab,” which was actually added to the set list of Heard That at the last minute “I was just messing around at the piano,” he says, “and realized it would be a good instrumental song, based on a Wurlitzer piano figure, which I included in my version, of course. The whole thing came down very quickly and spontaneously. Tony Moore, a good friend who just happened to be coming over, played the drum part on Bobby Colomby’s 30 year old Slingerland drum set that he used to play with Blood Sweat and Tears. We got into a groove reminiscent of Ramsey Lewis’ ‘In Crowd’ immediately. Rex suggested a Motown style back beat guitar part which I recorded with plenty of spring reverb, like a record from the 60’s. Gary Meek and Rick Braun laid down their horn parts a few days later and everything just clicked.”

While most of Lorber’s previous recordings exclusively feature him on piano, Wurlitzer, Hammond B-3, Fender Rhodes and synthesizers, the playful spirit of the sessions for Heard That allowed for him to share the keys with Rideout, most notably on the old school soul-jazz jam opener “Come On Up” (highlighted by a swirl of Rhodes and piano with the Ron King/Gary Meek horn section and a crackling Paul Jackson, Jr. guitar solo); the cool, slow jam soul ballad “You Got Something” (which they wrote with featured vocalist Phillip “Taj” Jackson); the wild and soaring, brassy funk/fusion explosion not called “The Bomb” for nothing!; and the sensual vocal track “Take Control,” which blends a thick funk ballad rhythm and dark keyboard chordings with co-writer Lauren Evans’ dreamy vocals.

“Rex and I were surrounded by tons of keyboards in my studio,” Lorber says, “and every time we came up with a new idea, whoever was closest to the one that would have the right sound would play it. It was great to have his flavor as a complement to my style.” The rest of the tracks, include the guitar and bass driven “Don’t Hold Back”; the percussive and whimsical, fusion-influenced “Gamma Rays” (with Rick Braun on trumpet and Gary Meek on tenor sax and flute); the sly and sensual, bubbling bass and horn accented “Don’t Stop”; the vibrant up-tempo “Night Sky,” featuring Lorber’s bright piano melody and retro wah-wah guitar ; and the high energy, swinging funk/jazz title track closer which Lorber wrote with rising urban jazz star Eric Darius, with whom Lorber toured Indonesia and Japan in early 2008.

Since the late 80s advent of the New Adult Contemporary format, Jeff Lorber has found himself filling a unique dual role. Having played a significant role in developing the late 70’s, early 80s R&B-jazz hybrid sound that later evolved into today’s smooth jazz, the keyboardist is a true elder statesman of the genre and mentor to many of this generation’s top artists. Philly raised and Berklee educated, Jeff Lorber recorded his first two albums for Inner City records: The Jeff Lorber Fusion (1977) and Soft Space (1978)-both of which have been recently re-issued.

Lorber fondly refers to the wealth of music he created on his six popular Arista albums from 1979-1985 (which led to his first Grammy nomination for Best R&B instrumental for “Pacific Coast Highway” in 1985) as “second generation fusion.” In 2000, Arista Records released The Definitive Collection, which gathered the best material from these classic recordings. After the heyday of Jeff Lorber Fusion-a band which featured a then little known sax player named Kenny G, whose first album Lorber produced-the keyboardist produced R&B artists like Karyn White (including her Top Ten hit “Facts of Love”) and entered his remixing phase. Getting back into the instrumental groove in the 90s, he produced tracks on Dave Koz’s first two albums and many other artists including Art Porter and Michael Franks.

Throughout 2004 and 2005, Lorber anchored the immensely popular tribute tour Groovin’ For Grover, which featured Gerald Albright throughout its run in addition to stints by Richard Elliot, Paul Taylor and Kirk Whalum. In November, 2004, the keyboardist had a kidney transplant surgery (his wife Mink was a perfect match) after experiencing end stage renal failure due to the genetic condition Polycystic Kidney Disease; he is currently a spokesman for the PKD Foundation. True to his hardworking form, Lorber was back in action within a few weeks, performing gigs and getting back to his popular, weekly three hour radio show Lorber’s Place Sunday nights on Sirius’ Satellite Radio’s Jazz Café Channel.

“I’m very grateful to be healthy and having the opportunity to do what I love to do, which is making music,” says Lorber. “I think the key to my success and longevity is my work ethic and the time I spend focusing on writing . Some artists only compose songs when it’s time for the next album, but I’m open to inspiration and ideas 24 hours a day, always thinking about harmony, melodies and chords. The best part of recording Heard That was having the chance to work with and become friends with Rex, who generously brought his talent and perspective to the project. Jazz thrives on being a collaborative medium and working with Rex was for me was a great opportunity to learn and bring in new ideas”

Jeff Lorber published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Cliff & Jason Gorov

Gorov Music Marketing is regarded as the top promotion firm in the Smooth Jazz and Smooth A/C radio formats. The father-son promotion team of Cliff & Jason Gorov have specialized in consulting/marketing and Smooth Jazz and Smooth A/C radio promotion for over 20 years. They are in weekly contact with Smooth Jazz radio stations.

In addition to the weekly contact with the stations, they are intricately involved in every step of the promotion campaign. They can provide their expert advice and consultation on any necessary editing, sequencing, content, and coordination of almost every step in the process of releasing a CD to radio.

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

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Wild And Peaceful

Creator of Wild And Peaceful is music journalist Chris Mann from Manchester, UK. Chris offers funk, soul, and smooth jazz on his station. Chris explains: “I love music. I enjoy all sorts of music but I get really excited when I hear soul, jazz and – most of all – funk.”

Listen to this awesome music here:  http://www.live365.com/stations/cjlovesjazz.

Smooth Jazz And Books – Death, Deceit, And Some Smooth Jazz: An Amanda Bell Brown Mystery

How’s a woman supposed to nurse a broken heart when her pet sugar glider is driving her batty, or is that squirrelly? The deafening tick of her biological clock and having no Jazz to soothe her makes Amanda Bell Brown one frazzled forensic psychologist.

When Lieutenant Jazz Brown shows up at Amanda’s door unannounced, her heart competes with her head as she struggles to do the right thing. Jazz says he wants to reconnect and make their relationship work. But there’s just one tiny problem: his ex-wife is found murdered — in his apartment.

Now Amanda has to strap on her sleuthing shoes — the cute gold pair — and work against time to discover the truth, both for herself and for Jazz. But as the body count rises and surprising clues begin to surface, Amanda wonders if anyone can know the heart of a man — especially her man.

You get the book here.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Harbor House Detroit

Certainly a must stop in downtown Detroit. Great food & great historic atmosphere. If you want a lot of steamed snow crab for a reasonable price, this is your place. They also have some interesting brews to offer, but the crab is the thing.  The ribs, fish/chips and mac & cheese are some of the best in town! The owner obviously seeks to use only the best ingredients for his food.

But the best is smooth jazz, all you can hear. Alexander Zonjic And Friends are doing the D every Tuesday!

440 Clinton Street Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 967-9900

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Kat and Frank Sarracco

Neko Productions was established by Kat Sarracco in 2006 as a website business, focused on music oriented social networking. Neko Productions has grown to handle Internet Marketing, Fundraisers, e-Mail Campaigns and Event Production.

In 2010, Frank Sarracco joined his Sister in the company, focusing upon event production and management. Frank brings 35 years of audio and production experience to Neko-Productions.

For your fundraiser, concert series or special event, Neko Productions will make your event an event to remember! Whether it’s a “turnkey” venue which is leased for the event or managing a concert operation, Neko Productions will plan and manage all aspects of the production.

For more information about Neko Productions go to http://www.neko-productions.com/.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Plaza Theatre

Constructed in 1963 as the city’s first 2-screen movie theater, the historic Plaza Theatre is Orlando’s premiere live concert venue offering a wide range of concerts, comedians, and cultural events. In the early 1990’s, the theater was converted into a live-performance hall which opened the doors for many new artists and talent, while also acting as the 3rd largest seated venue in Central Florida.

Having established a strong grass-roots following by doing many lower profile shows and events, the theater eventually started bringing in larger acts of high caliber. Moving into the future, the Plaza Theatre has been making renovations in all aspects which include replacing the seating in the main hall with removable seating allowing for a wider range of talent. The Plaza is looking forward to attracting new audiences by hosting larger standing room acts, while keeping their loyal fan base by continuing to provide seated shows of all varieties.

Easy to find with plenty of free parking, The Plaza is the perfect destination for a night of live entertainment.

Smooth Jazz friends will enjoy Euge Groove on Friday, November 2, 2012.

The Plaza Theatre, 425 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Granada Theater

Originally formed as a non-profit organization in 1983, Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts reinvigorated in 1997 with the vision of creating a world class performing arts center to serve Santa Barbara and the region. They started by renovating one of the city’s historic downtown theatres, The Granada. This storied venue, the anchor of Santa Barbara’s Cultural District, underwent a monumental restoration and re-opened in March 2008.

The Granada Theatre is proud to be the home of the area’s finest performing arts companies – Opera Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Symphony, CAMA, State Street Ballet and Santa Barbara Choral Society. The venue is also a favorite stop for UCSB Arts & Lectures’ events on tour as well as Music Academy of the West’s Summer Festival Concert Series and the ever popular Broadway Series. Additionally, 2011 saw the launch of the exciting new Granada Theatre Concert Series. Every month the Granada Theatre showcases popular entertainers, such as The Moody Blues, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and world famous comedians. A dynamic array of outside presenters also bring top-level productions on tour to The Granada Theatre.

Smooth Jazz fans are blessed with artists like Boney James on Saturday, November 17, 2012.

Granada Theater, 1214 State St, Santa Barbara, California 93101

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant

Ivories is small for a jazz venue, and the tables – flanked by the bar on one side and windows on the other – are packed in tight. The stage is home to a huge Mason & Hamilton grand piano. The stage lighting and PA system are pretty rudimentary but the place has only been around for a few months. The floor plan, being a big rectangle, makes every seat a good seat.

Great ambiance, great jazz. They’ve got a nice wine list and the menu has some great choices.

Portland trumpeter Farnell Newton and his quintet took the stage and offered up the music of Miles Davis. These guys didn’t need a fancy PA system – they just shot it right at you. Ivories was filled with good music, good food, and a lot of smiling faces.

Portland needs a real jazz venue that doesn’t book the same person four nights a week just because he brings people in. Ivories is making a grand effort to book international jazz luminaries as well as local gems. Support!

Ivories Jazz Lounge and Restaurant, 1435 NW Flanders, Portland, Oregon 97209

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – The Prime Smokehouse

The Prime Smokehouse is the brainchild of three partners, whose lives have been connected for many years. Ed Wiley III, his wife Yalem Kiros and Harold Worrell, Jr., a lifelong friend, believed that if they opened a restaurant in the small town of Garner, N.C., and made sure that the food was absolutely delicious, the atmosphere warm and cosmopolitan and the service stellar that the possibilities would be limitless.

So they leased a 3,000-square-foot property amid beautiful homes and neighbors starving for a slice of city life …without all the city-life hassles. The location had been a dank bar — “Sidelines” — where folks could gather for a drink or to watch sports. But the fact that the bar was choked with smoke and had become as notorious for its occasional brawls as it was for its reportedly decent pub food made it a place that many locals ruled out as a “family” destination.

With those concerns in mind, Ed, Yalem and Harry created a spot designed to unite across cultures and generations. They incorporated their love for jazz music and Southern cuisine — particularly authentic Texas-style barbecue — and eliminated all smoking, except the hickory slow-smoking going on in the kitchen. In fact, the non-smoking environment has appeared to be a major draw for families.

Don’t miss Ben Tankard, the prolific, chart-topping smooth-jazz pianist who has been dubbed the “Godfather of Gospel Jazz,” heads to Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 2-3 for a long-awaited concert at The Prime Smokehouse.

The Prime Smokehouse, 2800 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, North Carolina 27610