Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Scottish Rite Theatre in Detroit

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The Scottish Rite Cathedral Theater is part of the Masonic Temple building in Detroit, the largest Masonic Temple in the world. The Masonic Temple and this incredible 1,586-seat theater were designed by architect Raymond M. Hood. He also designed or co-designed the Chicago Tribune Building, New York Daily News Building, and Rockefeller Center. The Masonic Temple / Scottish Rite Cathedral was inaugurated on January 2, 1930.

The Masonic Temple Theatre is a venue for concerts, Broadway shows, and other special events in the Detroit Theater District. Architect George Mason designed the theatre which contains a 55-foot (17 m)-by-100-foot stage. Detroit Masonic Temple was designed in the neo-gothic architectural style, using a great deal of limestone. The cornerstone was placed on September 19, 1922, using the same trowel that George Washington had used to set the cornerstone of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.. The building was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1926.

Smooth Jazz fans will attend Valentines with RnR at the Scottish Rite Theatre inside the Masonic Temple in Detroit on Thursday February 14, 2013.

Freddie Ravel – Music Applied To Life

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Utterly captivated by Music since age 5, Freddie Ravels’ talent took him from prodigy to a World-renowned Pianist, Composer, Recording Artist and Multi-Media Executive. His passion for bridging communication through Music propelled him to two decades of international acclaim and the creation of Tune Up to Success ®, an unprecedented interactive program that presents Music as a perfect metaphor for the dynamics of business and social networking.

Completing his Music degree cum laude, Freddie began performing around the World with Brazilian icon Sergio Mendes when Universal Records discovered and quickly signed the young artist. This resulted in a series of sensual and fiery albums: Midnight Passion, Sol to Soul & Freddie Ravel-charting #1 in the US. Embraced by his many fans, his songs continue to receive extensive radio airplay and garner critical acclaim: “Freddie’s blend of jazz textures, rock energy, tropical rhythms and charismatic performance style are sure pop-jazz crossovers.” – Los Angeles Times.

Establishing Ravelation Media Group in 1990, as CEO his reputation as a multi-faceted Producer, Artist & Composer soared to the top echelons of the music industry with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire and Al Jarreau under Freddie’s directorship. Subsequent invitations from Madonna led to their joint MTV appearances and featured Freddie’s sizzling piano solo in Madonna’s remix of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.

Freddie’s lifelong commitment to raise human potential through Music gave birth to a powerful interactive performance event in 2002, which he named Tune Up to Success ®. Performing this interactive program nationwide, to live audiences ranging from teens & young adults to Fortune 500 Companies, Freddie connected new Music Creation by everyday people to their personal and professional lives utilizing a process he called InTuneition™.

“Freddie Ravel shows how listening skills are critical to our success in business and in life by getting “in tune” with our customers, associates, families and ourselves through this truly innovative and entertaining program.”

-Randy Salley, Sr. Vice President, Wal-Mart Information Systems.

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Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Ocean Institute

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The mission of the Ocean Institute is to inspire all generations, through education, to become responsible stewards of our oceans.

The Ocean Institute has become nationally known for its hands-on marine science, environmental education and maritime history programs. More than 115,000 K-12 students and 6,000 teachers annually participate in the Institute’s 61 award-winning, immersion style programs.

To learn oceanography and science, students voyage onto the ocean to feel and taste the salty sea spray, sort through live specimens, sea creatures, and deep sea fish, observe migrating whales and collect scientific data.

To learn maritime history and literature, students spend an entire night aboard the brig Pilgrim – each student hauling lines, hoisting sails, standing night watch and swabbing decks. Furthermore, students get further appreciation for ocean issues facing our world today. Discussions on sea pollution and how we can save the ocean is part of the ocean education.

To support the Ocean Institute their popular jazz fundraising weekend event combines renowned jazz artists with an elegant evening of epicurean dining, cocktails, and live and silent auctions. Learn more about the festival here.

Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, California 92629

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Georgia International Convention Center

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Convention centers have a long history of hosting important events in our culture. They have served as the setting for everyone from presidents and CEOs, to educators and religious leaders, and even technology and the creative arts. Yet despite the prominence these great venues hold within our society, convention centers have a reputation for producing institutional-grade, mediocre food. Until now.

The Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) and Proof of the Pudding have teamed up to reinvent the food and beverage program at the GICC. This new venture is called CulinAero by Proof of the Pudding, and at its core is a commitment to restaurant-quality food made with fresh, sustainable ingredients.

“The GICC is an established leader in hosting events and now we’re ready to build a leading food and beverage program that will continue to enhance our reputation,” said Mercedes Miller, interim executive director, GICC. “There are a lot of associations and companies looking for meeting destinations that can serve restaurant-quality food made with fresh ingredients, and we believe the GICC can provide value to this market.”

The GICC may be the nation’s most accessible convention center. Connected to a major airport by the ATL SkyTrain, it is just as convenient by car — at the juncture of two major U.S. interstates. The heart of Atlanta is 10 minutes away by rental car or MARTA train. And the airport’s Rental Car Center links to the GICC by the ATL SkyTrain automated people mover.

Smooth Jazz fans will enjoy the 70′s New Year’s Eve Party With Ken Ford.

International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, Atlanta, Georgia 30337

Smooth Jazz And Books – David Sanborn Collection

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David Sanborn Collection (Soprano and Alto Saxophone)  by David Sanborn for Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone. Hal Leonard Artist Transcriptions. Smooth Jazz. Difficulty: medium. Instrumental solo songbook. Chord names, introductory text and discography. 76 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.675000).

Artist Transcriptions are authentic, note-for-note transcriptions of the hottest wind, electronic, guitar and keyboard artists. These outstanding, accurate arrangements are in an easy-to-read format which includes all essential lines. Artist Transcriptions can be used to perform, sequence or reference.

5 transcriptions of this sax player’s best, including A Change Of Heart, Hideaway, Straight to the Heart and more.

Jason Parks comments: “If your looking for very detailed Transcriptions of David Sanborn then this is the book for you!”

David Sanborn Collection is available here.

Smooth Jazz And Internet – Cool Grooves – Smooth Jazz News

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The blog Cool Grooves – Smooth Jazz News offers some smooth jazz features. Smooth jazz is alive and well. It has merely transitioned to a new home – the internet and satellite radio, both comfortable formats for this demographic base.

Not only has it found a new home, but a plethora of new music has been created in the genre. Great musicians who can stir the soul with instrumental music continue to increase the output of new smooth jazz music. Thankfully it has veered far off the trajectory of silly instrumental cover songs. It is blossoming into a great catalogue of original groove, funk and fusion. And this blog is here to keep you posted as to what’s new in Smooth jazz. So put the top down on the sports car, hook up the Ipod and let’s groove, chill and enjoy!

More information about this website is available at coolgrooves.net.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Raviolis Italian Bistro

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Excellent food, service, and jazz music. They take great pride in serving the finest foods, freshly prepared with the highest quality ingredients, and complimented with our diverse wine selection.

What a gem! If you are in the Lake Elsinore area and looking for good Italian food then stop by for sure. The restaurant is very cute with a full bar. It has great service and amazing food.

Attend live entertainment at New Year’s Eve with Jason Weber.

Raviolis! Italian Bistro, 123 N Main St, Lake Elsinore, California 92530

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Charm City Jazz

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Charmcityjazz.com is a division of R- Entertainment / Marketing, LLC; a full service event production and marketing company. Here at Charm City Jazz, the mission is to create a web based platform that serves the needs of music lovers, concert fans, and musicians.

It is their goal to bring Jazz Venues, Jazz Artists, Jazz Producers, Jazz Publications, Jazz Festivals, Jazz Cruises, Jazz Concerts and Jazz Fans all under one source. Roger Harris from Baltimore, Maryland is CEO of this company.

For more information visit this website.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – The Cinnamon Club in Manchester

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Situated in leafy South Manchester/Cheshire, The Cinnamon Club is the premier live entertainment venue for music, private parties and corporate entertainment. The Cinnamon Club boasts a vast, well equipped kitchen and superb chefs, and we have the ability to cater for over three hundred people as well as smaller functions.

The Club caters for a mixture of events, ranging from formal black tie dinner dances through to cabaret style food served at the table during a performance, which may be more suitable for live comedy and soul nights.

The Cinnamon Club brings you the best in Jazz greats . In the comfortable cabaret-style Edwardian hall, relax at your table and enjoy the sounds of great artists appearing for you. The Cinnamon Club is an intimate venue, with only 200 people fitting in to the main hall, underneath the beautiful arch ceiling.  A superb PA system provides the most discerning listener with the ability to pick out every single instrument. Members can meet the musicians at the interval and after the gig in the restaurant bar.

This club has a heart for smooth jazz and invited artists like Euge Groove.

The Bowdon Rooms, The Firs, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire,WA14 2TQ

Smooth Jazz And Public Relations – Mastermind/MR Entertainment

Mastermind/MR Entertainment is a Maryland- based Full Service Public Relations, Artist Development and Management Company specializing in assisting Contemporary Jazz Artists to gain the needed exposure to increase visibility and gain mainstream success. We focus on Personal Involvement, dependability, Internet savvy and a deep knowledge of how to use online marketing, promotion and distribution tools/services. We also have the ability to develop and execute strategic partnerships with brands, businesses, and have built relationships with booking agents and others who can help create live performance revenue.

The men behind Mastermind are Michael Reynolds and Derrick Kenny. Michael also hosts together with Jazz Queen Talking Smooth Jazz.  For more information about this company visit their website.

Michael Paulo – The Hawaiian Ambassador

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One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 20 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists, including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, No. 1 Smooth Jazz Trumpeter and guitarist Rick Braun and Peter White, Oleta Adams, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis and more.

Paulo grew up in a musical family (his father a pianist, his mother a singer, his siblings all playing instruments) and though he came upon the sax relatively late at age 15, he quickly became first horn player in his high school band and was playing professional gigs around the islands within a few years. Rather than accept a scholarship to North Texas State, he chose a more adventurous road by joining Hawaiian pop/rock band Kalapana, which had some success on the mainland but was most popular in Japan. After playing regularly and recording on all four of Kalapana’s albums from 1975 through 1979, Paulo recorded a solo album for Japanese release on Trio records. In addition to exposing him to the Japanese jazz audience, Tats in the Rainbow gave him the opportunity to work with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock.

Paulo moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and quickly established himself by playing with percussionist Ray Armondo and a local R&B outfit featuring members of Rufus. Two years later, he caught his big break when Al Jarreau hired him for his touring band. The young saxman became an integral part of the Jarreau experience while touring the world for the next decade. Paulo also gained international recognition as a result of his work on Jarreau’s famed “Live in London” release.

In 1988, Paulo met producer Robert Kraft while recording a solo for singer /songwriter Vonda Sheppard . Impressed with the young saxophonist talent, Kraft secured Michael a major recording contract with MCA Records. Kraft produced his MCA debut One Passion, which became a Top Ten hit on the contemporary Jazz/NAC charts. 1990’s Fusebox, on GRP Records which charted in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart.

In 1994 Paulo launched his own label Noteworthy Records with the release of his fourth solo project Save the Children. Paulo spent much of the Nineties managing Noteworthy Records and touring with other artists, strengthening his solo career overseas with many Asian tours as well. Internationally, he is especially beloved in Asia and Thailand where Save the Children was first released. While that album found Paulo reflecting on the joys of fatherhood and his many world excursions, its similarly successful 1996 follow-up, My Heart and Soul, was about the simple balance between Paulo’s passions for slamming funk and dreamy balladry. My Heart and Soul was immediately a top ten Smooth Jazz hit. Continue reading

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Dish on Hayne

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Fine dining and a posh upstairs piano lounge raises the bar on entertainment in New Orleans. Located at 9734 Hayne Blvd, overlooking Lake Pontchartrain, Dish presents an uptown menu of culinary masterpieces by renown Chef Jason Senter.

Combined with a chic ambiance and phenomenal southern hospitality, Dish on Hayne offers an exceptional dining experience. Whether it’s private intimate, dining or hobnobbing with New Orleans’ movers and shakers at ‘The Great Bar’, Dish on Hayne will meet and exceed your expectations.

Lounging on the ‘Upper Deck’ while taking in a spectacular view of Lake Pontchartrain offers a fresh and relaxing setting for cocktails and visiting with friends. Hang around long enough and the entire floor transforms into a state-of-the art light and music extravaganza. Depending upon the day of the week, you may be entertained by a live ‘jazzy piano’, renown DJ’s or full out live performances by some of New Orleans’ best local talent. Give us a call and let us help build Dish on Hayne into your schedule. You deserve it!

Hey cheré! If you’re looking for a great way to pass a good time for you and the family after service on Sundays, Dish on Hayne, with the Terrence West Venture is a great way to do it. So sit back, enjoy the sultry, soulful sounds of his sax while brunching with Terrence West from 11:00AM-2:30PM.

DISH on Hayne, 9734 Hayne Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70128

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Family Circle Productions

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Family Circle Productions is committed to delivering affordable, quality, media savvy entertainment solutions and services based on superior industry knowledge, a real understanding of the issues that affect both our clients and their customers, and a genuine enthusiasm for what they do.

Their aim is to act as a trusted extension of their clients’ marketing ideologies, producing results that directly and positively impact their clients’ business objectives. Family Circle Productions is also committed to providing an informal yet professional working environment that encourages and rewards creativity, insight, teamwork and ultimately results!

Family Circle Production’s culture and philosophy is based on a no nonsense approach to music, television and film production support that values clarity of thought and honesty of expression above all else.

For more information visit http://www.fcpmedia.org.

Smooth Jazz And Books – David Benoit – Seattle Morning

David Benoit – Seattle Morning by David Benoit. For Piano/Keyboard. Pianosoft. Disk. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.501088).

Top-ranked New Age/Jazz artist David Benoit performs several of his own pieces and lends a lyrical touch to compositions by Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, and Bill Evans.

1. Waiting For Spring 2. Kei’s Song 3. Strange Meadowlark 4. Linus And Lucy 5. Waltz For Debbie 6. Blue Rondo A La Turk 7. Cast Your Fate To The Wind 8. Cakewalk 9. If I Could Reach Rainbows 10. Seattle Morning 11. Remembering What You Said 12. Once Running Free 13. I Remember Bill Evans 14. The Last Goodbye.

This songbook is available here.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Ranch & Reata Roadhouse

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Located in the historic Santa Ynez Valley – the heart of California’s vaquero culture – Ranch & Reata Roadhouse offers a welcome western respite for the traveler and local alike. Situated across from the charming Santa Ynez Post Office, the Roadhouse is a symbol of the horse and cow culture of the central coast and the entire Pacific Slope region. From offering sumptuous, “contemporary cowboy cuisine” created by the Roadhouse’s own Chef Brian, to a signature drink from the gorgeous hand-crafted bar; the Ranch & Reata Roadhouse gives every visitor a taste of the real West and more importantly, a unique window into the culture of the cowboy and his world.

In addition, our wine director, Billy Dim, has crafted one of the finest wine lists available from Los Angeles to San Francisco featuring superb local wines and the only genre “wine-on-tap” selection in the region. But there’s more!

Ranch & Reata Roadhouse is one of those wonderfully unique performance venues where one can dine and then have an intimate evening with some of the West’s new finest singer/songwriters as well as legendary performers ranging from Tom Russell, to Don Edwards, to Asleep At The Wheel – all from the Roadhouse’s state of the art performance stage. Many of the shows are streamed live, as pay-per-view experiences direct from the on-sight home of Range Radio. This is internet radio at its finest where Range Radio’s founder Bruce Pollock, broadcasts live to-the-world every Saturday morning.

The Ranch & Reata Roadhouse is more than just a restaurant and more than a performance venue; it’s the place where the West meets today and greets every visitor with fine food, drink and entertainment in close-to-everywhere Santa Ynez, California. Call 805.691.9663 for reservations. Ranch & Reata Roadhouse is open Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10pm and Friday & Saturday, 11am – midnight. Call today, your table is ready.

Chris Standring has some Christmas shows coming up. If you remember, last year he released an all original album with Kathrin Shorr called “Send Me Some Snow“. This year, they are putting the show back together again for 3 shows in the US and he hopes you can make one of them. December 19th: Ranch & Reata Roadhouse.

RANCH & REATA ROADHOUSE -3569 Sagunto St · Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 691-9663

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Ocean Prime

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Ocean Prime is the culmination of a creative exercise they started in 2006 to define the best in culinary, beverage, service and atmosphere. Their team wanted to pair a great steakhouse with a great seafood restaurant. They imagined a place where the guests are greeted by name and partner with them in adventures of great food, wine and libation. In August 2006 they opened Mitchell’s Ocean Club in their hometown, Columbus, Ohio.

As they expanded the Modern American supper club concept outside Ohio, they renamed it Ocean Prime, with “Prime” reflecting their commitment to serving the highest quality steak, seafood, handcrafted cocktails and award-winning wines. They have opened nine locations to much success, and they look forward to opening their tenth location, Philadelphia, in Spring 2013.

Ocean Prime was not developed overnight. The executive chef teams traveled, tasted and compared notes to refine a menu that would ignite curiosity and surpass expectations. The operations teams sourced the finest and the freshest ingredients to elevate every plate that leaves our kitchen. They curated a Wine Spectator-honored wine list for perfect pairings. And they poured energy with a fresh twist into the creation of their signature cocktails, expertly prepared by  well-trained bar chefs.

Ocean Prime Tampa featuring Allon Sams is recommended by Smooth Jazz fans.

Ocean Prime Tampa, 2205 S West Shore Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33629

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Jimi King

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Jimi King is involved in the media for over 40 years. Much of that in radio, but he has also recorded voiceovers for all types of media, including TV & film. Since 2001 he has become heavily involved in Internet radio and is responsible for programming a number of web based channels, all of which are streamed from the USA. He is licensed by SoundExchange, the US web and satellite radio copyright body.

More recently he has entered the world of live music promotion,  and currently bring artists from the smooth jazz genre to the UK  for live music engagements. In 2009 he established a relationship with The Pizza Express Jazz Club in London which meant that he has been able to bring smooth jazz artists from the USA over to play live concerts in the UK.

This has proved to be successful relationship and now he acts as a promoter and arranges for the artists to play at other UK venues too. It has been and indeed still is a great privilege to bring such names as Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and many more to the UK.  All of the artists that have visited are very keen to expand their audience awareness on this side of the Atlantic, and with this in mind they are always looking for new places to extend the tours, so if  you have a venue and are interested in booking smooth jazz artists to play please do contact him.

For more information about Jimi King visit his website.

Smooth Jazz And Radio – Smoothjazz905.com

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Hi, this is Graham Johnson. For over 16 years I have broadcast the “Early A.M. Attitude” program from community station 2CCRFM90.5 in Sydney, Australia. The station has been re-branded “Alive 90.5”. This goes to air live at 6am each Saturday. For the last 4 years I have been uploading a copy of this program to my website http://www.smoothjazz905.com, but this only provided 2 hours of smooth jazz each week.

I now also present “Night Moves” at 7pm Saturdays, featuring many of the older smooth jazz tracks. I know my listeners in Australia and overseas would like more of this music so I have set up this station, aptly named smoothjazz905.com. I have been collecting smooth jazz music for 19 years and the program features some new music and some favourites, some well-established artists and some up-and-coming ones as well. I hope you like it. Enjoy!

Listen to this station here and also visit the website.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Montrose Room

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At the heart of the stylish InterContinental Chicago O’Hare is an intimate live music venue that’s been touted by the press and fans alike as one of the best in Chicagoland. The ‘Up Close at Montrose Room’ showcase is where music lovers unite every weekend to enjoy everything from Grammy winners to cutting-edge local bands. Boasting a state-of-the-art acoustic design and ringside cabaret seating, the Montrose Room delivers an authentic Chicago club experience unlike anything else in the burbs.

With the support of Smooth Chicago smooth jazz fans can attend finest Smooth Jazz events there.

Montrose Room, InterContinental O’Hare, 5300 N River Rd, Rosemont, Illinois 60018 (Chicago)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Cotton Club, Tokyo

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New York’s original COTTON CLUB is the legendary venue that spawned such jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, and so many others. Located in Harlem, COTTON CLUB (also known by the name “Club Deluxe”), was a vibrant scene that saw celebrities and socialites gather nightly to enjoy cutting edge musical entertainment amid the backdrop of the prohibition of the 1920’s.

Here in Japan, the mission has been to bring back a taste of the Golden Age of the original COTTON CLUB, and to recreate a social scene for adult fans. This dream became a reality on November 22, 2005 with the birth of a new COTTON CLUB in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district. Here, visiting world-class artists form the core of a regular slate of exciting, adult-focused jazz performances played in an elegant, luxuriously appointed venue, topped off by a delicious menu of authentic cuisine. They hope that their COTTON CLUB will become a modern celebrity scene, and in doing so write a new chapter for an already legendary live house.

This venue also welcomes stars of the smooth jazz genre.

Cotton Club, 2-7-3 Maranouch, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Marion Meadows – The Womanizer

Born in West Virginia, saxophonist Marion Meadows grew up in Stamford, CT, where he began playing clarinet and studying classical music at age 8. He naturally gravitated to the soprano sax in his high school years, and his passion for various types of music led him to appreciate numerous jazz musicians, including Stanley Turrentine, Sidney Bichet, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins. Fortunately for the smooth jazz fans who have embraced his sweet and funky soprano sound over the past 15 years, Meadows took a few very important trips to Europe with his high school band during his junior and senior years. Originally planning to enter a college pre-med program (he had aspirations to pursue a career in veterinary medicine or zoology), he considered the saxophone a hobby until he saw the way audiences reacted to him and his fellow student performers in Holland, Italy and Austria.

“The first trip was with my high school band and the second was a graduation gift to me and a few other guys playing over there in a big band setting,” he says. “It was exciting seeing positive newspaper articles about my playing in Italy, receiving all sorts of accolades and feeling the excitement of interaction with the crowd. It was a tremendous rush, and it lit the fire.”

After studying jazz with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music, where he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts, where he studied under Ron Herder. “I got a lot of sideman jobs in college, and I have always said I got a graduate degree playing clubs,” says Meadows, who perfected his craft studying with Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. “Not long after I finished school, (drummer) Norman Connors recorded my song ‘Invitation’ and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with him. Things just fell into place.”

Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with For Lovers Only, but his career really began one day in the late ‘80s at New York’s Grand Central Station. He had been a sideman with Connors for three years, with only vague notions of eventually going solo. One day, while waiting for a train, he pulled out his horn and began playing under the huge dome. His sweet sound caught the attention of fellow traveler and TV composer Jay Chattaway, who was so impressed that he hooked Meadows up with legendary keyboardist Bob James. James signed Meadows to a deal with his TappanZee label, and though Meadows’ first recording went unreleased, the experience put him on the road to his eventual success.

Meadows hooked up with numerous artists and musicians and became a well known sideman in his own right, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing and Native American flute player Douglas Spotted Eagle, among many others. In the late ‘80s, Meadows stretched his usual pop/jazz boundaries as a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. The ‘90s marked the beginning of his solo career when he signed with RCA on the strength of his unreleased first album. He became a staple of the smooth jazz format with his subsequent recordings, which include Keep It Right Here (1993), Forbidden Fruit (1994) and Body Rhythm (1996).

After moving from his home in Connecticut to Phoenix, AZ, Meadows signed with Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, and released Another Side of Midnight (1999). A contemporary tribute to city life, his label debut was considered by critics to be his strongest work to date. His subsequent Heads Up discography has been equally successful on an artistic as well as commercial level: Next To You (2000), featured a mix of R&B-influenced jazz coupled with sensual Latin rhythms; In Deep (2002), a neo-soul blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop, brimmed with sophisticated arrangements and impressive tenor/soprano playing; Players Club (2004) paid tribute to Meadows’ fellow musicians with a seamless mix of contemporary jazz and soulful R&B; and Dressed To Chill (2006) was another fine showcase for the joint songcraft of Meadows and keyboardist/producer Michael Broening. All five Heads Up recordings have been well received by his ever-growing, always loyal fans. Secrets, scheduled for release on April 28, 2009, is the latest chapter in Meadows’ satisfying tradition of cool sophistication.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of projects, both my own and group efforts,” says Meadows, “and my main objective is to keep growing as an artist and engage the fans who have invested so much emotion in my music and my career. Aside from that wonderful sense of live communication, the real magic for me happens in the studio when I put on those headphones and start playing. That’s where the ideas just start to flow. Everything else in my musical life comes out of that moment.”

Marion Meadows published with permission of Bettie Grace Miner.

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Jazzy’s Tacoma Cafe

Since opening in early December 2011, Jazzy’s Café has become a welcome addition to Tacoma’s coffeehouse community, offering products not often found in your typical shop, from beer and wine to gourmet sandwiches. Sumner-based Dillanos Coffee Roasters provides the beans for a full menu of espresso beverages, and Jazzy’s also offers a variety of blended frappes, smoothies and energy drinks. Mike’s East Coast Sandwiches and salads are delivered fresh daily, along with bagels, soups, pastries and a variety of desserts.

On Friday, December 07, 2012 – 7:00 pm Michael Powers will perform at the Pay It Forward social.

Jazzy’s Café is located at 3701 S. Lawrence St. The shop is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to reserve a meeting space, call (253) 592-6169.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Best Buy Theater

Welcome to Best Buy Theater.

Best Buy Theater is a 2100-capacity venue operated by AEG LIVE and designed by the award-winning architect David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group. The venue officially opened in September 2005, and has the capability to hold a wide array of events, including concerts, live television, web broadcasts, live recordings, award shows and event parties.

The marquee is an 85-foot long LED high definition screen which can display both live and digital video. It is one of the largest marquees on Broadway, and is directly connected to the MTV marquee. Its interactive text messaging capabilities and the ability to broadcast events live from the stage directly to the marquee (in real time) make it truly impressive, to say the least.

New York Wine Festivals announces the return of the New York City Winter Wine Festival to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square on Saturday, February 9, 2013. The 4th annual wine tasting event includes 200+ wines plus an array of light hors d’oeuvres. As wine enthusiasts sip, music by Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz guitarist Jeff Golub will enhance the setting with special live jazz performances during the tasting sessions.

Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway at W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Smooth Jazz And Books – David Benoit Anthology

David Benoit Anthology by David Benoit. For Piano/Keyboard. Artist/Personality; Piano – Personality Book; Piano Supplemental. Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook. Smooth Jazz. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced). Collection. Standard notation and chord names (does not include words to the songs). 71 pages. Alfred Music Publishing #PF0708. Published by Alfred Music Publishing (HL.321561).

ISBN 0769207774. With standard notation and chord names (does not include words to the songs). Smooth Jazz. 9×12 inches.

Includes: Beach Trails * Freedom at Midnight * Kei’s Song * The Man with the Panama Hat * Every Step of the Way * The Key to You * Looking Back * Snow Dancing * Urban Daydreams and more.

This Anthology is available here.

Smooth Jazz And Their Promoters – Robert Brencore Smoot

Robert Brencore Smoot is CEO of BRENCORE Entertainment. Promoting live entertainment at The Carlyle Club in Alexandria, Va, The Colony South Hotel – Decoy Lounge – Clinton MD, and Mimi’s Cafe in Fredericksburg, VA
Please visit http://www.brencore.com for more information on BRENCORE Events.

It is the mission of BRENCORE to consistently exceed the expectations of our clientele. We are committed to employing our experienced consultants and proven strategies to ensure outstanding results.

BRENCORE’s vision is to revive a latent appreciation for music through our creative implementation of event development and strategic planning of concert promotions. We strive toward the goal of positioning ourselves as the recognized leader in the events management industry both locally and nationally.

Smooth Jazz And Public Relations – Cheryl Hughey Promotions

Cheryl Hughey Promotions (CHP) LLC was opened after Cheryl served on a regional Emmy-nominated film project and had accumulated a wealth of audience stream building expertise in membership development for an upscale chamber of commerce and public relations specialist.

With over a decade of writing and marketing experience, Cheryl’s diverse skill set includes service a publicist, freelance newspaper journalist, nationally published magazine writer, television associate producer, radio promoter, news editor and music bookings.

Cheryl Hughey Promotions has built a solid reputation by interweaving traditional press like radio, print and television with the word-of-mouth pipeline for companies and events featuring pop acts like Kool & the Gang, Kenny G, James Ingram and Jody Watley, along with a long list of indie CD releases around the globe including a #1 Billboard charting album in 2009 and a #1 Billboard co-producer in 2010.

For more information visit this website.

Smooth Jazz And Printed Medium – The Smooth Jazz Calendar 2013

‘The Smooth Jazz Calendar 2013’ is now in the second year and the 2013’s edition shows high quality photos of musicians like Nathan East, George Duke, Eric Darius and 9 other stars of the Smooth Jazz scene.

Format: DIN A3 landscape (16.5 x 11.7 Inch)
250 gr / sq highglossy paper
Wire-o-binding
The calendar will be shipped in a strong carton.

To order the calendar visit this website.

Smooth Jazz And Public Relations – Great Scott P.R.oductions

 

Rick Scott opened GREAT SCOTT P.R.ODUCTIONS in 1991 as a public relations, marketing and management firm. GSP designs and executes full-service publicity campaigns for recording artists, producers, songwriters, record labels, music theme cruises, athletes, and a variety of music, entertainment and sports entities, events and brands on the national, regional and local levels, including specialty markets (i.e. urban, jazz, adult pop, cycling, triathlon, etc.). In 2003, GSP entered the fray of sports representation with a focus on professional cycling. We have worked with legendary talent, major and independent record labels and international brands such as “American Idol,” AEG, Viagra, Cheerios, Sony, Warner Brothers, Capitol, Blue Note, Maverick, Mercury and Matador Records.

The range of media we target includes thousands of print (daily, weekly and monthly newspapers and magazines), broadcast (television and radio) and online outlets (websites, blogs and social media), including mainstream consumer outlets and trades such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, USA Today, Rolling Stone, JazzTimes, Downbeat, Jazziz, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, VH1, BET, CNN, E! Entertainment Television, Today Show, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Tonight Show, ESPN, Bicycling Magazine, Velo, ROAD and Triathlete.

We’re proud that our clients typically stay with us for years over multiple projects as it is our aim to forge long-term relationships. The way to cultivate lasting relationships is to deliver consistently. Our clients become family and it is the norm for our clients’ representatives to hire us to work with some of their other clients and projects, which serves as a testament to their level of satisfaction. We provide priority service to a limited number of clients at any given time in order to fully devote ourselves to each one.

When you hire GSP, you will get Rick servicing your account, not a junior account executive. Rick is known for the passion, enthusiasm, knowledge and positive energy he brings to each project. As a boutique firm, we have to prove ourselves daily. Usually we can be more effective than larger firms because we limit the number of accounts we commit to so that we can pour our hearts and souls into each client. We’re creative, tenacious and thorough, and show up each day striving to make great things happen for our family of clients.

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Charlar Place

Charlar Place is a tastefully decorated, handicap accessible non-smoking facility specializing in social events. Their facility is located on a cul de sac overlooking a small pond. When you rent  their  facility you will get exclusive use from the time you request for Sundays-Thursdays, otherwise from 10am-12am Friday and Saturdays.

They have a large 15×40 foot wood dance floor and can seat 225 guests. They can seat up to 300 guest if we seat the dance floor for dinner only and then remove the tables for dancing. They offer Catering, Bar Services, Wait Staff, Bartender, Linen, Floral for the Wedding Day, Centerpiece rentals, Chair Covers and Sashes, Ceremony Location… the list goes on. They  call themselves the One Stop Shop, where you can get anything for your wedding. You are more than welcome to bring that all in if you wish. Set up and take-down are included in your room rental.

Join 496 West and Special Guests on Monday, December 31, 2012 – 9:00 pm!

Charlar Place, 4230 Charlar Dr, Holt, Michigan 48842 (Lansing)

Smooth Jazz And Fine Dining – Catalina Bar and Grill

Catalina Bar & Grill has certainly lived up to its slogan “Nothing But The Best In Jazz” by presenting a veritable Who’s Who of jazz legends such as Dizzie Gillespie, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Joe Williams, Max Roach, Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson, Benny Carter,Tony Williams, Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott and many more.

This supper club, with its Old World charm provides a warm and inviting environment for its guest, while enjoying a superb meal and great live jazz.

Catalina Bar and Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Ca 90028