Warren Hill’s Cancun Jazz Festival

 

Star-studded lineup, exotic tropical location, luxurious accommodations and the new Stay & Play option have made Warren Hill’s Cancun Jazz Festival the hot ticket for Labor Day Weekend.

 

With more than a decade of planning music vacation experiences in alluring locales on land and at sea around the world, it should come as no surprise that in his second full year at the helm, Warren Hill has already doubled the number of festivalgoers preparing to end summer with a trek to his Cancun Jazz Festival at the five-star Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico over Labor Day Weekend (August 31-September 3, 2017).

 

The chart-topping saxophonist knows that his crowd covets value and all-inclusive packages just as much as they value the names on the marquee, that the location really does matter, that posh accommodations and amenities are a must, that most of the performers should be jazz artists if you bill the event as a jazz festival, and that sound, lighting and production values are not to be skimped upon.

 

The star power Hill has assembled to perform at this year’s Cancun Jazz Festival rivals or eclipses the lineup at any event on land or at sea and is comprised of smooth and contemporary jazz legends and royalty – from the seminal George Benson and Kenny G to charismatic crossover artist Chris Botti. Smooth R&B singer-songwriter Brian McKnight will be featured along with instrumental luminaries Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Jesse Cook, Candy Dulfer, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Keiko Matsui, Paul Taylor and Peter White. Fan favorites Eric Darius, Michael Lington, Brian Simpson and Elliott Yamin complete the bill.

 

“I really wanted to keep the artists close to the format. I believe that if you are a core fan of smooth and/or contemporary jazz, this is the festival for you. I even feel that Brian McKnight has a tremendous amount of jazz influences in his music. He can riff and improvise as well as any jazz musician I have ever heard. And for those who want to stretch their musical boundaries even further, we have virtuosos such as Chris Botti, Jesse Cook and Keiko Matsui to keep you on the edge of your seat,” said Hill.

 

Along with the four-night festival package, new for 2017 is the seven-night Stay & Play option. In addition to four nights of concerts, Stay & Play (August 28-30) adds three days of excursions to Cozumel, Tulum Mayan ruins, Cenotes cave pools and shopping in Playa del Carmen along with a Cirque du Soleil performance to the front end of the vacation. Both packages are all-inclusive and cover reserved concert seating, casual meals and a la carte dining, beverages (including alcohol), access to all festival events and after parties, and resort credits that can be applied to a variety of amenities such as golf, spa treatments and tours.

 

“The best part of this event is that you have an all-inclusive package. Your wallet never has to leave your room. And there is a very relaxed atmosphere. You have the days to spend at your own leisure – either exploring Mexico or just chilling on the private white sand beach,” said Hill, who co-promotes Rock Getaway at the same location October 26-November 1 headlining Don Henley, Santana, Steve Miller Band, Roger Daltrey, Bad Company, ForeignerREO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Cheap Trick and many more.

 

In addition to his award-winning recording career, Hill has been producing first-class music vacation experiences ever since he launched the first smooth jazz cruise in 2004. “There weren’t very many options for musical vacations back then. Now there are multiple cruises and destinations. But I feel the Cancun Jazz Festival overshadows all the other options in terms of the experience. The festival is growing every year as people begin to understand the incredible value that the event has to offer.”

 

As a world-class performer himself, Hill understands the importance of presenting the talent in the finest settings with premier production values. “Our production quality is second to none. Staging, sound, lights and venues are all top notch. Even though the festival takes place south of the border, we procure some of the best production on the continent. As an artist who has performed in every type of venue – from small clubs to The Hollywood Bowl – this is as good as it gets. And why stop at just great production? Last year’s closing ceremony featured Mayan dancers and fireworks. We put the ‘Can’ in Cancun, baby!”

 

To book a festival package or for more information, please call 805.491-JAZZ or visit https://cancunjazz.com/.

Source: www.greatscottpr.com

Sax O’Groove – Together

Hello and a very warm welcome to my Indiegogo campaign!
My name is Andreas Buechel and I head the smooth jazz project ‘Sax O’Groove’.

Sax O’Groove released its first CD of the same name in 2013, featuring an array of guest artists. The self-distributed CD was successful, and the first pressing is now nearly sold out. I now have 11 complete songs recorded for the second CD. Entitled ‘Together’, it brought together five different producers: Nils Jiptner, Darren Rahn, Paul Weimar, John Odio and myself.

Each song features at least one guest musician from the top league of smooth jazz. I’m delighted to namecheck

Brian Culbertson (solo artist)
Rick Braun (solo artist)
Michael Lington (solo artist, Michael Bolton, Bobby Caldwell and others)
Ricky Lawson (Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Yellowjackets and others)
Alex Al (Stevie Wonder, Sting, Janet Jackson, George Benson and others)
Nils (solo artist)
Darren Rahn (solo artist)
Shilts (solo artist, Down to the Bone, Rick Braun, Jeff Lorber, Paul Brown and Peter White and others)
Billy Steinway (Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Larry Carlton, The Jazz Crusaders, Bobby Caldwell, Gary Wright, Warren Hill, Ronnie Laws, Howard Hewett, Down to the Bone, Chaka Khan)
Marqueal Jordan (solo artist, Brian Culbertson Band and others)
AkusTicos (John Odio and Chepe Blanco)
Ricardo Ramirez (violinist with Costa Rica’s best-known band Editus)
Katja Rieckermann who shares the stage with Mr. Rod Stewart
and many more.

Making the CD was a unique experience – and I’m happy to say the results were outstanding.

My intricate arrangements for brass and strings sections were recorded with various trios and quartets of instruments to support the song textures.

Each song became a little pearl, crafted in the most diverse locations throughout the world:

Los Angeles, San Jose/Costa Rica, Denver, London and many more.

Now all I need is to raise the funds for the mastering, artwork and a big radio promotion to advertise the CD – and that’s exactly why I’ve started this Indiegogo campaign.

$ 10.000 is still needed for these final stages, and I hope to get there with your help.

I’ve created packages for the various levels of support you can commit to: digital downloads, CDs, social media shout-outs, thank-yous as a backer on the CD cover, be a part of the cd as a “Associate Producer” or “Executive Co-Producer”…

Take a look at the right of this website to find out more.

I’d like to thank you right now for your support and look forward to being able to send you the new Sax O’Groove CD. Stay happy and healthy – and I hope we meet in person some time.

For more information and to choose your option please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-to-release-sax-o-groove-cd-together.

Smooth Jazz And Wine – Laishley Park

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

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

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

Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2012 – Toulon, France

Join the gentleman of Smooth Jazz Dave Koz and his friends for a week-long fun-filled trip to Europe. He will be cruising the Italian and French Riviera in September of 2012. It’s really a dream-come-true itinerary starting in Barcelona, Spain and continuing on to Naples, Rome and Florence, Italy — then on to Nice and Toulon, France! Three countries and six ports during an unforgettable seven-day cruise on board the Royal Caribbean Line’s Serenade of the Seas. This cruise is already booked out, but perhaps you have luck to catch the boat!

On the Dave Koz & Friends At Sea Cruise, every single night you will be entertained by some of the best known names in Smooth Jazz: Dave Koz, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Chuck Loeb, Marc Antoine, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Michael Lington, Paul Brown, Raul Midón are among the already booked artists.

On October 2, 2012 the ship will arrive at Toulon, France. Toulon is a town in southern France and a large military harbor on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department in the former province of Provence.

The old town of Toulon, the historic centre located between the port, the Boulevard de Strasbourg and the Cours Lafayette, is a pedestrian area with narrow streets, small squares and many fountains. Toulon Cathedral is located here. The area is also home of the celebrated Provençal market which takes place every morning on the Cours Lafayette, which features local products. The old town had decayed in the 1980s and 1990s, but recently many of the fountains and squares have been restored, and many new shops have opened.

For more information about this attractive town visit this website.

Dave Koz And Friends At Sea 2012 – Nice

Join the gentleman of Smooth Jazz Dave Koz and his friends for a week-long fun-filled trip to Europe. He will be cruising the Italian and French Riviera in September of 2012. It’s really a dream-come-true itinerary starting in Barcelona, Spain and continuing on to Naples, Rome and Florence, Italy — then on to Nice and Toulon, France! Three countries and six ports during an unforgettable seven-day cruise on board the Royal Caribbean Line’s Serenade of the Seas. This cruise is already booked out, but perhaps you have luck to catch the boat!

On the Dave Koz & Friends At Sea Cruise, every single night you will be entertained by some of the best known names in Smooth Jazz: Dave Koz, Michael Bolton, Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Chuck Loeb, Marc Antoine, Patti Austin, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Michael Lington, Paul Brown, Raul Midón are among the already booked artists.

On Monday, October 1st, 2012 the ship will arrived in Nice, France. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille. The city is called Nice la Belle (Nissa La Bella in Niçard), which means Nice the Beautiful, which is also the title of the unofficial anthem of Nice, written by Menica Rondelly in 1912. Nice is the capital of the Alpes Maritimes département and the second biggest city of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region after Marseille.

The Promenade des Anglais (“Promenade of the English”) is a promenade along the Baie des Anges, a bay of the Mediterranean, in Nice. Before Nice was urbanized, the coastline at Nice was just bordered by a deserted stretch of beach covered with large pebbles. The first houses were located on higher ground well away from the sea.

Starting in the second half of the 18th century, many wealthy English people took to spending the winter in Nice, enjoying the panorama along the coast. When a particularly harsh winter up north brought an influx of beggars to Nice, some of the rich Englishmen proposed a useful project for them: the construction of a walkway (chemin de promenade) along the sea.

The city of Nice, intrigued by the prospect of a pleasant promenade, greatly increased the scope of the work. The Promenade was first called the Camin dei Anglès (the English Way) by the Niçois in their native dialect, Nissart. After the annexation of Nice by France in 1860 it was rechristened La Promenade des Anglais, replacing the former Nissart name with its French translation.

The Hotel Negresco on the Promenade des Anglais was named after Henri Negresco (1868–1920) who had the palatial hotel constructed in 1912. In keeping with the conventions of the time, when the Negresco first opened in 1913 its front opened on the side opposite the Mediterranean.

Another place worth mentioning is the small street parallel to the Promenade des Anglais, leading from Nice’s downtown, beginning at Place Masséna, and running parallel to the promenade in the direction of the airport for a short distance of about 4 blocks. This section of the city is referred to as the “Zone Pietonne”, or “Pedestrian Zone”. The banning of cars creates a more serene setting. Here tourists can find a fine selection of restaurants, specializing in both Niçoise cuisine and various types of foreign cuisine. There is also a large selection of cafés where one can sit and enjoy an espresso or choose from a variety of specialty coffees, ices and desserts, and watch the city walk by. There are also plenty of small shops selling clothing, shoes and souvenirs.

Rick Braun – Midnight Caller

Rick Braun’s been playing trumpet since he was a kid. No news there for the legions of fans his richly melodic playing style has attracted since the release of his first album, Intimate Secrets in 1993. Less known is the fact that he’s been a singer, and a good one (backing Rod Stewart and Sade among others, with vocals as well as his stellar trumpet) for most of his life, as well.

Rick Braun Sings With Strings brings both those skills front and center. And it does so in a way that dips back into the music he’s been captivated by since he first picked up a horn.

“This album,” says Rick, “feels a lot like coming home. I grew up hearing this music all around the house. Singing it, playing it. Listening to my mom, who was a singer and piano player. She was one of those people who knew every part of a song – the verse, the chorus, the refrain, all the lyrics.”

The album will no doubt produce similar comfort feelings for anyone with a love for song. And not just Great American Song. Because what Braun and producer/arranger Philippe Saisse have put together in this eminently listenable recording is a gathering of tunes unlimited by boundaries of origin or style. Some are familiar. Songs such as “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” “I Thought About You” and “The Things We Did Last Summer” have been memorable themes from the soundtrack of American love life for decades. Rick also especially recalls, “I’ve Never Been In Love Before” and “Time After Time” as “tunes I’ve known since I was a kid.”

Others are less familiar, but no less memorable. “Once Upon A Summertime” is an English version of Michel Legrand’s gorgeous French song, “La Valse des Lilas”; “It’s Love” is from the musical Wonderful Town by the brilliant songwriting team of Betty Comden, Adolph Green and Leonard Bernstein; and “Say It (Over and Over Again)” was written by Loesser and Jimmy McHugh for a 1940 Jack Benny film titled Buck Benny Rides Again. Continue reading

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – The Soiled Dove Underground

The Soiled Dove Underground is in a state-of-the-art building in the heart of the Lowry Landmark Urban Community. Long-heralded as one of Denver’s premier locations to see a concert, the Soiled Dove has a reputation for bringing quality acts to Denver. The room is configured with three levels of tiered seating arranged in a semicircle facing the stage and generous dance floor. With each seat no more than 45 feet from the stage, the Dove is Denver’s intimate concert experience. Appetizers & cocktails are available to enjoy during shows. In addition to live music performances, the venue is also known as a unique space for large private events.

The lighting is fairly dim, adding to the “underground” feel. It’s a small place, so any seat would have a great view of the stage. The food and drinks are fairly reasonably priced.Very intimate, it seats about 300 people at tables and along along bar that runs along the front of the main floor. The “pit” is sunken and has 15 tables, the main floor has a bar that runs along the edge of the pit and the rest of the floor has high top tables, there is a raised area in each corner of the main floor with a few more tables.   They have a state of the art sound system for a large stage compared to the rest of the room.

Smooth Jazz artists are frequently performing in this venue like Acoustic Alchemy,  Jessy J, Dotsero, Rick Braun, Steve Cole, Althea Rene, Peter White, and The Rippingtons.

Lowry Town Center, 7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, CO 80230