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

Smooth Jazz and Fine Dining – Pizza Express Jazz Club, London

The Pizza Express Jazz Club offers a pleasant dining experience with some talented jazz performers that often surpass expectation. Enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year, the restaurant is a casual alternative to the more traditional and expensive jazz clubs. For nearly 40 years this basement club in the heart of Soho has been one of London’s favorite jazz night-spots with its intimate atmosphere and wide ranging music policy.

Pizza Express Jazz Club may well be smaller than some of the capitol’s other live rooms but its classy interior and close audience to stage proximity ensures that each gig brings the best out of both. As a restaurant chain founded in the 1940 by Peter Boizot MBE, whose trip to Florence inspired him to create a pizza chain that prided itself on serving fresh, handmade pizzas, Pizza Express has long supported jazz in some of its larger restaurants around the UK.

Yet the flagship Dean Street London restaurant remains the jewel in the company’s crown and since its re-launch in 1996 (conducted by Van Morrison), has proved itself as a consistently capable of booking some of the biggest names in jazz, with a sensibility for promoting rising stars and legends alike.

Often a place where some of today’s household names made their UK debuts or exclusive performances, the likes of Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Danilo Perez, Avishai Cohen, Mose Alllison, Peter White, Richard Bona, Rokia Traoré and a certain Jamie Cullum made an early showcase, while Norah Jones made her European debut, with Amy Winehouse and Peter Cincotti making early important performances there – Sting even took to the stage for an impromptu version of ‘Round Midnight once – such is the venue’s credibility and popularity.

The Pizza Express Jazz Club is at its best during the London Jazz Festival when the venue buzzes with energy and is regularly packed with pizza lovers and jazz enthusiasts. The menu recently got a long overdue update as well and is packed with innovative combinations such as shrimps and créme fraîche and yellow fin tuna with anchovies and grana padano cheese.

Smooth Jazz artists in 2011 were Oli Silk, Peter White, Rick Braun, Marc Antoine, Richard Elliot, Jessy J, Chuck Loeb and many more. There will be no change in 2012.