Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Campus Martius Park


Campus Martius Park anchors a two square block district that is the commercial center and heart of downtown Detroit. Surrounded by over 6.5 million square feet of mixed used space from the stunning historic architecture of the landmark Penobscot Building to the contemporary Compuware and Quicken Loans Headquarters and One Kennedy Square Buildings, the Campus Martius district is a regional destination. All of the major avenues radiate out from Detroit’s Point of Origin in the Park.

The Campus Martius district is a 24-hour neighborhood comprised of 20,000 office employees, 750 residents, 35+ dining options, 50 retail outlets, the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, 10,000 Parking spaces and over two million annual visitors.

The district’s landmark is the award-winning Campus Martius Park, a 2.5 acre public square and year-round entertainment venue. Located at the heart of the neighborhood and downtown on Woodward Avenue, the Park is also the crossroads to all the other major downtown activity.

This is the place for Sunset In The City, a free concert series presenting Alexander Zonjic and friends.

Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – La Costa Resort & Spa


The La Costa Resort and Spa is a luxury destination hotel located in Carlsbad, California, and is known for its golf courses and its location in the San Diego area hills.

From its unveiling in 1965 to the new $50 million expansion, La Costa has continually offered experiences and opportunities unlike any other resort.  With 400 acres of inspiration to call your own, La Costa truly is a lifestyle community. The world-famous Spa at La Costa. The Champions Golf Course. The high profile sporting events the resort plays host to. These are destinations for many, but are home to you. The diversity of shopping and dining, of pools and lush open spaces, all combine to enrich each moment you spend here. Naturally, you’ll also have a private sanctuary within the resort.

This venue will be the place for the San Diego Jazz Festival 2013. They have a limited number of room packages that includes two tickets to the festival for all 3 days plus over night stay at La Costa in Carlsbad, CA. Package go on Sale Friday, February 8th at 9 am PST.

La Costa Resort & Spa, 2100 Costa Del Mar Rd, Carlsbad, California 92009

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Historic Fort Sam Houston Theater


After more than two decades of vacancy, one of the first dedicated movie theaters built by the U.S. Army in the United States was brought back to life. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, awarded a $16.9-million contract to Lampasas-based RKJ Construction Inc. to renovate and build an addition to the 75-year-old main post theater on Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio.

Many of the theater’s architecturally distinctive elements were retained. It was built in 1935 in a Spanish Colonial Revival style with white-stucco exterior, arched entryways and a bell tower reminiscent of Spanish missions. It was finished by the fall 2011.

Come out and celebrate Valentine’s Day early – enjoy live-entertainment featuring smooth jazz pianist David Benoit and smooth jazz saxophonist Paul Taylor, Friday, February 8 at 8:00 P.M. in the intimate setting of the Historic Fort Sam Houston Theater at Joint Base San Antonio (Fort Sam Houston).

Friday, February 08, 2013 – 7:00 pm

Fort Sam Houston Theater, Stanley Rd, San Antonio, Texas, 78234

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – National Museum for Women in the Arts


The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), located in Washington, D.C. is the only museum solely dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. NMWA was incorporated in 1981 by Wallace and Wilhelmina Holladay. Since opening its doors in 1987, the museum has acquired a collection of more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, works on paper and decorative art. Highlights of the collection include works by Mary Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-Le Brun. The museum occupies the old Masonic Temple, a building listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

What have this museum and smooth jazz in common? This is the event:  “Loving You” is an evening to appreciate You, it is all “For the Love Of” You. Marcus Johnson will share his FLO brand and passion through his music and wine. He will perform songs with his band from his portfolio of 17 CDs filled with romance. Belly of Nile is sponsoring this event and providing multiple bellydancers who will be performing for your delight at this amazing venue all in a celebration of love. Guy Lambert, yes that powerful voice from your morning radio, will be hosting the evening and DJ Cleveland Brown will be setting the mood for Loving You. And in Loving You, you can benefit someone else as the proceeds will go to the Cinderella Foundation.

Friday, February 15, 2013 – 8:00 pm

National Museum for Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Mesa Arts Center


The Mesa Arts Center, owned and operated by the City of Mesa, is a unique, architecturally stunning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona’s largest arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, and 14 art studios. Guests, patrons, and students come to Mesa Arts Center to enjoy the finest live entertainment and performances, world-class visual art exhibitions, and outstanding arts education classes. The facility is an architectural showpiece and a destination for visitors to the Phoenix area. The Mesa Arts Center mission is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant.

George Benson will be the featured artist on Saturday, January 26, 2013 Start time: 8 PM.

Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main St, Mesa, Arizona 85201 (Tempe)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – 54 Below


54 Below provides an unforgettable New York nightlife experience, combining performances by Broadway’s best with world class dining in an elegant setting. 54 Below has become Broadway’s living room; a home away from home for Broadway professionals and audiences combining grace and style in an intimate environment.

Steps from Times Square, 54 Below has undergone a complete reinvention by multiple Tony Award-winning producers Tom Viertel, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel and Steve Baruch (Hairspray, The Producers) who have brought together Broadway’s and NewYork’s most creative artists and designers as well as top food and hospitality professionals to launch and oversee this only-in-Manhattan, matchless nightspot.

Designed by multiple Tony Award winners John Lee Beatty (restaurant design) and Ken Billington (lighting), sound designer Peter Hylenski and architect Richard Lewis, 54 Below’s creative team includes Tony Award winner Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash) as Creative Consultant, MAC Award winner Phil Geoffrey Bond as Director of Programming and Union Square Events, the events services arm of Union Square Hospitality Group, New York’s premiere restaurateurs, as consultants for food, beverage and restaurant operations.

54 Below features up to three shows nightly as well as a late night lounge. Accommodating 144 people in the main dining room, with all tables no more than 24 feet from the stage, the facilities include the capability to broadcast and record audio and video.

54 Below welcomes Alex Bugnon on Thursday, Jan 03, 2013 9:30 pm.

54 Below – 254 W 54th St, Cellar – New York, NY 10019

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Scottish Rite Theatre in Detroit


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.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Ocean Institute


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


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 Great Venues – Cotton Club, Tokyo


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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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 Great Venues – The John T. Bernhard Center

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – One World Theater

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Jazzyblu Cafe & Lounge

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – John Ascuaga’s Nugget

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Plaza Club

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Toad’s Place

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Hawaii Convention Center

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

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Smith Center

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

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Tangier

Opened by Ed George Sr. in 1948, The Tangier has been providing the Akron community with food and entertainment for three generations. This historic complex is Akron’s leading creative event center, offering new menus with an artistic flair and a multi-faceted, off-site catering and special event service – all at a competitive price point.

The 11-room facility – approximately 60,000 square feet – plays host to a variety of popular events, from wedding receptions, corporate galas and sales meetings to a mix of entertainment at The World-Famous Cabaret, which has been a local showplace for top-name entertainers such as Tina Turner, The Temptations, Charlie Daniels, The Scintas, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, Michael Stanley, 38 Special, The Platters, The Righteous Brothers, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, and Natalie Cole. The facility is also widely known for its steaks, fresh fish and Lebanese cuisine that are offered in its Legendary Dining Room or Georgie’s Bar & Grille.

Smooth Jazz fans will enjoy the Rippingtons on Sunday, September 30, 2012.

The Tangier, 532 West Market St, Akron, Ohio 44303

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – MCG Jazz Hall

All arts and music programs of the Guild share a common vision born from Founder Bill Strickland’s personal experience – that through direct involvement in the making of art and through personal exposure to the masters who teach and perform it, our lives will be enriched, even transformed.

MCG Jazz’s mission is to preserve, present and promote jazz. Through our performances, we strengthen the long time Pittsburgh jazz community and contribute to the overall cultural and artistic diversity of the region. Through our live recordings we reach a national and international audience – a market we’d like to grow. Through our educational programs we are able to have students attend the concerts at low or no cost to them, make artists available for master classes and provide opportunities for internships in production and marketing.

Since 1987, MCG Jazz has brought audiences together with jazz artists at its 350 seat music hall in Pittsburgh for innovative 4-day performances and recordings. Many of these international masters of jazz would headline a list of Jazz’s “Needs No Introduction” — Joe Williams, Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Ray Brown. MCG Jazz Archives now contain over 300 CDs worth of jazz history by those who represent the past, present and future of jazz music. The performance series, one of the oldest in the nation, is an anchor of Pittsburgh cultural and community life.

The jazz artists come to the Guild to perform with an understanding that we’re a school. Most leave feeling that they got as much or more from their MCG experience than they gave. They frequently mention “hope” and “the spirit of the place.” You will hear what they mean in their recordings. MCG Jazz label recordings are unusually joyful. Artists spread the word and encourage others to perform here. Many come back time and again, choosing to record something unique on the MCG Jazz label. They generously give proceeds to support our programs.

MCG Jazz Hall, 1815 Metropolitan St, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15233

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Upland Memorial Park

It’s a large park, lots of benches and picnic tables, and a great playground. Directly to the south is Upland Skate Park, and at the north end of the park are two baseball fields. The park is fairly well maintained and sees a good amount of visitors every day. It’s a nice place to go and sit and have lunch, or just to relax and read the newspaper.

Adjacent to the park are baseball diamonds, a skate park, and in the next few years, the park will also be the location for the new Upland Animal Shelter!!

Come and enjoy an evening of Jazz with the Edward Brown Smooth Jazz Quintet in this park as part of the Jazz Festival 2012.

Upland Memorial Park, 1100 E Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA 91786

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Valencia Country Club

Envisioned as the centerpiece of a master-planned community, Valencia Country Club was built in 1965 by legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. His course at Valencia has long been recognized as one of the best golf courses in all of Southern California, for its challenging layout, beautiful conditions, and complex greens. Recently, Golf Digest named it a top 25 golf course in the state. Originally a public course in when it opened, the course was purchased by a Japanese corporation in the mid 1980’s, and transitioned into a private Club. Since then it has remained private and exclusive, but ask anyone in the area who played it as a public facility, and they will tell you just how amazing “Big V” truly is.

The quality of golfers that have played Valencia Country Club mirrors the quality of the course. The course has been fortunate enough to have its fairways graced with the presence of some of golf’s living legends. In 1998, Valencia Country Club played host to The Nissan Open, once known as the Los Angeles Open, renamed today as the Northern Trust Open. From 2001 through 2009, the Club hosted the Senior PGA Tour, now referred to as the Champions Tour. The 1998 Nissan Open was the site of an extremely rare Tiger Woods playoff loss in a PGA Tour event.

Although the Santa Clarita Valley has seen many changes throughout the years, Valencia Country Club still remains a fixture in the community. While its prestige and reputation have grown to legendary status, it is still a beacon for leaders in the community, businesspeople, and a site for families to enjoy themselves, just as it was intended over forty years ago.

Friends of smooth jazz attend the Santa Clarita Jazz and Blues Festival 2012, which will take place at this venue in September.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Heritage Park, Florida

This 4 acre park is located at 192nd and Collins Avenue. Heritage Park is a multi-use facility with parking, government offices, and recreation at one location.

Opened in January 2011, Heritage Park offers residents a gathering place to listen to music, take a stroll on the walking path, let your children play in the playground areas or take fluffy and fido to the new dog park. The park size was increased thanks to a donation of the easement of one acre of land by the property owner at Ocean Reserve.

Park amenities includes: a performance stage and dance floor; a walking path around the entire park, the exterior of which can be accessed outside of the operating hours of 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., 7 days per week; a covered pavilion; 2 separate playground areas, one for 2-4 year olds and one for 5-12 year olds; 2 sets of swings; seat walls throughout; lush landscaping with many trees; large great lawn for gathering; pathway lighting; lightning prediction system; security cameras; restrooms and drinking fountain; and metered public parking for up to 100 cars.

Heritage Park, 193rd St, Sunny Isles Beach, Florida 33160 (Miami)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Moorefields Estate

Moorefields was built in 1785 as a summer home by Alfred Moore, a Revolutionary military leader, founder of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and prominent jurist who ultimately served as the second and last North Carolinian on the United States Supreme Court. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 by Edward Draper-Savage, an artist and UNC French professor.

The 70 acres of woodlands and permanent pasture at Moorefields are currently maintained as a wildlife refuge. Owned by the Moorefields Foundation, a tax-exempt nonprofit, the property is administered by the Friends of Moorefields and is open for scheduled use by groups and individuals.

This is the place of the Hillsborough Jazz Festival.

Moorefields Estate, 2201 Moorefields Rd, Hillsborough, North Carolina (Durham area)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Mable House Amphitheater

For a number of years, the Mableton community enjoyed the use of the historic Mable House grounds for a variety of activities. Events telling the history of the area, arts festivals, and local concert activities were some of the programs hosted on the grounds.

Citizen interest in the late 1970s in the construction of an amphitheater on the back section of the Mable House property prompted action. A fundraising drive was organized to make the facility a reality. While a number of people contributed, the effort fell short of the amount required for construction. The funds collected were used to improve grades in a natural amphitheater area on the property and a portable stage was used for community concerts.

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is the result of former Governor Roy Barnes’ goal to provide Mableton with a quality outdoor theatre. Shortly after his election in 2000, he contacted the Cobb Board of Commissioners and asked that a program for such a facility be developed. This was quickly done and Governor Barnes, with the support of the local legislative delegation, provided a state grant for construction.

The 2,000-seat facility represents a $7 million dollar investment of state and local funds for a state-of-the-art amphitheater. A 20-year dream came true. This venue hosts the famous Atlanta Smooth Music Festival.

Mable House Amphitheater, 5239 Floyd Rd SW, Mableton, Georgia 30126 (Atlanta)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Birchmere

The Birchmere is a concert hall in Alexandria, Virginia, known for presenting performers in the bluegrass, country, folk, and jazz genres. The main stage has table seating with dinner service. The room seats 500 people and the tables in front are about two feet from the stage. The bandstand includes a dance area.

This cool club has hosted some of the greatest touring musicians in the world, and is a favorite stop on many musicians’ itineraries. Table seating, a dinner menu, beer and cocktail offerings and an intimate atmosphere set the Birchmere apart from other area music venues.

The Birchmere hosts shows almost nightly and presents a varied mix of music and other live performances. A dance floor adjacent to the stage is available for many shows.

Many smooth jazz artists have already presented their shows at this place.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Paramount Center

Originally built as a 1500-seat movie palace by Publix Pictures, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures, the Peekskill Paramount Theatre first opened its doors to the public wtih great fanfare on June 27, 1930. The Inaugural program featured an overture by the Paramount Symphony Orchestra, an appearance by the village mayor, and “A Paramount All-Talking Picture”, The Big Pond, starring Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert.

At the time, Publix Theatres was recognized as a leader in the theatre building industry, and the Peekskill Paramount was constructed as a state-of-the-art facility unrivalled in the region. Designed by the noted architectural firm of George and Charles Rapp, who designed great theatres all across the country, the Paramount boasted “a mammoth cooling and air conditioning plant, a beautifully furnished lounge, rest rooms and many other exclusive features.” It even had a great Wurlitzer theatre organ, which rose from the pit, played for years by Banks Kennedy. The Paramount building is a designated Westchester County Landmark, listed on both the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.

The Paramount prospered for decades despite the Depression and World War II. However, it was the advent of shopping malls and television that brought on its demise as a movie theatre. Paramount sold the building in 1973. Eventually the building was acquired by the City of Peekskill in 1977 due to a tax default. Following improvements to the building, the Paramount opened briefly in 1979 as a performing arts theatre operating under the auspices of local arts and community groups.

The results of those performances were mixed, and following a market survey and various proposals, and through the urging of a community-based grassroots “Save the Paramount” campaign, the City of Peekskill agreed to the establishment of an independent nonprofit corporation, which would lease the building and independently operate it. Following further renovations and improvements, including the removal of several hundred seats, the Peekskill Paramount Center for the Performing Arts presented its first series of performances in the spring of 1982. Its mission was to bring cultural and educational programming to the northern Westchester and Putnam County area at affordable prices.

Currently, the nonprofit Paramount Center for the Arts operates as a year-round multidisciplinary center for the arts, with live performances, arts-in-education programs, films, and visual art exhibitions, serving over 63,000 people annually from throughout the mid-Hudson Valley Region.

The Paramount Center for the Arts is exploring a new way of presenting top caliber performers by offering patrons onstage seating with the artist in an intimate setting. Wine tasting by Dylan’s Cellar and appetizer pairings from 12 Grapes will be offered beginning ½ hour before the performance and tickets will be limited to 64 to create an unforgettable close up and personal experience for our guests and an inviting audience interaction for our artists. Selecting top names with a diverse musical background, we believe this is a wonderful opportunity for our audience to get acquainted with performers in a relaxed and appealing space.

Smooth Jazz fans will await the appearance of the Sax Pack.

Paramount Center, 1008 Brown St, Peekskill, New York 10566

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Scioto Mile Park

Located in the heart of downtown Columbus, the Scioto Mile is an urban oasis comprised of more than 145 acres of lush parkland. Stretching along the riverfront from the vibrant Arena District to the natural beauty of the Whittier Peninsula, the Scioto Mile reconnects downtown to the Scioto River through an integrated system of parks, boulevards, bikeways and pedestrian paths.

Fostering some of our City’s most celebrated features—a stunning 15,000 square-foot interactive fountain, the country’s largest free outdoor climbing wall, and the world’s most authentic replica of the Santa Maria—the Scioto Mile has something for everyone.

The Scioto Mile Park hosts the Soul Food Music Festival featuring artists like Paul Taylor, Alex Bugnon and Urban Jazz Coalition.

Scioto Mile Park, Columbus, Ohio

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Loews Ventana Canyon

Tucson’s spectacular ‘Ventana’ or ‘Window’ to the Soul of the Sonoran desert— is Loews Ventana Canyon. Discover a magical perspective high above Tucson’s Catalina Mountains, where this stunning natural retreat offers a variety of activities, signature services and experiences to relax, energize and inspire guests.

A playground of visitor delights includes: the luxurious Lakeside Spa & Tennis Center; Canyon hiking; professional stargazing; 2 Tom Fazio-designed PGA golf courses and lighted tennis courts; 2 swimming pools; a fitness center; nearby riding trails and more.

Labor Day weekend saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa is joined by Crystal Stark.

One of the most diverse, in demand sax players in all of contemporary jazz, Jeff Kashiwa became one of the most dynamic live saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his amazing decade long tenure with The Rippingtons. A year after leaving The Rippingtons, Kashiwa was an immediate smash on the smooth jazz charts, scoring a #1 hit for over eight weeks on the Radio & Records chart.

His sound ranges from funky pop to more classic traditional jazz – this show will have it all. Joining Kashiwa for several numbers will be Tucson favorite, singer Crystal Stark.

Stay at the resort and enjoy these special packages – call 800-234-5117 to make hotel and VIP package reservations.

Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson, Arizona 85750

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Harbor Park

Redeveloped industrial space on the Kenosha Harbor now housing a park and open space, a public museum, residential housing, and a marina, with plans to build a commercial district. The Harbor park area is a blend of park and open space development mingled with a new public museum, new residential housing and a planned commercial district. This marriage of park and open space, housing, museum, marina, harbor and electric street car makes for a very successful development visited by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The areas offer convenient parking and access points onto the promenade and recreation trail. Antique-like benches provide seating opportunities throughout the area. Lighting is ample even on the darkest nights and the lights stand out from miles around in contrast to other nearby parks and downtown. Concrete is blended with brick to lessen the affect of pure concrete and diminish its importance. Courtyards provide havens for people to gather and listen to entertainers which assemble for special events. There are public restrooms and private restrooms (for boaters). The marina adds an element of nautical charm to the area.

Considered one of Kenosha’s favorite music events for the diversity of its lineup and its idyllic Lake Michigan setting, HarborPark Jazz and Blues (HPJB) has welcomed many national jazz and blues artists and attracts thousands of concertgoers to Kenosha’s scenic lakefront.

Harbor Park, 206 55th St, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140 (Milwaukee)

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Festival of the Arts

You can’t find a more beautiful place to be on a summer day. The Festival of Arts is a beautiful outdoor gallery nestled in the canyon and only a few blocks from the ocean in Laguna Beach. This is the place to find that art treasure for your home or business for which you have been searching. The Festival’s prestigious juried art show includes a wide variety of media such as paintings, photography, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry, handcrafted wood and furniture, ceramics, glass and more – all by over 140 of “The O.C.’s” finest artists! If you’re on the hunt for that perfect art piece, you’ll be sure to find it at The Festival of Arts.

In addition to the art show, the Festival provides a relaxing, entertaining environment with plenty to see and do. In addition to the special events, come and enjoy art workshops, daily docent-led tours offering expert insights to the exhibits, musical entertainment and hands-on demonstrations in printmaking, ceramics, painting and paper art. Then, explore the outstanding accomplishments of talented local students at the Junior Art Exhibit, featuring 150 works selected from over 1,500 submissions.

This venue also offers a great bouquet of National jazz artists.

Festival of the Arts, 650 Laguna Canyon Rd, Laguna Beach, California

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Leimert Park

Leimert Park is a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California roughly bounded by Rodeo Road on the north, 4th Avenue and Roxton Avenue on the east, Vernon Avenue on the south, and Crenshaw Boulevard on the west. Crenshaw District lies to the south, View Park to the west, Vermont Square to the east, and Jefferson Park to the north. The district’s principal thoroughfare is Leimert Boulevard, which bisects the neighborhood from northeast to southwest.

Developed by Walter H. Leimert beginning in 1928 and designed by the Olmsted brothers, Leimert Park was one of the first comprehensively planned communities in Southern California designed for upper and middle-income families, and was considered a model of urban planning for its time: automobile traffic near schools and churches was minimized, utility wires were buried or hidden from view in alleys, and densely planted trees lined its streets. Walter Leimert envisioned a self-sufficient community, with a town square, theatre and retail shopping. Leimert Park became a desirable community and one of the first to have a Home Owners’ Association.

Today, Leimert Park is considered center of the African-American arts scene in Los Angeles, with flourishing blues and jazz clubs, as well as venues for hip hop and numerous dramatic performances and poetry readings. One resident, filmmaker John Singleton, has called it “the black Greenwich Village.” The park at the district’s center, adjoined by shops and a theater, is a popular place for performances and gatherings.

This park holds the famous Summer Jazz In Leimert Park.

Leimert Park, 4323 Leimert Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90008

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Johnson’s Beach & Resort

Johnson’s Beach and Resort is located in the casual little northern California town of Guerneville on the Russian River in Sonoma County. It is in the downtown area within walking distance of restaurants and shopping. A few miles away are redwoods, wine tasting and the Pacific Ocean.

The Russian River is an old time resort area. Johnson’s Kamp was started by Gertie and Ernie Johnson around 1918. It has been owned and operated by just three families during all that time. Guerneville is a tourist town and also a bedroom community for beautiful Sonoma County and beyond. It’s a great place to explore or just take it easy.

Jazz on the River is a great way to spend the weekend. This Festival is also often called the Russian River Jazz Festival because earlier in the year the Russian River Blues festival takes place in the same area at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. The setting couldn’t be better. Huge redwood trees surround you with the hot sun shining through. Everyone hangs out on lawn chairs and just kicks back while the music plays. If you get too hot, just jump in the warm and inviting Russian River for a dip. Combined both festivals are since 2011 the Russian River Blues And Jazz Festival.

Johnson’s Beach & Resort, 16241 First St, Guerneville, California 95446

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Schwartz Center for the Arts

The Schwartz Center for the Arts was originally constructed in 1904 and known as The Dover Opera House. George M. Schwartz expanded it into a movie theater in 1923 and tabbed it The Capital Theater. For years, the Theater flourished but in the 1970s fell into a state of disrepair and in 1982, the doors were closed. After an intensive statewide fund-raising campaign, The Friends of the Capitol Theater, raised enough money to develop an extensive modernization and expansion. The beautiful $8.5 million facility reopened in October, 2001, dubbed the Schwartz Center for the Arts.

In 2004, a strategic alliance was formed to collaborate the resources of Wesley College, Delaware State University, and
The Friends of the Capitol Theater, to maximize usage and position the historic treasure as the premiere performing arts center in Central Delaware. In January, 2007, the relationship was formalized with the three becoming equal partners in the operation, management and programming of the Center. The agreement created a new organization with a board, that oversees fund-raising and philanthropic activities.

Two great jazz performers come together for a concert that highlight a variety of musical influences that promise to stir up and maintain a great sense of joy and musical passion! Showtime is at 8 PM on Saturday, September 8 at the Schwartz Center in Dover Delaware for Jessy J and Kim Waters.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is one of the city’s premier locations for outdoor concerts, festivals, and private rentals. The site offers panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware River, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as well as a unique waterfront ambiance for events that is unrivaled in the Philadelphia region.

The facility features five tiered levels of various sizes that can accommodate equipment such as stages, tents, seating, and food concession areas. Large public parking areas are conveniently located adjacent to the event space and two public restrooms are located on-site. The facility also has other amenities including a private backstage area with dressing rooms, a small on-site office area, and a private parking area. The Great Plaza parking areas can also be used as additional event space.

The 15th Season of the Smooth Jazz Summer Nights Concert Series at Penn’s Landing celebrates women in music with an illustrious all female lineup that will leave you awestruck and enthralled. An evening summer breeze, the sultry sounds of horns, smooth vocals, and heart pounding percussions will certainly give credence to the Smooth Jazz Summer Night Concert Series being a summertime must-do event.

Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, Columbus Blvd at Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Esther Short Park


A five-acre gem in the heart of Vancouver, Esther Short Park is the oldest public square in the state of Washington. It was established in 1853, when it was bequeathed to the city by its namesake. Today, it is anchored at its southeast corner by the 69-foot Salmon Run Bell Tower, made possible by generous donations from Burgerville founder and philanthropist, the late George Propstra and his wife Carolyn. A Glockenspiel diorama emerges from the tower on a regular schedule to depict a story of the Chinook Indians.

Some years ago, Esther Short Park was unkempt and crime- and drug-ridden. Mayor Royce Pollard, responding to citizen complaints, made the park’s renovation his personal project. A little over a decade later, the park had transformed into the inviting community hub it is today. Propstra is credited for spurring new development in the park, first donating $2 million to park improvements and then, later, contributing $1.3 million to build the bell tower. Private donations of $3.6 million and city investment of $2 million were used in 1998 to redevelop the park. The playground equipment, donated by the Angelo family, is constructed in a Victorian theme that reflects the history of the park. The park has proven to be a catalyst that has contributed to a surge of economic development in downtown Vancouver.

The Esther Short Park  is the place of  the Wine And Jazz Festival featuring WAR, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, The Brubeck Brothers Jazz Quartet, Yellowjackets, The Rippingtons, Marcia Ball, Diane Schuur, and the legenendary Jose Feliciano.

8th and Columbia Sts, Esther Short Park, Vancouver, Washington 98660

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – North Charleston Performing Arts Center

The North Charleston Coliseum broke ground in North Charleston in 1991 and opened in 1993 followed by the opening of the North Charleston Performing Arts Center and the Charleston Area Convention Center in 1999. The North Charleston Coliseum, Performing Arts Center and Charleston Area Convention Center are owned by the City of North Charleston and managed by SMG.

North Charleston promotes a blue collar lifestyle with walkable communities and sustainable living. Not only a terrific place to live, but as South Carolina’s retail leader, North Charleston offers the best shopping in the state from retail hubs to small neighborhood boutiques. A great place to work and especially play, whether at North Charleston’s Coliseum/Convention Center Complex or by the scenic Riverfront Park at our historical Naval Base Memorial.

North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center hosts many of Charleston’s largest and most popular concerts, musicals, and events. This venue offers entertainment throughout the year along with convenient parking, great concessions, and a friendly staff!

The Low Country Jazz Festival takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center.

North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Rosa Parks Circle

Rosa Parks Circle is a plaza located in the heart of Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the warmer months it is a multipurpose facility, acting as a venue for events like concerts or dances put on by the Grand Rapids Original Swing Society. In the winter the Circle is converted to an ice rink. Below the ice there are 166 fiber optic lights designed to represent the sky of Michigan as it appeared at midnight, January 1, 2000.

The area was designed by Maya Lin who is famous for her work on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

The original name of the circle was Monroe Mall Amphitheater. It is now named in honor of longtime Michigan resident Rosa Parks, of whom there is a statue in the park.

GRandJazzFest brings together notable jazz performers as well as highlights up-and-coming artists for diverse audiences. GRandJazzFest is being held at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, where attendees can enjoy music, support local businesses and visit other Grand Rapids attractions.

Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Clayton County International Park

Clayton County International Park offers plenty of year-round family fun. The Beach at International Park (open seasonally) has a spring-fed, 6-acre lake, adventure kiddie pool, slides and sandy beaches. Beach volleyball fans can play where the 1996 Olympic athletes competed for gold.

The surrounding park includes a 17-court tennis center, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, fitness center, fishing lakes, walking and biking trails and group picnic area. Rent a pavilion or the party room, or have your picnic under the trees. The park is open year-round, but the Beach is open starting Memorial Day weekend.

The Atlanta Contemporary Jazz & Neo-Soul Festival on August 17, and 18, 2012, at The Beach at International Park, home of the 1996 Olympic Volleyball Games is the first of its kind in south metropolitan Atlanta and will feature a unique blend of contemporary jazz and neo-soul under one umbrella. This beautiful Clayton County landmark will be filled with soothing music performed by locally and nationally acclaimed artists.

Clayton Co Int’l Park, 2300 Hwy 138 E, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Elizabeth Park

Elizabeth Park sits like an emerald jewel along the banks of the Detroit River, and features over 1,300 feet of riverwalk for fishing and river watching. In addition Elizabeth Park also offers activities such as softball, cycling, in-line skating, hiking, cross-country skiing and ice skating.

A Victorian shelter building and wedding gazebo are some of the special features located at this park. You can bring your children on the weekends for a pony ride or a stroll along the shoreline. We encourage you to attend our special events at Elizabeth Park, such as “Somewhere in Time”, where you can take a stroll back in time to the late 1920’s or “Jazz on the River”, where you can sit on the river and listen to the best music in town. We also offer our Kids Kaleidoscope programs and Movies in the Park at Elizabeth Park this season.

The 17th Annual Jazz on the River is presented at this place.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Wonderland of the Americas

Wonderland of the Americas is located in the Balcones Heights area of San Antonio at 4522 Fredericksburg Road. The mall is located between I-10 to the east, Fredericksburg Road to the west, Loop 410 and access road to the north, and Crossroads Blvd to the South.

Wonderland of the Americas is an exciting place for families and a great opportunity for retailers looking to reach local customers in a shopping destination that is uniquely San Antonio. These spaces are perfect for national retailers or local establishments looking for storefront space. Be a part of the diverse family of shopping, dining, family entertainment and service retailers of this vibrant community.

This place welcomes The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival. The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival has been captivating South Texas jazz fans for nearly 20 years. The free concert series takes place each July and August, on Friday evenings at the spectacular outdoor Amphitheater at Wonderland of the Americas.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Duck Town Park

The Duck Town Park is a premier community recreational facility featuring 11 acres of natural beauty including trails through the Maritime Forest and willow swamp, open green space, soundside views, and access to the Town’s boardwalk.

There are four distinct vegetative communities located in the Town Park property. These are the maritime deciduous forest, the maritime evergreen forest, the willow swamp, and the marsh. The maritime deciduous forest is located in the southern portion of the park property on the high ground and is dominated by pignut hickory, southern red oak, Darlington oak, and sweet gum trees.

The maritime evergreen forest is located just north of the maritime deciduous forest and is differentiated by the presence of significant live oak trees. Together, these maritime forests represent a rare and endangered plant community found only on the eastern North Carolina seacoast. The willow swamp is located on the northern portion of the Town Park property between the Currituck Sound and the northern parking area and bluestone trails. It is dominated by large Carolina willow and red maple trees. Marsh communities are found along the soundside of the Town Park property where conditions are favorable.

This park will see the Duck Jazz Festival on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

Duck Town Park, 1200 Duck Rd, Duck, North Carolina

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – St. Mary’s Park

St. Mary’s Park is located at the corner of N. Monroe St. and W. Elm Ave. behind the Gen. George A. Custer Monument. Monroe is just off I-75 Exit 14. Downtown Monroe is one block from the park on the South side of the River.

St. Mary’s Park offers a wide range of outdoor recreation activities. With tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic shelters and more, families and friends can spend an enjoyable day along the River Raisin. The Bandshell offers opportunities for concerts, movies and festivals with an open lawn to spread out your blanket and enjoy.

At this venue The River Raisin Festival will take place in August, 2012.

St. Mary’s Park, N. Monroe St and E Elm Ave, Monroe, Michigan


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Fort Hunter Park

Fort Hunter Park commands a magnificent view of the Susquehanna River and Blue Mountains beyond. It was originally settled in 1725 by Benjamin Chambers, who later founded Chambersburg. Samuel Hunter, Chamber’s brother-in-law, inherited the well-favored property which included grist and saw mills. The bustling settlement thus became known as Hunter’s Mill.

Faced with the mounting threat of the French and Indian War, the British built a series of small forts from Harris Ferry (Harrisburg) to Fort Augusta in Sunbury. Among these was Fort Hunter, ideally situated at a bend in the river, thereby serving as an alarm station and supply depot. The Fort was a 10′ by 14′ log blockhouse surrounded by a stockade and manned by volunteer soldiers, mostly farmers’ sons.

In 1956, Mrs. Meigs and her family set up the Fort Hunter Foundation and organized the Friends of Fort Hunter. With their volunteer membership, they initiated a restoration and education program. Presently, owned by the County of Dauphin and Board of Trustees for Fort Hunter, Fort Hunter Park provides beautiful recreational facilities embracing the Mansion and estate-style grounds.

Visit the Dauphin County Jazz Festival in this magnificent park.

Fort Hunter Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Kurhaus Göggingen

The Kurhaus Theatre in Augsburg-Göggingen was erected in 1886. Built in the period of industrial expansion in Germany (late 1800s) by the Augsburg architect Jean Keller, it was destroyed by fire in 1972. After having been faithfully restored, it was reopened in 1996.

This splendid theatre was built to supplement the orthopaedic Hessing Sanatorium. It is considered as a unique European testimonial of 19-century architecture. Many similar buildings – from the Munich Glass Palace to the constructions specially built for the World Exhibitions of that time – have disappeared.

The Kurhaus Theatre had also “disappeared”. It was rediscovered in 1972 when a former cinema that at the time was used by a construction company as an off-the-road storage facility, went up in flames for reasons still unknown. The fire destroyed wooden parts and coverings that were added over time. A double-storey hall came to the surface displaying cast-iron pillars and corridors together with ornamental balustrades, burnt-out iron muntin windows and burst stained-glass windows. The fire exposed the auditorium of the Kurhaus Theatre (approx. 370 movable seats) with its historic cast-iron construction. Following an extensive renovation period, the Park Theatre in Göggingen celebrated its reopening in 1996.

110 years earlier, in 1886, the Park Theatre was designed as a theatre and community centre with an integrated palm house. Today, it is once again used as such hosting 200 cultural events per year. In addition, the various-sized premises are rented to both private individuals and companies.

This historic venue is the place of the Annual Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg full of intensive, passionate Smooth Jazz and relaxed vibes set in a noble ambiance. What awaits music lovers is a sound experience until now undreamt of, which does not have too much in common with classical Jazz and will be celebrated by some of the greatest names in the international Smooth-Jazz scene.

In the side wings of the Kurhaus, our catering crew will be offering drinks, lounge-food and international tapas. The patio will be opened for our guests to enjoy the warm late-summer nights and harmoniously flowing sounds. After its premiere in Bregenz and last years’ event in Munich, the Smooth Jazz Festival takes place in Augsburg this year. Visitors from all parts of Germany and fans from all over Europe meet here for a pleasant, atmospheric weekend in the beautiful ambiance of the Kurhaus in Göggingen.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Oak Hollow Festival Park

The 800-acre Oak Hollow Lake is an integral part of the 1,500-acre Oak Hollow Park complex. Oak Hollow Lake was built as a primary water supply for the City of High Point. The lake opened in 1972 for recreation use by the public.

The benefits of the beautiful lake have been phenomenal. Oak Hollow is a favorite site for all types of activity, including pleasure boating, fishing, skiing, sailing, canoeing and kayaking. Bank fishing is available in the Marina area.

The Marina facility offers a large parking area, multiple launch ramps, restrooms, bait and tackle, ice, drinks, snacks, sailboat rentals, classroom space, children’s playground, boat storage space and shelter rentals. A second large parking lot and multiple launch ramp area for sailboats are located across the lake from the Marina.

Oak Hollow Lake has been the site of many exciting sporting events, such as drag boat races, circuit boat races, sailboat regattas, ski tournaments and fishing tournaments.

Festival Park and the North Overlook are located at 1841 Eastchester Drive next to Oak Hollow Lake Dam. Each overlook has a stunning view of the lake offering scenic picnic locations for families and groups. Each of the overlooks has restrooms, two shelters (75 person capacity each) and ample parking. In addition, North Overlook has a children’s playground and swings.

Festival Park has been the site of many special events, such as outdoor concerts, boat racing, Fourth of July celebrations, festivals, company picnics, and a variety of smaller events. Festival Park offers space for vendors, stages, extra electrical outlets and large overflow parking areas. Plus, the site is easily accessed from major highways.

At this place we welcome the John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival.

Oak Hollow Festival Park, 3400 N Centennial St, High Point, North Carolina (Winston-Salem, Greensboro)


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Dell Music Center


The Dell Music Center, located in scenic East Fairmount Park, is Philadelphia’s premier outdoor entertainment and education venue. Formerly the Robin Hood Dell East, this open-air amphitheatre is managed by the City of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and is the fourth largest performance venue in Philadelphia. The Dell has 5,284 reserved seats and can hold an additional 600 people on the lawn.

The Dell has been providing world-class entertainment to Philadelphians for the past 39 years. It is a municipally-funded and operated amphitheatre, established to provide high-quality, diverse, cultural entertainment inside the community at an affordable cost.

The Dell has hosted many nationally and internationally prominent artists. These legendary performances have included everyone from musical icons like Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Cosby, Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughn; to classic soul singers like Patti Labelle, The Whispers, Frankie Beverly, Jill Scott and Teena.

This venue will present George Benson, Boney James and Pamela Williams on Thursday, August 09, 2012 – 7:00 pm.

Dell East Music Center, E Fairmount Park, Ridge Ave and Huntingdon Dr, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19132

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Travis Park


The area including Travis Park was once part of the upper farmlands of Mission San Antonio de Valero (today called the Alamo). After the mission was closed, the land was sold to Francisco Garcia in 1819, and in 1851 to Samuel Augustus Maverick, who lived at the northwest corner of Alamo Plaza and used this property for his orchard.

After Maverick died in 1870, the land was deeded to the City, and an 1873 map calls the square Travis Plaza, named for Col. William Barrett Travis, commander of the Texan troops at the Alamo.

By 1876, the City had planted grass, installed wooden painted benches, and soon enclosed the park with a white-washed fence. Concerts were held in a fancy, Victorian-style bandstand. The fence was removed in 1891 to improve access, and the bandstand, too expensive to repair, was torn down in 1937.

The park’s dense landscaping consisted of chinaberry and huisache trees, ligustrum bushes and 50 hackberries installed (on purpose!) for $1 a tree in 1883. The last of the hackberries was not removed until 1956 when the newspaper reported that “spectators looked on with approval.”

In recent years, the park has benefited from improvement projects through the generosity of the San Antonio Parks Foundation, which was formed in 1981 to build support for the restoration of the deteriorated park. Work on the park began in 1982 with a contribution of $125,000 from the St. Anthony Hotel. Other founding sponsors included San Antonio Bank and Trust, Trammel Crow Co., Miller High Life, Southwestern Bell, Church’s Fried Chicken and First Federal Savings and Loan. Combined with a grant from the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife Local Park fund, contributions for Travis Park improvements totaled more than $400,000. That year the Foundation sponsored the first outdoor jazz festival in the park called Jazz’SAlive.

The festival became one of the largest outdoor festivals in the country. It draws local, regional and national acts to the park. Admission is free. Entertainers such as Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn, Maynard Ferguson, the Dukes of Dixieland, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Stanley Jordan, Gato Barbieri, Nancy Wilson, and many more have graced the big stage on Navarro Street.


Travis Park, 711 Navarro St, San Antonio, TX 78205

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Huntington Beach Central Park

Huntington Central Park is the largest city-owned park in Orange County covering over 350 acres of land. This peaceful setting of open grass fields and extensive tree and flower plantings is used for various activities such as picnics, biking, playing, and strolling along the paved paths enjoying the serene atmosphere. Central Park offers plenty of activities and events all year round for all ages. Dog and car shows are held in the summer, Cross-country racing events are in the fall, and the equestrian center holds a jumper show every spring. Park entrances can be found on Edwards, Goldenwest, Gothard, Slater, Talbert, and Ellis streets.

Many attractions at Central Park include Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center, H.B. Dog Park, H.B. Disc Golf Course, Huntington Beach Playhouse, Alice’s Breakfast in the Park, Park Bench Cafe, Lake Huntington, Central Park Amphitheater, Adventure Playground, Par Course, Shipley Nature Center, playgrounds, picnic tables, BBQ grills and special events throughout the year. Each year Central Park hosts Civil War Re-enactment, Concours d’Elegance, Shakespeare in the Park, athletic events, contests, BB Jazz Concert, and Huntington Beach Concert Band Summer Concerts.

This is the place of the BB Jazz Festival in September, 2012.

Huntington Beach Central Park, 18381 Goldenwest St, Huntington Beach, California 92648

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The SUEDE

An alluring and sophisticated ultra-lounge in Downtown Wichita by Disc & Heat LLC Entertainment group opened in spring 2009.

Catering to professionals and discerning patrons, the SUEDE lounge concept is based on the Disc & Heat LLC entertainment group business philosophy of providing a warm environment for patrons with the greatest attention to detail. SUEDE’s unique setting of dramatic lighting, rich materials and plush fabrics, evoke a sense of relaxed belonging and comfort. Attending to the comfort of our patrons and creating a haven for an elite clientele is the core of Disc & Heat LLC. Entertainment group’s vision.

The lounge layout includes an intimate date-friendly seating area, several cozy couches and a more interactive area for live entertainment. Guests can reserve a table or couches in the main lounge or spend and evening at a table on the patio. The lounge will also feature a live music set as part of it’s daily entertainment lineup, and guest DJs from around the country.

There is no cover charge for admission to SUEDE. Reservations are required on the guest list for guests visiting the lounge between 10PM and 2AM. The Summer Jazz Series with Jessy J has been re-scheduled to July 18 & July 19th.

Suede Lounge, 141 N Rock Island, Wichita, Kansas 67202

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Hideaway Park, Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park is a Home Rule Municipality in Grand County, Colorado, United States. The town population was 662 at the 2000 census, although tourists and seasonal workers significantly increase the population.

It is home to the Winter Park Resort, a well-known ski resort which is owned by the City and County of Denver and managed by Intrawest. Winter Park began as two small settlements, Old Town and Hideaway Park. Old Town came into existence because of the construction taking place on the Moffat Tunnel. Hideaway Park was a village that began in 1932 and quickly developed into the fourth town in the valley. Hideaway Park was developed and built by L.O. “Doc” Graves, a merchant in the valley since 1922.

On August 1, 1978 the town was founded and became Winter Park. In 1980 Winter Park grew again incorporating the West Portal Village. The West Portal Village became the home of the Mary Jane Base and various other buildings at the resort such as the Iron Horse Resort.

This venue is the place to come for the Winter Park Jazz Festival.


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Buffalo Bill Historical Center

It took special people to settle the American West–people of vision and courage with strong values and beliefs. This uniquely American story starts with the land and its first peoples, and extends through the centuries to the present day—western experiences that refine the spirit of our nation.

Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West—keeping those western experiences alive for today’s visitors and those in the future. Just as William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody “took the West to the world,” we’ve taken on the challenge of bringing the West to you.

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a complex of museums displaying artifacts and art of the American West located in Cody, Wyoming. Founded in 1917, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center is the oldest museum in the West. The museum is an affiliate in the Smithsonian Affiliations program.

The museums include the Buffalo Bill Museum, which features general western articles and historical items that help tell the story of W. F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life. A large amount of background and historical information is provided so as to put his life into context with what was going on in the country, especially out west, at that time.

For over two decades the Yellowstone Jazz Festival has been bringing top jazz performers and musicians in the Yellowstone National Park area to participate in jazz concerts during the Festival. Smooth Jazz fans will attend the concert of Dotsero.

Buffalo Bill Historical Center, 720 Sheridan Ave, Cody, Wyoming 82414

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Maymont Park


Maymont is a 100-acre American estate, an extraordinary gift given to us by James and Sallie Dooley who lived here from 1893 to 1925. Whether strolling in the gardens, touring the mansion or watching river otters play, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

It contains Maymont Mansion, now a historic house museum, an arboretum, formal gardens, a carriage collection, native wildlife exhibits, a nature center, and petting zoo known as “The Maymont Children’s Farm”.

In 1893, Major James H. Dooley, a wealthy Richmond lawyer and philanthropist, and his wife, Sallie, completed their elaborate Gilded Age estate on a site high above the James River. According to their wishes, after their deaths Maymont was left to the people of Richmond. Over the next 75 years, additional attractions were added.

The Japanese gardens located at Maymont are well tended and cared for and consist of a koi pond as well as a large waterfall coming down from the terrace. There is an extensive rose garden ending in a large waterfall located on a terrace below the manor. The roses are partially shaded by a wisteria covered pergola. Bamboo forests are a great spectacle in the Gardens

The arboretum dates from the early 20th century, and contains more than 200 species of trees and woody plants. It includes a number of “exotic champions” including a Cedrus atlantica, Cryptomeria japonica, Parrotia persica, and Tilia europea.

Maymont’s gardens are popular for outdoor weddings focused around the Italian garden, the Japanese gardens, the waterfalls, or other numerous gazebos located throughout the grounds.

Smooth Jazz fans love this ground for the  Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont.

Maymont Park, 1700 Hampton St, Richmond, Virginia 23220




Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Market Creek Amphitheater

The Market Creek Amphitheater is an ideal location for musical and theatrical performances or for creating unforgettable seminars and corporate retreats. This grand, open-air space is accented by a Children’s Art Wall featuring a copper-inlaid tree with hand-painted circular leaves created by more than 1,000 local school children. Tiered grass seating areas make the perfect setting for up to 500 guests to relax or picnic in the shade. Centrally located in Market Creek, the Amphitheater makes an exciting addition for multi-venue use. Adjacent businesses offer a variety of food and services.

The Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater is San Diego’s newest outdoor amphitheater, featuring a stage set into the bed of Chollas Creek that rises and falls with the level of the water flowing through the creek. The amphitheater features symbolic glyphs of water, sun, and hands on the walls that border the theater’s grassy seating.

The site was envisioned as a venue for showcasing the rich talent and culture of the community. Cultural groups, local dance studios, spoken word groups, and cultural music groups will soon take center stage before crowds of up to 500 people.

This place will be the venue of  Jazz At The Creek. This concert series is unique on the San Diego jazz scene in setting as well as purpose, and will afford you the opportunity to encounter Jazz enthusiasts from all across San Diego County, Southern California and neighboring states.

Three national acts are scheduled to headline: Darryl Williams (June 30), Marcus Johnson (July 21) and Jazz In Pink (August 11).

Market Creek Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Ave, San Diego, California 92114

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Avondale Park

Avondale was a company town built around the Avondale Mills east of Birmingham, Alabama in Jefferson County. The town was incorporated on March 18, 1887. The city was annexed into Birmingham and is now divided into three separate neighborhoods, North Avondale, East Avondale and South Avondale.

The Park was the largest in Birmingham until Ruffner Mountain Park was dedicated. It was known for the spring-fed grotto pool, an extensive rose garden, athletic fields, a secluded pavilion called “The Villa”, and a large amphitheater that hosted a spectacular pageant in celebration of Birmingham’s 50th anniversary in 1931. The park was also one-time home of the Birmingham Zoo, which at the time consisted mainly of non-exotic species with the exception of “Miss Fancy”, an erstwhile circus elephant purchased by the Birmingham Advertising Club as a promotional novelty and then donated to the city.

The project, under way since last winter, was a major overhaul of the historic park that has dominated Fifth Avenue South in the Forest Park-South Avondale neighborhood since the mid-1880s.

The historic amphitheater at Avondale Park will be the setting for this summer’s Jazz in the Park concert series, according to officials with series organizer Magic City Smooth Jazz.

The nonprofit organization presents free summer concerts, billed as “Building Community through Jazz,” in parks around Birmingham. The concerts are held on Sunday afternoons, except for the July 4 kick off event, which will be from 6-9 p.m.

Other concert dates are July 8, 15, 22 and 29.

Avondale Park is at 4101 Fifth Ave. South.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Riverside Park

Riverside Park in West Bend is a grand expanse of prairie, river, and open play area. Football, soccer, and softball fields, along with sand volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts are found throughout the park. A combination playground and wooded picnic grove create a quality leisure experience of unprecedented scale.

West Bend is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Wisconsin, United States in southeastern Wisconsin. Wisconsin’s finest music festival, the Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival features international jazz musicians and vocalists in an outdoor setting under a spacious tent surrounded by rolling hills and rustling trees. The festival takes place in the first week of September.

Riverside Park, West Bend, Wisconsin

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Onset Beach

Onset Beach has been referred to as the Gem of the Southcoast Beaches in leading Tourist Summer magazines. It is true. Onset Beach is gorgeous.  White sand, smooth no rocks to hurt your toes. Artisticly arched to Shell Point at the end. Shell Point is such a romantic summit. You will love walking on the Beach anytime.  In the summer, there is the Viking (a cruise ship) for Canal tours, entertainment sea trips, you can charter it also. Come and visit anytime you are in Onset and enjoy!

Onset Village ”The Hidden Gem” will be the place to be as it kicks off this summer with a string of fabulous festivals. On July 21, 2012, Onset locals and jazz lovers from near and far will be pleasingly intoxicated as The Onset Beach Jazz Festival welcomes Boston’s own Award Winning Saxophonist, “Walter Beasley”.

Onset Beach, 201 Onset Ave, Wareham, Massachusetts 02558 (New Bedford)



Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Youngstown State University

Youngstown State University, founded in 1908, is an urban research university located in Youngstown, Ohio, United States.

The university’s origins trace back to 1908, when the local branch of the YMCA established a school of law within the Youngstown Association School. In 1921, the school became known as the Youngstown Institute of Technology and offered its first evening courses. In 1928, a year after establishing the College of Arts and Sciences, the institute once again changed its name to Youngstown College. In 1955, Youngstown College was renamed as Youngstown University, an indication of the school’s broadening curriculum.

On September 1, 1967, after becoming a public institution, Youngstown University became officially known as Youngstown State University. The following spring, YSU opened a Graduate School and College of Applied Science and Technology. In 1974, the College of Fine and Performing Arts was established.

Jones Hall, often the building that welcomes people coming onto the YSU campus, is also one of the campus’s oldest buildings, having been built in 1931, when YSU was known as Youngstown College. Its history as the “main building” of the campus continues today, as it is perhaps the best-known and most photographed building of the whole campus. The building was renamed Jones Hall in honor of the institutions first president, Dr. Howard Jones. Today, the building is used as mainly administrative office space.

This university is the place of the 2012 Youngstown Jazz Fest

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Humphreys by the Bay

Humphreys Concerts by the Bay is located between Humphreys Restaurant and Humphreys Half Moon Inn. The 1,400 seat outdoor theatre, ideally situated on San Diego Bay, has been presenting a wide variety of major attractions since 1982. Generally running from May through October, Humphreys Concerts covers the total spectrum of entertainment from rock and jazz to comedy, blues, folk and international music.

The stage is set up right next to the ocean and they set up rows of white fold up chairs. Humphrey’s has excellent sound & an amazing view. In the summertime the sun sets perfectly as the main performer makes their way to the stage and even from the back you still feel like you’re 10 feet away!

Seats are close together and plastic patio chairs, but there’s not a bad seat in the house. It’s a small and intimate venue. With the stars sparkling in the moonlit sky and the languid breeze ruffling the palm trees that line the bay, it is impossible to say a bad word here about this venue.

Smooth Jazz fans have often the opportunity to listen to their music. We suggest The Trinity House Jazz-It-Up 2012 featuring Gerald Albright and Norman Brown also Aysha with special guest Elan Trotman as the dinner entertainment and opening act. The date is September 8th, 2012.

Humphreys by the Bay, 2241 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, California 92101




Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Bushnell Park


Bushnell Park in Hartford, Connecticut is the oldest publicly funded park in the United States. It was conceived by the Reverend Horace Bushnell in the mid-1850s at a time when the need for open public spaces was just starting to be recognized. Reverend Bushnell asked his good friend and Hartford native, Frederick Law Olmsted, to design the layout of the park. Olmsted, however, was occupied at the time with the double-duty of designing of New York City’s Central Park and Springfield, Massachusetts’ Forest Park, and thus declined the offer.

Olmsted recommended Jacob Weidenmann, a Swiss-born landscape architect and botanist. Weidenmann’s plan for the park included graceful paths and clusters of trees that shielded strollers from the sounds of the city, and enhanced the presence of the Park River which flowed through the park.

Later additions to the park include: the Horace Wells Monument in 1875, sculpted by Truman Howe Bartlett; the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, designed by George Keller in 1886 to commemorate those who fought in the American Civil War; the Corning Fountain in 1899, with sculpture by J. Massey Rhind; the carousel in 1974; and the performance pavilion in 1995. As a result of seasonal flooding, and especially after damage from the great flood of 1936, the Park River was buried in underground conduits, and a main feature of the park was lost. A pond was later added to return a water feature to the park.

Today Bushnell Park is a focal point in downtown Hartford, and it is the site of several festivals and music events each year. The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is a non-profit organization originally conceived by Paul Brown, noted Hartford jazz bassist and music educator. For 25 years, Paul had produced the Monday Night Jazz Concerts in Bushnell Park, drawing thousands of music lovers to Hartford’s Bushnell Park for picnics and world-class entertainment. That first Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, in July of 1992, was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of those wonderful summers.

The tradition continues in 2012 in Bushnell Park, America’s oldest public park, when the Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz will presented its 21th annual event of three nights and two days of hot and cool jazz on the Performance Pavilion and the Friends of the Festival Arch Stage, featuring great artists from around the world and the USA, as well as young and up-and-coming performers from the local region. Connecticut’s State Capitol Building and Hartford’s skyline provide a beautiful, dramatic backdrop as the sun sets and the stars rise in the night sky and on stage.

Bushnell Park, 1 Jewell St, Hartford, Connecticut 06103

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront Hotel

The Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront hotel is set on a six-acre park on the banks of the Nansemond River in historic Suffolk, Virginia. Conveniently located near Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth, our Suffolk, Virginia hotel is only 25 minutes to Norfolk International Airport.

The Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront is the venue established for the Gladys Gatlin Foundations Benefit and Suffolk Riverfront Jazz. The hotel is pleased to welcome and host the Gladys Gatlin Foundations Benefit. The proceeds from this event will assist women in the United States Armed Forces as they transition from military to civilian life. This benefit will be the first of upcoming jazz series.

Smooth Jazz fans are welcome to the Suffolk Riverfront Jazz Fest featuring  Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Cindy Bradley, Jeff Bradshaw, Leslie Harrison, Smooth Jazz, Soulon, Spyro Gyra, Stanley Jordan and more in July.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl is a modern amphitheater in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California, United States that is used primarily for music performances. It is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States, with a seating capacity of nearly 18,000.

The Hollywood Bowl is known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that graced the site from 1929 through 2003, before being replaced with a somewhat larger one beginning in the 2004 season. The shell is set against the backdrop of the Hollywood Hills and the famous Hollywood Sign to the Northeast.

The “bowl” refers to the shape of the concave hillside the amphitheater is carved into. The bowl is owned by the County of Los Angeles and is the home of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the host of hundreds of musical events each year.

It is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue, north of Hollywood Blvd and the Hollywood & Highland subway station and south of Route 101.

The Playboy Jazz Festival has taken place at the Hollywood Bowl each year since 1979. The 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival is just around the corner! This landmark event continues its rich tradition of featuring the biggest names in jazz, along with future jazz headliners delivering an exciting mix of everything from standards and blues to Latin beats and world fusion.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Rainbow Lagoon Park

Located north of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and Linden Avenue, this park is the remnant of Rainbow Lagoon by Auditorium Park before the lagoon was filled for the Long Beach Arena. Rainbow Lagoon is designed in a traditional Japanese style with two connected islands and surrounding park with high arched “rainbow bridges.” The area is turf, with accenting trees. The Hyatt Hotel built its pool deck to the Lagoon edge. Rainbow Lagoon is filled with seawater, and maintained at park level, above sea level, through pumps.

The park is meticulously maintained, the pathways are winding and spacious, traveling all throughout the park. The colorful bridges and lots of shade coupled with the expansive, wide open spaces are appealing to the visitor.

The only Southern California Jazz Festival staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful Lagoon setting. Long Beach Jazz Festival features some of the top artists of the year and includes VIP seating in an incredible outdoor setting with a great selection of food, art and much more. “Jazz”, an experience you will never forget!

Get ready for the 2012 Long Beach Jazz Festival and book the date now August 10th-12th, 2012.



Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Pines Theater at Look Park

The Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park, commonly referred to as Look Park, is a park in Florence, Massachusetts in Hampshire Country. The park is open year round.

Look Park, consisting of over one hundred & fifty acres, was gift to the City of Northampton from Mrs. Fannie Burr Look, wife of Frank Newhall Look. She provided the land, funds for its development and a trust fund for its upkeep. Additionally, operation and maintenance funds are dependent upon visitor fees, grants, and gifts. The park receives no funding from the city or state. The park was made open to the public in 1930. The Park is a city-owned park and is administered as a non-profit organization.

The Pines Theater is an outdoor amphitheater located within the park. The stage is built out of Goshen stone, along with the entryway and sound towers. The theater holds the annual “Transperformance” concert, a music festival hosted by The Northampton Arts Council and the Parent Teacher Organizations of the Northampton Public Schools. Famous artists to perform at the venue include Bob Dylan and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Smooth Jazz fans will attend the 2012 Cancer Crushing Jazz Fest featuring artists such as Chieli Minucci, Eric Leone, Jeff Golub Band, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Karen Briggs, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliott, Vincent Ingala.

Pines Theater at Look Park, Northampton, Massachusetts

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Crockett Park

Crockett Park is bisected by Main Avenue and is often called either Crockett Square or the “Twin Parks.” It was established as a public square in 1875 after the city of San Antonio settled a lawsuit over ownership of the tract of land from which this park was developed. By 1877, street cars were taking people to the neighboring San Pedro Springs Park and this caused a real estate growth around Crockett Park.

By 1883, City Council agreed to clear brush and mark the streets then running through the park. In 1911, sidewalks were constructed around the park’s perimeter, and in 1914, walkways were installed in both squares of the park. The formal plans for this renovation also called for walkways radiating from a central, circular sidewalk to the corners of the larger square.

Later, in the 1980s, picnic tables, trees, and a playscape were added; and again, in 1994, new sidewalks, lighting and drinking fountains were part of a Bond issue that help to improve the park. It is in the central circular sidewalk design that the present Crockett Park gazebo now stands . The park has picnic tables and grills, children’s playground equipment, drinking fountains, and a gazebo. The gazebo is a gift to the people of San Antonio in the memory of Carla L. Trott.

The address of Crockett Park is 1300 N. Main, San Antonio, TX 78212 and has been the site of the San Antonio Jazz Festival for many years since the Jazz Festival’s beginnings in 1993. The whole park is set up with music stages, speakers and booths to promote Jazz and to fund-raise support for various private charitable organizations in town. However, the parking is limited to street parking and there are no restrooms available at the park .

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Guasti Regional Park

Located in Ontario, CA where business and culture meet, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park provides 150 acres of outdoor recreation activities in an urban setting. There is a park fee, which varies according to age or Holiday.

Enjoy a wide range of activities including two lakes for fishing, a swim complex with water slides, zero depth water play park, picnic tables and group picnic shelters for corporate events, large parties and family reunions.

This is the place of the Ultimate Jazz Festival. Saturday, August 4th, 2012, from 12am until 9pm (gates open at 11am)
Joey Sommerville, Gregg Karukas, and more! Sunday, August 5th, 2012 from 12am until 7pm (gates open at 11am)
Paul Taylor, Tim Bowman, Kevin Toney, Sugarfoots Ohio Players, and more!

Guasti Regional Park, 800 N Archibald Ave, Ontario, California 91764

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Estes Park

Estes Park is a town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859.

Take in the beauty of Estes Park, the art in numerous galleries and listen to the sounds of jazz. Estes Park’s free 22nd annual Jazz Fest/Art Walk weekend kicks of the season in style Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20.

Performance Park, 417 W Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, Colorado 80517



Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Naperville Community Concert Center


The Naperville Community Concert Center is city-owned facility located in the heart of downtown’s Central Park at 104 E. Benton Avenue. While the Concert Center is a year-round home to the Naperville Municipal Band and Young Naperville Singers, it is also available for use by Naperville-based groups.

The Concert Center is designed to accommodate performing arts groups and boasts a large performance stage, acoustic equipment, rehearsal and meeting space and dressing rooms.

The Naperville Jazz Festival will take place at the Naperville Community Concert Center located in Central Park in downtown Naperville, June 16, 2012. Smooth Jazz fans will appreciate the concert of Mindi Abair and Friends, Featuring David Pack and Jeff Golub.

Naperville Community Concert Center, 104 E Benton Ave, Naperville, Illinois 60540



Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Tarrytown Music Hall

The historic 843-seat Music Hall, erected in 1885 by chocolate manufacturer William Wallace, is the oldest theater in Westchester County and one of only 6% of theaters in the United States built before 1900. 2010 marks the Music Hall’s 125th anniversary and the 30th anniversary of its rescue from the wrecking ball.

The Music Hall was built during Tarrytown’s “Millionaire’s Colony” era. Notable Tarrytown residents such as the Goulds, Rockefellers, and Vanderbilts were patrons of the Music Hall, participating in its elaborate flowers shows, balls, and entertainment. Designed by distinguished architects Theodore DeLemos and August Cordes who also built New York City’s Grand Central Palace and the Macy’s building at Herald Square, the Music Hall’s facade is considered to be one of the finest examples of Queen Anne decorative brickwork in the county. The Music Hall was one of the first theaters to show silent films in 1901 and was the venue for several national causes, including women’s suffrage in 1915. Antonin Dvorak, Rafael Jossefy, Mae West, and Woodrow Wilson are among the first performers and speakers to grace the Music Hall stage.

Concert goers have always been treated to a wonderful experience at the Music Hall due to its excellent acoustics. Notable artists and groups who have performed and/or recorded in the Music Hall since 1980 include Joan Baez, Lewis Black, Chris Botti, David Bromberg, Dave Brubeck, The Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Savion Glover & TiDii, Nanci Griffith, Lionel Hampton, The Hubbard Street Dance Co., Kim Hunter, Joe Jackson, Lyle Lovett, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Tito Puente, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Regan, Chita Rivera, Sonny Rollins, Lea Salonga, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, John Tesh, Richard Thompson, Gwen Verdon, Rufus Wainwright, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, and Dan Zanes to name just a few.

Smooth Jazz fans will notate  Friday, June 1, 2012, when Fourplay will give their concert in this Music Hall.

Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St, Tarrytown, New York 10591


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Port Arthur

Port Arthur is located 90 miles east of Houston on the gulf coast of Texas. Port Arthur is the namesake of Arthur E. Stilwell who platted the 1895. He envisioned Port Arthur as a resort, as a port City and as the terminus of the railroad he would eventually build linking Port Arthur to Kansas City.

John W. “Bet-A-Million” Gates, gained control of the Stilwell interest and built a rice mill in Port Arthur in 1900. He spent $1.4 million to dredge the Port Arthur ship canal then ceded it to the federal government for one dollar. This transaction was completed by Congress’ designation of Port Arthur as a port of entry, and by 1914 it ranked as the twelfth largest port in the United States and the second largest refining port.

Today Port Arthur is the home of three major refineries and still the important terminus of the Kansas City Southern railroad. The town of a mere one thousand souls in 1900, has grown to almost 60,000 with a diversifying economy to sustain Port Arthur’s growth into the twenty-first century.

Port Arthur welcomes you to the Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival on Friday, June 08 and Saturday, June 09, 2012 – 5:45 pm at the downtown Procter Street Pavilion. Althea Rene, Kyle Turner & Michael Ward will entertain the smooth jazz fans.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Cranes Roost Park

Cranes Roost Park is at the heart of Uptown Altamonte surrounding Cranes Roost Lake. The lake is encircled by one mile of continuous walkway with benches and covered seating areas. Within the 45-acre park is a European-style Plaza which includes a choreographed fountain show and a 62’ picturesque tower as well as the Eddie Rose Amphitheater with stadium-style seating and a one-of-a-kind floating stage.

Residents and visitors will note the cobblestone-style pathways, ionic columns, gathering areas with seating, themed lighting fixtures all ready for leisurely strolls, listening to music or just enjoying the beauty of the park.

WLOQ 102.5 and the City of Altamonte Springs celebrate at this venue the concert series Jazz Jams Uptown. This park is worth a visit for all smooth jazz lovers.

Cranes Roost Park, 274 Cranes Roost Blvd, Altamonte Springs, Florida


Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Copper Mountain Resort

Copper Mountain knows there are skiers and riders out there who have never felt the thrill of waking up and hearing on the radio that school was canceled. There are people who have never spent a whole day in the snow doing anything their heart desired. No joke. These people, and those who understand snow day bliss, are the reason we do what we do. So come to Copper to take a day, or two or seven and experience the mountain. Welcome everybody, to the home of the snow day.

The summer has also some good moments.  Relax in the beautiful backdrop of Copper Mountain as stars from Smooth Jazz and Fusion to Mainstream Jazz delight your senses. Known for its scenic splendor, internationally renowned talent and diverse wine selection, Genuine Jazz & Wine will not disappoint this summer.

The fest is featuring Paul Taylor, Ronnie Laws, Nick Colionne and Alex Bugnon. Don’t miss the fest in August.

Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Circle, Copper Mountain, Colorado 80443



Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Chastain Park Amphitheater

Pack your picnic basket, gather your friends and immerse yourself in the Delta Classic Chastain experience. The distinguished setting is more tradition than venue, and the eclectic line-up of top performers guarantees musical memories!

Chastain Park Amphitheater has become an Atlanta tradition. Home of the Delta Classic Chastain series, the amphitheater has worn many faces – including its current one as a summer tradition for making musical memories.

The venue’s cozy confines create the perfect rendezvous for spreading out with friends and family; hanging out with a group of co-workers or members of a special group; entertaining clients; or getting away for a romantic idyll amid music and moonlight.

This venue is the place for the Sunset Jazz Fest featuring smooth jazz stars like Brian Culbertson, David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Norman Brown, and many more.

Chastain Park Amphitheater, 1280 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – St. Clement’s Island Potomac River Museum

This museum features information on the landing of Maryland colonists in 1634 and the first Roman Catholic Mass in the English speaking colonies. It traces the history of the area and life along the Potomac River through archaeological exhibits and cultural events. St. Clements Island can be clearly seen from the museum grounds. The annual Blessing of the Fleet occurs here on the first full weekend in October. The museum also hosts the annual Christmas Doll & Train Exhibit.

This museum will be the place of  the 2012 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival featuring Marcus Anderson (sax), Marc Antoine (guitar) with Brian Simpson (keyboards), and Steve Cole (sax) on Saturday, July 14, 2012.

St. Clement’s Island Potomac River Museum, 38370 Point Breeze Rd, Coltons Point, Maryland

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Highway 99 Blues Club

The walls of the Highway 99 Blues Club are graced by photos from some of the best blues photographers in the country. Jef Jaisun, Phil Chesnut and The Sheriff are all professional blues photographers that have an extremely impressive body of work.

The Highway 99 Blues Club is all about the music. So they have installed a state-of-the-art, distributed system that provides great sound to every corner of the room. The enormous stage is centrally located in order to provide up close, intimate interplay between the artists and the audience. An exciting venue for the blues culture and music of America.

The building that is home to the Highway 99 Blues Club was built in 1909. It provides the “old timey” feel that you get when you walk in the door. The club has now opened the door for smooth jazz. Artists like Patrick Lamb are gracing the scene.



Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Riverwalk Amphitheater Montgomery

Riverwalk Amphitheater has been home to many concerts including: Daughtry, Sugarland, Hootie & the Blowfish, Hall & Oates and many more.  Flexible meeting spaces abound at the ballpark in the heart of downtown, and set right on the riverbank, the Amphitheater can host gatherings large or small with a long list of amenities.

Jubilee CityFest, Alabama’s premier festival will be held on Friday, May 18 and Saturday 19 in downtown Montgomery. During this festival Spyro Gyra will perform in this venue.

Riverwalk Amphitheater, 355 Commerce St, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Big Bear Lake

Big Bear Lake is a city in San Bernardino County, California along the south shore of Big Bear Lake, located 25 miles  northeast of the city of San Bernardino. Big Bear Lake is a reservoir in the San Bernardino Mountains, in San Bernardino County, California, United States.

Big Bear Lake provides an attractive setting for many outdoor activities, including fishing (trout, bluegill, crappie, catfish and largemouth bass), pleasure boating, and water skiing. Because of the very cold water and the presence of underwater obstacles near the shorelines, swimming is discouraged.

Music, drinks, dancing and fun abound will take place on the Big Bear Lake shore with the annual Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival. Located at the Marina Resort Lake Side Lawn, 40770 Lakeview Drive, a floating stage will feature the smooth sound of jazz bands doing their thing while spectators celebrate into the night.

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Merriweather Post Pavilion is an outdoor concert venue located within Symphony Woods, a 40-acre lot of preserved land in the heart of the planned community of Columbia, Maryland. It was named for the American Post Foods heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post. Originally intended to be a summer home for the National Symphony Orchestra, the pavilion later became a venue for more popular music concerts. It was designed by award-winning architect Frank Gehry and opened in 1967.

Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most beautiful and storied amphitheatres – nestled in 40 acres of forest, smack between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

Every year the beloved concert venue sets out to improve. Recent enhancements include building an enormous kitchen that prepares the most delectable cuisines from all over the world, a Music Pinball Arcade, award-winning sculptures and the tripling of restroom facilities.

Merriweather is music, but so much more. It’s a gorgeous walk in the park.

In this pavilion smooth jazz fans will attend fine music activities like the Capital Jazz Fest and  Wine in the Woods.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Oso Viejo Park

Oso Viejo is one of the best spots for playgrounds, sports, fitness, and family walks on the Oso Creek Trail through the Jeronimo Open Space. The park went under a complete overhaul in 2008 with new walkways, gardens, sports fields, parking lot and a very large playground area. The park is located in Mission Viejo.

Mission Viejo is a city in southern Orange County, California, U.S. in the Saddleback Valley. Mission Viejo is considered one of the largest master-planned communities ever built under a single project in the United States, and is rivaled only by Highlands Ranch, Colorado, in its size.

The houses and shopping centers in the city are almost uniformly designed in a Spanish mission style, with “adobe”-like stucco walls and barrel-tile roofs.

The Oso Viejo Park is home of the Annual  KSBR Birthday Bash Jazz Festival.

KSBR Birthday Bash, Oso Viejo Park, Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, California 92692

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Historic Downtown Grapevine

Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas, is more than a destination, it’s a journey. A journey to bygone days when neighbors would call out to each other on the street, shake hands, say ”good morning” and really mean it.

You don’t have to be a Texan to appreciate downtown Grapevine. In fact, you’re likely to brush shoulders with East Coast bankers, Midwestern farmers or Hollywood elite as you explore the unique shops on Main Street or savor the grapes that gave our town its name.

People from all over the country tell us Main Street reminds them of the town where they grew up. For some, it’s the historic Palace Theater, featured in its pre-restoration days in the movie Tender Mercies, and now home of the renowned Grapevine Opry. For others, our family-style restaurants rekindle memories of good times.

Grab a slice of summer fun at Main Street Days, the official kick-off to summertime in Grapevine. The 3-day Main Street Days features bands of all genres, including on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 2pm – 3:30pm Tom Braxton and at 4:45pm – 6pm – Russ Hewitt Band.

Historic Downtown Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas 76051

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Overland Park

With a population of 175,000 people, Overland Park, Kansas is the heart of Johnson County – the engine of progress that drives the diverse Kansas City economy. Overland Park has more than 250 restaurants and several of the most interesting tourist attractions in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

Jazz in the Woods is Kansas City’s largest annual free music event put on by the Overland Park South Rotary Club to raise money to provide assistance for helping the children of Kansas City build a brighter tomorrow.

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Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Bonelli Park

The 1, 975 acres of park facilities surrounding the lake offer a variety of recreational activities: family and group picnicking, sight seeing, hiking, horseback riding, jogging, nature walks, recreational vehicle (RV) and group camping, a water-theme park, calf-roping, bird watching, spa facilities, golfing and bicycling.

To ensure an enjoyable day of recreation in a safe and clean environment, the facility is patrolled by law enforcement officers on horseback and in vehicles with mobile unit accessibility; maintenance personal are available throughout the area. Also, for your safety, the Mounted Assistance Unit regularly patrols the many miles of trails within the park, providing first aid and other assistance to humans and animals alike. This volunteer organization has been active at the park for many years and through its fund-raising efforts has made major improvements to the park’s equestrian facilities.

The Bonelli Park will host the popular JazzFest West 2012 featuring artists like Chaka Khan, KEM, Dave Koz, Kenny G and more.

Bonelli Park, 120 Vía Verde, San Dimas, California

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Georgia International Horse Park

This is the Georgia International Horse Park. And from the beginning, it has been groomed for greatness. Since opening its gates in September of 1995, the GIHP has already served as the equestrian venue for the largest sporting event in the world: The 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The park was the setting for all equestrian events, as well as the first ever mountain bike competition and the final two events of the modern pentathlon of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.

Today, the tradition continues as the GIHP plays host to a remarkable variety of special events. Whether you are planning an equestrian competition, festival, concert, wedding reception, family reunion or sports competition, the park’s sprawling 1,400 acres can accommodate events of all shapes and sizes.

The Elks Aidmore Music Festival is a music festival for blues, jazz, and soul music lovers. In its inaugural year, EAMF is poised to showcase up and coming musicians along with industry greats at the world class Georgia International Horse Park, April 28, 2012. Friends of smooth jazz will like this venue.

Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Pkwy, Conyers, Georgia 30013

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – Central Park, Old Pasadena

Old Pasadena is the original commercial center of Pasadena, a city in California, United States that arose from one of the most prosperous areas of the state, and had a latter day revitalization after a period of decay. Old Pasadena is often referred to as Old Town Pasadena or just Old Town.

The Central Park is a pretty big park, with lots of green lawn.  Lots of places to walk your dog and just dance around and play games. You can experience the busyness of the urban area, then just a few blocks experience peace and tranquility in Central Park. But the remarkable aspect of this park is that it’s the venue of the 4th Annual Jazzy Jam Pasadena 2012 featuring as headliner saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

Central Park, Old Pasadena, 219 S. Fair Oak, Pasadena, CA. 91105

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – CSUB Amphitheatre

One of Bakersfield’s most beautiful music venues. Located on the campus of the California State University Bakersfield. Plays host to the annual Bakersfield Jazz Festival each May. With the support of students, faculty, administration and ardent jazz fans in the community, the jazz program at CSUB has grown and flourished.

The Bakersfield Jazz Festival has become a wonderful two-day celebration for the community that has been called Bakersfield’s “Rite of Spring.” The Twenty Sixth Annual Festival will be on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12, at the CSUB Amphitheater.

CSUB Amphitheatre, 9083 Stockdale Hwy, Bakersfield, California 93311

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Wigwam

Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Relax in the elegant comfort of 331 casitas and suites, but be sure to carve out time for our legendary golf, superb spa, four pools – including a new 25-foot tower with twisting water slides – distinctive cuisine and innovative, Arizona-inspired programming.

The Wigwam’s beginnings date back to 1918 when the resort was first built as a quaint gathering place for the Ohio-based executives of Goodyear Tire & Rubber who discovered the West Valley of Phoenix as a prime location to grow cotton for rubber production. Quickly growing in popularity as a warm weather escape, additional accommodations and amenities were added and in 1929 the Wigwam opened as a full-service resort. With accommodations for just 24 guests, the first guests of The Wigwam received a horse and a room key upon check-in.

In its 80-year history, The Wigwam has hosted some of the world’s most recognized public figures and sports legends and is considered a true landmark of the Southwest. Today, The Wigwam offers more than 400 acres of fun, including first-class amenities, unforgettable dining experiences and endless recreation.

The Wigwam has been a longtime supporter of Smooth Jazz in the valley. With Jerry Colaneglo at the helm, The Wigwam promises to reinstate itself as the ideal place to see your favorite Smooth Jazz Artists.

In 2012 the Wigwam is for the first time the venue of the Arizona Jazz Festival with smooth jazz artists like Mindi Abair,  Acoustic Alchemy, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Jeff Golub, Nick Colionne, Dave Koz, Marion Meadows, Cindy Bradley, Will Donato, Euge Groove, Jackiem Joyner, Brian Simpson, Bobby Caldwell, Eric Darius, Keiko Matsui, David Pack, Four 80 East and more.

Wigwam Resort, 300 Wigwam Blvd, Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340

Smooth Jazz And Great Venues – The Roanoke Rapids Theatre

The Roanoke Rapids Theatre is the cornerstone of the Carolina Crossroads Music and Entertainment District, located at Exit 171 off I-95 in Roanoke Rapids. The 1,500-seat, state-of-the-art facility was built by the City of Roanoke Rapids in 2006 as a premier tourist attraction for the region and the State of North Carolina. The Roanoke Rapids Theater offers corporate meeting facilities and performances including nationally-known country, rock, gospel and beach music acts, along with Broadway shows and various other theatrical productions. For more information about the Roanoke Rapids Theatre, call 252-536-5577.

Roanoke Rapids borrowed $21.5 million in 2005 to build the theater along Interstate 95 to attract tourists and help boost the economy. Local taxpayers are now paying nearly $2 million a year in borrowing and operating costs.

The Smooth Jazz genre is featured by artists like Brandon Combs, Derek Redfootz Freeman, Jaared, Shang, and The Ladies of Signature Live.