Camella & Richard Elliot’s Halloween Bash pics!

Saxophonist Richard Elliot and his wife, Camella, hosted their annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 28, in the North San Diego community of Escondido. As usual, it was equal parts spooky and uber cool, and 100 percent fun! Those lucky enough to receive an invitation to this concert/costume party were treated to music by DW3 […]

Enchantment is the Grand Tradition for Jazz in Fallbrook, CA

The Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens’ Jazz & Wine Festivals have taken root with jazz fans, blossoming into an enchanting outing for thousands of genre enthusiasts since its inception in 2013. However, when the owners of this storybook wedding and private event venue in Fallbrook, California, partnered with The Centre in Escondido to create The […]

San Diego re-emerges as America’s Finest “Jazz” City!

With a stellar lineup of fan favorites and popular emerging artists, The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival returned to the Embarcadero Marina Park South to record crowds! Presented by Payne Pest Management (Kathy & Willie Payne, along with their son, Jason) and Rainbow Promotions, this classy and scenic event featured Brian Culbertson (as host and […]

Check out the surprise guests at the SJN party

Like an orchestra with many different musicians and instruments, publishing Smooth Jazz News requires a lot of people playing a variety of roles. One of the key components of nearly every artistic endeavor is funding. And, for magazines, advertising sales keep the presses rolling. So, each year, we host the Smooth Jazz News Anniversary Brunch […]

Legendary singer Al Jarreau dies at 76

Al Jarreau, one of the world’s great singers and a song stylist who defied categorization for decades, died today, the same date as the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards, in Los Angeles at the age of 76. The seven-time GRAMMY winner had recently announced his retirement from the entertainment business after being hospitalized for exhaustion. Jarreau had […]

Smooth jazz in a magnificent resort setting

The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa Announces Spring 2017 Performances for “Grooves at The Westin” Jazz Concert Series RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – January 20, 2017 – The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa announces the line-up of the next four concerts with world-class musicians performing in the beautiful outdoor resort setting of […]

RIP: Alphonse Mouzon, Legendary Jazz Drummer

Alphonse Mouzon (Nov. 21, 1948-Dec. 26, 2016) It is with great sadness we report that legendary jazz drummer Alphonse Mouzon passed away today after a recent battle with neuroendocrine carcinoma, a rare form of cancer. He was 68 years old. Mouzon, who was born in Charleston, South Carolina, was a charter member of the group […]

Dazzling Dave Koz & David Sanborn: Side by Side Tour

In the last week of their Side By Side tour, Dave Koz & David Sanborn dazzled fans in San Diego at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. The Platinum-selling saxophonists have a few days off the tour bus before concluding their tour, which began on July 30. Air travel will transport […]

Last call for Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate

Today is the final Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate show at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, California. It’s also the conclusion of jazz performances at the 80-plus-year-old festival in Laguna Beach, California, which also features the spectacular Pageant of the Masters. However, a variety of music will accompany the more than 140 art exhibits […]

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