Love Soul Music and Cruising? Curious about Cuba?

It’s been 50 years since cruise ships were allowed to travel from the United States to Cuba. To celebrate, Capital Jazz Productions presents The Soul Cruise, the first-ever music cruise from the U.S. to Cuba since restrictions to that country were lifted. While music cruising has become extremely popular within the jazz community, this inaugural […]

Smooth Jazz News 16th Annniversary Party No. 2

One of my favorite aspects of this year’s Smooth Jazz News anniversary brunch and jam session was our first-time guests. The people who sit in our reserved section at Spaghettini in Seal Beach are those who advertised with us the prior year. Many of them I had previously communicated with only by phone and through […]

Happy 16th Anniversary to us!

More than a decade ago, we began hosting a brunch party for our advertisers each December at Spaghettini Italian Grill & Jazz Club in Seal Beach California. Back then, we reserved a private dining room to celebrate the holidays and to thank all of the people who had advertised with us throughout the year. We […]

Who’s coming to our 16th Anniversary Brunch at Spaghettini?

Are you wondering who the surprise guest artists will be at our 16th Annual Anniversary Sunday Jazz Brunch & Jam Sessions at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, CA? Many of their names can’t be revealed until they arrive on Jan. 24 and Feb. 21. However, we can announce that Barbados-born saxophonist Elan Trotman and Canadian trumpeter […]

25 years of Dave Koz!

There were too many quotes and too little print space to include all of them in our Dave Koz feature story in Smooth Jazz News this month. In celebration of his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, here are the quotes from the beloved saxophonist’s friends and family in their entirety, and a few that […]

Richard Elliot Halloween Bash!

Richard Elliot and his wife, Camella, hosted a Halloween Bash at their Escondido home, which was decorated fabulously for this spooky occasion. DW3, with special guest Gail Jhonson, was the musical entertainment. Check out these photos taken by David Hopley… I usually catch myself mid-sentence when telling Camella Elliot about a particularly busy week, then […]

Jacobs presents Michelle Coltrane & other extraordinary concerts

Experience Michelle Coltrane and Other Extraordinary Concerts and Performances During the Jacobs Presents 2015–2016 Season As part of its commitment to creating a thriving Arts and Culture district in Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is proud to announce their 2015-2016 Jacobs Presents season. From cultural celebrations to performances by […]

Festival of Arts with Jazz, Wine & Chocolate!

I was invited to the Festival of Arts VIP Night on July 3. Hanging out in Laguna Beach in the summer is a wonderful pastime, but enjoying the artful festivities was even more of an incentive to make the 70-mile drive from San Diego the day before 4th of July. This event offered patrons the […]

Sally Thornton is laid to rest today

SALLY BULLARD THORNTON (June 7, 1934-June 12, 2015) Sally Thornton, one of San Diego’s most iconic philanthropists and businesswomen and matriarch of Thornton Winery, was laid to rest in San Diego today. A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the services, which was as packed as one of the many sold-out concerts at her family winery in […]

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