KSBR Birthday Bash with food & wine tastings!

Chris Standring, Michael Lington & Jessy J added to KSBR Birthday Bash this Sunday, May 24! Plus, more super-secret performers who cannot be announced until they step on the stage! And, of course, Smooth Jazz News will have a booth there, passing out magazines, selling subscriptions and concert clothing. Where can you see more than […]

Seabreeze Jazz Festival ticket giveaway!

Click here for a chance to win a pair of 4-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) to the 17th Annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival presented by ResortQuest in Panama City Beach, Florida: http://dev.smoothjazznews.com/enter-win/ When: April 22-26 Lineup: Wednesday, April 22 Jazzy Dinner Cruise on St. Andrews Bay aboard the Solaris entertainment yacht featuring Brian Culbertson (sold out), boards at 6:30 p.m., sails at […]

Richard Elliot throws 50th birthday bash for his wife

Saxophonist Richard Elliot invited family and friends to celebrate his wife Camella’s 50th birthday at their Escondido, California, home on Saturday, April 4. In addition to the couple’s five children (Candice, 25;  Bub, 21; Mikayla, 16; Eli, 15; and Julian, 10), Camella’s parents (Cam and Dolly Vidal) and her sisters (Kim Kemp and Lani Calgaro), Steve Chapman […]

George Benson is our April cover story

The April issue of Smooth Jazz News is rolling through the presses now, with George Benson on the cover. The 10-time GRAMMY winner will be “Breezin’” into  the Seabreeze Jazz Festival on April 24, in Panama City Beach, Florida. With a guitar case full of hits and his amazing band––comprising David Garfield (music director and […]

Behind the scenes with Seabreeze Jazz Festival producer

Are you planning to attend the Seabreeze Jazz Festival this year? If so, check out this interview I had with Mark Carter, the event’s producer. He talks about his passion for the genre, how he chose the lineup, and what changes are happening for this 17th annual event in Panama City Beach, Florida. SJN: You […]

Brian Culbertson at the Berks Jazz Fest ticket giveaway!

We have one pair of tickets left to give away for the 25th Annual Berks Jazz Fest in Reading, Pennsylvania, and they are for…Brian Culbertson on April 12! We will be giving them away TODAY, Monday, April 6. To enter for a chance to win, please email smoothjazznews@aol.com with “Brian Culbertson” in the subject line. […]

Stevie Wonder sits in with Brian Culbertson at Long Beach concert!

Brian Culbertson, Stevie Wonder, Rodney James Jr

When Stevie Wonder walked on stage during Brian Culbertson‘s show last night, he thought the crowd had burst into ecstatic applause because they were diggin’ the way he was wailing on the keyboards. It was Valentine’s Day after all. And, Brian was the headliner at Rainbow Promotions’ three-act concert at the Terrace Theater in Long […]

Desert Lexus Jazz kicks off Southern California season May 2!

Desert Lexus Jazz 2014 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Splashes of art, food and specialty beverages will accompany great music at Desert Lexus Jazz on May 2. Tower of Power is scheduled to headline this 16th annual event in the shaded performance pavilion at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Lisa Fischer, and her Caribbean-inspired band Grand Baton, is also on the lineup. Jazz fans […]

Partying with Euge, Peter White & Keiko!

Peter White with his daughter Charlotte & wife Robin at Spaghettini (Photo by David Hopley)

What would a Smooth Jazz News anniversary party be without a few genre stars celebrating with us? Thankfully, we didn’t have to find out. Peter White, Euge Groove and Keiko Matsui joined us on Feb. 8 for the last of two brunch parties commemorating our 15th year of publication. And, DW3 was onstage in the […]

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