Who were Mindi Abair’s birthday party guests in Hollywood?

Mindi Abair celebrated her birthday during Memorial Day weekend at her Hollywood home with celebrity guests from all facets of the entertainment industry (music, TV and movies). Saxophonist Michael Lington, guitarists Randy Jacobs & Chris Standring, vocalist Ellis Hall, keyboardist Patrick Bradley & multi-instrumentalist Dino Soldo were some of Mindi’s smooth jazz friends attending her […]

Jazz Happenings in Southern California this Weekend-May 16, 2015

When the sun returns to Southern California after the current cloudy and rainy skies, there are a couple of cool jazz outings to consider this weekend. Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m. Thornton Winery’s 27th Annual Champagne Jazz Series presents GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers, with Chicago-based guitarist Nick Colionne opening Thornton Winery is […]

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 […]

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