When is the Smooth Jazz News Anniversary Party?

By Melanie Maxwell When and where will be celebrating Smooth Jazz News‘ 15th anniversary? We’re having two brunch parties at Spaghettini Fine Dining & Entertainment in Seal Beach, California; Sunday, Jan. 25, and Feb. 8! We originally hosted small gatherings in one of the private banquet rooms at Spaghettini as a “thank you” to our […]

Jeff Golub gets diagnosis from the NIH

By Melanie Maxwell Since 2011 when Jeff Golub unexpectedly lost his vision, an army of medical professionals have been unable to diagnose the underlying cause. However, a few weeks ago, Jeff did receive a definitively diagnosis from the National Institute of Health: Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or “PSP.” It is the same rare disease that actor […]

Final weekend of 2014 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

Good morning from Catalina Island! This is the final weekend of the 2014 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival. Last night, Peter White performed an “unplugged” show on the sand at Descanso Beach. Tonight, the festival returns to the historic Catalina Casino Ballroom, where the artist’s musical magic will be illuminated by the elegance of Tiffany chandeliers. […]

Catalina Casino Ballroom is the SJN cover background

The Catalina Island JazzTrax Festivals provides the perfect mix of elegance, the serenity of nature’s awesome beauty and the magic of music in a seaside island cove. Each of the two festival weekends kick off with a Thursday night “Unplugged Under the Stars” concert on the sand at Descanso Beach. The main festival is held […]

Choose your “Wild” life at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival!

By Melanie Maxwell Of course, there is live music in the Casino Ballroom at the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, Friday through Sunday. There are also Thursday night “Unplugged” concerts at Descanso Beach (Oct. 9: saxophonist Mindi Abair; Oct. 16: British guitarist Peter White), with seating on the sand, in lawn chairs or at a private […]

Peter White celebrates 60th birthday at British pub!

  Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Warren Hill, Chris Standring, Michael Paulo, Vincent Ingala and a bunch of musicians and other friends celebrated Peter White’s 60th birthday with a Sunday brunch on Sept. 21. Peter chose one of his favorite haunts, the Robin Hood British Pub & Restaurant in Sherman Oaks, California, for the venue. He […]

Summer Horns at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

“I just got off the Dave Koz cruise, and l coming to see this show again!” a woman exclaim while handing her keys to the valet upon her arrival at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach for the Dave Koz & Friends “Summer Horns” concert. As I entered the grassy, outdoor amphitheatre overlooking Back Bay at […]

Thank you Mr. & Mrs. Payne for bringing back Jazz at the Beach!

Before I even entered the venue, I was impressed with how well Kathy and Willie Payne and their staff organized their Lites-Out Jazz at the Beach concert last Sunday. Clearly marked signs directed patrons to the VIP parking lot where volunteers waved us through and pointed to available spaces to park our car. From there, […]

AARP is HIP!

The crowd was still buzzing about Patti Austin’s Friday night performance when I arrived at AARP’s Ideas@50+ conference at the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday morning . Of course, when I heard these comments I dug into my bag and handed the person or group (obviously jazz fans) a copy of the latest issue […]

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