Category Archives: Jazz Buzz

The latest buzz on the smooth jazz scene and other happenings of interest to smooth jazz fans.

RIP Jeff Golub

Jeff Golub  April 15, 1955-Jan. 1, 2015 By Melanie Maxwell It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jeff Golub today at 11 a.m. in New York. The beloved guitarist was surrounded by his wife of 18 years, Audrey, and their two sons, Chris, 14, and Matthew, 12, in their Manhattan home. […]

GRAMMY nominations announced!

By Melanie Maxwell This month’s Smooth Jazz News cover girl Mindi Abair and Gerald Albright were among 14 of Concord Music Group‘s recording artists who were nominated for a 2014 GRAMMY award this morning. Mindi’s Wild Heart and Gerald’s Slam Dunk were both nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Nathan East‘s self-titled debut on Yamaha […]

Dave Koz & his friends celebrate the season at Spaghettini Beverly Hills

By Melanie Maxwell We haven’t sat down yet for the big Thanksgiving spread, but after last night I certainly have “visions of sugarplums dancing in my head.” Rather than St. Nick shouting “Now Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen! On Comet! On, Cupid! On Donner and Blitzen! Dave Koz dragged a sleigh-full of celebrities […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Labor Day special for Lites-Out Jazz at the Beach!

Save $20 per ticket to Lites-Out Jazz at the Beach starring Eric Darius, Steve Oliver, Marc Antoine & Brian Simpson, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre! This special promotional price is available from 10am today through Monday, Sept. 1, at 11:30pm. Enter promo code LABORDAY at checkout at http://www.litesoutjazzatthebeach.com/purchase-tickets-here.html. Lites-Out Jazz […]

Jazz outings this weekend in California

Looking for a fun jazz outing this weekend? Here are some suggestions: Friday, Aug. 15 Paul Taylor and Spencer Day (as the opening act) are scheduled to perform at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series on Friday, Aug. 15, 7pm, 1107 Jamboree Road, Newport Beach, California. Tickets and information: www.HyattConcerts.com, 949-360-7800. Saturday, Aug. […]

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