Category Archives: Concerts and Festivals

Current information on smooth jazz concerts and festivals nationwide

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 […]

Party with us tomorrow, Feb. 8, at Spaghettini!

Group outside of Spaghettini

We had such a great time during our 15th Anniversary brunch party at Spaghettini last month that we’re doing it again tomorrow, Feb. 8! It will be the same great food (a buffet AND order-off-the-menu entree!), same soulful band (DW3) and same fabulous location (Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California). But, we’ll have an entirely new […]

The Bad-Asses of Yamaha kickin’ it at NAMM

By Melanie Maxwell I had to be out of my mind to drive from San Diego to Anaheim on a Friday afternoon. Especially during our month-end crunch; the pressure of writing a barrage of last-minute stories within an impossible deadline; the night before the Ocean Institute Jazz Festival Gala in Dana Point; two days before […]

Who will be at Spaghettini for our anniversary party?

By Melanie Maxwell What special guest artists will perform at Smooth Jazz News‘ 15th anniversary celebration on Jan. 25 and Feb. 8 at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California? We can’t disclose the names quite yet. But, I can tell you that there will be a singer, saxophonist, keyboardist and trumpeter sitting in with DW3 at […]

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 […]

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