Category Archives: Smooth Jazz Travel

A guide to the best travel destinations that feature smooth jazz festivals, concerts and cruises

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 […]

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. […]

Start your cool, smooth, summer weekend today!

If you are looking to indulge in a cool smooth jazz summer experience, Southern California certainly delivers the goods this weekend. You can get an early start today at 5:30 p.m. with Art, Jazz, Wine and Chocolate at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach. This weekly series offers pairings of Kendall-Jackson wines expertly selected […]

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