Category Archives: Jazz Buzz

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

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, […]


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 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:, 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 […]

Eric Darius to headline Jazz at the Beach in Oceanside!

Eric Darius has been announced as the headliner for Lites-Out Jazz at the Beach on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 3-7pm, at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre! Also scheduled to perform are Steve Oliver, Brian Simpson and Marc Antoine. For tickets and information, visit or call 800-595-4849.

Eric Marienthal & Friends ticket giveaway!

Click here for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Eric Marienthal & Friends benefit concert for High Hopes Head Injury Program on Sunday, July 20, at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. This 16th annual event features Al Stewart and a variety of special guests who, due to contractual obligations, will remain […]

Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters…WOW!

  The courtyard was packed with a colorfully dressed, multi-generational crowd dancing to a live band performing covers of Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson and other make-your-hips-shake-like-Shakira R&B and pop hits. I wasn’t sure if I was at a concert or the Festival of Arts opening night preview party. I’m certain the stilt walkers […]

Jazz at the Beach returns to San Diego!

EXCITING NEWS! Lites Out Jazz at the Beach returns to San Diego on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheatre! Steve Oliver, Brian Simpson, Marc Antoine and a surprise guest (to be announced later this month) are scheduled to perform from 3-7pm. Tune in to “Lites Out with Kelly Cole” on 102.1 KPRi on […]