Category Archives: Concerts and Festivals

Current information on smooth jazz concerts and festivals nationwide

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 […]

Dave Koz Summer Horns “Hot Fun In The Summertime”

My favorite show of last summer, Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, is back! Koz and his buddies Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot are hitting the road together again. They’ll be swinging through the U.S. with 20 shows, performing new versions of the tunes from the GRAMMY-nominated Summer Horns album. “I remember a […]

All-smooth-jazz festival in Big Bear Lake

JazzTrax Big Bear

Kicked off the first day of summer yesterday in Big Bear Lake, California, at the JazzTrax Festival. The waterfront Marina Resort offered the perfect sunny venue for performances by Lebron, Hiroshima & Richard Elliot. Tickets are still available for today’s lineup which includes DW3, Paul Taylor & Marion Meadows and Norman Brown. With shade trees, […]

Rick Braun featured in June-July issue/Annual Jazz Concert Series Guide

Rick Braun cover

Looking for fun and exciting things to do this summer? Check out the June-July issue of Smooth Jazz News, which is out today! It features Rick Braun, our Annual Jazz Concert Series Guide, the Capital Jazz Fest, Big Bear Lake JazzTrax Summer Music Festival, Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Summer Concert Series and JazzFest West! Pick […]

Keb’ Mo’ performs in magical setting for Scripps Health

Summer in San Diego is so magical, especially when accompanied by music and harbor views! GRAMMY-winner Keb’ Mo’ is performing at one of the counties most scenic outdoor venues on Monday, May 19. Scripps Health has chosen, once again, Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, a one-of-a-kind, waterfront venue on San Diego’s Shelter Island, to have […]

Desert Lexus Jazz at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden this Saturday!

Dave Koz & Friends “Summer Horns” with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot are performing in the new, shaded, 2,000-seat performance pavilion at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Saturday, May 3. Euge Groove, Elliott Yamin (2008 “American Idol” contestant) and Will Donato are also scheduled to perform at the 15th Annual Desert Lexus […]

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