Capital Jazz Fest 2014

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Picture by travel agency Black Sense

Saturday, June 07, 2014 – 12:00 – noon

The 3-day Capital Jazz Fest line-up on this date is: (Pavilion Stage) Remembering George Duke Tribute Show hosted by vocalist Al Jarreau & Stanley Clarke plus special surprise guests | Rick Braun | Dianne Reeves | Down to the Bone | Vocalist Michael Franks | “Catch A Rising Star” Showcase featuring Generation NeXt: Julian Vaughn, Nicholas Cole, Lin Rountree & Lebron | (Symphone Woods Stage) Vocalist Chaka Khan | The Brand New Heavies | Klymaxx featuring vocalist Bernadette Cooper | Vocalist Dwele | Vocalist Regina Belle.

Sunday, June 08, 2014 – 12:00 – noon

The 3-day Capital Jazz Fest line-up on this date is: (Pavilion Stage) Vocalist Kem | Incognito | Vocalist Rachelle Ferrell | Jeff Lorber Fusion | Marcus Johnson | Keiko Matsui | “Catch A Rising Star” Showcase – Part III featuring Lil’ John Roberts & Friends | (Symphony Woods Stage) The O’Jays | Vocalist Faith Evans | Vocalist Peabo Bryson | Loose Ends | Vocalist Joe.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland 21044

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2th Annual San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival

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The San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival, also known as SAS FEST, is a free, three-day event featuring an outstanding line-up of local, regional, and nationally known jazz artists, with an Arts & Crafts Fair, as well as delicious food and drinks, and we are now adding the 1st Annual San Antonio Summer Art…

The 3-day San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival features jazz of all genres, including at 4pm: Dean James | 6pm: Michael Ward | 8:30pm: Blake Aaron.

Crockett Park, 1300 N Main Ave, San Antonio, Texas 78212

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The Eric Essix Jazz Escape

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The Eric Essix Jazz Escape at the Renaissance Ross Bridge, is the first event of its kind in this region to be hosted by a world class golf resort and spa. It’s a weekend getaway that offers an intimate jazz concert experience in a secluded, lush woodland environment that is still only minutes from the airport, city center, shopping, attractions and great restaurants. For residents of Birmingham and surrounding areas, the Renaissance at Ross Bridge is the perfect getaway that’s not far away…making Eric’s Jazz Escape the ultimate “stay-cation”!

Artists Schedule:

Roman Street, Brian Culbertson, Kelley O’ Neal & the KAYO Band, Frank McComb, The Eric Essix Project, Kim Scott, Tracy Hamlin, and Karen Briggs.

Labor Day Weekend
August 29-31, 2014

Renaissance Ross Bridge, 4000 Grand Ave, Birmingham, Alabama 35226

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Mother’s Day Jazz

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Althea Rene and Karen Briggs along with Sheila Green Celebrating Mother’s Day with Smooth Jazz.

For tickets, call (850) 607-2520

Sunday, May 11, 2014 – 4:00 pm

It’s Personal By Sheila, 2610 W Cervantes St, West Pensacola, Florida 32505

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Sonya Robinson – Whistle

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A lovely front porch photo is the cover for Sonya Robinson’s Whistle (2013). It shows the artist holding her violin, a cello propped against the wall and a child’s bicycle. It’s a visual appetizer for the audible main course.

Whistle is described as “one of those” jazz string albums that takes years from concept to completion. It’s a tribute album dedicated to the memory of Robinson’s mother.

Robinson plays violin and viola, plus triangle on “Carib-bean.” Other personnel are Manuel Valera, piano and keyboards on all but two tracks; Axel Tosca, piano and keyboards on “I Want to Know”; Monte Croft, Fender Rhodes on “The World Is a Ghetto”; John Benitez, electric bass on all but “The World Is a Ghetto”; Paul Ramsey, electric bass on “The World Is a Ghetto”; Jay Rodriguez, flute on “Circle”; Kahlil Kwame Bell, percussion on all but “Circle,” and drums on “The World Is a Ghetto”; Francis Benitez, drums on all but “The World Is a Ghetto,” percussion on two other tracks; Eric Person, alto saxophone and flute; Vinny Valentino, electric and acoustic guitars.

The opening track is the lovely “Mother’s Song.” With subtle contributions by Valentino and the rest of the core ensemble, Robinson plays in a way that is warm, sad at times but always loving.

The title song is a playful piece that includes an uncredited whistle during the main melody. Valera gets to stretch out a bit, but also pay attention to the emphatic support from John and Francis Benitez. A police or parade whistle takes point after the piano solo. Robinson’s strings are layered during the main body of the song, with violin and flute sharing the high notes.

The wailing violin captures the melancholy mood of War’s “The World Is a Ghetto.” Croft adds a nice touch on the Rhodes. After the verse and chorus, Robinson goes exploring through the inner city that reflects the song’s theme of despair – a wake-up call that says, “Humanity can do better than this.”

Whistle is Robinson’s fourth album as a leader. She wrote all but one of the original songs, “Beauty,” which was composed by Person. Robinson’s parents are from Mississippi and Texas, but she was born in Milwaukee. She has been a featured guest performer for the United Negro College Fund’s annual fund-raiser and has performed at Summerfest, Berlin Jazz Festival and Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Robinson has also won many honors and nominations. She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best New Album, has been voted one of America’s Ten Most Beautiful Black Women and crowned Miss Black America.

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Utopian Dreams – From Dreams to You

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Utopian Dreams is riding the latest worldwide contemporary jazz wave with their nu-groove sensibilities.
This incredible crew of musical artists has been shaped by the San Francisco Bay Area and “live jazz” music scene over several decades. They credit their jazz evolution with nods to old school West Coast jazz, early 70’s Bay Area fusion and the contemporary jazz explosion. Their music is shaped by deeply orchestrated melodic chops expertly layered over the funk, hip hop, soul and Latin grooves of contemporary jazz. The ensemble has true heart for their interpretation of horn and piano centric compositions by such luminaries as Everette Harp, Gerald Albright, George Duke and Steve Cole.

Utopian Dreams has been blessed with the sax artistry of Eddie Baccus Jr., who was their featured guest artist at their most recent concert in 2012. Eddie returns for the 2013 concert season and brings his producer, Maurice Chevalier, to arrange our debut CD with Eddie on sax.Eddie has helped Utopian Dreams to stretch and meet the challenge of creating magical music from a shared vision of the ensemble and letting their audience experience it. From Dreams to You  is now on sale  at CDBaby.

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