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  • Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series

    Thornton Winery in Temecula, CA has announced their Champagne Jazz Series Lineup:

    Brian Culbertson 
    Elan Trotman
    Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers
    Nick Colionne
    Jazz Attack featuring Richard Elliot, Peter White, Euge Groove
    Bobby Caldwell
    The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman
    Spyro Gyra
    Acoustic Alchemy
    Dave Koz
    Rick Braun
    Kenny Lattimore 
    Dave Koz
    Rick Braun
    Kenny Lattimore
    Jeffrey Osborne
    Gerald Albright
    For the complete lineup through October, please visit:
  • St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Fest Lineup Announced


    The St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Fest kicks off in just 15 days on the very beautiful Pigeon Island in St. Lucia. Running from April 30th through May 10th the event will be host to 11 days of musical performances, art showcases, fashion shows and an unforgettable culinary experience from Chef Orlando Satchell.

    The week is full of daily events including local vendors and artists selling crafts, jewelry, local artwork and souvenirs at the Fringe Market on Rodney strip Tuesday May 5th through Saturday May 9th. The HOT Couture fashion extravaganza takes place on Wednesday May 6th. And of course the music! They've got some great performers set to take the main stage at the Pigeon Island National Landmark. Performers include Robin Thicke, Jon Secada, Jimmy Cliff, Beres Hammond,Alain Jean Marie featuring Grant Stewart, Joey DeFranceso, and many more.

    For more information about the 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival visit



  • In Performance at the White House

    The President and First Lady will invite music legends and top contemporary artists to the White House as part of its “In Performance at the White House” series. The event will pay tribute to the fundamental role gospel music has played in the American musical tradition and the important artists and repertoire that have marked its vibrant history. The program will include performances by Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann, Nathan East, the Morgan State University Choir, and Michelle Williams — with T Bone Burnett as executive music director and Billy Maxwell as music director. The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live at at 7:00 PM (ET).  “The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House” will be broadcast Friday, June 26, 2015 at 9:00 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).  The program will also be simulcast on TV One.

  • Mindi Abair Jewelry Line

    Mindi Abair- Jewelry that Rocks is a new collection by jewelry designer Carrie Dawes and saxophonist Mindi Abair. Mindi and Carrie designed this line of jewelry mixing Mindi’s edgy style and her unique edgy style with Carrie’s eye for luxury. The line features champagne rose cut diamonds set in blackened silver, giving an antique worn look with a gorgeous modern sensibility.

    View the collection at: 

  • James Taylor is releasing a new album

    Before This World is James Taylor's first collection of new material in 13 years.

    James's new album, BEFORE THIS WORLD, will be released on June 16. Pre-order your copy now and get an instant download of his single "Today Today Today"! 

  • Boney James- futuresoul

    4-time GRAMMY nominee and best-selling saxman Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul, his new album set for release on May 4th.

    Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY nominated album The Beat. 10 original songs written or co-written by Boney, with special guests Stokley of Mint Condition on vocals and Thelonious Monk Competition winner Marquis Hill on trumpet. futuresoul is retro music for the modern age.

    You can pre-order your autographed copy now at Get 20% off at checkout with the code fs22!

  • Joni Mitchell in intensive care

    Legendary singer Joni Mitchell was hospitalized after being found unconscious in her Los Angeles home on the afternoon of March 31st. TMZ reports paramedics went to Mitchell's Los Angeles home around 2:30 p.m., responding to a call for an unconscious female. This morning, a tweet from her official account indicated she was in intensive care, but “awake and in good spirits”. Her music has influenced musicians across all spectrums of music over the last 4 decades.

  • Nathan East- on tour with Clapton

    The legendary Grammy Award winner Eric Clapton is releasing a brand-new 'Best Of' compilation album , complete with 51 tracks, titled Forever Man, on April 28th. According to, Forever Man covers 30 years of Clapton's career and will include classic hits including "Change The World", "Tears In Heaven", and "Bad Love".  Guest performers include B.B. King and J.J. Cale.

    Smooth Jazz artist Nathan East will also be joining Clapton for his upcoming tour, which includes special shows at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden on May 1st and 2nd and several shows at London's Royal Albert Hall starting on May 14th.

    Forever Man is available for pre-order now. For more information, please visit


  • Jeff Golub's final album "The Vault"

    On New Year's Day 2015, the music world mourned the death of Jeff Golub. After suffering the loss of his eyesight 3

    years earlier, Jeff was diagnosed with PSP, a rare brain disease which rapidly debilitated his entire body and ultimately
    robbed him of the ability to play guitar. Knowing that Jeff's playing days were over, three of his closest friends and
    musical collaborators, Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner dug deep into the Golub vault and uncovered some
    rare gems - radically different versions of some of Jeff's early tunes along with 2 songs that were never released.
    From there, Jeff handpicked a number of musical friends to add to the recordings and give each song a modern twist and
    unique flavor.

    The Vault has become an All-Star Tribute to the genius that was Jeff Golub. The Vault was completed just days before Jeff's tragic death and provides a passionate and soulful overview of one of the music community's most beloved artists.

    The Vault includes collaborations with: Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Jeff Lorber, Bill Evans, Gerald Albright, Peter White, Richard Elliot and Steve Ferrone.

    The Vault goes on sale this Tuesday, and is available now for pre-order now at

  • Seabreeze Jazz Festival- hotel discounts

    The annual Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates the "Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz" with a weekend of incredible performances  April 22-26th in Panama City Beach, Florida. The lineup includes George Benson, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Brian Culbertson, BwB featuring Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, and Rick Braun, Down To The Bone, Euge Groove, Acoustic Alchemy, Jazz Funk Soul featuring Chuck Loeb, Jeff Lorber, and Everette Harp, Chris Standring, The Sax Pack Reunion featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, and Kim Waters, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Eric Darius,  Ken Ford, The Seabreeze Groove Project featuring Four 80 East, Matt Marshak, and Marcus Anderson, Ryan Montano, Rob Tardik, Urban Jazz Coalition featuring Althea Rene, and pop/hip hop violinist Josh Vietti.  

    For tickets and information, go online to or call 800-595-4849.

    ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the Presenting Sponsor of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and the Official Accommodation Provider for the event. They have several properties that are offering 10% off accommodations for the 2015 Seabreeze Jazz Festival.  Complimentary shuttle service will be available to and from many of our properties daily.

    Offer is valid on travel dates from April 20 through April 28, 2015, with a minimum stay of 3 nights. To take advantage of this special, call 855.990.0087 or book online using Promo Code JAZ5.

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