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  • 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 Amazon.com.

  • 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 www.seabreezejazzfestival.com 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.

  • New Jill Scott song

    Jill Scott has released a new single and video for the first time in 4 years. The bluesy "You Don't Know", is a soulful tale about love.

    In a recent interview with Billboard, Scott, who has branched out to acting, and was recently in the Lifetime movie With This Ring, said the album is "closer than it's ever been. But I don't think my gut is finished. I haven't emptied everything out. This is my baby, you know, and it takes me some time to relinquish the reins. I might come up with another song or two. I don't know."

    See the video for "You Don't Know" below.

  • Musicians Against Fracking

     

    John Butler Trio, Bonnie Raitt, Michael Franti, Indigo Girls, and many more are lending their voices in an effort to shed light on the dangers of hydro-fracking. Buy This Fracking Album, will be available on June 16th, and contains 24 original recordings, previous releases, and live renditions of older songs. Album proceeds will benefit Marcellus Protest, a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania, and other grassroots organizations around the country working to ban fracking.
    Funding for Buy This Fracking Album is being raised through a crowd-funding campaign on Pledge Music, which allows fans to show their support by purchasing unique items and experiences, including concert tickets, a signed guitar, VIP tickets with a meet and greet with Bonnie Raitt, a one of a kind hand painted guitar from Michael Franti, DJ lessons with DJ Logic, and Marco Benevento will even play a concert in your home.

    For more information, please visit: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/buythisfrackingalbum

    Watch the official album trailer here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p_AJfztA94&list=PL-l7ReFycws7ah5ELGDK73UGirtAv_xXh&index=

  • Boz Scaggs is A Fool To Care

    Boz Scaggs has announced his new album and tour on his website. The album A Fool To Care will be on sale March 31st.
    Pre-order your copy now at: Amazon.com or iTunes.com

    See Boz Scaggs on Tour in the following cities:

    APRIL 2015

    08 - Gainesville, FL - Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - BUY TICKETS

    09 - Sarasota, FL - Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - BUY TICKETS

    11 - St. Petersburg, FL - Tampa Bay Blues Festival - BUY TICKETS

    13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Broward Center (Au Rene Theater) - BUY TICKETS

    15 - West Palm Beach, FL - Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - BUY TICKETS

    16 - Orlando, FL - Universal Orlando's CityWalk - Hard Rock Live - BUY TICKETS

     

    MAY 2015

    01 - Biloxi, MS - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Hard Rock Live - BUY TICKETS

    02 - Peachtree City, GA - Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater - BUY TICKETS

    04 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center for the Performing Arts - BUY TICKETS

    06 - Baton Rouge, LA - River Center Theater - BUY TICKETS

    07 - Stafford, TX - Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre - BUY TICKETS

    09 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie - BUY TICKETS

    10 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater - BUY TICKETS

    13 - Las Vegas, NV - The Smith Center for the Performing Arts - Reynolds Hall - BUY TICKETS

    15 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Resort & Casino -  Indoor Theater - BUY TICKETS

    16 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic - BUY TICKETS

    17 - Dana Point, CA - Doheny Blues Fest - BUY TICKETS

    19 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center - Harmon Hall - BUY TICKETS

    20 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center For the Arts - ON SALE 3/20!

    22 - Carmel, CA - Sunset Center - ON SALE 3/19!

    23 - Stateline, NV - MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa - MontBleu Theatre - BUY TICKETS

    24 - Modesto, CA - Gallo Center for the Arts - BUY TICKETS

     

     

  • Chris Botti World Tour

    Chris Botti has concert dates across 3 continents over the next several months. He will be performing across the US from now through out the summer, along with dates in Australia in July and Europe in October. For a complete list of dates, please visit his website ChrisBotti.com.

    Apr
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    Wickenburg, AZ Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts Tickets
    Apr
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    Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Tickets
    Apr
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    Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre Tickets
    Apr
    11
    Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center Tickets
    Apr
    12
    Boise, ID Morrison Center Tickets
    Apr
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    Fort Lauderdale, FL Au-Rene Theater at Broward Center Tickets
    Apr
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    Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre Tickets
    Apr
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    West Palm Beach, FL Kravis Center for the Performing Arts Tickets
    Apr
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    Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Tickets
    Apr
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    Brookville, NY Tilles Center Tickets
    Apr
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    Naples, FL Artis-Naples - Hayes Hall Tickets
    Apr
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    Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre Tickets
    May
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    Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre Tickets
    May
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    Galveston, TX The Grand 1894 Opera House Tickets
    May
    13
    Austin, TX Paramount Theatre Tickets
    May
    14
    Meridian, MS Riley Center Tickets
    May
    16
    Wichita, KS The Orpheum Theatre Tickets
    Jun
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    Carmel, IN The Center for the Performing Arts Tickets
    Jun
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    St. Louis, MO Powell Symphony Hall Tickets
    Jun
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    Charlotte, NC Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Tickets
    Jun
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    Kettering, OH Fraze Pavillion Tickets
    Jun
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    Cleveland Heights, OH Cain Park Tickets
    Jun
    12
    Detroit, MI MotorCity Casino Tickets
    Jun
    13
    Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre Tickets
    Jun
    14
    Burlington, VT Burlington Discover Jazz Festival Tickets
  • Win a private performance by John Legend

    You can win a private John Legend concert at your wedding, event or party. Not just an evening of John’s vocal stylings, but also the chance to hang with John at your special event. Each entry goes toward rebuilding the auditorium at the former South High School in Springfield, OH through the Show Me Campaign.

    The Show Me Campaign, launched in 2007 by Grammy-award winning artist John Legend, works to break the cycle of poverty by supporting programs that help to provide every child with a quality education, spreading awareness about the issues, and inspiring citizens to take action. In the United States, the Show Me Campaign works to give every child access to a quality education through the promotion of scalable, proven solutions and programs. In Africa, Show Me has supported holistic development projects in the past and currently sponsors secondary school scholarships for girls. Through the Show Me Campaign, John Legend hopes to raise enough funds to renovate the auditorium at the former South High School, which is being converted into an educational community center.

    For more information, please visit Omaze.com.

  • Eric Clapton's 70th Birthday Party at MSG

    Eric Clapton will be celebrating his upcoming 70th birthday with 2 shows at New York's Madison Square Garden on May 1st and 2nd, 2015. This will mark the 46th anniversary since Eric Clapton, with the band Cream, opened the "new" Madison Square Garden on November 2, 1968. The show will feature Eric, accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John, with opening support act Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders.

    Tickets go on-sale Monday, March 16 at 11am EST to Chase cardholders at Ticketmaster.com. General on-sale begins Friday, March 20 at 11am EST.

     

  • Kirk Whalum's The Gospel According to Jazz 4

    Kirk Whalum's new album The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 4 will be released on March 24th. The album features Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Doc Gibbs and more!

    Pre-order yours now at Amazon.com!
    Double CD - http://smarturl.it/amzngatj4cd
    Download - http://smarturl.it/digitalgatj4

  • Prince Hit and Run tour

    2015 Grammy Photo By: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    Following a successful tour in the UK, Prince is bringing his Hit and Run tour to the US. So far, in typical Prince style, only one show has been announced for March 14th in Louisville, KY. The venue will be announced when tickets will go on sale March 9th.

    According to Billboard, during his UK tour last year, shows were spontaneously announced just prior to each show via Twitter. Shows are expected to be announced in a similar style in the US as well.

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