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  • 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.

  • The Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz

    The Seabreeze Jazz Festival celebrates the "Ultimate Weekend of Smooth Jazz" with a weekend of incredible performances coming April 22-26th to Panama City Beach, Florida.  

    Showcasing the top names in smooth jazz, the festival attracts fans from 41 states and 6 countries for a star-packed lineup of music, all steps away from the white-sand beaches of Northwest Florida.  Named a "Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA" by JazzIZ Magazine, The Seabreeze Jazz Festival combines live shows on the main stage, dinner and lunch cruises and a nightly All-Star After Party Jam Show unlike any other!  

    The 2015 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.  Presented by ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and WSBZ-FM The Seabreeze.

  • Celebrate the life of Jeff Golub

    On New Year's Day 2015, the music world mourned the death of guitarist 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 album was completed just days before Jeff's death and provides a passionate and soulful overview
    of one of the music community's most beloved figures.


    The Vault has become an All-Star Tribute to the genius that was Jeff Golub. The guests on The Vault represent the very top echelon of the Smooth Jazz music community. Included in the collection of unreleased music are such stars as: 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 will be released on March 31st and all proceeds will benefit Jeff's family. You can preorder your copy now through Amazon.com.

  • Nathan East's new album- On Sale Now

    Just a few more days to get your own ‪‎NathanEast‬ album for just $5.99 on iTunes! Don't miss this extraordinary Grammy-nominated album, which also features Michael McDonald, Sara Bareilles, Eric Clapton, Byron "Mr. Talkbox" Chambers and Nathan's son Noah on a very special version of ‪#‎Yesterday‬!

  • Leonard Nimoy, dies at 83

    Leonard Nimoy, the actor who had a worldwide following, after portraying Mr. Spock, in the movie and television series “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 83.

    According to the NY Times, his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death.  Last year, Mr. Nimoy announced that he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease disease, which he said may have been caused by years of smoking.

    Evem though he was famous for being a logical character, Mr. Nimoy was very creative, and pursued poetry, photography and music in addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy recorded several albums, which featured a variety of cover songs, including “I Walk the Line,” “Proud Mary,” “Put a Little Love in Your Heart” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”

    See a full list of his artistic accomplishments on the NYTimes.com Art Blog.

  • Kenny G and Warren G #MashUpMonday

    Kenny G teamed up with rapper Warren G for a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live called #MashUpMonday. The fun segment pairs 2 unlikely collaborators to perform. Watch their performance now on YouTube.

  • Tony Bennett the Painter

    After a busy winter performing and winning Grammy's with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett is spending time unwinding in Hawaii. The 89-year-old is spending his vacation painting. He recently shared some of his newest work on his Facebook page. See all of his art at his Benedetto Art Gallery website here.

    Bennett recently spoke to the LA Times, and announced plans for his second album with Lady Gaga. Bennett described Gaga: "She's a very good singer. She's not a flash in the pan. That's why I had to do these great standards. And it's really paying off because the album's so big. Now we're about to record an album of all Cole Porter songs. That'll be the second album."

  • Stevie Wonder Tribute

    Did you miss "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute" on CBS? It featured performances by Lady Gaga, Annie Lennox, Ariana Grande, Babyface, Ne-Yo, Gary Clark Jr., The Band Perry, Tony Bennett and many more. Watch the full Beyonce tribute here: http://beyonce.lk/steviewonder

    Learn about Steie's history with the Grammy's and see his past Grammy performances here.

    Get Stevie's "Definitive Collection" featuring all of his biggest hits:
    Amazon - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-a
    iTunes - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-i
    Google Play - http://smarturl.it/StevieWonderDC-gp

  • Dave Koz Let's It Go

    Dave Koz took some time out of touring with Barry Manilow, to perform a special cover of "Let It Go" for his nieces on Valentine's Day on WGN - TV. See the video here.

    Tickets for Manilow’s ONE LAST TIME! Tour are available now at www.manilow.com and on the Dave Koz Tour Page. Upcoming tour dates:

    Feb. 24 Milwaukee, WI BMO Harris Bradley Center
    Feb. 26 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
    Feb. 27 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
    Mar. 1 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
    Mar. 26 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
    Mar. 27 Long Island, NY Nassau Coliseum
    Mar. 28 Mashantucket, CT The Grand Theater at Foxwoods
    Apr. 10 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
    Apr. 17 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Arena
    Apr. 20 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center
    May 26 Vancouver, B.C. Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
    May 27 Seattle, WA KeyArena at Seattle Center
    May 28 Portland, OR Moda Center
    June 4 Atlanta, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
    June 5 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
    June 6 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
    June 13 Philadelphia, PA The Wells Fargo Center
    June 14 Newark, NJ Prudential Center 
    June 16 Boston, MA TD Garden
    June 17 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

     

  • Boz Scaggs announces new album

    Boz Scaggs has released the cover of his new album titled A Fool To Care. The new album is due out March 31, and can be preordered now through Amazon.com.  “I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says of his new album, A Fool to Care. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.”  The album will also feature tracks by Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams. 

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