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  • Montery Jazz Fest- Tickets on Sale May 15th

    The 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival takes place September 18-20, 2015. 

    500 Artists on 8 Stages for 3 Nights and 2 Days including Chris Botti, Dianne Reeves, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, and Patti Austin!

    Full Weekend Arena and Grounds Packages for the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival will go on sale May 15, 2015. Single Day Arena and Grounds Tickets will go on sale June 5, 2015.Tickets are available at 888.248.6499 and online.


  • Vincent Ingala New Album - On Sale May 1st


    Vincent Ingala is releasing a new album "Coast to Coast" on May 1st!

    "Coast to Coast" will be Vincent's third album, the followup to "Can't Stop Now" which brought us Top 20 chart topping songs "Kimi Trick" featuring Jonathan Fritzen and the title track "Can't Stop Now". He co-wrote 7 of those songs and played all of the instruments, so we expect great things from this next album! 

    This past year has been a busy one for Vincent. He moved from Conneticut to California, inspiring this album and it's title "Coast to Coast". In California he's been playing at Spaghettini's and the Dave Koz Lounge for Sunday Brunch. With the launch of this new album it looks like this year will be a busy one as well. Vincent will be playing in Spain next week at the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival before heading back to Conneticut for a CD launch party with family and friends. He hasn't forgotten about his new California home though, they'll be having another launch party at Spaghettini's on May 16th.

    Look out for Vincent Ingala's new album "Coast to Coast" in stores on May 1st.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the Rock Hall is going big with a new 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee exhibit featuring never-before-seen interviews and performance highlights from this year's Inductees:  The "5" Royales, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Ringo Starr, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.


    Stevie inducted R&B legend Bill Withers into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past Saturday, April 18th. "Stevie Wonder inducting me in the Hall of Fame is like a lion opening the door for a kitty cat," joked Bill Withers. "Stevie Wonder knows my name and the brother just put me in the Hall of Fame."

    See pictures from the event:

     Read more on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum website:…/12699_bill-withers-stevie-wonder-jo…/

  • Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Fest
  • 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!

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