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  • Soul Train Award Nominees

    New Artist Vandell Andrew's has been nominated for a BET/Soul Train Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Artist for his
    breakthrough album "Let's Ride. Other nominees include:


    Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
    Liv Warfield – “Stay – ‘Soul Lifted’”
    Najee feat. Meli’sa Morgan – “In the Mood to Take It Slow”
    Robert Glasper feat. Jill Scott – “Calls”
    Snarky Puppy – “Lingus (We Like It Here)”
    Terrace Martin feat. Robert Glasper – “It’s Yours”
    Vandell Andrew – “Let’s Ride”

    The Soul Train Awards will be hosted by Wendy Williams and will air on BET on Nov 30th at 8pm.  For a full list of nominees, visit

  • A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun

    Get into the spirit of the holidays with A Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair and Rick Braun. Their holiday tour begins on November 26th includes stops all over the U.S. including December 13th -- Mattie Kelly Arts Center--Niceville, FL.

    For a full list of tour dates, please visit Peter White's website.

  • Spend New Year's Eve with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

    Ring in 2015 with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.  They will perform songs from their new album Cheek to Cheek at The Chelsea, continuing into the New Year with a countdown commemorating the midnight hour. Tickets go on sale on October 10th. For complete information, visit The Cosmopolitan Website.


  • B.B. King cancels tour

    B.B. King is currently recovering at home, after collapsing at a show in Chicago on Friday. According to his website, Mr. King was suffering from exhaustion and dehydration and was forced to cancel the remaining dates of his tour. The 89-year-old legend is feeling better and thanked fans for their support.

  • Tony Bennett is #1

    Congratulations to Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, as their new album Cheek To Cheek debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart! Tony has several performances scheduled through out October. See the full list at:


  • Diana Krall Cancels Fall Tour Dates Due To Illness

    Due to ongoing complications brought on by a case of pneumonia, five-time Grammy© Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall has been forced to postpone her scheduled album release, and US Fall Tour. Diana Krall’s new studio album “Wallflower” (Verve Records) was due for North American release on October 21st and the US leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” was to kick off in Phoenix, AZ on November 7th. “Wallflower” is now set for release on Verve Records on February 3, 2015.

    “I’m deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album ‘Wallflower” and the “Wallflower U.S Fall Tour” until next year. I’ve been battling a case of pneumonia and am under doctor’s orders to rest for the next few months in order to regain my strength and good health.

    Performing is both a privilege and a joy for me. When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything. Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that. It is frustrating to be so close to the record release and have to delay but I am very proud of this record and want to be able to give you all my very best when we finally present this music to you. Thank you so much for your understanding.” – Diana Krall

    New tour dates for the “Wallflower World Tour” will be announced in the coming weeks. Please visit for more information.

  • Independant musician Greg Adams invites you to support smooth jazz

    Support Smooth Jazz by being part of the Greg Adams' and East Bay Soul Kickstarter campaign.  "As an independent artist I have seen the business of making music reinvent itself and I know than crowd funding is much more than just raising funds", says Greg. "One of the greatest things that happens is that we are building a community and connecting with people who love music enough to support its creation. We have some some pretty cool rewards to thank you for your support! We can’t do this without you!"

    For more information, and to see a personal video message from the band, visit:

  • David Sanborn on Tour- Hawaii and more!

    Multi Grammy Award winning Saxophonist David Sanborn will perform for one night only at The Magic of Polynesia Showroom, in Honolulu, Hawaii. This will be truly a magical performance from one of the greatest Saxmen in the history of Jazz, R&B and Pop music.

    In his three-and-a-half decade career, Sanborn has released over 25 solo albums, won six Grammy awards and has had eight gold albums and one platinum album. His music is funky, sultry and  emotional and you will never forget your evening with this legendary saxophone superstar. Also featuring one of the greatest contemporary keyboardists in the world Ricky Peterson, who is also a recording artist in his own right, and backed up by a hot band form Los Angeles California.

    For more information, visit

    For a full list of his tour dates, visit :

  • Dave Koz and Friends "All You Need Is Love"

    Dave Koz and a 'few' of his Friends are releasing a new holiday album, “The 25th of December.”
    While no one would categorize the first single “All You Need Is Love” as a holiday tune, the message it conveys is the exact sentiment we could all use right now. "All You Need Is Love" features Dave Koz and Friends: Eric Benét, Johnny Mathis, Heather Headley, Richard Marx, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, BeBe Winans, Gloria Estefan, and Stevie Wonder.
    NOVEMBER 28        Sarasota, FL-Van Wezel Perf. Arts Hall
    NOVEMBER 29        Clearwater, FL-Ruth Eckerd Hall
    NOVEMBER 30        West Palm Beach, FL- Kravis Center - Dreyfoos Hall
    DECEMBER 1          Naples, FL-Hayes Hall
    DECEMBER 3          Atlanta, GA-Cobb Energy Centre
    DECEMBER 4          Newport News, VA-Ferguson Center for the Arts Concert Hall
    DECEMBER 5          Morristown, NJ- Mayo Center for the Performing Arts
    DECEMBER 6          New Haven, CT- John Lyman Center
    DECEMBER 7          New York, NY-Best Buy Theater
    DECEMBER 9          Bethesda, MD-Music Center at Strathmore
    DECEMBER 10        Greeneville, TN-Niswonger Performing Arts Center
    DECEMBER 12        Cleveland, OH-Palace Theater
    DECEMBER 13        Chicago, IL-Chicago Theatre
    DECEMBER 14        Carmel, IN-The Palladium
    DECEMBER 17        Mesa, AZ-Mesa Arts Center - Ikeda Theater
    DECEMBER 19        Cerritos, CA-Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
    DECEMBER 20        Cerritos, CA-Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
    DECEMBER 22        Rohnert Park, CA-Weill Hall at the Green Music Center - Sonoma University


    For more information, visit:

  • Legendary Joe Sample passed away at age 75

    After a series of health issues including 2 heart attacks and a battle with lung cancer, legendary pianist Joe Sample passed away on September 12th. His career spanned 50 years and included playing with some of the biggest names in music from Miles Davis to Marvin Gaye to Ella Fitzgerald, being a member of the Jazz Crusaders, and releasing numerous solo albums through out his storied career.

    Sample’s family confirmed the sad news with a post on his Facebook page, which read: “At 9:50pm (Houston,TX time), September 12, 2014, Joe Sample passed. His wife Yolanda and his son Nicklas would like to thank all of you, his fans and friends, for your prayers and support during this trying time. Please know that Joe was aware and very appreciative of all of your prayers, comments, letters/cards and well wishes.”

    For more information, please visit:


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