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  • 2016 Nashville Rib & Jazz Festival

    The 2016 Nashville Rib & Jazz Festival will be on Saturday, July 16, 2016. This one-day festival packed with top smooth jazz artists including Julian Vaughn, Jazmin Ghent, Dominic Amato, David Wells Project, Eric Essix, and many more. Proceeds benefit the “Chocolate Jazz Foundation" (keeping music alive in the public schools). Early bird tickets are on sale for $20. Visit for more info.


  • Mindi Abair on The Tonight Show

    Saxtress Mindi Abair will be sitting in with The Roots on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday, Nov 30 on NBC. Check your local listings for times.


  • A Peter White Christmas with Mindi Abair and Rick Braun

    The annual Peter White Christmas featuring Mindi Abair and Rick Braun tour dates have been below. Dates are now through the holidays.

    November 21 Rancho Cucamonga, CA Lewis Family Playhouse Lewis Family Playhouse at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center 12505 Cultural Center Drive  Click here
    November 27 Austin, TX One World Theatre One World Theatre 7701 Bee Cave Road  Click here
    November 28 Woodlands, TX Dosey Doe Dosey Doe- The Big Barn 25911 I-45 North  Click here
    November 29 Akron, OH The Tangier The Tangier 532 West Market Street  Click here
    December 2 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere The Birchmere 3701 Mt Vernon Avenue Click here
    December 3 Collingswood, NJ Collingswood Scottish Rite Theatre Collingswood Scottish Rite Theatre 315 White Horse Pike  Click here
    December 4 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage Rams Head On Stage 33 West Street  Click here
    December 5 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd Street  Click here
    December 6 Reading, PA Miller Center for the Arts Miller Center for the Arts 4 North 2nd Street  Click here
    December 8 Melbourne, FL King Center for the Performing Arts King Center for the Performing Arts 3865 N. Wickham Road  Click here
    December 9 Stuart, FL The Lyric Theatre The Lyric Theatre 59 Southwest Flagler Avenue Click here
    December 10 Clearwater, FL Capitol Theatre Capitol Theatre 405 Cleveland Street  Click here
    December 11 Fort Walton Beach, FL Emerald Coast Convention Center Emerald Coast Convention Center 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE  Click here
    December 12 Ft Lauderdale, FL Parker Playhouse Parker Playhouse 707 NE 8th Street  Click here
    December 13 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater Microsoft Theater 777 Chick Hearn Court  Click here
    December 15 Spokane, WA Bing Crosby Theatre Bing Crosby Theatre 901 W. Sprague  Click here
    December 16 Oakland, CA Yoshi's at Jack London Square Yoshi's at Jack London Square 510 Embarcadero West  Click here
    December 17 Sacramento, CA Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Red Lion Hotel Woodlake 500 Leisure Lane  Click here
    December 18 Fresno, CA Tower Theatre Tower Theatre 815 East Olive Avenue  Click here
    December 19 San Diego, CA Balboa Theater Balboa Theater 868 Fourth Avenue  Click here
    December 20 Phoenix, AZ MIM Theater Musical Instrument Museum Theater 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. (Rick Braun will not be performing on this show) Click here
  • The Peanuts Movie #1 With Families and Jazz Musicians

    The Peanuts movie is currently the #1 movie in America.  PBS recently published some facts about the beloved comic. Award-winning American jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi was allegedly hired to write the score for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” after producer Lee Mendelson heard Guaraldi’s popular song “Cast Your Fate to the Wind” while driving across the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Classic songs from Peanuts TV specials including "Linus and Lucy", inspired many other jazz musicians to cover the songs including Wynton Marsalis, George Winston, David Benoit and Cyrus Chestnut.  Read more little-known Peanuts trivia from PBS here.

  • Brian Culbertson announces 2016 Jazz Getaway

    Brian Culbertson recently announced the lineup for the 2016 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway from June 8-12, 2016. Artists include Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Mint Condition, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Average White Band, Stanley Jordan, Michael Lington, Althea René, Marqueal Jordan, Vincent Ingala, Cecil Ramirez, and comedian Jammin' Jay Lamont.

    Tickets are available now at 

  • Bobby Caldwell: Cool Uncle

    Bobby Caldwell, 70's soul singer is best known for "What You Won't Do For Love". His music is inspiring a new generation of musicians including Grammy-winning producer Jack Splash. "I guess Bobby and his wife kept hearing about this strange dude who kept saying he loved Bobby," Splash explained to LA Weekly. "So they looked me up, checked out some of the stuff I had produced for Cee-Lo, John Legend, Alicia Keys, et cetera, and then they reached out to me on Facebook."

    The two formed a new group called Cool Uncle, featuring Caldwell's classic voice with Jack Splash's updated sounds. Their new self-titled album features Cee-Lo, Mayer Hawthorne, and more!  "This first album is just a small taste of what Bobby and I plan on doing," he says. "I want these Cool Uncle albums to help strengthen Bobby's incredible legacy. People have already been reacting pretty strongly to the first few songs, so I'm so excited for them to just sit back and vibe out to the whole album. I hope it makes them as happy as it makes Bobby and me."

    Cool Uncle's self-titled album goes on sale this Friday, Nov. 13 on Empire/Fresh Young Minds. Pre-order now at iTunes.

  • Kirk Whalum Announces Holiday Tour

    Kirk Whalum's A Gospel According to Christmas holiday tour stars Kirk, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Shelea and special guests John Stoddart and Kevin Whalum. The tour starts on December 3rd in Kenya, with dates in Texas, Maryland, New York and more. For a full list, visit

  • Johnny Mathis loses home to fire

    Legendary soul singer Johnny Mathis lost his Hollywood Hills mansion in a fire last night. Mathis had lived in the home for over 50 years. According to, the location of the home made it difficult for firefighters to put out the blaze, but they were able to save some awards and mementos.

    Mathis, who is famous for hits like "Chances Are," "Misty", and numerous Christmas albums, was not home at the time of the fire.

  • Phil Collins Announces New Record

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    Ten years ago, Phil Collins retired from music and moved to Switzerland. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Phil discussed his  recovery from a recent back surgery, caused by a dislocated vertebrae on his 2007 Genesis tour.

    He's currently living in Miami, and looking to start working on a new album in a few weeks. "My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does," he says. "They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I'd like to take them out so they can enjoy it."

    In the meantime, some of his solo albums will be reissued. "I'm no longer officially retired," he says. "The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go."

    Read the full interview:

  • Mindi Abair, Producer

    Mindi Abair can now add Producer to her title. The Grammy nominated Sax player produced her first album for another artist. Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You is a blues album featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama. Mindi says of the album, "I couldn't be prouder of it. Shawn Amos is a great artist... you've got to hear him!"

    Check out The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You.

    Mindi is currently wrapping up some shows in Japan. She shared the above picture on Facebook of her Shibuya. You can purchase her new album, MINDI ABAIR AND THE BONESHAKERS LIVE IN SEATTLE on Amazon at or iTunes at


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