Smooth Jazz Festivals and Events

Welcome to our Concert Calendar page! We hope you find something jazzin' in your neck of the woods. This page will be updated regularly; so, be sure to check back often! Please note that all dates and lineups are subject to change. Be sure to check the venue for confirmation.

Upcoming Smooth Jazz Festivals and Events



June 21 – August 3- Stanford Jazz Workshop, Palo Alto, CA

Each year, the best of the best come to perform at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and this year is no exception. Coolest highlights this year include a return pairing of vocalist Lisa Fischer and pianist Taylor Eigsti, who were electrifying in 2017 on July 20 and 15-year-old wunderkind pianist Joey Alexander, who Wynton Marsalis calls HIS hero (July 21). Taylor Eigsti returns with his group on July 30.

More information and full performance schedule: https://stanfordjazz.org/stanford-jazz-festival-2019/


June 28-30 – 3rd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, San Diego, CA

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival unites music lovers from around the world at the picturesque site of Embarcadero Marina Park North in the San Diego Marina. This annual event combines the soothing sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine, and an amazing atmosphere that creates an unparalleled experience. This 3-day extravaganza begins with a dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower yacht Inspiration featuring Althea Rene & Selina Albright. Saturday features Boney James, West Coast Jam with Richard Elliot, Peter White & DW3, Kirk Whalum & Jonathan Butler, Brian Simpson & Jazmin Ghent and Tony Exum Jr. Sunday is an all-out lovefest with Eric Darius, Norman Brown, Sax to the Max with Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala & Paul Taylor, Monty Seward and Mariea Antoinette!

More information: http://sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com/


NOW – August 23 – Downtown Jazz Summer Series, Winston-Salem, NC

The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership is proud to announce the 21st annual Summer Music Series.  The FREE concerts brings a cool vibe of smooth sounds by combining national and international artists with local musicians to the downtown area over the course of the summer.

June 28 – Kayla Waters / Saundra Crenshaw (opening act)

July 12 – Chelsey Green & The Green Project / Mia Thompson (opening act)

July 26 – Dee Lucas / David P. Stevens (opening act)

Aug 9 – Julian Vaughn / Natural Element (opening act)

Aug 23 – Melvin M. Miller / Keith Byrd (opening act)

More information: www.downtownws.com


NOW – December 21- Montrose Room, Chicago, IL  (NEW ARTISTS & DATES ADDED!)

Our friends at SmoothChicago are back at it, bringing Chicagoland the finest in SJ royalty for the 2019 season! Producer Mark Vrabel works hard at this gem of a venue, located at the Loews O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont. See one show or see them all; you won’t be disappointed!  GO!

June 29 – Down to the Bone

July 20 – Gerey Johnson CD Release Show (just added!)

August 17 – Kool and the Gang Tribute Show / Earth Wind & Fire Tribute Show (just added!)

September 7 – The Sax Pack (Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Jackiem Joyner) w/special guest Jessy J

September 28 – Richard Elliot

October 5 – Jazz Funk Soul (Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr.)

October 12 – Pieces of a Dream

October 19 – Acoustic Alchemy

November 2 – Jonathan Butler

November 16 – Kirk Whalum

November 23 – David Benoit and Marc Antoine

December 7 – A Norman Brown Christmas (special guest TBA)

December 21 – Gerald Albright with special guest Selina Albright (just added!)

More information: www.smoothchicago.com


July 6 – 2nd Annual Brass City Jazz Fest, Waterbury, CT

If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, have I got a festival for you! Head on over to Waterbury for a FREE festival called the Brass City Jazz Fest, featuring Billboard charting artist sMarion Meadows, Adam Hawley, Marcus Anderson, Paula Atherton, Althea Rene, Jeanette Harris, Carol Albert, Sean Uliasz, along with CT’s own Steve Clarke Band, Ray Santovasi Four Peace and Nekita Waller.

Bring your chairs, blankets and enjoy great food and drink from the many vendors that will be there. Did I mention it’s FREE???

More information: www.brasscityjazzfest.com


July 10 – Christian De Mesones CD Release Party, Blues Alley, Washington, DC

Join Christian at Blues Alley on July 10 for his CD Release Party & Birthday Bash! Christian will be performing songs from his debut solo project, ‘They Call Me Big New York,’ scheduled for release on 7/16/2019. Advance copies available at the show. The band will include Debora Galan on vocals, Eddie Bacus, Jr. on soprano and alto saxophone and EWI, Dre King on trumpet, Craig Alston on tenor sax and bass, Elliot Levine on keyboards, Mike Gamble on electric and acoustic guitar, Curtis McCain on percussion, and Tim Steele on drums. Grab your tickets quick; it’s gonna be a night you won’t want to miss!

More information: www.christiandemesones.com


July 19-20 – 4th Annual Music City Jazz Festival, Nashville, TN

Music City Jazz Festival is more than an outdoor concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, mingle, relax soak in the rays, and of course hear some of he coolest music performed by national recording smooth jazz artists. Featuring classy veterans who have set the standard to young lions taking the jazz scene by storm, all capturing the spirit of smooth jazz that knows no boundaries in exhilarating, intimate performances.

This year’s artists include Marc Antoine, Jeanette Harris, Althea Rene, Paul Jackson Jr., Pete Belasco, Alex Bugnon, jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Paul Jackson Jr., Euge Groove, The Yellowjackets, Lindsey Webster, Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum,Najee and more!

More information: http://www.musiccityjazzfest.com/


NOW – November 15  – Alamo City Jazz Series, San Antonio, TX

ALW Entertainment present an intimate evening of jazz in the amazing Empire Theatre. Each night will include a wonderful evening filled with sounds from some of today’s groundbreaking jazz artists.

October 4 – Steve Cole / Jeff Kashiwa

November 15 – Nick Colionne / Paul Taylor

More Information: http://www.alwe.com/alamo-city/


NOW – November 16  – Bishop Arts Jazz Series, Dallas, TX

ALW Entertainment brings to you a special 5-show series at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Dallas.

October 5 – Steve Cole / Jeff Kashiwa

November 16 – Nick Colionne / Paul Taylor

More information: http://www.alwe.com/bishop-arts/


NOW- November 17 – Bayou City Jazz Series, Houston, TX

ALW Entertainment presents an intimate evening of jazz in the amazing House of Blues! Each night will include a wonderful evening filled with sounds from some of today’s groundbreaking artists. Come enjoy a show or an entire season of the best jazz experiences in Houston!

October 6 – Steve Cole / Jeff Kashiwa

November 17 – Nick Colionne / Paul Taylor

More information: http://www.alwe.com/bayou-city/