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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

 

May 24-27 – Jacksonville Jazz Fest in Jacksonville, FL 

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at one of the largest FREE jazz festivals in the country, we’re talking about an epic street party full of great food, good fun and three outdoor stages spread across 15 city blocks! This year’s artists include Trombone Shorty, Sheila E, Grace Kelly, Euge Groove, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Pete Escovedo Orchestra with special guests Jimmy Bosch and Chembo Corniel…and many more!

More information: www.jacksonvillejazzfest.com

 

May 25-26 – 3rd Annual Music City Jazz Fest, Nashville, TN

Nashville IS music, not just Blues and Country! Head on down to downtown Nashville for the third annual Music City Jazz Fest to get your Smooth groove ON!

This year’s mix includes Boney James, Brian Simpson, Euge Groove, Hiroshima, Rachelle Ferrell, Maysa, Peabo Bryson, Kim Waters, Kayla Waters, Nick Colionne, Steve Cole and Brian Simpson.

More information forthcoming when the website is updated at www.musiccityjazzfest.com.

 

May 26, 2018 – Church Street Jazz Series, Norfolk, VA

The Church Street 2017-2018 Jazz Series continues their third

season at the historic Attucks Theatre and the Harrison Opera House in Downtown Norfolk! A lot of starpower coming to Virginia! Don’t miss the final show of the season with Fourplay!

May 26, 2018 – Fourplay

More information: https://www.livenation.com/artists/173219/church-street-jazz

 

 

NOW-June 16 – 29th Annual Jazz In The Park, Las Vegas, NV

For the 29th year, the Clark County Amphitheater is the home for a great 5 week series of FREE concerts in Vegas! Whatever your taste in Jazz, this WILL be the place to be!

May 26 – Diane Schuur

June 2 – Groove Project – Oli Silk, Marcus Anderson, JJ Sansaverino

June 16 – Mindi Abair

More information: http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/jazz-inthe-park.aspx

 

 

May 27 – 14th Annual Temecula Wine & Music Festival, Temecula, CA

The Temecula Wine and Music Festival has been one of the premiere concert events in the Temecula Valley for the past twelve years. With its mix of Pop, Jazz and R&B artists, the festival has benefitted numerous local charities and has helped highlight the unique, laid-back lifestyle of LA’s wine country. Join producer and saxophonist Michael Paulo as he brings his former Hawaiian bandmates, Kalapana and friends to this spectacular festival to a new venue, The Hawk Ranch in Temecula with proceeds to benefit the Boys and Girls Club. Silent and live auction, wine tasting, great food and a great time…it’s time to party!

More information: www.temeculawineandmusicfestival.com

 

June 1-2 – Steel City Jazz Festival, Birmingham, AL

More than 20 acclaimed artists will perform at the 5th annual Steel City Jazz Festival in Legion Field. The festival is annual music fest overflowing with non-stop music, entertainment, food, beverages, laughs and big fun!

Artists include returning festival favorites Kyle Turner, Jazmin Ghent, Ben Tankard and Jeffrey Osborne; Peabo Bryson,  Lindsey Webster, Eric Essix, Steve Oliver, Vincent Ingala, Pieces of a Dream, Nelson Rangell, Oleta Adams, Steve Arrington (Slave), Brick and Confunkshun.

More information: www.steelcityjazzfestbham.com

 

June 1-3 – Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Newport Beach, CA

One of my favorite festivals held at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Newport Beach! Michael Lington & Kenny Lattimore open Friday night in the amphitheater with a glorious view of the Back Bay as the sun slowly sinks into the ocean. Saturday has The Baylor Project, Jonathan Butler, Damien Escobar, Peter White & Euge Groove and the Commodores; Sunday has Josh Vietti, The Caribbean Connection with Elan Trotman, Bernie Williams and Nestor Torres, RnR – Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, Will Downing and Brian Culbertson Colors of Love Tour. And that’s not including the new talent coming up on the Lawn Stage in between the main attractions on both days. You KNOW you wanna be there!

More information: http://festivals.hyattconcerts.com/

 

June 1-3 – Capital Jazz Festival, Baltimore, MD

26th annual festival with 25 national acts on two stages; it truly is the jazz festival with soul!

Artists include Boney James, Rachelle Ferrell, Snarky Puppy, Keiko Matsui, Smokey Robinson, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ledisi, Fantasia, Keith Sweat, After 7, Bob James, Michael Franks, Damien Escobar, Lizz Wright, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, Diana Krall, tributes to Bill Withers and Luther Vandross  and many more! Highlight of this festival is that it’s one of Anita Baker’s first stops of her farewell tour. An All-White party and live Jam Session hosted by Marcus Miller will have you boppin’ til the wee hours…

More information: www.capitaljazz.com

 

NOW-October 13 – Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series, Temecula, CA

Celebrating 30 years of providing stellar entertainment along with exceptional champagne and gourmet dining, this annual concert series is a favorite among connoisseurs of the Temecula Valley Wine Country in California. This intimate and acoustically superb Mediterranean fountain terrace overlooks the vineyards and the valley, offering a memorable and unique concert experience unmatched in Southern California.

June 2 – Brian Culbertson’s Colors of Love Tour

June 16 – Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin and Nathan East

June 16 – Average White Band, The Family Stone

June 23 – Acoustic Alchemy, Keiko Matsui

July 14 – Chris Isaak

July 15 – Michael McDonald

August 4 – The Rippingtons, with Russ Freeman, David Benoit and Marc Antoine

August 5 – Robert Cray Band

August 11 – Chris Botti

August 18 – Norman Brown and Bobby Caldwell’s Love and Soul Tour

August 25 – Jeffrey Osborne, Vincent Ingala

September 15-16 – Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns II Tour

September 23 – Kenny G

September 29 – Peter White and Euge Groove

October 7 – Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers, Peet Project

October 13 – Special returning guest (TBA)

More information: http://www.thorntonwine.com/champagne-jazz-series/

 

June 6-10 – 7th Annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, Napa, CA

Quickly becoming the best festival on the West Coast, Brian Culbertson has taken the time to figure out what works, what doesn’t…and has mesmerized and astounded even the hardest hard-core Smooth Jazzer into having the BEST time, bringing his friends in the wine world of Napa Valley and his musician friends together for a great weekend in Wine Country! Priced on 3 tiers (Platinum, Gold and Silver) plus general admission and one-day admission, it CAN get expensive (tickets do NOT include hotel accommodations), but what price would you pay for a fine slice of the Wine Life? Welcome dinner, Wine Down Afternoon concerts, late night hangs, plus shows at the beautiful Lincoln Theater in Yountville, an outdoor festival at the Oxbow Commons, just steps away from the host hotel (The Westin Verasa books up too fast to even mention but other nearby accommodations are available) AND intimate shows at the Blue Note in Napa, plus shopping, wine, tours, fun…did we mention wine??? Artists this year include Sinbad, The Commodores, Faith Evans, Norman Brown, Bobby Caldwell, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Avery*Sunshine, Nick Colionne, Jonathan Butler, The Al McKay All-Stars performing the music of Earth, Wind and Fire, Marcus Anderson, Lindsey Webster, Adam Hawley, Marqueal Jordan, Cecil Ramirez and more to still be announced! East Coasters please note: Brian’s working on a Getaway in Chicago due iSeptember!

More information: www.jazzgetaway.com

 

June 9-10 –  40th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival, Los Angeles, CA

Hef may be gone, but his love for music still lives on at the two-day fest at the Hollywood Bowl with artists like Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin, Snarky Puppy, Roy Gaines, The Ramsey Lewis Quintet, Tower of Power’s 50th Anniversary tour, Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano and many more!

More information: www.hollywoodbowl.com

 

NOW – September 8 – Montrose Room, Chicago, IL  (*new dates added!)

Our friends at SmoothChicago are back at it, bringing Chicagoland the finest in SJ royalty for the 2018 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 16 – Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr and Everette Harp

June 23 – Lee Ritenour

July 21 – David Benoit and Marc Antoine

August 11 – O’Hare Jazz Fest (more info coming soon)

September 8 – Norman Brown

More information: www.smoothchicago.com

 

Now – September 8 – HuskyShow Summer Concert Series at McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento, CA

It’s going to be a hot time in Sacramento this year at the COOLEST venue – The Hangar at McClellan Conference Center – with the same world-class style you’ve come to love with HuskyShows!  While we still mourn the loss of the outdoor Grove at the Red Lion Hotel from two years ago, producer Tom Huskiens has quickly made this a sweet stop at this larger indoor venue! What’s not to love about being easier to find, easier to park, safe and secure access and lighting, professional food service and beverages, a hotel within walking distance AND a climate-controlled indoor venue (no more sweltering in the hot Sacto sun!)? It’s time to make that monthly pilgrimage to the McClellan!

June 16 – Acoustic Alchemy with Damien Escobar

July 27 – Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns II Tour (Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Aubrey Logan)

September 8 – Boney James with Avery*Sunshine

More information: www.huskyshows.com

 

June 29 – 2nd 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 Embarcadero Marina Park North in the San Diego Marina. This annual event combines the soothing and funky sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine and an amazing atmosphere of music and friends!

Artists include Eric Darius, Brian Culbertson, Jessy J, Jazz Funk Soul (Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr.), The Sax Pack (Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Jackiem Joyner), Steve Oliver, Summer Horns II (Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Aubrey Logan), Hiroshima, Peter White, Nestor Torres, Marcus Anderson and more!

More information: www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com

 

July 12-15 –  9th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, Mitchellville, MD

This 9th annual event has it all – from music workshops and master classes taught by Eric Darius, to a pre-festival jam session with Pieces of a Dream founding member Cedric Napoleon and Paula Atherton, a VIP Summer White Affair with Eric Darius, Marcus Anderson, JJ Sansaverino, Selina Albright, Jazz in Pink, the actual festival on Saturday including Norman Brown, James Lloyd, Robb Zinn, a Sunday Jazz Brunch with Art Sherrod, Jr, Brian Simpson, Lin Rountree, David P Stevens and the Grand Final All Star Jam Session Sunday night hosted by Gerald Veasley featuring Brian Simpson, James Lloyd, Lin Rountree and many more!

For the full lineup of artists and more info: www.lakearborjazz.com

 

July 14 – Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, Coltons Point, MD

Relax riverside on the museum lawn and enjoy live jazz, lots of delicious seafood delicacies and gorgeous view of St. Clement’s Island at this signature yearly event. Tickets are sold only in advance for 1,000 people beginning June 1. No gate sales.

Artists include Nick Colionne, Jackiem Joyner and Tracy Hamlin.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/PotomacJazzandSeafoodFestival/

 

July 26-29 – Brickman Bootcamp for Songwriters, Cleveland, OH

Join composer, producer, radio personality and keyboardist Jim Brickman for three days of songwriting, music business workshops and the chance to perform at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! This is for songwriters, musicians and lyricists with a desire to share their talent and develop a path to success while getting hands-on experience with industry pros, get expert feedback on your songs and ideas and get insider secrets on creating, promoting and selling your music. The registration fee does not include the cost of travel and lodging.

More information: www.jimbrickman.com

 

August 4 – Chateau Ste. Michelle Festival of Jazz, Woodinville, WA

Washington State’s oldest winery is surrounded by 105 wooded acres and unique craftsman-style architecture, acting as an oasis for every one who visits. This year’s summer concert schedule is proud to present their Festival of Jazz for one day only with Christ Botti, Morgan James, Sarah Niemietz and Snuffy Walden and San Francisco favorites Tuck and Patti. Other shows are an eclectic mix of rock, blues, Latin,  bluegrass, oldies, commemorative tours (Jethro Tull and Yes are celebrating 50 YEARS in the biz!) and are scheduled at the chateau from June 10 – September 15.

More information and a complete schedule of all shows: www.ste-michelle.com

 

August 11 – 2nd Annual Phil Denny’s Smooth Jazz Fete at the Armory, Lansing, MI

Independent artist-produced and Lansing-based saxophonist Phil Denny brings Smooth Jazz to the Eastside community in an outdoor setting at the centrally located Armory. Enjoy a full day of engaging and entertaining music encompassing Smooth and Contemporary Jazz, Pop and R&B instrumental and vocal performances by British keyboardist Oli Silk, Steve Cole, David P. Stevens, Meagan McNeil and Ryan Montano.

More information: www.smoothjazzfete.com

 

September 1-2 – Inaugural Music Fest at Southfork Ranch, Parker, TX

This is one of those cool, quirky events that showed up a while ago that I thought might be fun. A music fest held at the grounds of where they filmed the show, DALLAS Labor Day weekend. The best names in Adult Contemporary, Country, Jazz and Old School R&B! Artists on the Jazz stage include Norman Brown, Marion Meadows, Peter White, Najee, Gregory Porter, Euge Groove, Spyro Gyra and David Sanborn! Other artists include John Michael Montgomery, Doug Superman, The Dramatics, The Whispers, The Temptations and many more!

For more information: www.musicfest-southforkranch.com

 

October 18-21 – 6th Annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Weekend, Norfolk, VA

Sounds like Norfolk is the place to be this October with a star-studded cast of wickedly talented artists…all to benefit the Hampton Roads community by supporting Jazz and Music Education by providing educational scholarships, mentoring workshops, leadership development and community partnerships.

Artists include Jonathan Fritzen, Marion Meadows, Damien Escobar, Mike Phillips, Phil Perry, Stephanie Mills, Gregory Porter, Najee, Pieces of a Dream, Candy Dulfer, Eric Benet, Kim Waters, Elan Trotman, Alex Bugnon, Nick Colionne, Althea Rene, Incognito featuring Maysa, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers…AND MORE! Need I say more? GET THERE!

More information: www.jazzlegacyfoundation.org

 

November 1-4 Live Luxe Jazz Experience, Los Cabos, Mexico

Life Luxe Jazz is a premiere luxury cultural experience with jazz as the focal point, bringing people together with common interests in music, culture and exceptional cuisine with the goal of building bridges across borders.  Wine, dine, golf, spa…it’s all at the sumptuous Pueblo Bonita Pacifica Golf and Spa Resort! And the music! Let’s not forget about the music! Boney James, Norman Brown, Gregory Porter, Maysa, Mindi Abair, Keiko Matsui, Najee, Kirk Whalum, Lindsey Webster, Bobby Caldwell, Michael Manson, Lin Rountree and many more! Jazz workshops, a VIP Ultra Lounge, Sunset Jazz Cruise, golf tournament, yoga and spa time, concerts…the list goes on!

More information: www.lifeluxejazz.com

 

December 30-31, Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve, Tucson, AZ

It’s never to early to think about what you’re gonna do for New Year’s Eve! Trumpeter Rick Braun has the hottest ticket in town in Tucson, with people coming from around the world to party…and he’s got the best of the best to party with him! Peter White, Selina Albright, The Sax Pack (Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Jackiem Joyner) and Boney James!!! The Celebrity Golf Tournament on December 30th and the entire event raises funds for families affected by autism. Tickets are already on sale for previous guests; March 12 is the date for the rest of the general public to get theirs…mark your calendars and don’t miss out!

More information: www.RickBraunNewYearsEve.com

 

2019 EVENTS

 

February 2-9, 2019 & February 23-March 2, 2019 – The Smooth Jazz Cruise

2 sailings, Eight-day, full ship charter 

Ports of call: Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; CocoCay, Bahamas

Ship: M/S Celebrity Infinity

Embarkation: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Since 2004, The Smooth Jazz Cruise has set the standard not only for jazz cruises, but for all theme cruises, earning the title “The Greatest Part at Sea.” If you haven’t had the pleasure of going on a music cruise, this is the one to cut your jazz chops on…but be forewarned: once you’ve been on a themed cruise, you will NEVER be able to go on any other ship ever! The interaction between fans and artists, the late night jam sessions, the activities onboard, the Q&A sessions…I could go on forever! And while you may think that 2019 is still two years away, it actually is not too soon to book this cruise as both 2018 cruises are already sold out and has a waitlist for both sailings!

Hosted by Marcus Miller and Boney James, featuring Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Kirk Whalum, Najee, Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Jonathan Butler, Alonzo Bodden. More great acts to be announced in September.

More information: www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com