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


NOW – December 31 – 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!

November 17 – Spyro Gyra (just added!)

December 15 –  Brian Culbertson (just added!)

December 22 – Holiday Show with Gerald Albright with Selina Albright opening (just added!)

December 29 – Marion Meadows / Brian Simpson (new!)

December 30 – Vincent Ingala (new!)

December 31 – NYE Celebration with Paul Taylor & Lin Rountree (new!)

More information: www.smoothchicago.com


November 17 -December 1 – Jazz at Lyman Series, New Haven, CT

Enjoy live music in Connecticut during the Lyman Center’s Fall Jazz Series. The multi-show series continues at Southern Connecticut State University’s John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts.

November 17 – Eric Darius and Eric Roberson

December 1 – Peter White Christmas – with Rick Braun and Euge Groove

More information: http://www.southernct.edu/lyman/



November 17, 2018 – May 18, 2019  – Church Street Jazz Series, Norfolk, VA

The Church Street 2018-2019 Jazz Series continues their fourth season at the historic Attucks Theatre and the Harrison Opera House in Downtown Norfolk! A lot of starpower coming to Virginia!

November 17 – Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, Chieli Minucci

January 19, 2019 – Kim Waters

March 9, 2019 – Cindy Bradley

May 18, 2019 – Jonathan Butler

More information: www.sevenvenues.com


November 24 – December 8 – Grooves at the Westin (Palm Springs Jazz Series), Palm Springs, CA

Join saxophonist and producer extraordinaire Michael Paulo for his 3 show Fall  Jazz series at the incomparable Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa! Don’t miss these top Smooth Jazz artists in a magnificent resort setting.

November 24 – Special EFX Allstars with Chieli Minucci, Elliot Yaman, Nelson Rancell and Lao Tizer

December 8 – Michael Lington, Steve Oliver with LA Collective

More information: https://groovesatthewestin.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




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