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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 4 – Paula Atherton & Willie Bradley in Concert, Delaware Loves Jazz Concert, Wilmington, DE

WE’RE REALLY DOING THIS, PEOPLE!!!               

We at The Smooth Jazz Ride have been talking about this for a couple of years now…and now, we’re gonna make this happen!

TSJR has wanted to create NEW cool concerts with the proceeds going to kids so that they can learn more about music through education, and buying instruments for those schools in need…so that we boost up the NEXT generation of super talent so desperately needed in the music world! Whether for personal growth or professional aspirations, it makes no difference…but kids NEED to be able to have the opportunity to learn, understand and appreciate music for a richer, more fulfilling life! So putting on a live Smooth Jazz concert with great contemporary artists AND having the proceeds go to help kids is a win-win in my book!

So…mark your calendars for May 4, 2019, when The Smooth Jazz Ride and Entertainment by Candlelight present an all-new groove experience for you and a real motivational experience for music students. Join singer and saxtress Paula Atherton and trumpeter Willie Bradley for an afternoon of high-energy music and a rare opportunity for a question and answer segment after the show so that kids of all ages will have the chance to find out how artists do what they do! Come early to enjoy the vendors that will be providing food, services and art at this school setting. Benefits from this concert will go to assist music education with schools…and we hope that this is the first of many shows that we can put on for our cause!

More information: Click here

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April 24-28 – Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Panama City Beach, FL

Five full, glorious days of fun in the sun! Party at the 21st annual Seabreeze Jazz Fest. Named a “Top 10 Jazz Festival in the USA” by Jazziz Magazine, this festival combines the top national Smooth Jazz artists with a full weekend of fun an good times and attracts over 20,000 fans from around the world!

Artists include Brian Culbertson, Jeffrey Osborne, The Jacksons 50th Anniversary Tour, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, Damien Escobar, Richard Elliot, Will Downing, Avery*Sunshine, Peter White, Norman Brown, Special EFX All-Stars, Chieli Minucci, Elliott Yamin, Gerald Veasley, Nelson Rangell, Lao Tizer, Karen Briggs, Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Down to the Bone, The Sax Pack (Jeff Kashiwa, Kim Waters, Steve Cole), DW3, Sax to the Max (Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala, Paul Taylor) Jazz in Pink, Gail Jhonson, Mariea Antoinette, Chelsey Green, Kirk Whalum, Lindsey Webster, U-Nam, Magdalena Chovancova, Marcus Anderson, Adam Hawley, The West Coast Horns, Kayla Waters Skinny Hightower, Jeff Ryan, Ken Ford, Tim Owens.

More information: www.seabreezejazzfestival.com

 

April 25-28, May 2-5 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA

A multi-day festival of the senses, spanning over two weekends, the 50th annual celebration features music, crafts, food, culture and LIFE in the Big Easy! Hundreds of performers over 12 stages at the fairgrounds – there’s something for everyone! Jazz, gospel, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, R&B, Rock, Funk, African, Latin, Caribbean, folk and much more -there is actually too many acts to name. I think it’s actually appropriate that the group Widespread Panic is replacing Fleetwood Mac, who replaced the Rolling Stones…but that’s just my crazy humor! Highlights include The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Alanis Morissette, Ciara, Santana, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Katy Perry, Gregory Porter, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra’s Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Rait, The O’Jays, Van Morrison, Al Green, The Ellis Marsalis Family Tribute featuring Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason with Ellis Marsalis, Rita Coolidge, Tom Jones, Ziggy Marley, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight, Los Lobos, Aaron Neville, Big Freedia, Dave Matthews Band, Diana Ross, Pitbull, Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright, Little Feat, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Chaka Khan, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles, John Fogerty, Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, Herbie Hancock, Buddy Guy, The Mavericks and many, many more! Parades, Pow Wows and gospel choirs…it’s all here! Happy JazzFest!

More information: www.nojazzfest.com

 

4/26-27 – Jay Rowe’s Smooth Jazz for Scholars, Milford, CT

17th Annual Smooth Jazz For Scholars Benefit Concert for the city of Milford, Connecticut Public Schools Music Department. Friday April 26, 2019 and Saturday April 27, 2019. Artist line-up on April 26th: Jay Rowe, Nick Colionne, Chieli Minucci Marion Meadows. Artist line-up on April 27th: Eric Darius, Jessy J, Brian Simpson, Steve Oliver.

More information: Click here

 

 

May 4 – Paula Atherton & Willie Bradley in Concert, Delaware Loves Jazz Concert, Wilmington, DE       

We at The Smooth Jazz Ride have been talking about this for a couple of years now…and now, we’re gonna make this happen!

TSJR has wanted to create NEW cool concerts with the proceeds going to kids so that they can learn more about music through education, and buying instruments for those schools in need…so that we boost up the NEXT generation of super talent so desperately needed in the music world! Whether for personal growth or professional aspirations, it makes no difference…but kids NEED to be able to have the opportunity to learn, understand and appreciate music for a richer, more fulfilling life! So putting on a live Smooth Jazz concert with great contemporary artists AND having the proceeds go to help kids is a win-win in my book!

So…mark your calendars for May 4, 2019, when The Smooth Jazz Ride and Entertainment by Candlelight present an all-new groove experience for you and a real motivational experience for music students. Join singer and saxtress Paula Atherton and trumpeter Willie Bradley for an afternoon of high-energy music and a rare opportunity for a question and answer segment after the show so that kids of all ages will have the chance to find out how artists do what they do! Come early to enjoy the vendors that will be providing food, services and art at this school setting. Benefits from this concert will go to assist music education with schools…and we hope that this is the first of many shows that we can put on for our cause!

More information: Click here

 

May 13-19 – 8th Annual Mallorca Smooth Jazz Fest, Mallorca, Spain

Christian Bossner and his crew keep bringing the best to Europe! In its eighth year, this year’s entertainment includes artists Richard Elliot, Mezzoforte, Chris Walker, Marion Meadows, Pieces of a Dream, Chieli Minucci, Eric Darius, DW3, Julian Vaughn, Oli Silk, Ragan Whiteside, Four80East, Steve Oliver, Greg Manning, Jeff Ryan, Rob Zinn, Elle Cato, Bart Brandjes and more!

If you want a fabulous time at a world-class resort, pack your bags and get your passport ready cuz this is the place to BE!

More information: www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de

 

NOW – December 7 – Montrose Room, Chicago, IL

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!

May 18 – Najee

June 15 – Walter Beasley

June 29 – Down to the Bone

July 20 – TBA

August 17 – TBA

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)

More information: www.smoothchicago.com

 

May 18  – 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!

May 18, 2019 – Jonathan Butler

More information: www.sevenvenues.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.

May 31 – Jeff Lorber  / Eric Darius

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.

June 1 – Jeff Lorber / Eric Darius

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!

June 2 – Jeff Lorber / Eric Darius

October 6 – Steve Cole / Jeff Kashiwa

November 17 – Nick Colionne / Paul Taylor

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