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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

 

 

 

July 20-22 – 27th Annual Hartford Festival of Jazz in Hartford, CT

This is the largest free jazz event in New England, attracting more than 70K fans during the 3-day fest in 2017! Artists include with Orchestra Espada featuring Nestor Torres, Spyro Gyra, Michon Young, Elon Trotman’s Caribbean Connection featuring Bernie Williams and Nestor Torres and many more!

For the full lineup of artists and more info: www.hartfordjazz.org

 

NOW – August 24 – 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.

July 20 – Willie Bradley / Urban Standard

July 27 – Jeff Kashiwa / Reggie Buie

August 10 – Selina Albright / Galvin Crisp

August 24 – Marcus Johnson / Vincent Crenshaw

More information: www.downtownws.com

 

July 20-22 – Jazz & Ribs Fest, Columbus, OH

Nothing says summer fun than a barbecue, good music and great friends; you get it ALL at this three-day event taking place on both sides of the Scioto River in Bicentennial, West Bank and Genoa Parks with the addition of 33 acres of parkland at this FREE festival! 23 award-winning BBQ teams from around the country will compete for ‘Best Ribs’ bragging rights. Continuous jazz on three stages all weekend long!

Artists include Arturo Sandoval with special guest Jane Monheit, Ramsey Lewis, Euge Groove and Peter White, and Dave Koz & Friends and many, many more!  Did I mention that this is a FREE 3-day fest?!?

Have a great weekend…and don’t forget to save me a plate!

More information: www.hotribscooljazz.org

 

NOW-August 30 – Smooth Cruise Summer Series, New York, NY

New York’s favorite summer jazz series in coming back on board the Hornblower Infinity as you cruise the scenic Hudson River, past the Manhattan Skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

July 20 – Russell Thompkins Jr. and The New Stylistics with The Delfonics

July 25 – Peter White and Euge Groove

August 10 – Rachelle Ferrell with special guest Mike Phillips

August 24 – Norman Brown and Bobby Caldwell

August 30 – Najee with special guest Nick Colionne

More information: www.smoothjazznewyork.com/events

 

NOW – October 5 – Bank of the West Summer Concert Series at the Hyatt Newport Beach, Newport Beach, CA

Starting a month later and ending earlier than last year, the popular Friday night series is back at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach in Southern California!  Enjoy a great evening of cool music with friends while the sun sets over the beautiful Back Bay.

July 20 – An Evening With Chris Botti

August 3 – Leann Rimes

August 10 – An Evening with Peter Cetera

August 17 – Hiroshima / Selina Albright

August 24 – An Evening with Chaka Khan

September 14 – Dave Koz Summer Horns II

September 21 – Brian Culbertson

September 28 – The Sax Pack

October 3 – Sergio Mendes

More information: https://series.hyattconcerts.com/ 

 

July 21 – 2nd Annual Gateway Jazz Festival, Chesterfield, MO

The Gateway 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 hear some of the coolest music and will feature classy veterans who have set the standard to young lions taking the jazz scene by storm. Just west of St. Louis, this will be one of the hottest Smooth Jazz festivals of the summer!

Artists include Boney James, Will Downing, Gateway Jazz Allstars featuring Jonathan Butler and Alex Bugnon, Bach to the Future featuring Michael Silverman and Cindy Bradley.

Smooth Jazz is back in the Lou!

More information: www.gatewayjazzfest.com

 

NOW – October 6 – 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!

July 21 – David Benoit and Marc Antoine

August 11 – Marcus Anderson, Four 80 East, Cindy Bradley

September 8 – Norman Brown

October 6 – Bobby Caldwell (just added!)

More information: www.smoothchicago.com

 

July 23-28 – 8th Annual Parker Summer Jazz Workshop for students, San Diego, CA

In order to prepare our kids to be the next generation of musicians, they’ve got to be well taught. Francis Parker School in San Diego is partnering with the Music Box and  radio station Jazz 88.3 to offer middle and high school students an opportunity to study and play music with professional jazz musicians while learning performance skills, improvisation, jazz theory and history.

One-week sessions are held at Francis Parker School’s Thielmann Music Center. Students give a closing performance at the Music Box, one of San Diego’s premier concert venues. Beginning, intermediate and advanced students are welcome at this hands-on workshop designed to nuture their growth as musicians. We hope to see a new batch of artists blossom at these workshops…will you be there?

Week 2: July 23-28 for Grades 10-12

More information: https://summer.francisparker.org/page/jazz-workshops

 

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

 

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!

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

 

August 4 – Vanport Jazz Festival, Portland, OR

Tickets are now on sale for Portland’s hottest Jazz festival of the summer! Vanfest will also feature a food and beverage garden that will feature the best of Portland’s best food carts, wine from Sokol Blosser Winery and microbrews and spirits made in Oregon.Artists include Norman Brown, Lalah Hathaway, Najee, Jonathan Butler, Jazmin Ghent and Kenney Poison!

More information: www.vanportjazzfestival.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

 

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.

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/

 

August 10-12 – 31st Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival in Long Beach, CA

3 days of fun in the sun, great food and music music MUSIC! This year, Rainbow Prouctions will also introduce their first annual Celebrity Golf Tournament and your chance to play with some of your favorite celebrities to the mix! Artists include Maysa, Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, Marcus Miller, Everette Harp, Chante’ Moore and Doc Powell, Nick Colionne, Stanley Clarke, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, David Benoit and Marc Antoine,, Brian Simpson and Jazmin Ghent and a few surprises not listed yet!

More information: www.longbeachjazzfestival.com

 

August 10-11 – Third Annual Derby City Jazz Festival, Louisville, KY

Revel at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, for the third annual Derby City Jazz Festival. The DCJF is a festival committed to bringing Smooth Jazz and Bourbon enthusiasts to Louisville for a fun destination weekend.

This year’s artists include Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Kim Waters, Will Downing, Lin Rountree, Blake Aaron, Althea Rene’, Jazmin Ghent, and many more!

More information: www.derbycityjazzfest.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

 

August 11 – Freedom Park Jazz Series, Charlotte, NC

Freedom Summer Jazz Series is bringing jazz to Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, for the final FREE concert for summer 2018. Bring a lawn chair. Concessions will be sold.

August 11th – Gerald Veasley / Adrian Crutchfield

More information: https://www.charlotteonthecheap.com/freedom-summer-concert-series/

 

August 31 – September 2 – 2nd Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival, Dallas, TX

Labor Day weekend is gonna be HOT in Dallas when Curtis King brings you the second annual Riverfront Jazz Fest to the Lone Star state! King has traveled the country for 15 years to frequent and study major music festivals to bring you the best of Jazz, Blues and Soul for one weekend on three stages while also showcasing promising youth artists from Dallas/Fort Worth and around the country for your listening pleasure. Shop through vendor booths, experience diverse foods and enjoy music performances produced by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL), which has entertained and served the community for almost 40 years.

Artists include Kenny Lattimore and Michael Lington, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rahsaan Patterson, Tito Puente, Jr. and Julio Iglesias, Jr., Lalah Hathaway, Alex Bugnon, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, Bobbi Humphrey, The Rippingtons, Grace Kelly, Erykah Badu, Hiroshima, Rachelle Ferrell, Dianne Schuur, Kim Waters & Walter Beasley and many many more!

3 days + 3 venues = 1 great weekend in Dallas!

More information: https://www.tbaalriverfrontjazzfestival.org/festival

 

August 31 – September 1 – 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition, Pensacola, FL

Bring your lawn chairs, your coolers and get ready for a HOT time at this year’s Summer Fest! Kickoff party on 8/31 features saxophonists Earnest Walker, Jr. and Noah Hall.

Festival artists include Boney James, Nick Colionne, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson, Jr, Oli Silk, Brian Simpson, Jay Rowe, Julian Vaughn and Earnest Walker, Jr.

More information: https://www.gulfcoastsummerfestjazzedition.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

 

September 8 – 3rd Annual Oxnard Jazz Festival, Oxnard, CA

Time for some fun in the sun! Festival lineup includes ConFunkShun, Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, Paul Brown, Pete Escovedo, Rick Parma and many more. Feel The Groove!

More information: www.oxnardjazzfestival.com

 

September 13-16 – Inaugural Chicago Jazz Getaway, Chicago, IL

It’s HAPPENING, people! Brian Culbertson is taking his successful formula jazz festival and bringing it to his hometown, Chicago! Info is still coming out from the BC camp on this but it sounds like it’s gonna be a good time for those lucky enough to attend! Artists scheduled to

appear: Nick Colionne, Althea Rene, Eric Darius, Peter White, Eric Marienthal, Nicholas Cole and more!

More information: www.chicagojazzgetaway.com

 

September 14 – Oli Silk at Jagz, Ascot, UK

He’s doing it again! They loved him so much last year, that they’ve asked him back…Join keyboardist Oli Silk as he returns to where it all began for Sugar and Silk (before teaming up with James Vargas and long before his solo career!) 16 years ago! Backed by the best of the best musicians and flanked by DJ Richard Edwards, Oli promises ‘a night of unrivalled musical ecstasy and aural delight!’ So head on down to Ascot and get ready to partlike it’s 2001!

More information: https://olisilk.com/wp/events/jagz-the-station/

 

September 21-22 – Martini Blu Wine & Jazz Festival – Galveston, TX

Ya gotta hand it to The Martini Blu Jazz Café for their resilience! Last year, the Houston nightspot was all ready to host their first ever festival…then it got cancelled by Hurricane Harvey. This year, they’re trying it again, hosting their two day festival at the temperature-controlled Moody Gardens in Galveston! Two nights of stellar entertainment under the stars, great food and a cool vibe that Martini Blu is known for. Artists include Alex Bugnon, Jonathan Butler, Pieces of a Dream, Paul Taylor, Eric Roberson, Grace Kelly, Dominique Hammons, Theresa Grayson, Mark Dini, Kyle Turner, Evelyn Rubio and Stephen Richard.

More information: www.martiniblu1.com

 

September 21-22 – Orlando Jazz Fest, Orlando, FL

The Orlando Jazz Festival is Central Florida’s premiere Jazz event featuring an exhilarating mix of top classic jazz. Considered one of the hottest jazz festivals in the Southeast, the Orlando Jazz Festival gives music lovers a magical musical experience with a growing base of followers who have come to expect excellence in entertainment.

Featuring Damien Escobar, Sisaundra Lewis, Sax Pack, Pieces of a Dream, Maysa, Ken Ford, Nick Colionne, Jazmin Ghent, Kyle Turner, Euge Groove, Ben Tankard and Will Downing.

More information: https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2018/orlando-jazz-festival-2018/

 

September 28-29 – 2nd Annual Vrroom Festival, Durham, NC

It worked so well, they’re doing it again! The producers wanted a unique Jazz experience in a small and intimate setting. So they’ve decided on creating a festival at a small venue with an amazing lineup, room packages for their out of town guests, Mix & Mingles and other surprises all included with each ticket.

This year’s artists include Nick Colionne, Oli Silk, Dee Lucas with Willey Bradley, Art Sherod, Jr. with Chantae Cann and Latin Jazz with Humberto Ramirez. Musical Director John Dillard will keep the music poppin’!

More information: www.vrroomvipjazzfest.com

 

October 13 – Sax on the River’s Smooth Jazz Concert for the Cure, Sacramento, CA

A fabulous local show near and dear to my heart that just keeps getting bigger and better with each passing year! This festival has grown over the years to where it outgrew its name and cozy backyard setting on the water and this year is teaming up with Sacramento promoter Tom Huskiens of HuskyShows to bring to you their best show ever! Candy Dulfer, The Peet Project and Jeff Ryan will bring their ‘A’ game to Raley Field for a full day of music, fun and information to raise funds for breast cancer prevention and research. A live and silent auction, wine wall and auction will ensure a day full of good times for a good cause. GO!

More information: www.saxontheriver.com

 

October 16-21 – 3rd Annual Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival, Algarve, Portugal

I always love presenting to you festivals outside of the US. Our friend, Christian Bossner, always brings the best to Europe for a party that’s really hard to beat, especially when it’s in a picturesque location like Portugal. This year, he’s pulling out all the stops at the Vila Vita Parc Resort with plenty of fun in the sun, day excursions and great evening concerts! With artists and groups like Norman Brown, Jeff Lorber Fusion, Peter White, Paul Taylor, Marc Antoine, Michael Lington, Brian Bromberg, Lindsey Webster, Lin Rountree and Rocco Ventrella (and many more to be announced), it’s going to be a wild week! Bon Voyage!

More information: http://www.algarve.smoothjazzfestival.de/?lang=en

 

October 18-21- Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Clearwater, FL

Get your party ON at the 38th Annual Clearwater Jazz Holiday! Coming a long way from their humble beginnings of concerts on the back of a flatbed truck and at venues around Clearwater, this four-day and night live music festival is enjoyed by over 35k people in October, drawing tens of thousands of visitors each year to Coachman Park with the Gulf of Mexico as its magnificent backdrop. The festival’s diverse lineup covers a wide array of musical styles and showcases a new generation of artists, emerging stars and classic legends.

Artists include Mindi Abair and the Boneshakers, Sheila E, Morris Day & The Time, Lao Tizer Band featuring Chieli Minucci, Karen Briggs and Nelson Rangel, The Doobie Brothers and many more!

More information: www.clearwaterjazz.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