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


*** Holiday Tours 2018 ***

We always love it when our favorite artists get into the holiday spirit! Always a great way to end the touring season with a bit of merriment and fun. Too many to count, too many cities to list individually, so we’re listing them by main artists.  More will be added as their schedules get confirmed. Check out your faves here!

Gerald Albright & Selina Albright Christmas Tour http://geraldalbright.com/tour/

Dave Koz’ 21st Anniversary Christmas Tour (Mindi Abair, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui and introducing Shele’a)  http://davekoz.com/dave-koz-tour-dates/

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas (Bobby Caldwell, Marion Meadows) https://www.normanbrown.com/tour-dates/

A Peter White Christmas (Rick Braun and Euge Groove)  http://peterwhite.com/tour.php

Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Christmas (Sheila E, John Stoddart, Kevin Whalum, Lynn Mabry)  https://www.kirkwhalum.com/

Will Downing’s Soulful Sounds of Christmas (Maysa, Alex Bugnon)  http://willdowning.com/

Jim Brickman’s Joyful Christmas   https://www.jimbrickman.com/tour/

Brian Culbertson (2 shows in Chicago, 2 shows NYE in Oakland, CA)  http://www.brianculbertson.com/tour/




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.

December 8 – Michael Lington, Steve Oliver with LA Collective

More information: https://groovesatthewestin.com/



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!

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


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


December 30-31, Brian Culbertson’s New Year’s Eve Oakland, CA

So…you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and you wanna have a great place to funk out the New Year? Look no further and head north where Brian Culbertson will be doing four – count ’em, FOUR! – shows at the incomparable Yoshi’s in Oakland, California! BC and his crew will be tearin’ off the roof (still trying to figure out how he’s gonna fit his entire band on stage) at the intimate Yoshi’s Nightclub Sunday night (already sold out) and for an all-get-out party of two shows on New Year’s Eve Monday! Tickets will be going quick for these dates…HURRY!

More information: http://www.brianculbertson.com/tour/


***** 2019 EVENTS *****


January 19, 2019 – 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!

January 19, 2019 – Kim Waters

March 9, 2019 – Cindy Bradley

May 18, 2019 – Jonathan Butler

More information: www.sevenvenues.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