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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

 

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.

September 21 – Brian Culbertson

September 28 – The Sax Pack

October 3 – Sergio Mendes

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

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/

 

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 – ***CANCELLED***

 

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

 

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!

October 6 – Bobby Caldwell

October 20 – Acoustic Alchemy (just added!)

October 27 – TBA

November  3 – Euge Groove  with special guest Gerey Johnson (just added!)

November 10 – Jonathan Butler (just added!)

November 17 – Spyro Gyra (just added!)

December 15 – TBA

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

 

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