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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

 

 

June 23 – Hawaii Convention Center, Liliu Theater, Honolulu, HI

Get ready for an incredible smooth jazz concert presented by Apaulo Music Productions featuring Peter White, Michael Paulo and Gregg Karukas with an AllStar Band from L.A. at The Hawaii Convention Center – Liliu Theater at 8 p.m. Al Waterson will emcee. Tickets available at TIX.com.

 

June 23 – First Annual Brass City Jazz Fest, Waterbury, CT

If you’re looking for some fun this weekend, have I got a festival for you! Head on over to Waterbury for a new FREE festival called the Brass City Jazz Fest, featuring Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis featuring Maysa and Art Sherrod, Jr., Alex Bugnon, Steve Clarke Trio, Dana Lauren, Sez Zion Jazz Band and Marty Q! Bring your chairs, blankets and enjoy great food and drink from the many vendors that will be there. Did I mention it’s FREE???

More information: www.brasscityjazzfest.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!

June 23 – Lee Ritenour

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

 

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.

June 23 – Acoustic Alchemy, Keiko Matsui

July 14 – Chris Isaak

July 15 – Michael McDonald

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/

 

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

 

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.

June 29 – Althea Rene / Saundra Crenshaw

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

 

June 29 – 2nd Annual San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival, San Diego, CA

The San Diego Smooth Jazz Festival unites music lovers from around the world at the picturesque Embarcadero Marina Park North in the San Diego Marina. This annual event combines the soothing and funky sounds of smooth jazz, a variety of delicious cuisine and an amazing atmosphere of music and friends!

Artists include Eric Darius, Brian Culbertson, Jessy J, Jazz Funk Soul (Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Jackson Jr.), The Sax Pack (Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Jackiem Joyner), Steve Oliver, Summer Horns II (Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Aubrey Logan), Hiroshima, Peter White, Nestor Torres, Marcus Anderson and more!

More information: www.sandiegosmoothjazzfestival.com

 

July 12-15 –  9th Annual Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, Mitchellville, MD

This 9th annual event has it all – from music workshops and master classes taught by Eric Darius, to a pre-festival jam session with Pieces of a Dream founding member Cedric Napoleon and Paula Atherton, a VIP Summer White Affair with Eric Darius, Marcus Anderson, JJ Sansaverino, Selina Albright, Jazz in Pink, the actual festival on Saturday including Norman Brown, James Lloyd, Robb Zinn, a Sunday Jazz Brunch with Art Sherrod, Jr, Brian Simpson, Lin Rountree, David P Stevens and the Grand Final All Star Jam Session Sunday night hosted by Gerald Veasley featuring Brian Simpson, James Lloyd, Lin Rountree and many more!

For the full lineup of artists and more info: www.lakearborjazz.com

 

July 13 – 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 13 – The Rippingtons / Spyro Gyra

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 14 – Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival, Coltons Point, MD

Relax riverside on the museum lawn and enjoy live jazz, lots of delicious seafood delicacies and gorgeous view of St. Clement’s Island at this signature yearly event. Tickets are sold only in advance for 1,000 people beginning June 1. No gate sales.

Artists include Nick Colionne, Jackiem Joyner and Tracy Hamlin.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/PotomacJazzandSeafoodFestival/

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 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

 

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

 

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