It’s time once again for the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, which is annually one of the biggest Smooth Jazz events anywhere. This year’s festival is highlighted by Smooth Jazz legend George Benson. He'll be performing on Thursday, April 14th. He will be celebrating his 30th Anniversary of "Breezin," so the show will be a special one to see!
Other artists appearing include:
The 2011 Seabreeze Jazz Festival will be at Pier Park Outdoor Amphitheatre on Panama City Beach, Florida, and we want you to be there.
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Remember, you can listen to Smooth Jazz anytime on Lite Mix 99.9’s Smooth Jazz channel. It’s one of the many free new radio stations available to you with an HD radio. You can also listen to The Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch with Becky Taylor, each Sunday 6AM-12N on Lite Mix 99.9, for the best in Smooth Jazz and more info on the Seabreeze Jazz Festival.
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Brian Culbertson will be sending an unusual item to auction soon -- and you can drink it. Posting on his Facebook page, Culbertson writes that he was given a giant bottle of Cabernet by a local vineyard. So he's been having artists who come by his studio sign the bottle -- once its filled, he'll auction it off with the proceeds going to the Grammy Foundation for Music Education. Among the names inscribed on the wine bottle so far? Dave Koz, Earl Klugh, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr., Phillippe Saisse, Eric Darius, Eric Marienthal and Rick Braun -- and the list keeps growing. Culbertson says he'll announce auction details soon. He's currently on the charts with one of those signatories: Earl Klugh joins him on "That's Life" from his album, XII.
There's a cake in store for Seal this weekend, as he celebrates his 48th birthday [Feb. 19]. The singer earned a degree in architecture, then worked various jobs around London, including electrical engineering and sewing leather clothes at a high-end boutique. His music career began as part of a funk music group, but in 1990, a dance track he'd written took off in the clubs. "Crazy" put him on the map, and 'Kiss from A Rose," written for the Batman Forever soundtrack, cemented his position as a superstar. The distinctive scars on his face are a result of a rare autoimmune disease [now in remission]; as a young man, he came to view them as an omen of success. Seal has been married to model Heidi Klum since 2005. His latest album is Commitment.
Best Pop Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals: "Hey Soul Sister"/Train
Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals: "Imagine"/Herbie Hancock with India Arie
Best Pop Instrumental Album: "Take Your Pick"/Larry Carlton, Tak Matsumoto
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: "Crazy Love"/Michael Buble
Best R&B Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals: "Soldier of Love"/Sade
Best R&B Album: "Wake Up"/John Legend and the Roots
Best Contemporary Jazz Album: "The Stanley Clarke Band"
Saxophonist Kirk Whalum won in the Gospel category for "It's What I Do" from his "The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter 3" album; Alicia Keys was among the winners for Best Rap Song for her inclusion on "Empire State of Mind."
Sade's highly-anticipated world tour just got a little hotter: fellow Grammy-winner John Legend will be joining her for the U.S. leg of the concert series. In a statement, Legend notes, "I'm very excited to join Sade on her summer tour. She's an incomparable artist and I'm honored to share the stage with her. I know we'll provide our fans with an experience to remember." Legend will be on all 50 stops on the American leg of the tour, which starts June 16 in Baltimore.
Herb Alpert and his wife, singer Lani Hall, have issued their first studio album in ten years, with the release today [Feb.8] of I Feel You [Concord Jazz]. Alpert and Hall cover classic songs from the past four decades, such as Van Morrison's "Moondance," Peggy Lee's "Fever" and two Beatles songs ["Here Comes the Sun" and "Blackbird"]. The couple also revisit the Tijuana Brass Hit, "What Now My Love." Commenting on this joint effort, Alpert said, "I think the key to a great song is always the melody and Lani thinks its an equally expressive lyric which is one of the reasons we're a good team...our mutual commitment to all the songs we do together is to make them sound fresh."
For viewers of the Superbowl, the commercials are as much a tradition as the game itself. And Kenny G is getting in the spirit of things, appearing in a hilarious Audi spoof of those gritty prison shows. Kenny plays the Head of Riot Suppresion, using his music to calm down unruly inmates. If you can't wait for the big game this weekend, you can see a teaser for the spot here.
Happy birthday today [Jan. 31] to Phil Collins who's turning 60. The Grammy-winning singer/drummer started his showbiz career as a child actor -- even appearing as an extra in the Beatle movie, A Hard Days Night [he's in the audience during their concert scene]. A few years after joining the group Genesis as their drummer, he took over vocal duties once frontman Peter Gabriel left for a solo career. Collins sang many of the group's biggest hits before carving out a successful career for himself. Although releasing Going Back in late 2010, he's said he's pretty much through with performing -- although he does intend to continue writing songs. Currently, Collins is finishing up a book on his other passion, the history of the Alamo. It should be released this spring.
Chaka Khan is set to be serenaded -- and honored -- this weekend, when BET airs the previously-recorded special United Negro College Fund Evening of Stars on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 10 PM ET. Khan will be presented with the Award of Excellence for her support of the UNCF, as well as her cultural contributions. Among the artists scheduled to perform her hits include Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Fantasia and El DeBarge. If you can't wait til Sunday, the show will air in 40 major markets around the country on Sat. Feb. 29. Find network showings here.