Category Archives: Concerts and Festivals

reviews and announcements about smooth jazz live shows across the country

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John Dillard – Charlotte, NC

A chilly night in the queen city brought out a lot of fans for some hot jazz at Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar in downtown to hear the latest from…

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Jonathan Butler at Blues Alley

Jonathan Butler returned to Blues Alley last month, just in time for the release of his latest gospel CD, Free. It’s always a treat for me when he comes to…

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Eric Darius, Urban Jazz Coalition – Jacksonville Beach Summer Jazz Series

This is how we spend two summer Sunday afternoons in my hometown. We hang out by the ocean or at one of the beachside restaurants and bars. Or we go…

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Bob James Quartet @ The Birchmere

Nowadays, most people, when they think of Bob James, they think of him in context of the super group, Fourplay, of which he is a founding member. And that’s fine,…

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Najee at Blues Alley

Najee was in town recently and played a four night run at the famed Blues Alley Jazz Club in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC.  It’s always a good thing…

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2014 Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival

This year marks the 15th anniversary of this wonderful little festival in St. Mary’s County, MD that has been growing in popularity over the years. Before I get into the…

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Mindi Abair at Blues Alley, Washington, DC

A rainy and humid summer night in Georgetown did not dampen the spirits of 125 people who came out to Blues Alley for Mindi Abair’s CD release party. Her latest…

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Summer Horns Tour 2014

It’s 11pm. I’m rolling on 5 hours of sleep and facing down another exhausting day at work but I just got hit by a blast of energy that is so…

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Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2014

  What if I told you about a jazz festival that was committed to showcasing the entire spectrum of jazz music, gave you a chance to see big name stars…

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Al Jarreau – Jacksonville Jazz Festival

May evenings in Florida have a soft feeling about them. It isn’t too hot by nightfall and there is often a slight breeze. It’s just a matter of time before…