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Jazz Festivals

Chicago Jazz Festival

Chicago, CA

September 1st - 4th


Monterey Jazz Festival

Monterey, CA

September 15th - 17th


Al Di Meola

San Diego, CA

September 22nd

Blaboa Theatre


Ramsey Lewis & The Electric Band

San Diego, CA

October 5th

Balboa Theatre


Gregory Porter

San Diego, CA

November 3rd

Balboa Theatre


Tucson Jazz Festival

Tucson, AZ

January 11, 2018

Hypnotic Brass Rialto Theatre





Upcoming Concerts

Avery Sunshine - 

Peace Center Concert Hall,
Greenville, SC
Saturday, November 18, 2017 -
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Calvin Richardson

Boutwell Auditorium -

Birmingham, AL

Friday, December 29, 2017

Euge Groove

The Smooth Jazz Cruise -

Fort Lauderdale, FL
Saturday, February 10, 2018

Brian Simpson

The Smooth Jazz Cruise - 

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Saturday, February 10, 2018 -
Saturday, February 17, 2018





Meet Sloteur Joseph

Bleu Royal Spirits


By: Moise Michel


I had the pleasure of interviewing the New York based entrepreneur Sloteur Joseph about his new liquor brand. Bleu Royal Spirits is a concoction of tequila and rum mixed together. Concoction drinks are a "no-no" in the liquor industry, but Mr. Joseph isn't letting anyone or anything deter him from accomplishing a vision he intends to fulfill! So watch out for this silky smooth drink that will be in stores nationwide very, very soon!

Q: Where are you from?

A: Born in Haiti and raised in Rockland County, New York.

Q: How was life for you growing up?

A: I had a great life growing up in my eyes, but others may see it as coming from the bottom. But I had great friends and great family structure that carried me through.


Q: What inspired you to create "Bleu
Royal Spirits" liquor?

A: Bleu Royal® you can say was created because there was a void in the market. There was a need for the luxury classy spirit that had appeal to a mass audience. The search for the inspirational brand was missing. And of course it had to be of the highest quality and taste. Strong enough for the aficionados and smooth enough for even those that don't drink.

Q:How has your journey been so far in
the liquor industry?

A: It's been tough being a new brand not only that, we are not just a traditional liquor; we are an infusion of tequila and Rum. So we are a category creator and puts yet another hurdle in our path to overcome. Couple all that with the fact that we are black owned, it's been tough. But we turned all those negatives into a positive. The 1st plus is that we are a new product to the market, everyone wants to be invoked with the new. Then we are a category creator that means there's nothing like us in the market so we are it. Then we are black owned, that means we are the trendsetters and the cool kids on the block. There's not to many black owned brands out. Once we figured out that the negative things were actually positives, it was smooth from then on. It's all a matter of perspective. How do you view yourself and the world. Are you going to make excuses or are you going to see that your "WHY" is bigger than the excuses.

Q: As a black man, what are some of the
pitfalls you have encountered in the liquor industry which is a white dominated industry?

A: I kind of touched on that the prior question, but again it is really tough. People slamming doors in your face, not being taking you seriously; but there are people out there that will give you the chance. But once you get that chance, your product must blow them away. You can't just have an average product. Your presentation has to blow them away before they even taste the liquid. When you can do that, then your liquid have to win their hearts. We knew that going in and that's why we pulled all the stops and made sure we were the best going in. And the product put them in a position where they couldn't refuse it. We entered some competitions and won medals to get the right to be in the room with the decision makers.

Q: What are some of the lessons you have gained from the liquor industry?

A: We learned a few things along the way. One major thing we learned is that people reading things wanting to be in the industry should know is "you can have the best product in the world, but if you can't market it you just have a myth".

Q:What advice would you give a young
black man who would like to create a
liquor brand just like you have?

A: Well I'd say don't do it just like us, cause you don't need the competition lol. Seriously, if you have a vision of what you want your drink to be just stay the course. Don't let people try to discourage you and steer you away from the dream. For example we had a lot of people telling us not to mix 2 liquors together because that's never been done. Our thought was great that's what we are going for. They told us don't put it in a blue bottle because there's no Rum or tequila in blue bottles, we said great that's what we were going for. I'm not saying don't take advice but what I am saying is if it takes you away from your core vision you should really think about if that advice is your core or someone's opinion of what they want you to fit in.

Q: What is the mission statement for
"Bleu Royal Spirits"?

A: Simply put: Bleu Royal® is an inspirational brand. We set to bring elegance luxury and a lifestyle to the masses and inspire them to be great.

Q:Where do you see your brand 5-10 years down the road?

A: Five years Bleu Royal® will be a household brand with distribution in at least 40 of the 50 states in the US with a couple countries abroad. But in 10 years I see the brand get lots of offers from the major companies in an attempt to buy us out.

Q:What would you like to tell people who haven't it tried it as of yet why they wouldn't be disappointed if they did?

A: Well to all the people, I want to tell them to be patient with us and we are working on getting Bleu Royal® in their hands. We don't really say try or taste Bleu Royal® we say EXPERIENCE Bleu Royal®. Cause that's the best way to describe it. It's a completely new experience to hold that blue diamond bottle and watch that silky smooth liquid pour into your glass. Then smelling the aroma of the alcohol to that first sip. That moment is golden. You can see why it's an experience. There is nothing like it on the market and the professionals in the industry have spoken they gave us the medal that says you won't be disappointed.



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Meet Najee


Album: Poetry In Motion

Multi-platinum seller, recipient of multi-Grammy nominations, the NAACP Image Award and the Soul Train Award, Smooth Jazz icon Najee has shared the stage with such greats as PrinceChaka KhanPatti LaBelleLionel Richie and his beloved mentor, George Duke!
Poetry In Motion is the highly anticipated follow up to Najee’s much loved You, Me and Forever which was #1 both on the Billboard chart and at Smooth Jazz radio! As the title implies, the album represents Najee’s exploration into the world of sensuality and romance, interspersed with some fantastic spirited grooves that have made Najee a favorite the world over! Highlights include “We’ll Be Missing You,” Najee and Will Downing’s heartfelt tribute to Al Jarreau and Prince; “Is It The Way,” the vibey, neo-soul collaboration with Eric Roberson; the sensuous “Don’t Make Me Wait,” featuring Maysa and much more!

Boney James New Album

It’s been a full quarter-century since a young saxophonist and composer released his debut recording as a leader, Trust. Now, on September 1, 2017, Boney James will release his 16th album, this one titled Honestly. If you sense a direct line between those titles, you’ve already come a long way toward understanding what motivates the four-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum-selling musician.

?“I’m fighting the good fight to be my own artist and not be pigeonholed,” says the genre-blurring James. “With a record’s title I always try to find something that will communicate the feeling I get when I listen to it. The feeling I get with this music is a sense of sincerity and intimacy. The word ‘honestly’ really reflects how I aspire to live my life and create my music. One of the great things about music is how powerful it is. It can totally transport people. These are interesting times we are living in and the one thing I can do with the skills that I have is to make music that evokes a feeling and takes people somewhere… to do what I can to try and make the world a more pleasant place.”

Honestly follows futuresoul, James’ 2015 release which spent eleven weeks at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. The New York Times raved, “Boney James performs with panache...His arc as a soloist is emotional...he can paint a scene.” Honestly, says James, is quite different sounding than the previous record. “It’s more exposed,” he says of the 10-track collection. “Some of the arrangements are not as dense. A number of the songs have a more buoyant, cheerful, happy quality to them.” James produced the record and co-wrote all but one track, his interpretation of the Johnny Mercer-Hoagy Carmichael classic ‘Skylark.’

Meet Rick Braun


Trumpet Maestro Rick Braun Invites You To Take a Trip
Around The Horn & A Journey Into His Diverse Influences
New CD Features Special Guests Peter White, Till Brönner, Lindsey Webster & John Stoddart & Draws Inspiration from Unexpected Sources including Africa, Brazil, Alicia Keyes, Coldplay, Charlie Puth & Selena Gomez

“I just want to continue to explore the boundaries of what I am capable of as a musician,” declares acclaimed chart-topping trumpeter, composer and producer Rick Braun. Known for his impeccable technical chops, melodic wizardry and keen compositional prowess, the consummate Los Angeles based musician has been thrilling audiences for decades. Braun has made a mark staying true to his own musical voice and eclectic influences that have allowed him to collaborate across genre with some of the biggest names in music including Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Sade, Natalie Cole and REO Speedwagon. Having clenched over 20 #1 Smooth Jazz hits, Braun has collaborated with all of the brightest stars in contemporary jazz from Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown and Peter White, to Dave Koz, Boney James and Brian Culbertson. February 24, 2017 Shanachie Entertainment will release Rick Braun’s 17th recording as a leader, Around The Horn. The dynamic trumpeter’s label debut is an adventurous mix of originals as well as exhilarating reinventions of hits by Coldplay, Alicia Keys and Charlie Puth and Selena Gomez. Shanachie VP of A&R, Danny Weiss states, “Rick's tone, chops and phrasing link him to the jazz giants of the past. He can hold his own in any setting. Yet he communicates to a vast audience far beyond the jazz aficionado.  His warmth, wit and musical spirit make him a great communicator - a hit maker!”



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Esperanza Spalding & Darrel Davis 



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Kenza Dawn





Kenza Dawn



Kenza DAWN is HIP HOP Tricked-Out on the Neo Soul Tip. A Wordsmith; skillfully Blending HIP HOP, Neo Soul, & Spoken Word.

Reminiscent of musical greats such as M.C. Lyte, Queen Latifah, and Lauryn Hill, Kenza DAWN’s unique style and powerful lyrics are leaving an imprint on the music industry and the hearts of millions. This multifaceted artist has performed with live theater companies, been featured in national commercial and print campaigns (Citgo, MasterCard, Kohl’s, SC Johnson, Goodwill) film, television, and well-attended venues across the country.

Kenza DAWN’s unique musical repertoire has positioned her to open for a diverse range of artists such as KRS-One, Kanye West,Regina Belle, Kem, and Aloe Blacc. Kenza DAWN has graced the stage at local and nationally renowned venues. A Milwaukee, WI native, Kenza DAWN is passionate about impacting the world.

The REVIBAL Mixtape Series and debut album 'Feminetics' (May 2015) have received global support and are establishing Kenza DAWN's presence in the United States and abroad. In regular rotation at radio stations around the globe, the world is beginning to experience ‘Hip Hop Wombman-Style’. Her new single, ‘Smile in the Morning’ exposes a sensually vulnerable layer  of  this musical gem.

“Music is my pleasure, my passion, and my purpose. I'm unapologetically feminine and my music is a celebration all that I am; an expression of my truths. This is what I do. My music is my movement.” -Kenza DAWN




Jazz in The Gardens

12th Annual Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival Announces 2017 Lineup With JILL SCOTT, LL COOL J feat. DJ Z-TRIP

Also Performing: Common, The Roots, Esperanza Spalding, Betty Wright, Andra Day, Morris Day & The Time, Herbie Hancock, Smokie Norful, Jazz All-Stars featuring Chante Moore, Will Downing & Marion Meadows on March 18th and 19th, 2017 at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

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The 11th Annual Miami Jazz in the Gardens was a big success.....


With featured acts performing Jazz, Funk, Soul, and R&B gave the thousands of fans one of the Hottest Concerts in the country. Major Acts Charlie Wilson, Usher, Brian Culbertson, Babyface, Janelle Monae, Kool & The Gang, Average White Band, Regina Belle, Michael McDonald, Najee, Alex Bugnon, and Fred Hammond was one of the Hottest line-up so far for this great concert.


The entire two day concert was electrifying in every way a music lover could imagine. Concert goer Gwen Wells from Chicago, IL said " Uncle Charlie turn the Saturday Night in to a old school Blue Light in the basement party."


The SunLife Stadium where this smorgasborg of talent and fans came together to party raised the bar for the event planners for the 2017 Miami JazzIn The Gardens. If you miss this year concert, please plan ahead for the 2017 event.



Upcoming Movies


(November 16, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Pictures is giving moviegoers a final opportunity to see Christopher Nolan’s sweeping epic “Dunkirk” on the big screen. On December 1, 2017, the film will be re-released in a select limited engagement in 50 IMAX and 70mm locations in 34 domestic markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta, and Toronto, among others. Following, on January 24, the film’s re-release will be expanded to include more than 250 additional locations. The announcement was made today by Sue Kroll, President Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. 

Kroll stated, “With ‘Dunkirk,’ Christopher Nolan broke new ground in the use of large-format cameras to create a theatrical event that demands to be seen on the largest possible canvas. As we head into the holiday season, we are excited to offer audiences another opportunity to be swept up in this truly immersive moviegoing experience...whether for the first time or again.”


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Lindsey Webster

Genre: Jazz, R&B Pop Gospel

Scoring two #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits in a row (the first vocalist to accomplish that since Sade!) and winning “Best Acoustic Song” in the Independent Music Awards is just the beginning for this amazing Contemporary Jazz/R&B diva, whose voice has been compared to R&B royalty SadeMariah Carey and Anita Baker!  Back To Your Heartfeatures 12 inspired Lindsey Webster originals. The album’s first single, “Back To Your Heart,” is already rocketing up the Smooth Jazz radio charts, and other highlights such as the sensuous “Where Do You Want To Go” and the soulful “One At A Time” (featuring Kirk Whalum) make Back To Your Heart a must have album!

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Brian Culbertson to celebrate love with a colorful bouquet of romantic music on Valentine’s Day

The jazz-R&B keyboardist will release the intimate “Colors of Love” single and album that will be supported by an extensive spring concert tour. A bonus track is available for Indiegogo supporters.


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Jazz Clubs & Venues

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Suite Food Lounge

375 Luckie Street

Atlanta, GA 30313

The St. James Live Club 

3220 Butner Road

Atlanta, GA 30331




Catalina Jazz Club

6725 West Sunset Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028





510 Embarcadero West

Oakland, CA 94607





2241 Shelter Island Drive

San Diego, CA 92106





Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

4802 W. Broadway Avenue

Chicago, IL 60640



Blues Alley

1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Washington DC 20007




Blue Note Jazz Club

131 W. 3rd Street

New York, NY 10012



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