Once again, Keiko Matsui conjures divine music as she goes on a new musical odyssey on her acoustic album, Journey To The Heart. She’s no stranger to The Jazz In M.E.E. Magazine and graced the cover of the July 2013 issue. Journey To The Heart Keiko Matsui’s 27th recording as a leader, marks the 30th Anniversary since her recording debut and is her boldest statement yet.
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Article written by Sheryl Aronson & Mikey Adam Cohen
Fireworks in October
This issue of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE features one of the hottest composers and keyboard players on the jazz scene. Each year we partner with the Jazz Legacy Foundation and this year we chose Jonathan Fritzén to grace the cover of the October 2016 issue. He will be performing at the Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala on November 10th in Virginia. If you have not added this classy and incredibly entertaining event to your “To Do List “, do it now
Jonathan is all about creating musical magic. When I’m doing shows,” Fritzén explains, “it’s about creating something together with the audience. It’s not just about me playing for them. We’re all in the same room, and we’re all going to try and make something special happen.” He’s something and you can read more about this talent Swedish American in this month’s issue.
This issue highlights:
Najee Celebrating 30 years in Music, Keiko Matsui – Journey to the Heart, Jessy J – California Christmas, Paul Taylor – Countdown, Connecting with Karen Briggs , Althea Blowing her Flute, and Vincent Ingala – Coast to Coast .
Also showcased are articles on:
David McLorren – Life Happens, Kim Scott – Southern Heat, The Cancun Jazz Festival . ThunderSoul, and R.A.D.S. Krusaders 2.0. Get ready to be introduced to more talented and incredible independent artists that are making waves in the industry in our Jazz Watch feature.
Are you coming with M.E.E? The Jazz In M.E.E. is ready for the 4th Annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Weekend in Virginia! This event is one of our favs! Super entertaining and classy.
JAZZ LEGACY FOUNDATION GALA
Hampton Roads Convention Center
November 10 – 13, 2016
1610 Coliseum Dr. ~ Hampton, VA 23666
Hotel information, Seating details and Prices for VIP~Reserved~ General Admission visit www.jazzlegacyfoundation.org
To get tickets visit http://jazzlegacyfoundation.org/index.html
SIZZLING SUMMER ISSUE
This issue of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE is Sizzling HOT and features the amazing Damien Escobar on the cover! This dynamic Emmy Award winning violinist will leave you speechless. His showmanship and his amazing story ” Living A Second Dream” will have you inspired.
This issue highlights: Robert Glasper Carrying the Torch for Miles Davis’s Music, Brian Culbertson Taking Funk To The Stage and Sharon Rae North ‘s new project Sincerely Yours.
Also showcased are articles on: BB Jazz Concert featuring Jarrod Lawson & Sy Smith, Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, Vandell Andrew Plays from his Soul, The Multitalented Yolanda Rabun, Michael Lington, Cindy Bradley and Adam Hawley. Get ready to be introduced to more talented and incredible independent artists that are making waves in the industry in our Jazz Watch feature.
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SPRING IS IN THE AIR
Spring is in the air with THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE. April is the month that we celebrate jazz, its artists and its history. This years International Jazz day was honored in style by President Obama and the White House. We love our JAZZ!
This issue highlights: Love, Jazz and Romance featuring Brian Culbertson, Avery Sunshine, and Eric Darius – The “Melody” behind The Jazz In M.E.E. Melody Warren, Editor – Chris “Big Dog” Davis Blazing a Trail Through Smooth Jazz – Mindi Abair Launches her New Theo Wanne Mouthpiece and Gail Jhonson introduces us to ” Hands Up For A New Beginning”. We also revisit some of our amazing cover artists.
The beautiful artistic cover of Editor Melody Warren was created by artist Mikey Adam Cohen. His Jazzed Up ART collection is causing a major buzz on the jazz and art scene.
Also showcased are articles on Cannonball Musical Instruments 20th Anniversary this year at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California, A WORD FROM THE RADIO by John Hairston from 1067 The Bridge, an informative TIP JAR on Public Relations from Rick Scott, Great Scott P.R.oductions. Get ready to be introduced to more talented and incredible independent artists that are making waves in the industry -Magdalena Chovancova, Dwan Bosman, Frank Piombo, Preston Smith, and Rob Tardik.
Our cover artist Danny Kusz is a funky saxophonist based in Minneapolis, “If there’s a message he would like people to know it’s that he wants to innovate and change the sound of smooth jazz.” He plans to do just that with his upcoming project, Eruption. The first single drops in January 2016, with the full project scheduled for March Kusz says it’s not “cookie cutter” smooth jazz. Read about all about his innovative project and edgy musical story.
Music can be healing, trans-formative and a catalyst for change, in this issue you will discover Saxman, Art Sherrod’s Intervention musical strategy. Capturing the essence of music at its best along with iconic female voices that resonate with everyone is a talent very masterfully reserved for drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. Her album “The Mosaic Project” won a GRAMMY for Best Jazz Vocal and was recently followed up by “The Mosaic Project: LOVE and SOUL,” released on August 7th, 2015. This issue also includes the passion behind the Jazz Legacy Foundation, Dave Koz plays the Wortham Theater, the winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal Competition, quotes from artists about the 1st Annual Cancun Jazz Festival, Theresa Grayson in the spotlight and a special Tip Jar about How Do We Keep the Music Playing by Narrio Wright. Get ready to be introduced to more talented independent artists that are making waves in the industry.
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Featuring the lovely Grammy nominated vocalist MAYSA! In this issue she reveals her absolute hero, her true love affair with music and her genuine wish for her recent solo release, “Back 2 Love”. Will Downing speaks to The Jazz in M.E.E. about capturing the hidden desires and true essence of a woman’s heart with his latest release, “Chocolate Drops” beginning with the sexy, eye appealing CD cover. Be the first to know all about “You Gotta Love The Life,” Melissa Manchester’s first album in ten years is in her words, “my testimony of what I know to be true – not anyone else’s version of what a good idea would.” This issue also includes a peek into our lunch with Jessy J, the KSBR Birthday Bash, Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, Smooth Jazz New York Summer Series, Pieces of a Dream and Peter White visits the Lone Star State, Vel Lewis in the Spotlight, tips on MIXING & MASTERING from the guru Herb Partlow and much more! You have to see this beautiful issue to experience its quintessence. Get ready to be introduced to many independent artists that are making waves in the industry.
Nine-time GRAMMY nominee DAVE KOZ performed at the Wortham Center with trumpet extraordinaire RICK BRAUN and silky vocalist KENNY LATTIMORE August 29, 2015.
It had been a while since Dave Koz has played in Houston, but it was well worth the wait. He brought out all of the die hard jazz enthusiasts. He is a gifted professional and brings out the best in everyone that shares the stage with him and his audience. Hanging out and being entertained by Dave Koz, Kenny Lattimore and Rick Braunn proved to be a magical night of music for The Jazz in MEE Magazine.
Over the decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for Koz. He has blended his talents with the likes of Ray Charles, Michael McDonald, Rod Stewart and a host of others earning him a spot among the elite in the genre of contemporary jazz. Rick Braun got his start playing with bands including Boney James & Jeff Golub’s Avenue Blue. A trumpet sensation, Braun continues to dazzle the smooth jazz masses. The package tops off with the penetrating vocals of Kenny Lattimore.
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The night was captured by Heidi Powell Prera and Nick Jones
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE JULY 2015
INDEPENDENCE DAY ISSUE
– WHO’S ON THE LINE UP? –
Adding New Artists to our Jazz Festivals!
You know what the summer means every year, folks: it’s jazz festival season. And every year, when the lineups are unrolled, jazz fans all over the country – and the world! – check out what’s cooking in the jazz scene, making their travel plans, and jetting out to enjoy a weekend, or longer, of great music. However, behind these plans to have an amazing time full of music is always the same question: Who’s on the lineup? This issue will give you some interesting insight into what’s being said about adding new seasoning to the mix of your jazz festivals. This issue also includes articles on Bob Baldwin, Ken Navarro, Grace Kelly, Mariea Antoinette, The Berks Jazz Festival and much more. Get ready to be introduced to many independent artists that are making waves in the industry.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE was extremely impressed with the success and support of the classy Jazz Legacy Gala last year. It was the ultimate party with a purpose, filled with fundraising, music, art, interesting people and phenomenal entertainment. This years line up is stellar and we are excited to once again be a media sponsor & partner for the 3rd annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Fundraising Gala. We invite you to join us for a weekend of musical glitz and glamour to support the mission of the Jazz Legacy Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, that transform young lives through charitable support by way of educational scholarships, creative arts, leadership development, mentoring workshops, and community partnerships, all with the aspirations of enhancing the appreciation and preservation of the art of Jazz. Click link to view Magazine coverage 2014:
JAZZ LEGACY FOUNDATION GALA
Hampton Roads Convention Center
November 13 – 15, 2015
1610 Coliseum Dr. ~ Hampton, VA 23666
Hotel information, Seating details and Prices for VIP~Reserved~ General Admission visit www.jazzlegacyfoundation.org
Note: The Jazz Legacy Foundation also create and conduct workshops, mentoring programs with master musicians, and offer educational scholarships to further musical endeavors and development. They need your help to accomplish our goals, and we hope that you deem our efforts worthy of your donations, sponsorships, and support.
Ciao Smooth Jazz-Lovers all over the world! Are you ready to jet set to another incredible destination in the name of JAZZ? Pack your bags!
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine partners with Smooth Entertainment to introduce the Lago Maggiore Jazz Festival in Italy!
The Smooth Entertainment festival family has grown again. In the new year, the altogether 13th edition of our SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL series takes us to a new place in a new country – a country known for good food, good wine, fashion, summer, sun, sunshine – a country known for LA DOLCE VITA: Italy.
The 3rd in the league of their annual festivals is from now on going to take place there, more precisely at the picturesque Lake Maggiore. The second largest lake in Italy is located in the wine region of Piemonte and is just within a stone’s throw of Lake Como, where for example George Clooney owns a house. Venue for our festival is the Grand Hotel Dino in Baveno. The exclusive bathing and holiday resort Baveno, which is situated about 45 minutes north of the fashion metropolis Milan, is surrounded by picturesque mountains. It has retained the glamour of the 60s andthe charm of Art Nouveau. The hotel itself is nestled in a beautiful natural setting with century-old trees in the parks, pools, and the breathtaking panorama of the Borromean Islands. The spacious complex extends directly to the lake shore and has a private boat jetty.
On the Smooth Entertainment stage, they welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars of the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene. Check out the lineup for 2015 and book your reservations today!
What a night of music! The Jazz in MEE Magazine enjoyed it! Will Downing , Maysa and Jarrod Lawson left their musical footprint in the hearts of Houstonians last evening. It was a sultry, sexy and exciting atmosphere filled with adoring fans. What an exceptional way to kick off a holiday weekend in melodic style. Andre James was a fun and engaging host and Marketta Rodriguez and her team did an amazing job bringing world class talent to the Lone Star State. Stay tuned for more musical gatherings hosted by Serious Sounds. A real Record Store!! Catering to music lovers for over 20 yrs .
Nine-time GRAMMY nominee DAVE KOZ performs at the Wortham Center with trumpet extraordinaire RICK BRAUN and silky vocalist KENNY LATTIMORE August 29, 2015.
Over the decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for Koz. He has blended his talents with the likes of Ray Charles, Michael McDonald, Rod Stewart and a host of others earning him a spot among the elite in the genre of contemporary jazz. Rick Braun got his start playing with bands including Boney James & Jeff Golub’s Avenue Blue. A trumpet sensation, Braun continues to dazzle the smooth jazz masses. The package tops off with the penetrating vocals of Kenny Lattimore. Don’t miss this performance!
The Pieces of a Dream show at the Hobby Center in Houston was a HIT! They had not performed in Houston in a while but they packed the house and showed out. Seeing this group perform is always a huge treat The Jazz in MEE Magazine had the pleasure of experiencing their live show for the first time in Nov during the Jazz Legacy Gala in Virginia.
Our friends David Dyson, Rohn Lawrence,, Jelando Johnson,Anne Mundy, Vernon Daniels, Tony Watson and the band were incredible.
The Three talented Guitars Joe Carmouche, Mark Towns and Lawrence Overshown killed it and the crowd could not get enough of their musical gift.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE enjoyed a fun filled Sunday brunch featuring the amazing music of Vel Lewis hosted by SARDAA. What a way to support and bring awareness to a great cause. (SARDAA) Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America promotes improvement in the lives of people with schizophrenia-related illnesses and their families by providing support, hope, and awareness so that early diagnosis, treatment, and community services increase recovery.Get ready for The World Mental Health Awareness Day Gala scheduled for Saturday, October 10th, 2015 JW Marriott Houston visit www.sardaa.org for more information The amazing photos are by Heidi Powell Prera
Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio Music Fans, take a romantic road trip to Austin this Memorial Day Weekend for the Austin Area Jazz Fest! Ledisi, Will Downing, Supergroup BWB (featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown) will make it well worth the trip!
Get tickets today! http://austinareajazzfestival.com
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE partners with Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival to bring jazz enthusiasts to the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean.
If you are looking to enjoy the finer things in life, phenomenal music, exquisite food, luscious wine, amazing entertainment, perfect weather, and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea, this musical vacation is just what you have been waiting for.
Europe’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz Party
Welcome to the MALLORCA SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL – the only smooth jazz festival in the European Mediterranean area. Actually, in Sa Coma, on the beautiful east coast of the Spanish island Mallorca.
In May, a music festival with unique live music awaits you in the exclusive ambience of the Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa. The 5-star hotel is also the venue and is characterized by an elegant and modern equipment, a full-equipped spa area as well as landscaped gardens and swimming pools (indoor / outdoor). Located only 300 metres from the beach, right on the Punta de n’Amer natural park.
This musical (short) vacation* is all about enjoying the finer things in life. Good music. Good food. Good wine. Good entertainment. Good weather. Good prospects for recovery and a unique experience in the breathtaking scenery of the Mediterranean Sea.
On stage, we welcome some of the biggest and most successful international stars of the Contemporary and Smooth Jazz scene. The live concerts take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and on Sunday forenoon until afternoon.
* Additional vacation days at the hotel can be booked optionally.
Love, Jazz & Romance
Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Sunday, February 15, 2015
A day filled with “Love, Jazz & Romance” features two impeccable smooth jazz artists: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon. Whether playing dazzling chords on the guitar or belting out sweet vocals, Jonathan Butler remains a captivating and powerful performer, pouring his heart into selections from his immense catalogue. Jazz pianist extraordinaire Alex Bugnon has been a prolific and energetic force on the contemporary music scene for more than two decades. A renowned musician/composer, Bugnon hales from the picturesque town of Montreux, Switzerland, site of the world famous Jazz Festival. Don’t miss this epic explosion of smooth jazz. Add the JAZZ BRUNCH, which starts at 1:00pm, before the concert that’s scheduled for 3:00pm.
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Tomorrow, 12/20/14 The Jazz in MEE Magazine will finally get to experience the live performance and will interview Grammy Award-winning American jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actor Gregory Porter. Porter won the 2014 Grammy for best jazz vocal album, Liquid Spirit. If you will be in the San Antonio, Tx area tomorrow, he will be performing at Carver Community Cultural Center.
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invites you to our
NYC Meet & Greet Weekend
Come out and Meet M.E.E. as we take NYC by storm during our NYC weekend tour. You will enjoy some amazing shows! Cruise with M.E.E. on the Hornblower Infinity Yacht with the amazing band Spyro Gyra on October 3rd. Celebrate with Matt Marshak during his “Lifestyle” CD release party on October 4th and hang with our cover artist and friend Keiko Matsui during her BB King performance on Oct 5th.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine http://thejazzinmee.com/covers The 4th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival hosted by the Friends of John Coltrane in High Point NC. The mission of the Friends of John Coltrane, a charitable 501(c)3 organization, is to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane and to enrich the lives of others through the introduction of jazz and other musical genres.
The objectives of the Festival are to: 1. Bring a signature event to the city of High Point that demonstrates the significance of High Point in the life of John Coltrane and the cultural and economic vitality of the city; and 2. Help educate and promote jazz and other musical genres to the youth of our communities.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE had a chance to meet some of the great people of North Carolina during our visit to Greensboro… Sunday August 31, 2014 at Boston’s House Of Jazz & Blues. It was a fun night of meeting & greeting… It’s was a white affair, and the perfect time to make a fashion statement and talk THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. with some beautiful people. http://
You are invited to be a part of the LIVE TV TAPING!
Be in the J-Spot TV audience on Friday. night Sept. 12, at Indigo Lounge Midtown, located at 2117 Chenevert St.(Chenevert at Gray), Houston, Texas 77003You will get to experience 3 jazz artists – Bobby Lyle (keyboards), Vandell Andrew (saxophone) and Joe Carmouche (guitar). Let’s get up close and personal with these jazz greats.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE spends an evening with Acoustic Alchemy in Houston. The musical experiences that we encounter are priceless. Acoustic Alchemy was incredible. This band that many have loved for years put on another stellar performance in Houston @ Dosey Doe, Inc. If you don’t know them get to know them. Not only talented,but a stunning group of men with exceptional personalities and welcoming demeanors. The audience adored this band and their musical gift. Watch for them and their story in an upcoming issue of THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE.http://thejazzinmee.com/
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE caught up with NAJEE in Austin during his performance at One World Theatre! We were excited to experience his live show and chat with the two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist…. We were able to experience the master at work during his engaging and entertaining performance. The crowd could not get enough. His band was beyond talented and a fun group. Najee and his team were so gracious and we had an amazing time. He has a great story, so stay tuned for more Najee in THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE – SUBSCRIBE TODAY!http://thejazzinmee.com/
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. MAGAZINE JULY 2014 ISSUE
– SUMMERTIME & FESTIVAL SEASON –
This issue includes articles on the popular Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival and Arizona Smooth Jazz Festival. We also get Influenced by Nick Colionne and experience Soul Appeal from Michael Lington, you have to lay eyes on this issue.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and“Jazz Watch” music reviews on past and present artists.THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. is on a mission to keep the jazz genre and its artists in the present.
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THE JAZZ IN M.E.E Magazine spent the Memorial Day weekend with our Austin Jazz Festival Family!http://thejazzinmee.com/ David McLorren http://
Austin’s next great music festival – Austin Jazz Festival was held May 25, 2014 at The Backyard feat Kirk Whalum! | austinjazzfest.com
Austin proudly hangs it’s collective hat on being the Live Music Capital of the World® – with several music festivals to match.
One noticeable missing genre exception- JAZZ. Austin Jazz Festival is designed to fill that void. Jazz is a uniquely cultural phenomenon that unites people across the divides of race, age, nationality and socio-economic status.
The 2014 festival featured international jazz master Kirk Whalum, Jazz Funk Soul with Jeff Lorber and Everette Harp, saxophonist Kyle Turner, Jessy J and flautist Althea René. It was incredible and next year find your way to AUSTIN TX for this amazing festival.
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Doors open @ 7pm | Show starts @ 8pm
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An amazing array of artistry, music, poetry, and entertainment with an assorted flavor!
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. Magazine Photoshoot in Spain featuring Peter White, Nick Colionne, Spencer Day , Gregg Karukas and Paul Shilts Weimar… We were all in Spain to participate in the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival! We had a blast. Photographed by Christian Nordström http://www.mallorca.smoothjazzfestival.de/?lang=en
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A fusion of jazz, fashion and art, THE JAZZ IN M.E.E magazine is the premiere source for
the jazz industry and its artists. Captivating an audience of over 180,000 national and international
readers, this quarterly digital and print magazine chronicles the stories behind the hottest
and most fascinating artists and trends in the jazz industry.
THE JAZZ IN M.E.E. magazine celebrates the jazz genre from a fresh and passionate perspective
through dynamic cover stories, trendy blogs, festival/cruise insights, and “Jazz Watch” music reviews
on past and present artists.