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 – 2017
February 28 – March 1, 2017 – Dionne Warwick –
Bethesda Blues & Jazz 4th Anniversary Show, Bethesda, MD
Scintillating, soothing and sensual best describe the familiar and legendary
voice of five-time Grammy Award winning music legend, Dionne Warwick, who has become a cornerstone of American pop music and culture. Warwick’s career, which currently celebrates 50 years, has established her as an international music icon and concert act. She has earned more than sixty charted hit songs and sold over 100 million records.
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One of the Hottest Jazz Festivals in the Nation. The festival is at the Dr. Phillips Centers for the Performing Arts Seneff Arts Plaza and will feature history-making virtuosos like David Sanborn, Boney James, Maysa, and funnyman J. Anthony Brown.
More information: http://www.orlandojazzfest.com/
The Comfort Zone Band is a seven-member smooth jazz/R&B/Blues band from the Eastern Shore of Maryland/Delaware. They put their hearts into every performance, and it translates into a great time for the audience. They bring on the slow, sultry smooth jazz to the up-tempo R&B and even throw in some popular new tunes, with a Comfort Zone Jazz twist, of course!
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March 18-19, 2017- Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) Music Fest,
Miami Beach, FL
JITG showcases some of the hottest, iconic and talented performers in music. Considered the undeniable “travel destination for the spring.” Boasting an annual attendance of over 70,000, music fanatics come from all over the United States and the Carribean Islands. This year’s talent lineup includes Will Downing, Marion Meadows, Chante Moore, and many more.
More information: http://www.jazzinthegardens.com/
For a 14th straight year, Grammy winning guitarist Earl Klugh will host his annual Weekend of Jazz at the Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Broadmoor Resort, featuring exceptional musicians and performances, unique culinary and wine experiences, and more. Artists include guitar legend and vocalist George Benson, the effervescent South African smooth jazz guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler, renowned saxophonists David Sanborn and Richard Elliot, singer/songwriter/pianist Kandace Springs, and more.
More information: http://www.weekendofjazz.com/broadmoor/
March 31- April 9, 2017 – Berks Jazz Music Festival, Berks, PA
The annual Berks Jazz Fest is presented by Berks Arts Council, located in Reading, PA. The mission of Berks Arts Council is to cultivate, promote, and support the arts in our community through collaboration, education, and presentation.
This year’s lineup includes Steve Cole, Eric Darius, and Nick Colionne.
More information: http://www.berksjazzfest.com/
The King Center for Performing Arts presents Grammy Award winning trumpeter Chris Botti; the largest-selling American instrumental artist. Botti is a major artist, performing worldwide, selling more than three million albums. He has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, he has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.
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April 12-29, 2017 – Reelin’ In The Chips, Steely Dan Plays Nine Show Residency in Sin City
The Opaline Theatre at the Venetian in Las Vegas, NV
These master musicians will treat audiences each night to a diverse set of classics, drawn from Steely Dan’s extraordinary catalog of infections tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, and, of course, those sleek, subversive lyrics — all decked out in perfect Sin City style: blazing solo work and sparkling musicality sewn up into ensemble arrangements of skintight fit.
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April 30, 2017 – Charm City Jazz Presents – Mike Phillips, Timonium, MD
Enjoy the exuberance and energy of sax veteran and Hidden Beach recording artist Mike Phillips. Always capable of moving and driving an audience with his infectious rhythms and grooves, he is sure to stay true to that musical prowess with the hot set he will bring to Timonium.
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A major concert at the Pigeon Island National Landmark marking a return to the original vision of a celebration of Saint Lucian, Caribbean and international jazz music with events in all parts of the country. This will be a mix of free and paying concerts and educational activities targeted at Saint Lucian and visiting musicians, all culminating on Mothers’ Day. Artists include BlueMango, Vanessa Williams, and Kenny Garrett among many others.
More information: http://www.stlucia.org/jazzfestival/
May 25-27, 2017 – Music City Jazz Festival, Nashville, TN (Riverfront Park)
Music City Jazz Festival is more than an outdoor concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, mingle, relax soak in the rays, and of course hear some of the coolest music performed by national recording smooth jazz artists. The jazz festival will feature classy veterans who have set the standard to young lions taking the jazz scene by storm, all capturing the spirit of smooth jazz that knows no boundaries in exhilarating, intimate performances. Artists include Brian Culbertson, Will Downing, and Bob James, among many others.
More information: http://www.musiccityjazzfest.com/
June 1 – 3, 2017 – Steel City Jazz Festival, Birmingham, AL
The Annual Steel City Jazz Festival, held In June, is an annual music festival in an outdoor party atmosphere overflowing with non-stop music, entertainment, food, beverages, laughs & big fun!! Talent lineup includes Boney James, David Sanborn, and Najee, among others.
More information: http://steelcityjazzfestbham.com/
This is an annual community celebration centered around one of America’s most enduring musical forms — the blues. This year’s talent lineup includes Justin Kalk, The Rhythm Kings, Nikki Hill, and many others.
More information: http://blues-fest.org/
June 2-4, 2017 – Capital Jazz Fest, Columbia, MD
Each year in early June, tens of thousands of music lovers from throughout the country flock to the suburbs of Washington, D.C. to attend this weekend of cool jazz and soul — The Capital Jazz Fest. Started in 1993, this multi-day, multi-stage outdoor music festival, which attracts music lovers from 44 states, is more than just a concert, it’s an event! It’s a place to people-watch, eat, drink, shop, mingle, relax, soak in the rays, make new friends, and, of course, hear some of the coolest jazz and soul music on the planet! This year’s lineup includes Marcus Miller, Lalah Hathaway, and Brian Culbertson, among others.
In-between musical sets, enjoy fine art and crafts at the Festival Marketplace, culinary treats at the food court, plus artist workshops and meet & greets. And after the show, check out the late night events at our host hotel, the Marriott BWI Airport hotel.
More information http://www.capitaljazz.com/fest/
June 10, 2017 – Bull City Jazz Festival, Durham, NC
Come out and be and be part of the First Annual Bull City Jazz Festival. The Festival is a multicultural event that will bring Jazz Lovers in Durham and surrounding areas together for a day of entertainment and fun. Vendors share your products or services with a group of Jazz lovers who enjoy spending their money on things that makes them happy and enjoys life. Artists include renowned vocalist Rachelle Ferrell. Complete lineup to be announced at a later date.
More information: http://bullcityjazzfestival.com/
July 6-9, 2017 – Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, Mitchellville, MD
Now in its 7th year and counted as one of the region’s premier jazz events, the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival features top flight contemporary and traditional jazz and R&B artists from across Washington, DC and beyond. This year’s lineup includes Euge Groove, Marcus Anderson, and Brian Simpson, among others.
Come out for a day jam packed with dynamic jazz talent in a relaxed, carefree setting in the heart of beautiful Mitchellville, MD.
Enjoy free parking, over 75 food and merchandise vendors, live music all day long and just added this year, The Lake Arbor Jazz Festival Wine Lounge featuring a wide variety of wines and beers for sale. (Must be 21 to purchase. ID will be required.)
More information: http://lakearborjazz.com/
Aug. 2017 — August Jazz in Houston To Include The Houston International Jazz Festival (Aug, 4-6) and Other Projects
August is Jazz Month in Houston, TX. The Houston International Jazz Festival and several special projects are on the list agenda. This year’s festival is scheduled for August 4-6. Jazz & Poetry is an educational/enrichment program helping elementary school children develop and early appreciation for music and developing new audiences. The Summer Jazz Workshop produces many of America’s top young music talents through a combination of master classes, lectures, small and large ensembles, video presentations, and demonstrations. August Jazz Month Houston produces a comprehensive calendar of events that is relied upon by numerous public publications. The Houston International Jazz Festival, featuring “international”, national, regional, and local Jazz musicians, enhances Houston’s reputation as an arts center and attracts Jazz aficionados worldwide.
For more information, visit http://jazzeducation.org/
August 4-6, 2017 – Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, RI
The Newport Jazz Festival is considered the “First Annual American Jazz Festival. “ In 1954, the first event was held at Newport Casino, in the Bellevue Avenue Historic District of Newport, Rhode Island. It incorporated academic panel discussions and featured live musical performances outdoors, on a lawn. These performances were given by a number of notable jazz musicians, including Billie Holiday, and were emceed by Stan Kenton.In 2017, the tradition continues, the festival will present a talented line up of musicians for three exciting days, including the original Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and Snarky Puppy.
More information: http://newportjazzfest.org/
August 31 – September 3, 2017 – Warren Hill’s Cancun Jazz Festival, Cancun, Mexico
Warren Hill’s Cancun Jazz Festival is an All-Inclusive music festival that takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya, located approximately 45 minutes south of Cancun, Mexico, just northeast of Tulum. The festival is a 4-day event taking place August 31 thru September 3, 2017. There is also a 7-day package now available from August 28 thru September 3, 2017, which will include 3 days of excursions along with the 4 night music package.
Artists include George Benson, Kenny G, Norman Brown, and Keiko Matsui, among many others.
The Cancun Jazz Festival is an All-inclusive festival which means your ticket not only includes the great entertainment it also includes your food and beverages, yes even the alcoholic beverages!
More information: http://cancunjazz.com/
Jan. 19 -21, 2018 – The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend – Daytona Beach, FL
An incredible weekend of intimate reserved seating indoor concerts, dinners, brunches, beach, and lots of fun. The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend 2018 features five of the biggest stars in smooth jazz (Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Brian Culbertson, Eric Darius, and Peter White) and rising star Vincent Ingala entertain you individually and together throughout the entire weekend, with the finest backup musicians in the business.
More information: http://www.floridasmoothjazzweekend.com/