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 & 2018


*** Holiday Tours 2017 ***

We always love it when our favorite artists get into the holiday spirit! Always a great way to end the touring season with a bit of merriment and fun. Too many to count, too many cities to list individually, so we’re listing them by main artists.  More will be added as their schedules get confirmed. Check out your faves here!

Dave Koz’ 20th Anniversary Christmas Tour (Peter White, David Benoit, Rick Braun and Selina Albright)  http://davekoz.com/dave-koz-tour-dates/

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas (Bobby Caldwell, Marion Meadows)  http://www.normanbrown.com/tour

Keiko Matsui’s Tidings of Jazz and Joy  (Euge Groove, Lindsey Webster and Adam Hawley)  http://www.keikomatsui.com/tour_dates.php

Elan Trotman’s Holiday Winds (Althea Rene’, Tracy Hamlin, Ashling ‘Biscuit’ Cole)  http://www.althearene.com/Calendar.aspx

Kirk Whalum’s Gospel According to Jazz Christmas (Jonathan Butler, Shele’a, John Stoddart, Kevin Whalum)  https://www.kirkwhalum.com/

John Tesh’s Grand Piano Christmas  https://www.teshmusic.com/tour/

Will Downing’s Soulful Sounds of Christmas (Maysa, Alex Bugnon)  http://willdowning.com/tour/

Jim Brickman’s Joyful Christmas   https://www.jimbrickman.com/tour/

Brian Culbertson (3 shows in Chicago)  http://www.brianculbertson.com/tour/


December 15, 2017 – April 20, 2018 – Jazz Garden Series, Dubai, UAE

Gotta tell you about an interesting series happening in Dubai – yes, DUBAI! – courtesy of the UK’s Trippin ‘n’ Rhythm label. We now have more info on this multi-event jazz series (although they’re still working on the lineup of artists performing as of this writing but will be updated as the shows are released.) Their second show on 11/17 had 6,000 attendees for Lin Rountree, so you KNOW that they’re planning some good things over there! They’re boasting ‘bigger space for more comfort, bigger entrance for quicker access and plenty of Jazz, Blues and Soul for bigger fun.’  AND…if you can get there, it’s FREE access for all with online registration!

December 15 –  Joanna Lee, Nine Below Zero Big Band

January 19, 2018 – Julian Vaughn, Gisele Jackson/Raphael Wressnig and another local act TBA

February 16, 2018 – Oli Silk and Friends, Annika Chambers and another local act TBA

March 16, 2018 – Nick Colionne and Friends, Earl Thomas and another local act TBA

April 19, 2018 – Jonathan Fritzen, Mississippi Heat featuring Sax Gordon and another local act TBA

April 20, 2018 – Headlining act, TBA, Wee Willie Walker featuring Alex Schultz, and another local act TBA

More information: https://www.jazzgardenseries.com/


NOW – February 17, 2018 – Montrose Room, Chicago, IL

Our good friends at SmoothChicago.com continue to bring the best of the Smooth Jazz world to our friends in the Big Windy! Big name artists are coming each month to the intimate Montrose Room – so many, that I’m almost wishing that SmoothChicago.com could bottle up their cool mojo and bring it to all corners of the world so that we could partake in their greatness! Don’t miss any and all of these artists coming to the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel.

December 16 – Brian Culbertson

December 29 – Peter White

December 31 – New Years Eve Celebration with Paul Taylor

*February 17, 2018 – Nick Colionne and Steve Cole (tickets not yet on sale)

More information: www.smoothchicago.com


NOW – December 24, 2017 – Kitaro – Kojiki and the Universe Tour, various cities

Presenting a totally unique visual experience, the  live in concert presentation of “Kojiki and The Universe” merges Kitaro’s Grammy nominated music from the album “Kojiki” with space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. “Kojiki and The Universe LIVE” features time-lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by and in cooperation with Kyoto University’s Astronomy Professor Kazunari Shibata, NASA, and The Hubble Space Telescope. Taiko drumming and Butoh dancing enriches this program. An inner journey of the soul featuring Kitaro performing his music with the mysterious and evocative Butoh dancing of Aya Irizuki accompanied by Tenrin Taiko company and violin soloist DeLaney.

Kitaro journeys us to outer space and beyond with music and simulation and original NASA, Hubble Space Telescope and simulation images all set to the mythology of Kojiki. In Japanese mythology, Kojiki is a story closely related to evolution of the universe. It describes the origin of Heaven, Earth and the creation of the Gods. Utilizing Kitaro’s “Kojiki” score as the soundtrack, “Kojiki and The Universe” is a chronicle of astronomical research as well as a beautiful introduction to modern astronomy for everyone.

Kitaro presents this particular concert series to the West Coast  (and beyond) at sacred spaces for a truly enriching event.

December 22 – Grand Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

December 24 – Genting, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

More information: http://www.domomusicgroup.com/kitaro/


December 29-30, 2017 – Blue Note Napa, Napa, CA; December 31, 2017 – JaM Cellars Ballroom, Napa, CA

So…you’re in the San Francisco Bay Area and you wanna have a great place to funk out the New Year? Look no further and head north where Brian Culbertson will be doing five – count ’em, FIVE! – shows in beautiful Napa, California! BC and his crew will be tearin’ off the roof (still trying to figure out how he’s gonna fit his entire band on stage) at the intimate Blue Note in Napa on Friday and Saturday nights, and then upstairs at the JaM Cellars Ballroom for an all-get-out party on New Year’s Eve on Sunday! Tickets will be going quick for these dates…HURRY!

More information: http://www.brianculbertson.com/tour/


December ​30-31, 2017 – Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway, Tucson, AZ

​Trumpeter Rick Braun brings back two days of live music, dinner, dancing, champagne toast, golf tournament, silent auction and outrageous fun with a New York theme back to the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson.

This year’s artists include Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala and Lindsey ​Webster.

More information:  www.tucsonnewyearseve.com



January 6 – May 26, 2018 – Church Street Jazz Series, Norfolk, VA

The Church Street 2017-2018 Jazz Series continues their third season at the historic Attucks Theatre and the Harrison Opera House in Downtown Norfolk! A lot of starpower coming to Virginia!

January 6, 2018 – Marion Meadows

March 17, 2018 – Vincent Ingala

April 21, 2018 – Bob James Trio

May 26, 2018 – Fourplay

More information: https://www.livenation.com/artists/173219/church-street-jazz


January 19-21, 2018 – The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend, Melbourne, FL

It’s NEVER too early to think about great concerts and festivals…so why not start planning to start 2018 right with a cool Smooth Jazz festival in Florida?  The place: The Plaza Resort and Spa, Daytona Beach’s Grand Resort! Join Rick Braun, Peter White, Nick Colionne, Brian Culbertson, Eric Darius and Vincent Ingala for a fun-filled and festive weekend. This ‘cruise on land’ includes a weekend getaway of indoor concerts, dinners, brunches, beach and lots of fun. This exclusive intimate weekend escape is limited and won’t last for long!

More information: www.floridasmoothjazzweekend.com


January 27-February 3, 2018 – Blue Note at Sea, Ft. Lauderdale, Labadee, St. Thomas, San Juan, PR, Coco Cay aboard the Celebrity Summit

Artists include Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Charles Lloyd and The Marvels, Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Sanborn, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Leslie Odom Jr. and many more! Only 70 cabins remain!

More information: www.bluenoteatsea.com


February 24, 2018 – Punta Gorda Wine and Jazz, Punta Gorda, FL

Nick Colionne and Eric Darius have already been confirmed to perform for the 13th annual Punta Gorda Wine and Jazz Festival; another act will be announced shortly. “We want 2018’s festival to be something special. A true celebration to honor those have made the festival what it is today, said John Wright, President of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. The bar has yet again risen to bring the very best of world-class jazz artistry to Punta Gorda.

More information: www.puntagordahamber.com


February 26 – March 2, 2018 – Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Cruise IV, Miami, FL to Montego Bay, Jamaica

Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, Joe Bonamassa and Sixthman invite you on another bluesy journey across the Caribbean aboard the Norwegian Jade.

Artists include Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Los Lobos, JJ Grey & Mofro, Ana Popovic, North Mississippi AllStars, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, The James Hunter Six, Matt Andersen, Kirk Fletcher & Josh Smith, The Marcus King Band, Greyhounds, Toronzo Cannon, Larkin Poe, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, New Orleans Suspects, The Steepwater Band, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, Jack Broadbent, The Bros. Landreth, Juzzie Smith and many more to be announced!

2,100 Blues aficionados, 5+ venues of music, 4 days of live performances, infinite new memories = one magical floating blues festival! Book your cruise today!

More information: www.bluesaliveatsea.com


February 2-9, 2019 & February 23-March 2, 2019 – The Smooth Jazz Cruise

2 sailings, Eight-day, full ship charter 

Ports of call: Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; San Juan, Puerto Rico; CocoCay, Bahamas

Ship: M/S Celebrity Infinity

Embarkation: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Since 2004, The Smooth Jazz Cruise has set the standard not only for jazz cruises, but for all theme cruises, earning the title “The Greatest Part at Sea.” If you haven’t had the pleasure of going on a music cruise, this is the one to cut your jazz chops on…but be forewarned: once you’ve been on a themed cruise, you will NEVER be able to go on any other ship ever! The interaction between fans and artists, the late night jam sessions, the activities onboard, the Q&A sessions…I could go on forever! And while you may think that 2019 is still two years away, it actually is not too soon to book this cruise as both 2018 cruises are already sold out and has a waitlist for both sailings!

Hosted by Marcus Miller and Boney James, featuring Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Kirk Whalum, Najee, Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Jonathan Butler, Alonzo Bodden. More great acts to be announced in September.

More information: www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com