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
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 26 – May 1, 2017 – Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival, Mallorca, Spain
Europe’s greatest Soul, Funk & Jazz party since 2012 will feature Norman Brown, Spyro Gyra, Acoustic Alchemy, Warren Hill, Harvey Mason, Brian Simpson, Alex Bugnon, Nelson Rangell, Grace Kelly, Ken Ford, Jeff Kashiwa, Nighthawks, and Adam Hawley.
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April 26-May 13, 2017 – Grand Piano Live! with John Tesh (various cities, East Coast)
04/26 Annapolis, MD
04/28 Sellersville, PA (6:00pm)
04/28 Sellersville, PA (9:00pm)
04/29 Westhampton Beach, NY
04/30 Alexandria, VA
05/13 Atlantic City, NJ
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April 28 – October 1, 2017 – Jazz in the Park (various locations), Birmingham, AL
Magic City Smooth Jazz presents their 7th Annual Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series, bringing various forms of jazz to the culturally underserved communities in Alabama at no cost. FREE concerts on Sundays from now til October at various parks in the Greater Birmingham area. Artists include Roman Street, Vincent Ingala, Lin Rountree, Elan Trotman, Jackiem Joyner, Selina Albright, Julian Vaughn, Jazmin Ghent, Phil Denny, Oli Silk, JJ Sansaverino, Eric Darius, Marc Antoine, Steve Oliver, Brian Simpson, Four80East and more! Building Community Through Jazz.
More information: magiccitysmoothjazz.com
April 29, 2017 – Fundamentals of Funk Clinic & Performance, Pizza Express SoHo, London, UK
This exclusive once-in-a-lifetime event will feature three legends of funk – Gary Grainger, Greg Grainger and Miles Gilderdale of Acoustic Alchemy – who will teach the fundamentals of their groovy sound, taking questions from the audience and will also give a special performance at the Pizza Express! From basics to pro tips, here’s your chance to learn from the best! If I lived 5,400 miles closer, I would SOOOO be there!
More information: pizzaexpresslive.com
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and to celebrate, we’re going outside the smooth jazz genre to bring you a straight-ahead Jazz Fest that you may enjoy. The Sixth Annual Center City Jazz Festival presents a lineup of over 20 bands at various venues in central Philly for one night only.
Artists include The John Yao Quintet, George “Spanky” McCurdy, The Landham Brothers, Odean Pope, and Eric Wortham II and more.
More information: ccjazzfest.com
April 29 & May 13, 2017 – Monarchs of Jazz, Dana Point, CA
Monarchs of Jazz returns this Spring with two nights of exceptional jazz music presented by saxman Paul Taylor, vocalist Louis Price and two-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist Paul Brown on April 29th and vocalist Oleta Adams, saxman Warren Hill and keyboardist Brian Simpson on May 13th at the spectacular Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA. Hosted and produced by saxman Michael Paulo, these will be nights that you won’t want to miss!
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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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Featuring an all-star cast including Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Will Donato, Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, Chieli Minucci, Steve Oliver and Nelson Rangell to benefit the Milford Public School Music Department for the 15th straight year.
More informstion: jayrowemusic.com
May 12-14, 2017 – Saint Lucia Jazz Festival
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/
Join Boney James, Maysa, Keiko Matsui, Roman Street, Eric Darius, Gerald Veasley, Lindsey Webster and more for the 15th Annual Jazz on the Vine Festival held at the beautiful Ostoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. What a beautiful way to treat Mom for a Mother’s Day weekend she won’t soon forget!
More information: jazzonthevine.net
May 16-23, 2017, Dave Koz Cruise 2017, Voyage 2 * WAITLIST *
7-day, full-ship charter
Embarkation at Venice, Italy to Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kotor, Montenegro; Santorini, Greece and San Marino, Italy aboard Holland America’s ms Westerdam.
There is nothing more fun than having a week-long party at sea with the top names in Smooth Jazz! Spectacular ports of call, multiple concerts and jam sessions every day and night, incredible food and time to hang with the artists and the many friends you’ll make on board; a music cruise will have you spoiled for life!
Talent lineup includes Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfer, Sheila E, Richard Elliot, Jeffrey Osborne and many more.
Please note: First voyage, May 9-16, 2017 is already sold out. Second voyage, May 16-23, 2017 has a waitlist and it is NOT guaranteed that cabins will still be available as of this writing. BUT there are cancellations that do occur and you might be one of the lucky people who get on board, even at this late date.
More information: www.davekozcruise.com or call 800-225-5759 and mention the Dave Koz 2017 Venice Cruise when calling.
May 17, 2017 – Hawaii Convention Center Liliu Theater, Honolulu, HI
Aloha! Apaulo Productions brings back Smooth Jazz to Hawaii with Peter White, Gregg Karukas and Michael Paulo to celebrate the release of Peter’s GROOVIN’ cd! There’s no place better to get the Aloha spirit on than in Hawaii! Hang loose, mah bruddahs and sistahs, yah?
For tickets: TIX.com
May 20, 2017 – 3rd Annual Asian-American Music Festival, Los Angeles, CA
The AAMF will feature some of the most renown Asian-American musicians and artists in the US. Jeff Kashiwa, Michael and Rene Paulo, Tateng Katindig; Terry Steel, Fred Schreuders and Kimo Cornwall from the group Hiroshima; Wakana Inamura and many more.
More information: asianamericanmusicfestival.net
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/
This year’s KSBR Birthday Bash is a special ‘nightclub style’ event at the City National Grove of Anaheim. It’s the most happening jazz party and fundraising event in Orange County featuring over 30 CJazz headliners. Artists attending TBA as of this writing. Gourmet food, full bar and luxury seating available.
More information: ksbr.org
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 2-4, 2017 – Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Newport Beach, CA
Three days of music, food and friends at the annual Newport Beach Jazz Fest at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach.
This year’s lineup features The O’Jays, David Sanborn, West Coast Jam (Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Norman Brown with the West Coast Horns), Euge Groove, Foreign Affair (Michael Lington, Marc Antoine & Alex Bugnon), Lindsey Webster and more!
More information: www.festivals.hyattconcerts.com
June 7-11, 2017 – Napa Jazz Valley Getaway, Napa, CA
Artists include Marcus Miler, Candy Dulfer, The Whispers, Peabo Bryson, Regina Belle, Peter White, Euge Groove, Pieces of a Dream, Eric Darius, Morgan James, Paul Jackson Jr., Adam Hawley, Marcus Anderson, Julian Vaughn, Nicolas Cole, Lindsey Webster, Marqueal Jordan, Cecil Ramirez, Alonzo Bodden and more to be announced!
More information: www.jazzgetaway.com
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/
June 17, August 5, and September 9, 2017 – Grand Tradition Estate & Gardens Signature Events, Fallbrook, CA
Southern California’s premiere wedding and event venue in the San Diego area opens their doors to the public to host some incredible Jazz and Wine festivals throughout the summer. Along with extraordinary food and wine, these shows are an experience for ALL of your senses!
June 17, 2017 – Jazz & Wine Festival featuring the Stanley Clarke Band
August 5, 2017 – Jazz & Wine Festival featuring The Rippingtons + special guest
September 9, 2017 – Jazz & Wine Festival featuring Fourplay
More information: grandtradition.com
June 17 & August 12, 2017 – Jazz at the Creek, San Diego, CA
Jazz with a Purpose! Now in its sixth year, Jazz at the Creek brings to San Diego the next generation of jazz to the cozy and intimate Market Creek Amphitheater at Chollas Creek. This event brings civic-minded people together to network, provides a working production experience for the Mandate Project musical internship program and part of the proceeds benefit weekend food packages for low-income elementary school kids who are dependent on meals provided at school. What better way to spend the afternoon than with music, great food and a good cause?
June 17 – Sangindiva Shannon, Tony Exum, Jr. and Jessy J
August 12 – Chase Huna, YolanDa Brown, Reggie Codrington
More information: jazzatthecreeksd.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/
Hosted by Brian Culbertson at the Embarcadero Marina Park-North in San Diego, other artists include Michael Franks, West Coast Jam (Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Norman Brown), Nick Colionne, LA Collective, Boney James, EPK (Euge Groove, Peter White, Keiko Matsui), Gerald Albright with Jonathan Butler, Eric Darius and Curtis Brooks.
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July 15-16, 2017 – Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, Keystone, CO
Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival combines the best wine seminars with the best Jazz has to offer at the world class River Run Village! Artists include Phil Denny, Brian Simpson, Michael Lington, Vincent Ingala, Flat Irons Jazz, Scruffy Pearls, Joel Rodney Simieon and more.
More information: keystonefestivals.com
July 28-30, 2017 – 3rd Annual QC Summerfest, Charlotte, NC
Beat the summer heat with this 3-day weekend of Jazz, Funk and Soul in Uptown Charlotte! The festival features mid-day and evening concerts at the beautiful Belk Theater followed by after-parties in the lobby with live music. Artists include Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Althea Rene, Jonathan Fritzen, Eric Roberson and Ken Ford.
More information: qcsummerfest.com
Jazz is back at Bull Run Park! Join Eric Darius, Chelsey Green and the Green Project, Lin Rountree, Althea Rene, Marcus Anderson, David P. Stevens and Phil Denny for the inaugural Northern Virginia Jazz Fest; get those lawn chairs ready!
More information: novajazzfest.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/
Grammy Award-winning artists Chick Corea and Béla Fleck team up with their bands to give us a performance unlike any other. The Chick Corea Elektric Band is known for creating its own brand of jazz fusion, while the award winning Béla Fleck and the Flecktones have always resisted categorization.
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August 11-13, 2017 – 30th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, Long Beach, CA
The only Southern California Jazz fest staged on a gorgeous grassy knoll in a beautiful lagoon setting. LBJF features VIP seating with a great selection of food, art and an experience you won’t forget!
Artists include Bob James, Spyro Gyra, Najee, Poncho Sanchez, Boney James, Will Downing, Nathan East, Eric Darius, the Al Williams Jazz Society, Rachelle Ferrell and more.
More information: longbeachjazzfestival.com
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/
September. 1 – 3, 2017 — 9th Annual Greater Charleston Low Country Jazz Festival, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC
Jazzing with a Purpose — Experience a great Labor Day weekend of powerful jazz in Greater Charleston, SC. The North Charleston Performing Arts Center is a 2,300 seat proscenium theater. Since its opening in 1999, the Performing Arts Center has hosted a variety of events, including major concerts, family shows, ballets and symphonies, art festivals and more.
This year’s lineup includes Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun & Richard Elliot, among others.
More information: http://www.lowcountryjazzfest.com/
Have some fun in the sun Columbus Day weekend! Joining Elan Trotman will be Brian Simpson, Norman Brown, Jeanette Harris, Julian Vaughn, Will Downing, Marion Meadows and more.
More information: barbadosjazzexcursion.com
This inaugural star-studded festival brings some of the best contemporary artists from around the world to the beautiful banks of Lake Pontchartrain on the Northshore in Slidell, Louisiana.
Talent lineup includes Gerald Albright, Alex Bugnon, Gerald Veasley, Chieli Minucci, 3rd Force, Steve Oliver, and more!
More information: http://camelliacitysmoothjazzfestival.com/
October 12-15, 2017 – 28th Annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Rehoboth Beach, DE
The popular festival has been the celebrated finale to the beach’s summer season for over 28 years! Besides being home to an amazing show of performances, the RBJF is the finale of a week-long series of live performances at various venues (a Straight Ahead fest called the True Blue Jazz Festival also runs 10/11-15 in Rehoboth Beach).
From Nick Colionne and Eric Darius, JJ Sansavarino, Will Donato, West Coast Jam (Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Norman Brown), Maysa, Peter White, Steve Cole, Four80East, among others to Keiko Matsui, Euge Groove, Boney James, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station, this fest is a DON’T MISS! The Grand Jam and the Closing Party will be a star-studded event for sure!
More information: rehobothjazz.com
October 12-15 & October 19-22, 2017 – JazzTrax Catalina Island Festival, Catalina Island (Avalon), CA
Artists on Weekend 1 include West Coast Jam (Richard Elliot, Rick Braun and Norman Brown), Take 6, Paul Jackson Jr. and Jazz in Pink; Weekend 2 features Guitar Tango (Peter White and Marc Antoine), David Benoit, Greg Adams and East Bay Soul, Vincent Ingala and Lindsey Webster with more to be announced for both weekends. Traveling to Catalina by either ferry (sometimes with the artists on the same ship) or helicopter is an experience you won’t soon forget!
More information: www.jazztrax.com
October 14, 2017 – Paul Brown’s Jazz Diego, San Diego, CA
Producer/Guitarist Paul Brown brings back Jazz to San Diego in October with a stellar lineup: Larry Carleton, Jessy J, Gregg Karukas, Michael Paulo, Jazmin Ghent, and DW3! Also featuring beer, wine and spirits, a cigar lounge and an art showcase, PB is bringing the best jazz event in San Diego.
More information: www.jazzdiego.com
December 30-31, 2017 – Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway, Tucson, AZ
*JUST ANNOUNCED* – 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. Tickets to go on sale April 7.
Webpage has not been updated but will be soon: www.tucsonnewyearseve.com