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
March 30- April 1, 2017 – Weekend of Jazz at the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO
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/
April 1, 2017 – Grooves at The Westin, Palm Springs, CA
More information: www.westinmissionhills.com/grooves
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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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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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 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 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 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
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/
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 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/
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 & 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
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