Multiple GRAMMY®-Award, Emmy-Award and Tony-Award nominee and New York Times Bestseller Vanessa Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in entertainment today. She has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, music videos, television and motion pictures. She has sold millions of albums worldwide and has achieved critical acclaim as an actress on stage, in film and on television.
Her albums have earned multiple Grammy nominations and have yielded such classic hits as "Save the Best For Last," "Dreamin," "Work To Do," "Love Is," the Academy Award-winning single "Colors of the Wind," from Disney’s "Pocahontas," and many others. Concord Records released Vanessa’s, "The Real Thing," in June 2009, for which she received a NAACP nomination for Outstanding Jazz Artist. In 2007, Vanessa achieved a career pinnacle, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her accomplishments as a performer. In December 2010, the International Foreign Press Academy named Vanessa as the recipient of the 2010 Mary Pickford Award For Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry. The award honors her international achievements and success in film, television, stage and recording over the past 28 years.
Vanessa is looking forward to performing an elegant evening of Jazz, R&B and hits at Weekend of Jazz.
Since GRAMMY®-winner Earl Klugh released his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument. He has released over 40 records, 24 of which have been on Billboard’s top-10 list of jazz albums and 6 of which have made it to the No. 1 slot.
Klugh’s recordings have received 13 Grammy® nominations (including one for his latest release, HandPicked) – and his collaboration with pianist Bob James, One on One, walked away with the 1980 Grammy® Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. In 2016, Earl celebrates the 40th Anniversary of his debut album Earl Klugh (1976, Blue Note Records) with a very special catalogue of shows, highlighting selections from over 250 original compositions and featuring Klugh’s favorite standards, influences and collaborations from throughout his illustrious career.
The career of BOB JAMES is long, varied and continues to evolve at every turn. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, the music of Bob James has captivated audiences throughout the world. Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, James recorded his first solo album, Bold Conceptions, that year for Mercury Records. 58 albums and innumerable awards would follow through five decades. He honed his skills working with Creed Taylor, working on albums for artists like Hank Crawford, Grover Washington, Jr, among others.
Bob James and Earl Klugh first collaborated in the late 1970’s and won a GRAMMY® Award together for their first of three albums, One On One. Bob James Trio to feature Billy Kilson on Drums and Michael Palazzolo on Bass.
“I always love having Bob at our Weekend of Jazz,” says Klugh. “He has played many times over the years, but this is the first time he is bringing his trio to the festival. I can’t wait!”
WEST COAST JAM: RICK BRAUN, NORMAN BROWN, RICHARD ELLIOT
WEST COAST JAM: Richard Elliot, Rick Braun & Norman Brown
Coming off of the success of Summer Madness, Richard Elliot wanted to tour with a three-piece horn section and a supporting cast of musicians. He reached out to his long-time collaborator Rick Braun and guitarist Norman Brown to join him in creating West Coast Jam.
Tenor saxophonist RICHARD ELLIOT has released more than 20 albums as a bandleader, and has also polished his chops serving as a sideman for a considerable list of diverse giants, including Motown hitmakers Smokey Robinson and the Temptations. He first came to prominence with the legendary Tower of Power. RichardElliot.com
Chart-topping trumpeter and producer RICK BRAUN is a staple of the contemporary jazz world. Prior to his solo career, the highly regarded pop sideman toured and recorded with the likes of Rod Stewart, War, Sade, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, and Tom Petty. RickBraun.com
GRAMMY®-winning guitarist NORMAN BROWN currently has over 10 solo releases, earning a Grammy for his 2002 release, Just Chillin’, in the best pop instrumental category. NormanBrown.com
In a career that spans nearly four decades, over a dozen solo recordings and countless performances, White insists that it’s the faces in the crowd and the fans that keep the experience fresh.
“I’ll play a live show, and someone will come to me afterward and say, ‘Oh, I loved this CD,’ or ‘This song helped me through a bad time,’” he explains. “Or I get emails from people saying, ‘Oh, I love the way you covered one of my favorite songs on your record back in 1994.’ The idea that someone can write me an email and tell me about something I did on a record that was released fifteen years ago – you can’t buy that. That’s priceless. That’s what keeps me going – the idea that people out there really care about what I do, the idea that I’ve made a difference for someone.”
One of the fastest emerging contemporary jazz recording artists in recent history, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, VINCENT INGALA has blasted into an exciting stratosphere of his own making since his 2010 critically acclaimed debut album, North End Soul.
Still in his early twenties, the charismatic saxophonist has been named Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year in 2012, Sirius XM Watercolors Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013, and his music is consistently found atop the most noteworthy music charts in the world, including three number one hits on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart, five singles in the Billboard Smooth Jazz Top 10, as well as an unprecedented 25 weeks at #1 on SmoothJazz.com’s Top 50 Independent Chart and #15 on SmoothJazz.com’s 2014 Year End Chart.
His third album, 2015’s Coast To Coast, has placed Vincent Ingala back on top, with the project’s first and second singles, hitting number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.
From the first note, Lindsey Webster captivates listeners. Her rich, soulful voice enchants a dedicated following who connect with the raw emotion she shares with them. As a Soul R&B artist, she combines an admirable natural talent with a genuine, accessible stage presence.
Webster considers herself “very, very lucky” to have grown up in Woodstock, NY. With a heavy emphasis on arts and music, her grade school had a progressive music program where Lindsey cultivated a deep love of music by learning the cello. After playing for 10 years, often in first chair, she moved to NYC to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia School for the Music, Art & Performing Arts. As she grew musically, she transitioned from strings to voice where she heard her calling and found herself.
In 2009, Lindsey met her partner, Keith Slattery, and started performing professionally. Together, with a band of world-class musicians, they’ve performed over 600 shows in venues around the world.
The success of her second album, You Change, and achieving the only vocally driven song to hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart for four weeks (beating out Sade’s previous record of three weeks) caught the eye of Shanachie Entertainment, whom she signed with to release her third album, "Back To Your Heart". This third release shows a real transition and beautiful growth for Webster as an artist. While humbled her voice has been compared to R&B royalty Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker, Lindsey looks to bring her distinct style to Soul R&B and continue to make music that resonates with her fans.
Al ‘The Burner” Turner grew up in Detroit and began playing bass at age 12. He has been playing professionally since the early ’80s and currently serves as Earl Klugh and KEM’s musical director.
Al has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams, Nancy Wilson, Bob James, Randy Crawford and Gladys Knight, to name a few. Ms. Anita Baker proclaims, “The Burner holds it down; locks it up right and tight,” and R&B Superstar KEM calls Al Turner, “the baddest bass player in the world.” You can also hear Turner on many television and radio commercials. He maintains an unbelievable touring schedule, touring with Bob James, Oleta Adams, KEM and Klugh. Al released his fourth CD, titled Simply Amazing, which has enjoyed national success. He has recorded and worked with Earl Klugh since 1994.