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Since the release of When I Fall In Love in 2004, Chris Botti has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre - earning himself a cluster of GRAMMY® nominations, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums Chart with three different releases, and establishing himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world. On his April 2012 release, Impressions, Botti expresses his love for romantic melodies from across the world, featuring Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopler, David Foster and Caroline Campbell.
Peabo Bryson is among the world’s most dynamic and gifted vocal talents. The 2-Time GRAMMY® winner has amassed a fan base, critical acclaim, gold albums and an avalanche of awards. From ballads that gracefully continued the legacy of sweet soul music such as “Feel the Fire” to chart-topping pop hits including “If Ever You’re in My Arms Again” and “Can You Stop The Rain,” and duet collaborations including Celine Dion (“Beauty & The Beast”) and Regina Belle (“A Whole New World”) both songs of which also won Oscars®; Bryson has proven himself as the consummate vocal professional.
GRAMMY®-winning guitarist EARL KLUGH’s career of more than four decades includes over 200 compositions, more than 30 full-length albums, hosting and producing his own events, work in film and numerous world tours. Klugh’s work has earned him 12 career Grammy nominations; the most recent for his critically acclaimed release The Spice of Life. Klugh has been hailed by The New York Times,“…a guitarist with impeccable technique” and is looking forward to his third annual Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island. “I am so happy to be back again with a great lineup of artists and friends!,” says Klugh. “I hope you will join us in November for a great Weekend of Jazz!”
Kirk Whalum with Kevin Whalum
GRAMMY®-Award Winner and 11-Time Nominee Kirk Whalum credits Bob James for helping launch his career after discovering him in Houston, leading to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others; it’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Whalum’s latest release, Romance Language, is perhaps his most ambitious to date, paying homage to the much revered 1963 ballads album, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. Kirk’s brother Kevin Whalum performs Hartman’s vocals on Romance Language, and will be joining Kirk on this special tour.
Early in his professional career, renowned saxophonist Eric Marienthal joined the Chick Corea Elektric Band, touring and recording six albums with them – two of which were GRAMMY®-Award winners. Marienthal has performed in over 65 different countries, recorded 11 solo CD's and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles, including performances with artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, B.B. King, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John, and many others.
PGA Tour Professional and golf commentator John Mahaffey has accumulated 10 PGA Tour victories including a PGA Championship, and numerous others during his illustrious career as a professional golfer. Mahaffey had back-to-back Top 10 finishes in the 1975 and 1976 US Open, a top 10 finish at the 1981 Masters, played on the 1979 US Ryder Cup team and won the 1970 NCAA Men’s Championship a year before he turned pro. Mahaffey joined the Senior PGA Tour in 1998 (now known as the Champions Tour) and serves as a commentator for the Golf Channel as well as various venues on the Champions Tour. He looks forward to hosting the Celebrity Golf Outing again at Weekend of Jazz Kiawah Island in 2012.
Director/Writer/Producer/Executive RICK BIEBER has produced or executive produced several feature films including "Aurora Borealis," starring Josh Jackson, Juliette Lewis and Donald Sutherland; "Flatliners," directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Julia Roberts, Keifer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt; "Made in America," starring Whoopi Goldberg and Ted Danson; "Radio Flyer," directed by Dick Donner and starring Elijah Wood, Lorraine Bracco and John Heard; "Hard Promises," starring William Peterson and Sissy Spacek; and "The Illusion," starring Michael Goorjian and Kirk Douglas. He has also produced or been responsible for the production of over 30 television and cable movies including "Hostage for a Day," in which John Candy directed his first and only movie.
Trumpeter and producer Joey Sommerville has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists. He was the featured instrumental soloist on the Cirque de Soleil's Grammy-nominated and Juno Award winning album, Alegria. He produced bassist/vocalist Rhonda Smith’s “RS2” which features Prince, Sheila E. and gospel great, Fred Hammond. Joey started The Smooth Jazz After Dark Series in Atlanta, which featured his band with special guests for over four years, including Wayman Tisdale, Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp, Paul Brown, Chuck Loeb, Peabo Bryson, Ronnie Laws, Jeff Golub, Chieli Minucci, Bob Baldwin, Eric Darius and many more
Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single "Get Here" (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy.