Written by The Jazz Gypsy
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, 7pm
A Peter White Christmas featuring Peter White, Mindi Abair & Rick Braun
Monday, December 31, 2007, 8pm
A New Years Eve Gala featuring Jeffrey Osborne
Hyatt Regency,Resort & Spa
21500 Pacific Coast Highway,
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
The holidays are a special time of year when family and friends get together to celebrate and embrace the spirit of the holidays. Holidays are also a time when we put away our summer tees, tanks, shorts and jeans and slip into our celebratory attire. And, one of the best places to begin the holiday season is at the elegant Hyatt Regency Hotel in Huntington Beach, CA.
Join 94.7 The Wave & BB Jazz for two great evenings of music, dinner, and dancing: A Peter White Christmas, on Saturday, November 24, 2007, 7:00 pm, featuring Peter White, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun and opening artist, Jackiem Joyner. And, A New Year's Gala, on Monday, December 31st, 8:00 pm, featuring Jeffery Osborne and opening act DW3 and DJ Jonathan Phillips.
A Peter White Christmas is always a fun and cheery concert. The Huntington Beach show on November 24th is the second date of the Peter White Christmas tour that is scheduled for over twenty cities nationally. White, Abair & Braun’s cd of the same title was recently released on September 25, 2007 and it captures the magic of the holiday and the synergy of the trio.
The opening artist, Jackiem Joyner, is a new, major talent. Already this year, I have seen Joyner perform at four very diverse venues; The Berks Jazz Festival, The Inland Empire Jazz Festival and twice at The Catalina Jazz Festival as a headliner with his own band. Each time Joyner performed, he wowed the crowds and garnered multiple standing ovations.
Joyner’s sound is so delectable that you just don’t want him to leave the stage. He also has a stage presence that is equally endearing. Recently signed to ARTizen Music Group, which is co-owned by Rick Braun and Richard Elliott, Joyner has released his debut cd, Babysoul. The first single released from Babysoul, “Stay With Me Tonight" features Peter White and has risen to the top 20 on the smooth jazz charts.
The next special holiday date is Monday, December 31, 2007, 8:00 pm when BB Jazz presents A New Year’s Eve Gala featuring Jeffrey Osborne with opening artist, DW3 and DJ Jonathan Phillips.
What better way to ring in the New Year than with one of the best R&B vocalist of our time? Osborne, an original member of Love Men, Ltd., a.k.a., LTD, recorded such memorable hits as "Every Time I Turn Around (Back In Love Again)", "Love Ballad" and "(Holdin' On) When Love Is Gone". Then as a solo artist, Osborne captured the decade of the eighties with five gold and platinum albums, leaving an indelible mark in the musical memory of the baby boomer generation.
The opening act, DW3, is Southern California’s hottest old school, funk, dance and Latin jazz band. Widely known for the vocal abilities, this LA-based band is one of the most musically diverse groups with a loyal following. The band consists of Eric Mondragen (leader, keyboards, lead vocals), Billy Mondragen (percussions, lead vocals), Damon (lead vocals), Bryant Siorio (bass) and Ronnie Guitierrez (drums, percussions). (http://www.myspace.com/muzicaldragon)
With DJ Jonathan Phillips spinning music that will that will carry the evening over into the wee morning hours, why not begin the New Year in a spectacular oceanfront setting in beautiful Southern California at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Resort & Spa? With luxury accommodations, this four-story Huntington Beach hotel is perched above the historic Pacific Coast Highway and provides stunning views from 517 guestrooms including 57 suites... each with its own private terrace. The hotel features three restaurants, a lounge, a retail-shopping plaza, more than 110,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space and the Pacific Waters Spa providing treatments indigenous to Pacific Island cultures.
BB Jazz is known for their "sophisticated but never stuffy” concerts and festivals where everybody has a really good time. Proceeds from both events also go to help raise awareness and funds for children with autism.
The Jazz Gypsy Tip: A Peter White Christmas is the featured November/Holiday Wine and Jazz Experience. This first holiday package offered by WineandJazz.com includes A Peter White Christmas cd, Rideau Vineyard’s 2005 Tempranillo & 2005 Fleur Blanche wines, bottled with Rideau’s special New Orleans jazz label, two special holiday wine glasses plus photographs and other goodies. Treat yourself or a family member, friend, business associate or client with an elegant gift they will thank you for all year round. www.wineandjazz.com