April 10, 2009

The 17th Annual City Of Lights Jazz Festival

The 17th Annual City Of Lights Jazz Festival hosts five great acts this year. Boney James, Wayman Tisdale, Maysa, Marion Meadows, and the young female sax sensation, Jessy J.
The all day event will take place on April 25th in Las Vegas at the Clark County Government Amphitheater. Check City Of Lights Jazz Festival to be directed to more detailed information regarding tickets, accommodations, and travel.

The Killer Groove Band will be performing at two venues this month. The first is The District At Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, NV. on Friday, April 10th, the weather withstanding chances of rain. Then you can catch them at the Black Label tavern in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 25th, which is endorsed by The Las Vegas Jazz Society.

Ongoing events include Monday nights at the Palms Resort with Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns.

On an editorial note:
Keep listening to traditional jazz college stations as they begin playing artists again like Spyro Gyra, Fourplay, Nelson Rangell, and other musicians who once garnered attention on smooth jazz radio stations. With the decline of that format the afore mentioned have been recording material more suited for the contemporary jazz listener who favors modern funk and soul rhythms, but with a little more "meat" creatively.
This is the way it was before the "smooth" era was manufactured by corporate radio program directors in the late '90s.
It will be nice to hear some type of soloing happening in this kind of jazz once more. Even Kenny G is soloing and experimenting again since his arrival at Concord Records, following his decision to abandon the Arista / Clive Davis "play-another-watered-down-formula-pop-song-and-go-platinum-again" philosophy. And with Kenny's partnership with Starbucks it appears his sales have not diminished by much in the last year or so.

Posted by Danny Desart at April 10, 2009 8:19 PM | TrackBack