Marc Antoine's Mediterraneo and A Smooth Jazz Christmas tour

coverGuitarist Marc Antoine�s Mediterraneo seduces radio, the album charts, fans & critics alike. Up next is a 21-date holiday concert tour throughout the U.S.

The new world music-influenced CD from Latin-jazz guitarist Marc Antoine, Mediterraneo, is romancing radio listeners, record buyers, concert goers and music critics from coast to coast.� �Funky Picante,� the first single from the Paris-born, Madrid-based artist�s new collection, is spicing up the Top 20 on Radio & Records� smooth jazz radio chart, while the album crashed the shores of Billboard�s Top 10 Contemporary Jazz Album Chart.��������

Antoine recently wrapped a six-week U.S. concert tour along with Dave Koz, Chris Botti and Jeff Lorber.� Saxman Dave Koz happens to be the co-founder of Rendezvous Entertainment, the record label that released Antoine�s album this fall.� Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Antoine and Koz team with Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson and Bobby Caldwell for A Smooth Jazz Christmas, a solidly-booked concert trek comprised of 21 concerts in 19 cities in 24 days before Christmas.� The stellar group of musicians will be performing holiday standards along with tracks from their current CDs and recent hits.�

We can spend time hurling a bunch of colorful adjectives at you that aptly describe the Mediterraneo album, but you�re much better at that than we are so we�ll let you do it for us:

�He�s an amazingly gifted guitarist who plays in flamenco and Latin jazz styles with equal grade and aplomb, and his recordings are slick, sweet and lean heavily on the smooth jazz tip.� That said, on Mediterraneo, his seventh album, there is some real fire in both material and playing� Ultimately, Mediterraneo is Antoine�s finest moment to date, and is indicative of the kinds of changes he�s moving toward as his grasp of his chosen music vocabularies grows and expands on that knowledge.� � All Music Guide

��Marc Antoine commands your attention with a world beat in a sea of jazzy currents.� The songs on the album are distinctly spicy.� You can almost taste the flavors of a quaint caf� in Madrid or imagine yourself on a distant shore� Flamenco guitar, samplings of hip-hop, cool grooves and classical remembrances all combine into an intimate jazz excursion that will ignite your senses.�� -

�Flamenco-jazz guitarist Marc Antoine gives smooth jazz a good name.� Mediterraneo shows that Antoine�s acoustic guitar chops have enough bite to steer his music beyond the blandness of so much smooth jazz.� His phrasing is confident and laid back � he doesn�t need to fill every moment with notes.� And his playing is infused with a subtle romanticism and hints of the exotic.� � Newark Star-Ledger

�Marc�s last album, Cruisin�, was fabulous, and he�s taking it up a notch here.� Antoine penned ten of the eleven tracks� Mixing styles and influences, you�d think that Antoine was a world music artist, but the contemporary jazz radio format has championed him and made him a future smooth jazz legend.� �

Mediterraneo certainly deserves a wide hearing.� Released, Sept. 23, the album�s 11 tracks feature eight Antoine originals, including the accurately titled �Funky Picante,� and the closing ode to his son, �Alejandro�s Lullaby.�� The sound throughout is lively, a blend of funk rhythms and flamenco guitar, Latin percussion and lovely ballads.� � Stockton Record

Celebrate A Smooth Jazz Christmas with Marc Antoine, Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson and Bobby Caldwell on the following dates:

November 28������������������������� Lake Tahoe, NV��������������������� Hyatt Regency

November 29������������������������� Long Beach, CA����� ��������������� Terrace Theatre

November 30������������������������� Palm Springs, CA��� ��������������� McCallum Theatre

December 1���������������������������� Santa Barbara, CA� ��������������� Arlington Theatre

December 2���������������������������� Fresno, CA����������������������������� Saroyan Theatre

December 3���������������������������� San Diego, CA����������������������� Symphony Hall

December 4���������������������������� El Cajon, CA��������������������������� East County Performing Arts Center

December 5���������������������������� Modesto, CA��������������������������� State Theatre

December 6���������������������������� San Francisco, CA� ��������������� Masonic Temple

December 9���������������������������� Cleveland, OH������������������������ Playhouse Square

December 10�������������������������� Cleveland, OH������������������������ Mershon Theatre

December 11�������������������������� Atlanta, GA������������������������������ Robert Ferst Center

December 12�������������������������� Melbourne, FL������������������������ Maxwell King Center

December 13�������������������������� West Palm Beach, FL�������������� Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

December 14�������������������������� Naples, FL������������������������������ Philharmonic Center for the Arts

December 16�������������������������� Sarasota, FL��������������������������� Van Wezel Performing Arts Center

December 17�������������������������� Clearwater, FL����������������������� Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 18�������������������������� Milwaukee, WI������������������������ Riverside Theatre

December 19 & 20� ��������������� Chicago, IL����������������������������� Chicago Theatre

December 21�������������������������� Los Angeles, CA��������������������� Kodak Theatre