January artists performing will have a chance to really draw some crowds since the quantity of shows are going to kick off a slow month in the desert of the Las Vegas valley for 2006.
Kenny Rankin, who over the years has built a loyal following since his debut in the '70s as a smooth vocalist-songwriter, discovered by the late comedian, Flip Wilson, will be performing Saturday, January 14th, in the Railhead showroom at the Boulder Station Hotel. The fabulous guitar duo of Strunz & Farah will follow exactly two weeks later in the same venue on January 28th.
Brazilian jazz legend Sergio Mendes brings his signature sound to the showroom at the Suncoast Hotel for two big nights, January 27 and 28.
Probably the most remembered American Idol Season 4 finalist outside of Bo and Carrie, Mikalah Gordon, (also daughter of jazz musician Rocky Gordon), turns 18 years old this month on Saturday January 14. She lives in L.A. and is performing occasional jazz benefits while pursuing an acting career under the guidance of the Mosaic Media Group, a top management firm in Hollywood (Jim Carrey, Ellen, Will Ferrell, Sarah Silverman).
Special thanks to all those respondants of my editorial last month "Where Have All The Solos Gone?". There will be a follow up as to my observation of the state of smooth jazz transitioning into the "Chill" format soon. So keep checking back to this site.