I am looking forward to the Smooth Jazz Festival 2012 which will be held in Augsburg, Germany Sept 14-15, where it has found its permanent home at the Parktheater im Kurhaus G�ggingen, a historic building which provides the perfect backdrop for this event. Organized by Christian B�ssner, it is going to feature a great lineup of major smooth jazz artists to perform in Europe, bringing this artform once more to European listeners and fans. Friday evening, John Stoddart, Kirk Whalum and Eric Darius will perform, while on Saturday evening, it will be Joey Sommerville, Nils and Keiko Matsui entertaining the crowd. The backing band will consist of the tried and tested players we enjoyed during the previous years (Lutz Deterra, G�nter Asbeck, Andy Pilger and - new this year - Martin Feske). The setting of the festival allows easy mingling of the artists and fans, and this year's festival hotel should provide another excellent location to enjoy the festival among like minded fans. I will cover the festival like usual here on Smooth Jazz Vibes and post images later on Flickr. Say hi if you are in Augsburg, I should be seated somewhere in the front rows.