BEBEL GILBERTO AT SUPPERCLUB SAN FRANCISCO
Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto will perform a limited engagement of two intimate evenings at San Francisco’s Supperclub in the South of Market area. Shows are slated for Feb. 12 and 14. Supperclub of San Francisco is an innovative multi-sensory fine dining experience rooted in excellent food, creativity and experimentation. While the primary focus is on food, Supperclub also serves as a blank canvas for artists of all kinds including sculptors, fashion designers, performers, dancers, DJ and more. San Francisco is the first U.S. city for the Supperclub brand, which began with Supperclub Amsterdam, then expanded to Rome, a cruise ship and a catering company.
ALEXANDER ZONJIC TO HOST THE CANADIAN SMOOTH JAZZ AWARDS
Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic will host the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, scheduled for April 7 in Mississauga, Ontario. Zonjic has been nominated for two awards, and keyboardist Bob James will be honored with the George Benson Lifetime Achiever Award. Other nominees include Chris Botti, Feist and Michael Buble. This year’s ceremony will feature performances by Warren Hill, Steve Oliver, Paul Brown, Carol Weisman, Brian Hughes and Dave Sereny. Alexander Zonjic also hosts a morning show on Detroit’s smooth jazz station, 98.7 WVMV-FM.
SEAL AND NANCY WILSON TO HEADLINE ST. LUCIA JAZZ FESTIVAL
The 15th edition of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival is slated for May 5-14, 2006, with headliners Seal, Babyface, Nancy Wilson, Poncho Sanchez, and Al Green. Since its establishment in 1992, the St. Lucia Jazz Festival has grown in magnitude and stature to become one of the pre-eminent Jazz festivals in the world, and attracting world famous artists from the entertainment world. This years’ event will be staged by the St. Lucia Tourist Board and produced by BET Event Productions, a division of Viacom subsidiary Black Entertainment Television (BET).
JUSTIN GUARINI RELEASES A SMOOTH JAZZ ALBUM
Justin Guarini (of American Idol fame) has released a smooth jazz album. The new self-produced, independent CD, Stranger Things Have Happened, includes a smooth jazz version of My Funny Valentine. Other songs include I’ll Take Romance, I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, Just Squeeze, Night And Day, Stranger Things Have Happened To Me, Young And Foolish, Sing and All Of You.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY JAZZ AND CHILL RELEASES…
Stanley Turrentine – Inflation; Steve ‘The Scotsman’ Harvey & Others – Everyday People Project Vol. 1; Samba Jazz Trio – Agora Sim!; Timo Lassey – African Rumble/High At Noon; Rosalia De Souza – Brasil Precisa Balancar; Freda Payne – Stares And Whispers; Peggy Lee – Peggy Lee Sings Leiber And Stoller; Amana Melome – Indigo Red; Haroldo Mauro Jr. – Bossa Na Pressao; Mike Theodore Orchestra – Cosmic Wind/High On Mad Mountain; Jon Lucien – I Am Now/Mind’s Eye/Rashida; Poussez – Poussez; The Persuaders – Made To Be Loved; Brass Construction – Got To Be Loved (remixes by Kenny Dope); Marlena Shaw – Out Of Different Bags; Erica & Chiquinho Timoteo Et Les Show Rio – Brazil 77; Coco Lagos – Descargas/Ritmo Caliente; Michel Legrand – Legrand Nougaro; Sambasonics – Jorge Ben Beat; Pharoah Sanders – Pharoah Sanders Anthology: You’ve Got To Have Freedom; Roy Ayers – Vibrations; Luiz Macedo – Bossa Electromagnetica; Sadao Watanabe & Charlie Mariano – Iberian Waltz; Edu Luke – Cosmo Bamba; Alzo – Alzo; Geraldo Pino – Heavy Heavy Heavy/Let’s Have A Party/Afro Soco Soul Live; Starpoint – All Night Long; Barbara McNair – Livin’ End; Chet Baker – Complete Original Chet Baker Sings Sessions; Cecilia Stalin – Straight Up; Bridget St. john – Thank You For; Rick Smith – We Should Be Lovers; Gruppo Jazz Marza – Communicazione Sonoroa; Debbie Jacobs – High On Your Love; Kleer – License To Dream; Jafrosax – New Standard Of The Future; Invisible Session – To The Powerful; Blue Magic – Magic Of The Blue; Yvon ‘Kapi’ Andre – The Afro Caribbean Project; Chick Corea – The Ultimate Adventure; Jason Miles – What’s Going On? Songs Of Marvin Gaye; Beth Orton – Comfort Of Strangers; Gino Vannelli – These Are The Days; and Roberta Flack – The Very Best Of Roberta Flack;
LENNY WILLIAMS & STEPHANIE MILLS
Both Lenny Williams and Stephanie Mills have recently released new albums. Lenny Williams, known for one of the greatest love songs ever recorded, Cause I Love You, has a new CD entitled My Way. Stephanie Mills, who had more than her share of successes many years ago is back with Born For This. Both CDs are out now.