Monday, June 02, 2014


Final arrangements are underway for the upcoming onslaught of wine and jazz fans flocking to Napa Valley from all over the world June 11-15 for the third annual Napa Valley Jazz Getaway , an immersive music and lifestyle experience celebrating the good life. The festival’s founder and creative director Brian Culbertson booked an all-star lineup of contemporary jazz, R&B and funk performers and partnered with the best wineries and restaurants in Napa Valley. Concerts, wine tastings, fine dining, post-concert hangs and a golf tournament are planned to keep attendees busy at events that enable them to get behind the velvet rope to interact freely with the artists.

Beyond his role as a lifestyle curator, Culbertson is a charismatic contemporary jazz star who recently marked the 20th anniversary of his debut recording by releasing “Another Long Night Out,” his sixth album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart spawning his 27th No. 1 single as an artist, producer and songwriter. Culbertson chats and performs tonight (May 30) on the Tavis Smiley Show televised nationally on PBS.

VIP tickets to the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway sold out instantly and sales have been robust for the 4-day Gold and 2-day Silver Packages as well as single-day seats. Take a peek at the lineup:

June 12 at the Lincoln Theater
Jazz Legends Night starring Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Earl Klugh plus special guests Eric Marienthal, David Benoit and more.

June 13 at the Lincoln Theater
Friday Night Funk Night struts out The Ohio Players, comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans, and Brian Culbertson & The Funk Experience with Eric Darius, Marqueal Jordan and Marienthal. Before the show, the annual silent auction and wine reception will take place in the lobby to benefit The GRAMMY Foundation.

June 14 at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
The weekend concerts move outdoors to the stunning Jamieson Ranch Vineyards grounds with the Saturday marquee lit by Brian Culbertson’s 20th Anniversary Show, Morris Day & The Time, Average White Band and Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

June 15 at Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
Sunday spotlights Eric Benét, Mavis Staples, Darius and Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Althea Rene and Karen Briggs.

Daytime events scheduled for June 11 are VIP wine tastings and a luncheon while the evening offers welcome dinners at two locations: one at Round Pond for VIPs serving a performance by Benoit and Culbertson, and the sold-out dinner at Black Stallion Winery featuring live music by Cecil Ramirez and Michael Lington. Another sold-out show is “piano2piano” by Culbertson & Benoit in the round at Rutherford Hill Winery on June 13 from 12-2pm, which includes lunch and a wine tasting. After, Lington hosts a cigar & port event at Prager Winery & Port Works free for all to attend from 2-4pm. The full schedule of events, including details about the Wine Downs at The Westin Verasa Napa and the “Another Long Night Out” Late Night Hangs, is available on the Getaway’s website: 

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