2017 Gateway Jazz Festival

St. Louis is famous for the Gateway Arch, the Cardinals, and of course, the mainAnheuser-Busch Brewery. Well, if you are looking for somewhere to go at the end of July, you might want to make your way out to the St. Louis area for the2017 Gateway Jazz Festival. It will take place on July 29th, at Chesterfield Amphitheater. This is a one-day event, and there will be some big names on stage for your entertainment.

  • Najee
  • Maysa
  • Pieces Of A Dream
  • Steve Cole
  • Julian Vaughn

  • Brian Simpson
  • Nick Colionne
  • Cheili Minucci
  • Steve Oliver
  • Chris Standring

2017 Gateway Jazz Festival

There are general admission tickets, and a select number of VIP seats available. The VIP seats are located in front of the stage for optimal viewing of the performances. Bring sunscreen, because you know it will be hotter than July out there!

Here are the VIP perks:

-Performanceson SAT

– VIP Early Admission

– HotHors d’oeuvresSAT evening 5pm-6:30pm

– Two (2) compbeverages (wine/beeror soda/water)

VIP passes are $150.

General admission tickets are $75

The general admission tickets are first come, first served. Gates open at 1pm, so get there early for the best spot.

Click here for VIP tickets

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2017 Gateway Jazz Festival

Duffmusiq Debut Album Soulleash Review

duffmusiq soulleashWe love to let you about some new soul/jazz music, especially the type of sounds that we think you would enjoy. Soulleash by Duffmusiq, is an album that brings all of the important elements together. They include R&B, Jazz, Funk, and live musicianship. Duffmusiq is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist whois the director of the project. The recording is done ensemble style, with more than twenty musicians that lend their talents to the project.

Soulleash features eleven tracks, andthey are all tied together by the cool, low key guitar work by Duffmusiq.

I had the idea of doing the album ‘Santana-style’ by having different guest musicians on every track, and also incorporating small vocal parts here and there, so that it’s not an entirely instrumental album., Duffmusiq explains.

Duffmusiq Debut Album Soulleash Review

The album kicks off with Interlude: Solotude. Clocking in at three minutes and 25 seconds, I would consider this to be a full track, as it highlights Duffmusiq’s guitar licks. VocalistVania Margani only adds to the experience. After Midnight is up next, and one instrument immediately stands out. The upright bass is, in my opinion, underutilized, and here it is a main component to the song. After Midnight is an instrumental track, except for the hook, which is beautifully sung byChristine Hamilton. This is smokey lounge music at its best.

My Only Love is the first single off the album. It is a hybrid between R&B and Jazz, andlike the previous track, the instrumentalists take turns as they showcase their skills. The lead vocal is performed byWade O. Brown.

You can check it out here:

Cookies is a straight up instrumental track. Duffmusiq takes the lead guitar here, and it is obvious that heis a highly trained guitarist. If you like your jazz with a hint of blues, then you will like Summer Rain. You can definitely add your own lyrics about how your baby left you. I love it whenI am able to do that!

The title track is up next. Soulleash is is another opportunity for Duffmusiq to show off his skills. Lisa Michelle is the featured vocalist on this track.

Up next, there is a 37 second interlude called Funky People. I think they were just teasing on that one, because it seemed like they wanted to bust out.

Party People is another nice track that once again features the vocal stylings ofWade O. Brown. Quisha Wint also lends her vocals to the song. The bass is funky, and it is definitely a head-bobbing track.

There’s more smooth guitar work in Solace. You also get some rhymes, courtesy ofJin Brown. Solace is more of a neo-soul track, it fits in nicely within the theme of the album.From Duff Till Dawn is up next, and here we get back to the traditional lounge sound. Theinstrumentation is tight all the way around on this one.

The album concludes with a little funk. The Outro: Farewellends on a high note, making you ponder the direction Duffmusiq will go in regards tothe next album.

We like the ensemble approach to the album, and this is a good one that you can add to your playlist.

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Thornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series 2017

I have said many times that two of my favorite things are wine and music. When you package those together, you have a winning combination. If the music is provided by some of the top names in the music biz, then you have just taken it to another level.

TheThornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series 2017 artist lineup has been announced, and let’s just say that they have knocked it out of the park…..Once again!

Thornton Winery has been doing this music series for 29 years. It seems each year they raise the bar. The concerts are held in one of the finest outdoor venues in the country. The venue isnestled in a hilly vineyard, so you can enjoy the great summertime weather.

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Thornton Winery is located in Southern California, just inland of Los Angeles and San Diego.

Here is the lineup for theThornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series 2017:

June 10th

Candy Dulfer

Grace Kelly

June 17th

Keiko Matsui

Poncho Sanchez

July 8th

Sheila E

Marcus Anderson

July 15th

Chris Isaak

July 30th

David Sanborn

August 12th

Spyro Gyra

Vincent Ingala

August 20th

Jonathan Butler

Gerald Albright

August 27th

Ottmar Liebert

September 9th

Dave Koz

Larry Graham

September 10th

Dave Koz

Larry Graham

September 16th

West Coast Jam

September 24th

Guest TBA

September 30th

Guest TBA

October 1st

Peter White

Marc Antoine

October 7th

Jeffrey Osborne

October 14th

Chris Botti

There are various ticket options for you to choose from. Season tickets are available. Season ticket seating isup close, in the first few rows. There are also gourmet seating packages, if you prefer dinner before the show. Lastly, you can pick up the general admission tickets for individual shows.

Visit the main show page for theThornton Winery Champagne Jazz Series 2017

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