Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Mezzoforte return to London

I confess to being a little excited about this weekend's shows. Icelandic Jazz funkers Mezzoforte made a brief return to UK shores after a 30 year absence for a one night stand last year, and it was a magical show. So it was a no brainer to ask them back again for a revisit this year. It seems that a lot of people felt the same as 3 out the 4 scheduled shows are now sold out. But there are still seats left for the Saturday night late show if you fancy catching them this time around.

They are guaranteed to play their big UK hit "Garden Party", along with an impressive selection from their extensive back catalogue. After more than 40 years together they are as tight as a band can get so do yourself a favour and catch Mezzoforte. Visit Smooth Jazz Events UK for more details.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Changes to the blog content

I think it's time to kill it or cure it. I'm going to try for a cure first.

I confess that I have used this blog almost exclusively for the promotion various things that I am involved in, most notably live music. It became obvious that it wasn't setting the world on fire with that theme going on, and so it fell into neglect somewhat.

So plan B is to start using it for my thoughts and opinions. Something that I have always felt might be a little self centered. However, since that would seem to be the whole point of blogs I guess it's worth a go. I confess that recent changes in the licensing system for Internet radio have prompted me to think seriously about using the blog for opinion on that and other such matters. Some serious wrongs have been done to Internet radio in 2016. The industry is in a right old state as a result of it, and as I predicted it would, the result is negatively affecting artist revenues (the exact reverse of what was supposed to happen).

So as time allows I'll be attempting to address certain issues that affect me and the people I know in the business on this page. You may want to rethink your bookmarking of it accordingly!

If you are a musician registered with SoundExchange, how are you finding things as we enter the second quarter of 2016? Are your SoundExchange royalties down so far this year? Everybody I have asked so far says yes, they are down on last year. If that is your situation then sadly it isn't likely to get better any time soon.

To be continued...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Cindy Bradley and Oli Silk at Pizza Express this weekend

Just in case you didn't know (or were in any doubt!), here's proof that Cindy Bradley is  currently in residence at Pizza Express Jazz Club .

Currently sharing a stage  with label mate Oli Silk, there's still a little space if you'd like to come along and check out the show. Either call 0207 439 4962 or visit www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk 

I'm not sure if Pizza Express has ever seen the likes of a pink trumpet before, but  it cetainly brightens up the place.  Note . It's actually a  "flumpet".  Flugelhorn and trumpet combined.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Brian Culbertson in London On Sale Now!

It's always a scramble for seats when  the Brian Culbertson London shows go on sale, and this year has proved to be no exception. He's going to be playing 11 shows in 9 days  at Pizza Express this year but 25% of the available seat allocation was taken within a few hours of the box office opening. At the time of writing there is now only limited availability for the early show on Saturday  September 19th, and the  performance on Thursday 24th is not far behind.

It will of course be a total blast, just as it always is with Brian so  secure your place while you still can. Call 0207 439 4962 or go to  www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk  for  further details and the latest availability.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Steve Cole & Chuck Loeb Next Week!

Chuck Loeb & Steve ColeLondon gets to see two great smooth jazz musicians share the stage at Pizza Express Jazz Club next week.  Steve Cole from the Sax Pack teams up with Fourplay's Chuck Loeb  to provide an unforgettable  musical experience.

They're here for 4 shows from Thursday June 25th to Sunday June 28th. At the time of writing seats for the performance on Saturday June 27th are in short supply so please check out smoothjazzevents.co.uk for more details and all the booking links.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

A Glorious Smooth Jazz Summer in the UK

There's no shortage of smooth jazz talent playing in the UK over the next  few months. Starting  with Marc Antoine & Brian Simpson  next weekend  (seats disappearing fast on that one BTW).

Then we have Chuck Loeb & Steve Cole just two weeks after that, followed by Oli Silk & Cindy Bradley in July and  a visit from Mindi Abair in August.

It's certainly action packed, and they all should be an absolute blast, so make sure you have staked your place by visiting www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk  for more details  and availability.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Nick Colionne & Marion Meadows

It's just 3 weeks now until Nick Colionne and Marion Meadows step out in London. It'll be Marion's first time at Pizza Express Jazz Club, but Nick has visited once before with Dave Koz back in 2009.

We're expecting a great double bill and already some performances have limited availability, so hurry on over to smoothjazzevents.co.uk and secure your place while you can.

Monday, March 09, 2015

Richard Elliot Returns to The UK

He had too many commitments last year to fit a UK visit  into his travels,  so it's with great relief that I'm able to announce the return of Richard Elliot for 2015.

And  this time he's bringing his entire US band along for the trip too. So prepare to be blown away by Richard, along with Ron Reinhardt, Randy Jacobs, Nate Philips and Third Richardson.

Tickets are already on sale and not surprisingly they are selling fast., so book your seat now for Richard Elliot  starting April 30th at Pizza Express Jazz Club. Visit www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk  without delay!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Nearly Time For Kim Waters

It's now less than two weeks until Kim Waters flies in for his first solo performances in the UK.

There's  been a lot of interest in these shows and it looks like they'll be a total  sell out  as there are only a handful of seats left for the taking.

If you don't want to miss Kim at Pizza Express better get clicking before it's too late. www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk

Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Best Of 2104

I run down my personal best songs of the year around this time and this year is no exception. These are my own choices and not based on sales, airplay or anything else:

1. Peter White - Head Over Heels
2. Euge Groove - Hey Hey L'il Lilah Belle
3. Paul Brown - Sunrise On Sunset
4. Rick Braun - Get Up And Dance
5. Jonathan Butler - African Breeze
6. Dave Koz - All You Need Is Love
7. Richard Elliot - Givin' It Up
8. Nick Colionne - Got To Keep It Moving
9. Brian Culbertson - Horizon
10. Wayne Jones - Sweet Melody
11. Shakatak - On The Corner
12. Euge Groove - Tango In Tio
13. Cindy Bradley - Riverside Jive
14. Peter White - Floating In Air
15. Paul Brown (featuring Euge Groove) - Stay Sly
16. Rick Braun - Can You Feel It
17. Jazzmasters - Domino Effect
18. Richard Elliot - Shining Star
19. Gregg Karukas - Cafe Agogo
20. Euge Groove - Homie Grown
21. Gerald Albright - Because Of You
22. Kim Waters - Cruising Round Rock
23. Cindy Bradley - Squeeze Me
24. Renato Falaschi - Following My Soul
25. Peter White - In Rainbows
26. Euge Groove - Miss Bane
27. Paul Brown - Better Late Than Never
28. Kenny G - Bossa Real
29. Gregg Karukas - Elegant Nights
30. Michael Lington - Taking Off

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dave Koz UK Tour This Weekend

Just a couple of days now until Dave Koz starts his UK dates. At the time of writing there are a few seats left for the Shaw Theatre in London. Alternative choices are The Dancehouse Theatre in Manchester and The Stables in Milton Keynes.

Don't miss your chance to see the amazing Dave Koz live in the UK.

Head on over to Smooth Jazz Events UK and make sure of your seat.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Vincent & Jonathan Nearly Here!

Only a week to go before live smooth jazz hits London again.

And now the new kids on the block get their turn. Vincent Ingala and Jonathan Fritzen are seen by many as the future of smooth jazz. And they promise a high energy show for sure.

At the time of writing both the Friday and Saturday shows at Pizza Express are sold out. There's only limited space left for the Sunday lunchtime show too. Which leaves Thursday October 2nd as the date you should be aiming for if you want to catch these two in action.  Head on over to The Smooth Jazz Events UK Website while there are still some seats to be had.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Only 2 Days Until Rick Braun at Pizza Express

It all starts on Thursday. Rick Braun's shows are always fun, and he's an amazing musician so if you've never seen Rick Braun live and you're going to be anywhere near Central London this weekend then treat yourself to an evening in Rick's company (or a Sunday lunchtime!).

There are only limited seats available for Friday and Saturday night at this point so don't be shabby. Full details at Smooth Jazz Events UK.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Desktop Wallpaper for Smooth Jazz 247 fans

I thought it about time to make some new wallpaper to go along with the new logo for Smooth Jazz 247. The new look is designed to make you think of sunshine, blue skies and such things, so it was kind of a no brainer really.

Just click the picture to load the full size wallpaper in a new tab (one size should fit all), then all you have to do is right  click on the picture and then select "Set as Background", or whatever your particular browser has for such a task, and that should be all there is to it.

I hope that it brightens your day. I also hope that it inspires you to tune in to Smooth Jazz 247 each day too!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Live Smooth Jazz in London for July

Great news for smooth jazz fans in the UK as we have two opportunities to see some great live action in London throughout July.

Firstly Chuck Loeb returns to Pizza Express Jazz Club from the 3rd to the 6th July and then Rick Braun makes his return visit from July 31st through to August 3rd. Tickets are on sale for both of these events right now and there is limited availability for Chuck Loeb's show this coming Saturday.

So don't dally. Secure your places now. As always, full details and booking links can be found, along with details of all the other upcoming shows for the remainder of 2014, at www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk.

If you haven't already done so, take a moment to sign up for the Smooth Jazz Events UK Newsletter while you're there, so that you can get all the latest news first.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Dave Koz UK Dates Now On Sale

He's currently in the UK touring and opening for Barry Manilow, so with tens of thousands of Barry's fans getting to experience a dose of DK magic it made sense to put Dave's shows in November up on sale now.

Needless to say the lines went into meltdown. With over a quarter of the seats for The Shaw Theatre in London disappearing in a little over 24 hours. Most of the seats at Pizza Express were accounted for by the time the weekend was over too. However you can still get a place in all venues at the time of posting, including Manchester and Milton Keynes as well, so hurry on over to www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk, scroll down to November and grab yourself a seat for the Dave Koz UK Tour in November while you still can.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

David Benoit in London This Week

This Thursday is the opening night for David Benoit at  Pizza Express Jazz Club. This is his first outing there, and he's in town for 5 shows in 4 days.

At the time of writing the Saturday night performance is sold out and there's limited availability for the Thursday and Friday shows.

Don't miss this piano virtuoso putting the Pizza Express Steinway through it's paces. Book your place now. www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk

Monday, February 10, 2014

Boney James Returns To The UK

It's been nearly a decade since Boney last played in Britain, so it's great to be able to announce his return for two very special shows on April 12th and 13th, at Union Chapel in London and The Dancehouse in Manchester.

Needless to say, sales are quite brisk to say the least so you are urged to reserve your seat as soon as possible to make sure you get to see the legendary saxman while he's in the UK.

More details and booking links at www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk

Friday, February 07, 2014

David Benoit Now On Sale

Seats are now available for David Benoit's first ever shows at Pizza Express Jazz Club in London.

Demand has been very brisk since they went on sale and it's looking like a total sell out is on the horizon, so don't delay if you'd like to see David in the UK.

Full details and booking links are at www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk as always.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Steve Oliver at Pizza Express Now On Sale

Sales were brisk when seats for the upcoming Steve Oliver shows went on sale on Monday.

There was also a rise in sales for the Gerald Albright shows at the end of this month as both Pizza Express and the Stables reported increased activity on Gerald's dates as presumably folks decided to take action to fend off the January blues.

Gerald's early Saturday performance on February 1st is now SOLD OUT and there is only limited availability for Friday 31st January.

All dates and booking links are at www.smoothjazzevents.co.uk