Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Marc Antoine at Pizza Express

Hot on the heels of the Smooth Jazz Week (which was an absolute blast by the way), I'm pleased to announce that is presenting another series of shows in February at the famous Pizza Express Jazz Club in London's West End starring the one and only Marc Antoine.

It will be the first time that Marc has played in the UK for more than 5 years so don't delay reserving your seat if you don't want to miss him as there are only 4 shows.

The dates are Monday 23rd February - Thursday 26 February and Pizza Express are taking bookings here:

Pizza Express Jazz Club Bookings

You can also reserve seats over the phone on 020 7734 3220.

Marc will be accompanied by Oli Silk on keyboards, Frank Felix on bass and Greg Grainger from Acoustic Alchemy on drums.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Future of Car Radio

Well it's obviously going to take a while but it looks like the future of car radio is going to begin a transformation this year. It was always going to happen of course but Blaupunkt are about to launch an in-car Internet radio receiver, that will mean that you will no longer be restricted by geographic location when it comes to your radio listening choice.

The device will rely on your mobile phone and bluetooth to receive the stations and will therefore be subject to your mobile phone network supplying the streaming facility. Of course in the USA this is already happening with some people and networks, although you do have to have to be reasonably savvy in the ways of technology to make it happen, but the forthcoming Blaupunkt units (and those that will ultimately follow) will streamline the process and make it a bit easier to do. At the moment it can be a little clunky to set it all up.

Of course in the UK only millionaires can currently dream of such things as the mobile companies rob us blind with call charge packages and the financial implications of choosing to listen to all of your in-car entertainment over the Internet don't bear thinking about, but obviously that will change... eventually.

Interesting times ahead then. The Blaupunkt systems will operate in conjunction with miRoamer, who, you'll be pleased to know already list Smooth Jazz amongst their featured stations (and all the other Sky channels for that matter).

More details on the Wired Blog, or if you Google "Blaupunkt Internet Radio" you should find plenty of dialogue about the whole thing.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Revised Show Times for Smooth Jazz Week

Pizza Express Jazz Club have changed some of their opening/show times this year. This mainly affects the weekday shows but below is a list of all of the times of our shows on the Smooth Jazz week.

Wednesday 21 Jan Doors 7.00pm, Show 8.30pm
Thursday 22 Jan Doors 7.00pm, Show 8.30pm
Friday 23 Jan Early Doors 6.00pm, Show 7.30pm
Friday 23 Jan Late Doors 10.00pm, Show 10.30pm
Saturday 24 Jan Early Doors 6.00pm, Show 7.30pm
Saturday 24 Jan Late Doors 10.00pm, Show 10.30pm
Sunday 25 Jan Doors 6.30, Show 8.00pm

If you haven't booked a table yet, don't forget that you can now do so online:

Pizza Express Jazz Club

You can also book over the phone on 020 7734 3220 (0044 20 7734 3220).

Tickets are selling well so don't delay. To everybody who has already booked, many thanks for supporting the first Smooth Jazz event at Pizza Express.

It's support like that which means that we can bring more smooth jazz artists to the UK.

Looking forward to meeting lots of friendly faces in what is now less than two weeks away!

Best wishes,

Jimi King

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Oli Silk's Christmas Visit

For anybody that missed it, here's the video of the Smooth Jazz live show on 14th December 2008, featuring Oli Silk.