Johnson's Smooth Jazz Festival | Lancaster, CA
The Johnson's Smooth Jazz Festival
Saturday, May 9th
Lancaster City Park
43011 10th Street West - Lancaster, CA
The Johnson's Smooth Jazz Festival 2015 is taking place on Saturday, May 9th in Lancaster, CA. The inaugural jazz festival in the park will feature great music by Jazz Superstar Gerald Albright, Bobby Caldwell, the Jeanette Harris Band, Nils, Jon B and more! Your hosts for the festival are Lancaster's own Sandra Johnson, John Mann, along with Pat Prescott and Greg Mack of 94.7-The Wave.
Tickets: Reserved Seating $75, Front Lawn Seating $55, Rear Lawn Seating $40
Purchase your tickets to The Johnson's Smooth Jazz Festival by clicking HERE! Gates open at 1 pm. First act hits the stage at 5 pm. You won't want to miss this fun event!
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One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary ans straight-ahead jazz, Grald Albright has earned his reputation as a "musician's musician." A few months after graduating from college, he joined jazz pianist/ R&B singer Patrice Rushen, who was in the process of forming her own band. Later, when the bass player let in the middle of a tour, Albright replaced him and finished the tour on bass guitar. During the '80s, Albright became a highly requested session musician, playing on albums by a wide variety of artists-including Anuta Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton- John, the Temptations and Maurice White. On June 19,2012, Albright teamed up with GRAMMY- winning guitarist Norman Brown tracks, 24/7 includes updated versions of "Tomorrow", a Brothers Johnson classic from 1976, and "Champagne Life", from singer Ne-Yo's album Libra Scale. 24/7 was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Bobby Caldwell's live performances are always electrifying! Drawing from his vast repertoire of rousing R&B, intimate smooth jazz stylings, and big band songs, Bobby has the ability to entertain at any venue, for fans of all ages. In Japan and throughout Asia, he enjoys a feverish popularity, selling out shows and achieving gold and platinum status for his releases in those countries. In addition to heavy touring, Bobby starred as Frank Sinatra in the David Cassidy/ Don Reo theatrical production "The Rat Pack Is Back in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bobby's timeless classic, "What You Wont' Do For Love" has been recorded and sampled by more than 100 artists, including rendition by Boys 11 Men. Bobby has toured the USA and the globe for 40 years, bringing his music to fans of all ages and backgrounds, and he continues to do so.
THE JEANETTE HARRIS BAND
Jeanette Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz. This lady understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations in the music are the soild platinum recipe for success. Fans already recognize her for her wonderful cover of Stevie Wonder's "All I Do", which hit Billboard's smooth jazz singles chart from her previous album, Saxified. Classically trained in both sax and piano, a graduate of Boston's famed Berkeley College of Music, and the saxophonist for the late, great Teena Marie's final year of touring, Jeanette has weathered the fiercest challenges to bring the world her own brand of soulful healing vibes. Back in Fresno, Jeanette recording her first self- released CD, Here and There, grabbing brother Michael to play drums with Patrick Olvera on the bass, and began building a following by regularly packing Mike's Pub & Pizzeria. She recorded her official debut album Reflections followed by Smooth Holiday Greetings on her family's J&M Records (Jeanette & Michael's initials, Mom and Dad's funds).
Fully living up to the title of a popular instructional book he once wrote called "How To Make Your Guitar Talk, Nils was the smooth jazz story of 2005, breaking through to audiences across the country with the energetic title track from his Baja/TSR debut Pacific Coast Highway" became the soundtrack of the summer, staying at #1 for seven weeks, on its way to being named the most played song in the format in the U.S. and Canada for the year. The guitarist's follow-up single "Summer Nights" remained in the Top 5 for six months on the same chart and became his 2nd #1 hit. Inspired by this success, Nils entered 2007 Ready To Play once again with an exciting new collection that keeps his crisp and edgy electric guitar front and center while expanding his pop,jazz and R&B driven musical palette even further. Some of the colorful background vocals on Nils' sparking, jazz/ gospel- flavored twist on "My Girl" are provided by Carmen Twillie, who sang lead vocals on the classic "Circle of Life" in The Lion King.
Songwriter, producer,vocalist,and instrumentalist Jon B. brought a distinctive focus on smooth melodies to contemporary R&B. Born in Pawtucket, Rode Island and raised in Pasadena, California, Jon B. (short for Jonathan Buck) was the son of a professor of music and a concert pianist. Influenced by music found in his grandparents' record store, he began combining the sport of '70s soul with hip-hop-inspired productions on his 1995 debut album, Bonafide. It peaked on Billboard's R&B Albums chart at number 24, led by the Top Ten R&B single " Someone to Love", a duet with prime influence Babyface, and went gold. His second album, 1997's Cool Relax, continued the emphasis on hip-hop soul and featured two of his biggest singles in "They Don't Know" and the 2Pac-assisted "Are U Still Down." As a result, the set sold over a million copies, thus earning it platinum certification. During the following decade, Jon B. released three more albums-- Pleasures U Like (2001), Stronger Everyday (2004), and Helpless Romantic (2008)-- that, at worst, narrowly missed the R&B Top Ten.
This event benefits the Marco and Sandra Johnson Foundation. For more information on this foundation please visit www.Marcoandsandra.org