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The JazzTrax Best of 2011
JazzTrax
Song
of the Year
JazzTrax
Album
of the Year
JazzTrax
Debut Artist
of the Year
JazzTrax Best Live Performance
'Friday Night October 21, 2011
Avalon Ballroom...looking out to Sea '


Dotsero
'Kansas Ballet Song'

Dotsero
'Storyhouse'

Jonathan Fritzen
Swedish Keyboardist

Karen Briggs
Violinist
OPENING

Nick Colionne
Chicago Guitarist
CLOSING

JazzTrax
Best 'Album or Song Title' of the Year
JazzTrax
Best Vocal
of the Year
JazzTrax BEST MOMENT of the Year

The Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards were handed out in April at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Destin, Florida.  Smooth Jazz Fans had voted for months on-line, In categories like Best Brass Smooth Jazz Artist.   Best Smooth Jazz Saxophonist.   Best Smooth Jazz Guitarist.  Under the Category of Best Jazz Festival in America The Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival WON.  October's JazzTrax Festival VOTED the Honor of BEST JAZZ FESTIVAL IN AMERICA.

This unexpected Honor was the JazzTrax Moment of the Year. Along with September when KCET Public Television in Los Angeles aired a 'History of Aviation on Catalina Island' to which JazzTrax contributed full series JazzTrax Festival tickets for the program's pledge drive.  That special which aired numerous times in early Fall, immediately returned JazzTrax ticket sales not only back to normal from Summer's bad national economic doldrums but quite obviously contributed to one of the biggest October Ticket Walk-Ups in the festival's 25 year history.  A Smooth Jazz History
who's length has now eclipsed even the time period of the Big Band's of the Avalon Ballroom's 30's and 40's.  Thank you John Mazur and KCET.

One final added moment came on one of the  2012 Pre Ticket Order forms.  A festival goer, saying, "we used to go to jazz festivals all over the place but now we just come to Catalina Island because there simply isn't any other festival like it."   Thank You.


'Unscripted'
Cindy Bradley
CD title

'If I Could Make September Stay'
Sung by
Michael Franks
on 'Time Together'
The JazzTrax Top Ten Albums of 2011

Dotsero
'Storyhouse'

Russ Freeman &
The Rippingtons
'Cote D' Azur'

Acoustic Alchemy
'Roseland'

Richard Elliot
'In The Zone'

Keiko Matsui
'The Road'
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
         

Euge Groove
'S7VEN LARGE'

Jessy J
'Hot Sauce'

Cindy Bradley
'Unscripted'

Steve Cole
'Moonlight'

Nick Colionne
'Feel The Heat'
#6
#7
#8
#9
#10

The JazzTrax Top Ten Songs of 2011

Dotsero
'Kansas Ballet Song'

Paul Taylor
'Push To Start'

Acoustic Alchemy
'Templemeads'

Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons
'Cote D' Azur'

Cindy Bradley
'Massive Transit'
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
         

Jessy J & Joe Sample
'Rainbow Gold'

Keiko Matsui
'Bohemian Concerto'


Sachal Studios Orchestra from Pakistan
'Take 5'


Michael Franks
"Now That The Summer's Here'

Richard Elliot
'Island Style'
#6
#7
#8
#9
#10

HONORABLE SONG MENTION

“TRACK 1” (originally titled “Restivities”  by Euge Groove

“HEY CATALINA”  by Slim Man  originally the 2010 song “Hey Carolina” but re recorded by Slimmie for JazzTrax

“SOME FUNKY”  by Nick Colionne

“UNDUN”  by Steve Cole

“THE GOOD LIFE”  by Rick Braun

2011 New Smooth Jazz Releases
Hear the Stars Debutting All the Brand New on JazzTrax - Listen Now!
 
 
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January
   
Craig Sharmat
'Outside In'
Drew Davidsen
'Spin Cycle'
Keiko Matsui
'The Road'
   
Jan 4th
Jan 17th
Jan 25th
   
   

February
Rippingtons
'Cote D' Azur'
Steve Cole
'Moonlight'
Nate Harasim
'Rush'
SOLO DEBUT of
Detroit Keyboardist
Herb Alpert
'I Feel You'
Chieli Minucci & Special EFX
'Without You'
Feb 1st
Feb 1st
Feb 1st
Feb 1st
Feb 1st

       
Marcus Miller
'A Night in Monte-Carlo'
       
Feb 1st
       
       

March
     
Boney James
'Contact'
Sachal Studio
'Sachal Jazz'
     
March 29th
       
     

April
Dotsero
'Storyhouse'
Gordon Goodwin's
Big Phat Band

'That's How
We Roll'
Andy Snitzer
'Traveller'
Patrick Bradley
'Under The Sun'
Dave Grusin
'An Evening With Dave Grusin'
April 5th
Aprill 12th
Aprill 19th
April 26th
April 26th

May
     
Euge Groove
'S7VEN LARGE'
Patti Austin
'Sound Advice'
     
May 17th
May 17th
     
     

June
Brian Hughes
'Fast Train to a Quiet Place'
Paul Taylor
'Prime Time'
Cindy Bradley
'Unscripted'
Paul Hardcastle
'VI'
Marcus Anderson
'Now'
June 7th
June 14th
June 21st
June 21st
June 28th

       
Michael Franks
'Time Together'
       
June 14th
       
       

July
Nick Colionne
'Feel The Heat'
Eumir
Deodato

'The Crossing'
Down to the Bone
'The Main Ingredients'
Chuck Loeb
'Plain 'n Simple'
Keith Andrew
'Blue Funky Blue'
July 1st
July 12th
July 19th
July 26th
July 26th

August
       
Rick Braun
'Sings With Strings'
       
August 2nd
       
       

September
 
Spyro Gyra
'A Foreign Affair'
Acoustic Alchemy
'Roseland'
Jessy J
'Hot Sauce'
Richard Elliot
'In The Zone'
 
 
September 6th
   
 

October
       
George Benson
'Guitar Man'
       
October 4th
       
       

November
       
Ramsey Lewis
'Ramsey Taking Another Look'
       
November
       
       

December
     
Chris Standring
'Send Me Some Snow'
Marcus Anderson
'Tender Loving Christmas'
     
December
December
     
     

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Forthcoming in 2012

Debut of Bassist Julian Vaughn
Shilts
Joe Sample/Creole Joe Band 'Creole Rhythm and Blues'
Debut on Trippin 'N Rhythm Records of 19 year old female saxophonist Elizabeth Mis

The Sax Pack
Greg Adams
Bob James/Keiko Matsui '4 Hand Piano'
Hiroshima
Warren Hill
Steve Oliver
Michael Lington 'Pure' Feb. 21st