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2024 ARTIST LINEUP

The 2024 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Artist Line-Up is Now Being Announced, 1 Artist Each Week January through May

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2 Consecutive Weekends Each October SINCE 1987 .. Now our 37th 26 Miles Across the Sea .. just off the Southern California Coastline in a tiny seaport village, called “AVALON”

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OPENING WEEKEND

OCTOBER 10, 11, 12. 13

CLOSING WEEKEND

OCTOBER 17, 18, 19, 20

OPENING WEEKEND

OCTOBER 10, 11, 12. 13

CLOSING WEEKEND

OCTOBER 17, 18, 19, 20

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 pm

‘RnR’ Rick and Richard

RICHARD ELLIOT & RICK BRAUN

TOGETHER

Rick Braun & Richard Elliot

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 pm

‘RnR’ Rick and Richard

RICHARD ELLIOT & RICK BRAUN

TOGETHER

Rick Braun & Richard Elliot

RICHARD ELLIOT .. who 1st came to Catalina Island in 1990 when he para sailed while playing his sax past the Casino for his Encore RICK BRAUN .. first time in 1994 as he was just emerging from total unknown to perhaps the hottest smooth jazz star of the late 90’s Both coming as well in different all star configurations …….. Richard in ‘Guitars and Saxes’ in 2006 Rick in ‘BWB’ in 2015 Richard with ‘The Three Tenors’ in 2015 Rick with ‘Jazz Attack’ in 2015 Rick with ‘West Coast Jam’ in 2017 And Way Back Now in 2008 Both TOGETHER as ‘RnR’ Rick & Richard Following their 2007 ‘RnR’ Collaboration Album

Rick Braun & Richard Elliot

Rick

Rick Braun photo

AND

Richard

Richard Elliot photo

RETURNING TO CATALINA ISLAND TOGETHER IN 1 SHOW

Watch Rick and Richard Performing Live at Spaghettini’s in Seal Beach a Year Ago.

Watch Rick and Richard Performing Together 13 Years Ago … AT SEA

Rick Braun & Richard Elliot TOGETHER

RnR

Opening Weekend

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 pm

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 pm

Dutch Saxophonist and Singer

CANDY DULFER

Candy Dulfer

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 pm

Dutch Saxophonist and Singer

CANDY DULFER

Candy Dulfer

Candy last graced our Island Stage 6 years ago, in 2018. Watch Live Video of that show when in the “Pick Up the Pieces” encore Dave Koz made a Surprise Appearance.

She’s not easy to get back, living in Amsterdam, she has to put together a West Coast Leg on any Trip to America and arrange it specifically around our limited 2 weekends. We thought she would return last year, but then the Dave Koz Summer Horns invited her along.

So …. you want to catch Candy on Catalina Island This Is THE YEAR. CLOSING WEEKEND This OCTOBER

WATCH Pat Prescott from the Los Angeles WAVE interviewing the Amsterdam based saxstress in 2015.

Candy Dulfer

Her most recent CD, “We Never Stop” was a JazzTrax Top 10 album in 2022.

Candy Dulfer

Remember her very 1st? In 1989 when was just like, right around 20 years old. Just before she joined as saxophonist in PRINCE Band. Started the Grammy’s 1 year her and Prince walking on stage together ….. had her 1st huge radio hit “Lilly Was Here” on it.

Candy Dulfer

WATCH CANDY making her debut on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 30 years ago

Remember This One? 1997

Candy Dulfer

Candy ., Candy .. Candy coming all the way from Amsterdam, to LAX and then 26 miles further across the sea to the JazzTrax Live Performance Stage CLOSING WEEKEND

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 pm

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 10th
  • Location: Descanso Beach
  • Time: 7:30 PM

As darkness descends and beach fire pits are lit Legendary British Guitarist

PETER WHITE

Peter White

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 10th
  • Location: Descanso Beach
  • Time: 7:30 PM

Legendary British Guitarist PETER WHITE UNPLUGGED OPENING WEEKEND Thursday Evening, Oct. 10th Under the Stars on Descanso Beach

PETER WHITE

Peter White

Peter in 2019 in our intimate 470 seat Thursday Evening Outdoor Venue Ocean Waves Right Behind …the Wrigley Casino and Avalon Ballroom where the Rest of the Festival Weekend Plays Out glittering on the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Peter White

Debuting Solo in 1990 after years as Al Stewart’s Guitar Sideman His very 1st ‘Reveillez-vous’ was named the JazzTrax Best Album of the Year

Peter White

LISTEN TO WHAT WAS PETER'S VERY 1st SMOOTH JAZZ RADIO HIT off that very 1st album "DREAMWALK" featuring Phil Kenzie, the sax from al Stewart's 'Year of the Cat'

His 2nd a year later then again named the 1991 JazzTrax Album of the Year Because we couldn’t Get Him in 1990 as he was in Basia’s Band on her World Tour, he made his JazzTrax Live Stage Debut with his 2nd album in 1991. He’s since told us THAT WAS HIS BIG STAGE SOLO DEBUT, on our stage.

Here's a clip found on YouTube from his "Conga Line" that 1st festival year. Everybody a whole lot younger huh? Spot yourself anywhere in this 1st Peter White 1991 Conga Line?

Peter will be bringing a Brand New Album to Catalina Island in October. He is right now finishing up his 1st new project since 2019.

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 10th
  • Location: Descanso Beach
  • Time: 7:30 PM

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 17th
  • Location: Descanso Beach
  • Time: 7:30 PM

As darkness descends and beach fire pits are lit Guitarist

RAY PARKER JR.

“WHO YA GONNA CALL?”

Ray Parker Jr.
Ray Parker Jr./GhostBusters

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 17th
  • Location: Descanso Beach
  • Time: 7:30 PM

RAY PARKER JR.

“WHO YA GONNA CALL?”

Ray Parker Jr.
Ray Parker Jr./GhostBusters

Ray Right Out Front ahead of Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd, Harold Ramis

Ray Parker Jr./Ghostbusters

Ray did a full band performance in the Avalon Ballroom in 2016 all the bartenders in the back were filming Ghostbusters on their I-Phones but when he did Unplugged at the Wrigley Ranch in 2008 he told the story of his attorney last second before signing off on the theme song, made the film company give Ray all/full royalty rights to the song.

Hence ………… One of the things he bought with his royalties was a place in Mammoth where he’d ski with Joe Sample. When Joe brought the Crusaders to Catalina Island in 2003 for their 1 and only JazzTrax performance, he had Ray on guitar.

Arriving from hometown Detroit to L.A. early 70’s he HIT the Top 40 Radio Airwaves as part of RAYDIO

Ray Parker Jr.

Hits Like

“A Woman Needs Love (just like you do)”

“You Can’t Change That”

“Jack and Jill”

“The Other Woman”

“Two Places at the Same Time”

Read Some Little known facts about Ray Here

…growing up in Detroit he co-wrote with Marvin Gaye at age 16

.. the Detroit based SPINNERS added the young guitarist to their touring group

.. played on Honey Cone’s #1 hit single “Want Ads”

.. appeared on Lamont Dozier’s first 2 albums

.. appearing on Stevie Wonder’s album ‘Talking Book’ prompted Ray’s move West to L.A.

.. co-wrote “You Got the Love” with Chaka Khan

.. didn’t get the credit nor apparently the Royalties, but insists he was original songwriter of Leo Sayer’s “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” 1976

.. broke from RAYDIO went solo in 1981

.. has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2014

.. Competed in 2022 on Season 8 of The Masked Singer as “Sir Bug a Boo” after being eliminated he then performed The Ghostbusters Theme.

Listen to his version of David Gates and Bread’s “The Guitar Man”

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 17th
  • Location: Descanso Beach
  • Time: 7:30 PM

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

from the 1970’s

THE SPINNERS

The Spinners

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

from the 1970’s

THE SPINNERS

The Spinners

This Festival has always loved stretching it’s boundaries ..
After All, we’re ON AN ISLAND .. 26 miles off the Southern California Coastline

When JazzTrax Producer Art Good saw THE SPINNERS on Yoshi’s Jazz Club Line-Up last Summer in Oakland, he thought, “Now That’s Interesting.” “The Spinners booked at a Jazz Club, I wonder if ........” Checking their Tour Schedule he saw The Spinners were coming to Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in
Southern California, just as he was coming off Catalina Island following the JazzTrax Festival last Fall.

Rather than returning straight to Palm Springs he bought a ticket for that show and loved it.
Sensing it could be a ton of FUN for our Smooth Jazz Audience who knows all the words to their 1970’s hits to see the same in our historic 1929 Avalon Ballroom. The 2024 SPINNERS

The Spinners

Sure, not exactly Smooth Jazz and the Purists might complain ... BUT THEY’LL KNOW ALL THE WORDS TO ALL THE SPINNERS SONGS and soon will be singing along too....

LISTEN to “WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU”

Timeless in a way that few other acts today are, The Spinners are one of the most iconic and enduring groups in R&B history. With a towering legacy spanning over six decades, The Spinners have never lost their universal appeal. In 2021, they returned with their first all-new original album, the aptly-titled, “Round the Block and Back Again”.

The group created and came to define the smooth sound of Philadelphia Soul, channeling the highs and lows of romance and heartbreak into a catalog of classic hits, beloved across generations. Throughout the years the Spinners continue to top the Pop, R&B and now Adult Contemporary Charts, with smash singles like, “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” “Then Came You,” “The Rubberband Man'' and many more– earning Six Grammy nominations, 18 Platinum and Gold Albums, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and selling millions of records worldwide in the process.

Though The Spinners popularized, and came to embody, the lush sound of Philly Soul in the 1970s, they got their start in Detroit at Motown in 1954. The Spinners signed with Atlantic Records in 1972, teaming up with producer Thom Bell in Philadelphia where the group blossomed under his masterful productions.

The Spinners had another classic hit single, “Working My Way Back To You”, topping the Pop and R&B charts, earning the group its 12th gold record. The “The Love Trippin" album’s release included “Cupid,” one of the fastest-selling records in The Spinners’ career. The follow-up album, Labor of Love, featured such stand-out tunes as “Yesterday Once More,” and “Long Live Soul Music.”

Four decades later The Spinners have not skipped a single beat as “Round the Block and Back Again” makes wonderfully clear. Melding intricate harmonies with breathtaking vocal acrobatics, the album, released August 27 2021, shows The Spinners at their soulful, multi-octave best.

A fan favorite drawing large crowds to sold out performances both at home and abroad, The Spinners have left an indelible impact, not only on music history– but on the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world.

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 18th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

BOOKER T JONES

Booker T Jones

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 18th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

BOOKER T JONES

Booker T Jones

We 1st put Booker T on the JazzTrax Live Performance Stage October 2012 He returned to the Island October 2013 In between he played the JazzTrax Floating Stage on Big Bear Lake Summer 2013

GOTTA BE HIS MOST FAMOUS SONG

Booker T Jones

WATCH BOOKER T JONES in an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music Offices
performing “Green Onions” (and 2 more songs) which he wrote for him and the M.G.’s
at age 17 back in the early 60’s .. and describing the Magic of a Hammond B3 Organ

He wrote this pop hit instrumental while still in high school and it became a massive HIT in 1962

So why the MGs? It supposedly really did stand for the British MG sports car, but Stax Records was concerned about trademark infringement, and so, they pushed the narrative that MG’s really stood for “Memphis Group”

Booker T Jones
Booker T Jones

WATCH BOOKER T performing ‘HIP HUG_HER’ in KCRW Studios

In 1969 marrying the sister of Rita Coolidge .. Booker T U The Mrs disbanded in 1972 as he relocated to Los Angeles and joined A&M Records as a staff producer

Master of the Hammond B3 organ .. producer, composer, arranger and Grammy Winner who plays as well multiple instruments. ‘Melting Pot’ in January 1971 was the last MGs record issued on Stax Records

WATCH BOOKER T Live from Daryl’s House
doin’ Green Onions with Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates

Booker T Jones

This would have been one of the final MGs performances …

WATCH BOOKER T and the MG’s “Time Is Tight”
Video’d Live in 1970 as they opened for Creedence Clearwater Revival at
Oakland Coliseum with John Fogerty seen watching just off stage.

So one of the top instrumental bands of the 1960’s outa Memphis disbands as Booker heads west and just keeps on goin’ himself. Making the charts as a solo artist in 1981 with “I Want You.” He’d already “produced” .. Bill Wither’s 1971 debut album .. Rita Coolidge’s in 1978 .. Willie Nelson’s in 1978 ..

And then his Studio Work on keys and organ through the next few decades with

LeAnn Rimes

Rita Coolidge

Natalie Cole

Linda Ronstadt

Elton John and Leon Russell

Neil Young

Rod Stewart

Rosanne Cash

Willie Nelson

Sheryl Crow

Otis Redding

Steve Perry

Boz Scaggs

Ray Charles

WATCH BOOKER T sitting in On David Letterman, April 30, 1991
performing “SOUL LIMBO” backed up by Paul Schaeffer
Back in the days when we actually knew who the
late show musical guests WERE ….

Getting his Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance March 1995 for his song “CRUISIN”
TAKE A LISTEN

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and honored at the Grammy’s with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Just before heading to Catalina Island in 2012 “The Road to Memphis” won the Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy. Oh…..and a 2019 Memoir titled ‘Time is Tight: My Life, Note by Note’ He now holds 4 Grammy’s and at age 79 This October .. is returning 26 miles across the sea.

Booker T Jones
Booker T Jones

Don’t Miss BOOKER T JONES This October Closing Weekend on Catalina Island

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 18th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 11th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

Former Prince Saxophonist

MARCUS ANDERSON

Marcus Anderson

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 11th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

Former Prince Saxophonist

MARCUS ANDERSON

Marcus Anderson

Marcus Anderson met PRINCE at his Paisley Park Studios in 2012 and subsequently joined PRINCE band. On stage with him until PRINCE Final Performance ever in Atlanta in 2016.

Watch and Listen to Marcus describing
Life after Prince “Diamonds and Pearls” on a North Carolina college campus
And how he didn’t know he was about to meet Prince let alone end up in his band

He released his 1st album, ‘My Turn’ in 2005 but his Smooth Jazzdom Break Out came with this 1 in 2009 from which he also won the Capital Jazz Festival Challenge

Marcus Anderson

WATCH MARCUS at the MALLORCA SMOOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL 2012
doin’ his Prince Medley

Marcus Anderson

His Latest, in 2022

Marcus Anderson

Listen to Marcus describe his Most Memorable Moment with PRINCE

Marcus Anderson

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 11th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Highly acclaimed saxophonist

NAJEE

Najee

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Highly acclaimed saxophonist

NAJEE

Najee

‘Savoir Faire’ released in 2022 is Najee’s current album.

This is the 2nd Former Prince Saxophonist Named for this October’s JazzTrax Festival Line-Up. Amazingly we have 3 different former Prince Saxophonists on our Stage this Fall, Najee, Candy Dulfer & Marcus Anderson. Najee spent 2 years touring with Prince, 2001-2003 and appeared on Prince’s albums “Rainbow Children” and “One Night Alone.”

Here’s Najee performing Live at the 2021 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival.

Najee

ON FLUTE in our historic 1929 Avalon Ballroom

Najee

AND ON SAX

Najee

WATCH NAJEE performing live JazzTrax Favorite Najee Song “Sweet Summer Nights”

WATCH A FULL NAJEE CONCERT in Riviera Beach

LISTEN TO NAJEE’s “Champs Elysees”

The Earliest Days of Najee Debutting in 1987

Najee

WATCH NAJEE (later in life) performing his break-out hit from the Mid 80s ……. his earliest days “NAJEE’S THEME”

1988’s 2nd Najee Release

Najee

BOTH OF THESE WENT GOLD

followed by this one in 1991

Najee

LISTEN TO NAJEE’s “Tokyo Blue”

LISTEN TO NAJEE’s “Sweet Love”

LISTEN TO NAJEE’s “Gina”

His early hits but I gotta tell ya, Najee has aged like Fine Wine. Our absolute favorite Najee song didn’t come until 2009.

LISTEN TO “SWEET SUMMER NIGHTS”

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

As We Continue to UNVEIL the 2024 October Catalina Island Performing Artist Line-Up 1 Performer Announced on our JazzTrax Weekly E Blasts January through May The Next Artist Announced Each Week Will Be Added HERE

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