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Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

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2024 ARTIST LINEUP

The Entire 2024 Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival Artist Line-Up is Now Fully Announced.

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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

Opening Weekend

  • 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

Opening Weekend

  • 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

Opening Weekend

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

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

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

Dutch Saxophonist and Singer

CANDY DULFER

Candy Dulfer

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • 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

Closing Weekend

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

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • 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

Opening Weekend

  • 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

Opening Weekend

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

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

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

BOOKER T JONES

Booker T Jones

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • 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

Closing Weekend

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

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

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

from the 1970’s

THE SPINNERS

The Spinners

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • 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

Opening Weekend

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

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

3 Stars of Smooth Jazz Together

in 1 Closing Night All Star Performance

Saxophonist …

MINDI ABAIR

Mindi Abair

WAIT .. There’s More

Guitarist …

PETER WHITE

Peter White

WAIT .. There’s More

Saxophonist …

VINCENT INGALA

Vincent Ingala

PETER .. MINDI .. AND VINCENT

TOGETHER in 1 ALL STAR PERFORMANCE

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

3 Stars of Smooth Jazz Together in 1 Closing Night All Star Performance

Saxophonist …

MINDI ABAIR

Mindi Abair

WAIT .. There’s More

Guitarist …

PETER WHITE

Peter White

WAIT .. There’s More

Saxophonist …

VINCENT INGALA

Vincent Ingala

PETER .. MINDI .. AND VINCENT

TOGETHER in 1 ALL STAR PERFORMANCE


Mindi

Mindi Abair

Mindi 1st showed up on Catalina Island in 1994 playing in an All Star Session at Art Good’s invitation while still on her way the next few years playing with Jonathan Butler, John Tesh, the Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore and more, oh, even briefly guesting with Aerosmith and an appearance or 2 on late night show’s like Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

This Video was 2009, a Thursday Night Unplugged, but not on Descanso Beach.
Unplugged Under the Stars at the Wrigley Ranch featuring Keb’ Mo’ on her hit “FLIRT”

And her famous Very 1st Hit that spent like 3 months Top of the Billboard Charts
“LUCY’S”


Peter

Peter White

Solo Debut (after year’s with Al Stewart) came in 1990. JazzTrax gave Peter Best Album of the Year honors both for ‘Reveillez-vous,’ but again 1 year later for his 2nd album ‘Excuzemoi.’ Man has he played the JazzTrax Live Performance Stages Everywhere and Over & Over again. In fact this year he OPENS our Opening Weekend Unplugged Under the Stars on Descanso Beach, and CLOSES our entire festival Closing Night Closing Weekend with Mindi and Vincent.

He was TAKEN all of 1990 (his solo break out year) by BASIA as her guitarist on her World Tour, but in 1991 Peter gave his 1st ever Full Length Show as a Solo Performing Artist on the JazzTrax Live Performance Stage.

WATCH SOME OF IT HERE .. and maybe you’re in it.


Vincent

Vincent Ingala

Then there’s the Youngster … and by the way there is just about 20 years difference in each of these Artist’s Age …. as Vincent has just passed the Big 3 0

Vincent showed up, still a teen-ager at a 2010 Smooth Jazz Awards Weekend that got cancelled in San Diego when the promoter didn’t have The Dough, but the artists had already settled into their Gaslamp Quarter Hotel Rooms and on Peter White’s urging they went ahead with 1 show. And Peter invited this Still Teenager up on stage with them. Vincent has since cemented himself into the Smooth Jazz highest echelons including management with the same management company that represents Peter .. AND Mindi…

DON’T MISS MINDI, PETER and VINCENT TOGETHER ..

CLOSING NIGHT CLOSING WEEKEND IN OCTOBER .. 26 miles across the sea

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 9:00 PM

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

JAZZ FUNK SOUL

Starring

Saxophonist Everette Harp

Guitarist Paul Jackson Jr.,

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber

Jazz Funk Soul Pic

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

JAZZ FUNK SOUL

Starring

Saxophonist Everette Harp

Guitarist Paul Jackson Jr.,

Keyboardist Jeff Lorber

Jazz Funk Soul Pic

3 STARS OF SMOOTH JAZZ who will Step off Boats Opening Weekend

Saxophonist … EVERETTE HARP Guitarist … PAUL JACKSON JR. Keyboardist …JEFF LORBER TOGETHER IN ALL STAR FORM AS Jazz .. Funk .. Soul

Jazz Funk Soul

The Legacy of these 3 Stars of Smooth Jazz is Lengthy and so Musically Delicious .. Paul, Everette, Jeff

Paul Jackson Jr. standing on Left with guitar, Jeff Lorber standing on Right, Everette Harp with sax seated in Middle

We believe this All Star Trio was Everette’s idea. Beginning in 2014 with the late Chuck Loeb on guitar. Their self titled Album Debut

Jazz Funk Soul

LISTEN to “Speed of Light” off JFS’s (2014) debut

Chuck was still part of Fourplay Jeff was and is still doing his Jeff Lorber Fusion Everette having left Los Angeles, meeting up with these guys from his home in Phoenix.

Jazz Funk Soul followed in 2016 with

Jazz Funk Soul

LISTEN to “MORE SERIOUS BUSINESS” title track and 1 of that year’s best Songs

With the sad passing of Chuck Loeb in 2017, one of L.A.’s most legendary players replaced him on guitar as Paul Jackson Jr. (in the middle below) joined Jazz Funk Soul

Jazz Funk Soul

Regrouping with this 2019 release

Jazz Funk Soul

LISTEN to “SUNSET ROCK” from their 2019 ‘Life and Times’ CD

Jeff Lorber had come West from Philly to Portland, Oregon in the mid 70’s. Forming his Jeff Lorber Fusion and performing in the Pearl District downtown Portland, adding the word Fusion at end to signify he was jazz, not pop or rock so attendees weren’t confused or disappointed, and eventually hiring a saxophonist from Seattle to his band, named Kenny Gorelic (kenny g). Jeff became a Super Producer including producing Kenny G’s 1st early 80’s solo album. Jeff relocated to L.A. in the mid 80’s. And the rest is incredible history.

Everette Harp broke onto the scene in the 90’s, mentored by none other than George Duke. A stellar solo career but coming up with the Jazz Funk Soul concept maybe his finest moment. He broke from L.A. a few years ago and now resides in the Phoenix Metro. Thus the song on the below CD, “Funkin’ in AZ.”

Paul Jackson Jr. known as L.A.’s go to session guitarist. So called on the rumor legend was he’d just leave his car running outside the studio. Do his thing there and be off to his next session date. His list of sessions is way too long to list but includes Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. He also played in the American Idol band under Rickey Minor. When Rickey led the Tonight Show Band for Jay Leno, 2010-2014 he brought Paul along on guitar for that huge gig.

Their Latest and 4th CD jazz funk soul came in 2022

Jazz Funk Soul

LISTEN to “HUSTLE” Jazz Funk Soul’s newest Radio Single

WATCH JAZZ FUNK SOUL live in concert a year ago at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in Oakland

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

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

Highly acclaimed saxophonist

NAJEE

Najee

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • 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

Closing Weekend

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

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

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

Former Prince Saxophonist

MARCUS ANDERSON

Marcus Anderson

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • 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

Opening Weekend

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

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • 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

Closing Weekend

  • 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

Closing Weekend

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

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Singer

LINDSEY WEBSTER

Lindsey Webster

and

Saxophonist

JACKIEM JOYNER

Jackiem Joyner

Together

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Singer

LINDSEY WEBSTER

Lindsey Webster

and

Saxophonist

JACKIEM JOYNER

Jackiem Joyner

Together

SHE broke out in 2016 describing herself as an American Jazz, R&B, and Pop SINGER. And Break Out she did that Spring with her 1st ever Single to Radio going #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts. The 1st vocalist since Sade in 2010 to have a #1 vocally driven song in the primary instrumental genre.

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO OF LINDSEY WEBSTER’s VERY 1st Radio Hit, “Fool Me Once”

SHE followed over the next 8 years with more #1’s, #2’s, #3’s, more and more Top 5 Hits. Becoming virtually The Vocalizer of the format. Born and still living in, wait for it, WOODSTOCK. Yep, THAT Woodstock. And she’s back on the Charts RIGHT NOW .…… Link is below her next picture.

HE was playing sax for Keiko Matsui when his Debut Solo Album got him named The JazzTrax 2007 Debut Artist of the Year

Jackiem Joyner

HE was 1st spotted having been hired as her Saxman by Keiko Matsui Mid 00’s. Breaking as well Solo We immediately brought Jackiem 26 miles across the sea his solo debut year, again in 2008 again in 2009 again in 2010 again in 2011 again in 2012 6 straight years which might have been a record, and then NOT SINCE. BUT … Jackiem is now returning to Catalina Island for the 1st time in well over a decade. !!

LISTEN TO what JazzTrax Considers Jackiem Joyner’s very Best Song Ever “I’M WAITING FOR YOU”

LISTEN TO JACKIEM’s “TAKE ME THERE”

SHE …. most recent, 2022’ ‘Reasons’ new single, listen just below, is Right Now Top 10 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart 1 of the Songs she’ll bring to the JazzTrax Live Performance Stage in October

Lindsey Webster

LISTEN TO HER CURRENT RADIO HIT “LOVE OF YOUR LIFE” which features Fourplay and Eric Clapton Bassist NATHAN EAST

DON’T MISS HER LINDSEY WEBSTER AND HIM JACKIEM JOYNER “together” OPENING WEEKEND IN OCTOBER .. 26 miles across the sea

Performance Info

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Saxophonist

PAUL TAYLOR

Paul Taylor

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Saxophonist

PAUL TAYLOR

Paul Taylor

Las Vegas Saxman PAUL TAYLOR is Bringing his nearly 30 years of Solo Material 26 miles across the sea …. once again to the Ballroom where on stage with Jeff Lorber in 1994 he was Discovered by Keiko Matsui Refresh Your Paul Taylor Musical Memory.

“EXOTICA” take a listen

“PLEASURE SEEKER” take a listen

Watch PAUL TAYLOR performing his hit song “PUSH TO START” At The Thornton Winery.

DENVER born and brewed but once Paul got to college at UNLV .. he never left Vegas. Well, his stuff never left Vegas. He’s departed often from there on TOURS, but always back to his adopted hometown. He was 1st spotted early 90’s in Jeff Lorber’s band on Catalina Island by Keiko Matsui.

She and her then husband had sailed their boat across the 26 miles from Huntington Harbor to Avalon. Producer Art Good spotted them standing in the back. Kazu asked Art, “Who’s the Guy on Sax for Jeff?” Art replied, “I’ll find out and introduce you.” Shortly thereafter Paul Taylor became Keiko’s band saxophonist for a number of years. Kazu even produced Paul’s 1995 Solo Debut album.

He’s played with The Rippingtons and doesn’t hesitate to join All Star Configurations. Seen on Catalina Island as part of Peter, Paul and Euge. (White, Taylor, Groove). He’s done ‘Gentlemen of the Night’ and ‘Sax to the Max.’ Also ‘Sax in the City.’ But this year he brings just himself PAUL TAYLOR and his band to the JazzTrax Live Performance Stage.

Paul Taylor

2022’s ‘And Now This’ is most recent

LISTEN TO PAUL TAYLOR’S MOST RECENT RADIO HIT “STRAIGHT TO THE POINT”

Refresh your PAUL TAYLOR MUSICAL MEMORIES SOME MORE LISTEN TO Paul’s “HORIZON”

LISTEN TO Paul’s “HYPNOTIC”

Paul Taylor

LISTEN TO Paul’s “STEPPIN’ OUT”

Paul Taylor then joined US for several JazzTrax Christmas Tours across America. At Sun River Resort outside Bend, Oregon, he came out of the rafters at The Great Hall when introduced by Peter White. A dramatic entrance.

He was in our All Star Band I believe when we did our Christmas Show at Union Station downtown Los Angeles, right where the Academy Awards were held during Covid. Same exact fabulous room as you walk into Union Station, on the left.

He has returned to Catalina Island with Gentlemen of the Night and most recently with Sax to the Max but I’ve been feeling for awhile it was time to bring Paul and His Band back to do JUST HIS PAUL TAYLOR SHOW. Should be a mighty fine Saturday Afternoon on our Closing Weekend.

WATCH A FULL PAUL TAYLOR 2019 CONCERT LIVE AT THE JAZZ KITCHEN IN INDIANAPOLIS

And ONE FINAL LISTEN, LISTEN TO Paul’s “LADIES CHOICE”

DON’T MISS saxophonist PAUL TAYLOR CLOSING WEEKEND IN OCTOBER … 26 miles across the sea

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 2:00 PM

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

Keyboardist

DAN SIEGEL

Dan Siegel

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

Keyboardist

DAN SIEGEL

Dan Siegel

One of the Earliest STARS of what was to become SMOOTH JAZZ Dan’s Debut Album, self titled, just calling it ‘Dan Siegel’ Released the same year as Art Good’s Lites Out San Diego was introducing this new genre to the West Coast. “Great Expectations was on some of Art’s earliest Lites Out San Diego nightly playlists.

TAKE A LISTEN to what was probably Dan’s 1st radio hits “GREAT EXPECTATIONS”

Although “radio hits” in contemporary jazz didn’t really exist in 1982 It was a HIT though in San Diego where was was later to be termed Smooth Jazz began spreading across the country and in those earliest days Dan Siegel tunes became a BIG part of it.

Dan Siegel

How Dan got these players for his Solo Debut we don’t know because he was still living in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Tom Scott, Abe Laboriel, Lenny Castro, Paul Jackson Jr. And it was a Vinyl Album .. Side One and Side Two “Great Expectations” led off SIDE ONE.

Dan Siegel
Dan Siegel

By the way … ELEKTRA ASYLUM RECORDS was a big deal back then. Later swallowed up by WEA …. Warner/ Elektra/ Atlantic one of those 1st big record company mergers For Dan to be signed in 1982 by Elektra ….. BIG BIG DEAL especially since the record companies had hard begun signing “contemporary instrumentalists” yet. 1982 was actually the same year Kenny G got signed as a solo artist by ARISTA RECORDS .. think Clive Davis.

Dan then Went South to pursue his music career where it all happens, Los Angeles, bringing guitarist Richard Smith along with him in his band. Richard was to become head of the guitar department at USC, Professor Smith. Or maybe Dr. Smith now. He talked the man, Dan, who brought him to California way back then, later into getting his professorship to and that’s what Dan Siegel has been mostly doing the past years, Professoring.

In 1984 releasing ’REFLECTIONS’
Listen to it’s fabulous title track

Also found on Dan’s 2000 ‘Along the Way’ best of album

Dan Siegel

In 1987 came THE BIG ONE .. and by now everything on CD ‘Northern Nights’ (You can buy it for $7.75 today on Amazon …. well worth it)

Dan Siegel

The 3 BIG Songs off Northern Nights that lit up what was still a young emerging Smooth Jazz Genre. In fact, his debut above, coming the year Art Good created Smooth Jazz on the West Coast and Dan’s 1987 here, coming the year Los Angeles The Wave’ began, spawned off the success they saw of this New Sound down in San Diego.

Another big song on 1989’s ‘late one night’ “Along the way” LISTEN

1989

Dan Siegel

1991’s “ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE” It’s title track was what was The Song on Lites Out San Diego LISTEN

1991 ‘Going Home’ LISTEN TO it’s Lead Track with Dan we think on the subtle “DEE-AH” vocals mixed to his great instrumentation.

It was on that 1991 project that Dan brought the late Singer Kenny Rankin in studio for (he said Kenny wasn’t the easiest to work with …but beautiful song ) “NEXT TO YOU”

Dan Siegel

His 6 years ago ‘ORIGINS’ album is what last got Dan 26 miles across the sea “AFTER ALL” made the JazzTrax Top 10 Songs of That Year Not only Top 10 but judged the 2nd BEST SONG of THAT YEAR LISTEN

The album itself JazzTrax listed at No. 7 Best New Albums of 2018 Dan Slipped a Bit from Smooth Jazz Radio Consciousness after his Torrid Hot 1980’s as one of that decades biggest trend setters, as the next decade, he tried his stuff with 1990’s television music producing.

His work as a television and film composer includes the score for the film Reform School Girls (1986), and Universal Studios television series, Hard Copy (1987). He has also worked as musical director and conductor on the late-night CBS TV show Overtime... with Pat O'Brien (1990).

Playing on numerous television and film projects as a session player, including the Oscar-winning film The Usual Suspects. His music also featured on the Weather Channel's Local Forecast segments 1986 to 1991 Seen here in 1991 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Dan Siegel On The Tonight Show with Jay Lenno

The Tonight Show

“In Your Eyes” featuring Boney James heard on Watercolors THIS WEEK

DON’T MISS keyboardist DAN SIEGEL OPENING WEEKEND IN OCTOBER … 26 miles across the sea

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 13th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

Leading off for Najee

British Guitarist and Quarter Century Hit Maker

CHRIS STANDRING

Chris Standring

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

Leading off for Najee

British Guitarist and Quarter Century Hit Maker

CHRIS STANDRING

Chris Standring

Chris here in April 2024 having just released his Newest Album Project but 1st….. let’s reflect back for a second on Chris over the past 25 years helping to mold our Smooth Jazz World with his playing, writing and recording.

He arrived from his youth on a farm a few hours outside London, to Los Angeles in the Mid 90’s as part of a band called SOLAR SYSTEM.

Chris Standring

The Year was 1996 and yes that is Rodney Lee in the picture who went on to be one of the busiest keyboard sidemen in L.A. the next decades.

LISTEN TO “Wes 4 Prez” with Chris so distinctive guitar

As his Solo Debut ‘Velvet’ came out in 1998, he had signed on as guitar sideman for such as Rick Braun. Think we 1st met him as he arrived in one of those bands at the Lake Tahoe JazzTrax Winter Music Festival right around that time.

Chris Standring

The Title Track was a JazzTrax Distinct

TAKE A LISTEN .. end of the 90s you were hearing this song a LOT on JazzTrax

Then 2000 hit and Chris 2nd solo project

Chris Standring

So Distinctive, we named ‘HIP SWAY’ the JazzTrax Best Album of 2000.

TAKE A LISTEN TO IT’S TITLE TRACK it’s Richard Elliot on the Sax.

He got himself a 2nd ‘JazzTrax Best Album of the Year’ in 2010 with ‘Blue Bolero’

Chris Standring

It was Loaded .. It was Different .. our favorite track was “Fast Train to Everywhere” and this video displayed Chris unique Video Talents as well.

But “BOSSA BLUE” was The Radio Hit and another great Chris Standring Video

He brought Strings (to match the album) with him to Catalina Island that October.

2008 brought one of his Biggest Hits, “Love and Paragraphs” and another Fun Video

Chris Standring

AND NOW A BRAND NEW CHRIS STANDRING 2024 ALBUM RELEASED JUST THIS PAST WEEKEND BRAND NEW SONGS HE’LL BRING ON THE BOAT WITH HIM TO CATALINA ISLAND THIS OCTOBER

Chris Standring

AND OF COURSE .. ANOTHER FUN VIDEO TO GO WITH IT’S 1st SINGLE, ALREADY CHARTING, TO RADIO “Alphabet Soup’

But ….. here’s our JazzTrax Favorite Song off the new Chris Standring that we’ve been playing on Streaming JazzTrax since he slipped it to us way back in December “TOP HAT AND TAILS”
TAKE A LISTEN

Reminisce Some More on More of Chris Great Songs
Back in 2014 Chris hit was this one WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO of “SNEAKIN’ OUT THE FRONT DOOR”

WATCH OFFICIAL VIDEO of CHRIS STANDRING’S MOST RECENT BILLBOARD #1 FROM 2 YEARS AGO RIGHT ABOUT NOW “CHANGE THE WORLD”

AND FROM THAT SAME 2022 ‘Simple Things’ Album “SHADOW OF DOUBT”

Chris Standring

DON’T MISS British guitarist CHRIS STANDRING YET AGAIN ..26 miles across the sea.

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

Leading off for Najee

  • Performance Date: October 20th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Keyboardist

OLI SILK

Oli Silk

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Keyboardist

OLI SILK

Oli Silk

Calls himself the UK’s Smooth Jazz Ambassador. We call this London born and based keyboardist Sir Oli Silk. Our self proclaimed musical british royalty. He emerged in the late 90’s as part of a jazz funk duo “SUGAR AND SILK”

May 10th 2024 he will release ‘In Real Life’

Oli Silk

He’ll be 7 Solo Albums Deep after Debuting in 2006 with ‘So Many Ways’

Oli Silk

Very Young Looking Chap there …. 18 years back in time 2010 two of his “keys” appear to have “ELOPED” off his piano, hope he found “replacements”

Oli Silk

2013 he got a tie and dressed up

Oli Silk

2016 the beard got darker

Oli Silk

He did show up in 2022 on Catalina Island but on Keys for fellow Brit, Simply Red guitarist Mark Jaimes One of Oli’s biggest hits came on that 2006 solo debut album.

WATCH “CHILL OR BE CHILLED” performed Live at The Pizza Express in London

LISTEN TO the song he did with Marc Antoine in 2010, “LATIN HAZE”

And a long time JazzTrax Favorite LISTEN TO “THE LIMIT’S THE SKY” actually Watch It LIVE at London’s Pizza Express.

And Oli was also extremely instrumental in the Break-Out of fellow Brit guitarist Roberto Restuccia having produced Roberto’s 2021 debut album.

DON’T MISS British keyboardist OLI SILK on OPENING WEEKEND THIS OCTOBER

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 12th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 18th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Violinist

JOSH VIETTI

Josh Vietti

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 18th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Violinist

JOSH VIETTI

Josh Vietti

WATCH VIDEO of Josh Video Violin Cover of Jay-Z & Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind” in NYC


He calls himself An INTERNATIONAL HIP-HOP VIOLINIST Recording Artist and Southern California Composer1st spotted as a Street Performer on 3rd Street in Santa Monica. Playing for tips. Releasing this in 2011.

Josh Vietti

His big break, in 2010, hired to play as a violin street performer for the NBA All-Star Commercial featuring LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, narrated by Common. The appearing on the Ellen Degeneres Show in 2011.

WATCH Josh on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Next landing gigs with Google, Microsoft, SpaceX, Lowes official Super Bowl pre-party, the LA Dodgers. He was seen for several years on the Fox NFL pre game shows.

In 2022 invited by ’50 Cent’ to perform with him on his European World Tour in front of sold out stadiums in Prague, Czech Republic and then Munich, Germany, Geneva, Switzerland, Milan, Italy and Jesolo, Italy.

All of that after the Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival in 2014, 2015, 2018 and now 2024. This is the Album that introduced us to Josh.

2014

Josh Vietti

The Song that got Our Attention
LISTEN to Josh Violin Cover of Vanessa Carlton’s “A THOUSAND MILES”

2018 Brand New the Last Time Josh Played Catalina Island

Josh Vietti

LISTEN TO his “Magic City” title track which features Marcus Anderson on Sax

2019

Josh Vietti

2020 most recent

Josh Vietti

Don’t Miss violinist JOSH VIETTI This October Closing Weekend on Catalina Island.

Josh Vietti

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 18th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

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

keyboardist

NATHAN MITCHELL

Nathan Mitchell

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

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

keyboardist

NATHAN MITCHELL

Nathan Mitchell

This Brand New Nathan Mitchell CD dropped this Spring and is playing weekly on JazzTrax Streaming .. Brand New Songs he’ll bring 26 miles across the sea on October’s Opening JazzTrax Weekend.

Nathan 1st showed up on Catalina Island a few years ago on Keys inside Nick Colionne’s band.

1 year ago when his first hit single hit No. #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart, we arranged for him to make his Solo Island Debut last Fall.

Nathan Mitchell

Listen to Nathan’s Billboard #1 Song, from 1 year ago “100% Cotton”


Nathan Mitchell

Watch Nathan perform his Brand New 2024 Radio Single “Just Coolin” (with full horn section) last month at the Seabreeze Jazz Festival in Florida.


Don’t Miss keyboardist NATHAN MITCHELL Opening Weekend this October 26 miles across the sea.

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

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

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

British Guitarist

ROBERTO RESTUCCIA

Roberto Restuccia

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

British Guitarist

ROBERTO RESTUCCIA

Roberto Restuccia

Named the JazzTrax 2023 Debut Artist of the Year ‘Lounge Katz’ his 2nd, after his Oli Silk produced Debut in 2021.

‘With Every Turn”

Roberto Restuccia

Got himself a Billboard No. #1 with ’1979’ and that got Our Attention and Brought him to Catalina Island for the 1st time last Fall ….

Roberto Restuccia

Here’s Last Year’s Roberto Song where he guitar caricatured Larry Carlton a bit “IT’S A BLUES THING”

This was the JazzTrax Favorite “A MATTER OF PERSUASION”

He Returns but On Our OTHER JazzTrax Weekend, Closing Weekend this Fall.

Roberto Restuccia

DON’T MISS British Guitarist ROBERTO RESTUCCIA CLOSING WEEKEND THIS OCTOBER

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 12:00 PM

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 11th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Guitarist

BLAKE AARON

Blake Aaron

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 11th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Leading off for Marcus Anderson

Guitarist

BLAKE AARON

Blake Aaron

Whereas you have seen Blake Open for our Thursday Evening Unplugged Under the Stars on Descanso Beach, this will mark his Main Stage Avalon Ballroom Debut … AND ABOUT TIME !!!

The LA Times has described Blake as “A Genius on the Guitar” With now SIX #1 BILLBOARD HITS His Newest Number One coming Just THIS SPRING As we Announced that Blake is Bringing his SIX Number #1’s and all the rest of his Repertoire to the JazzTrax Live Performance Stage This October … after 5 Consecutive Weeks at Number #2 (6 weeks there total) after 8 Weeks in the Top 5 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts, which with a streak like that made it already one of his Biggest Hits yet and already One of this Year’s Biggest Radio Hits “She’s the One” finally BROKE THROUGH and Moved UP to # 1

Take a Listen to what is Blake’s Newest #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart

Blake Aaron

Further Notations on Blake’s career include .. as an L.A. studio musician and sideman, has recorded and/ or performed with Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire, Sheila E., The Alan Parsons Project, Carlos Santana, Ronnie Laws, Keiko Matsui, Najee, Bill Champlin and Ellis Hall.

Further, he is a first call TV & Film Session Guitarist having worked 15 years with Fox ‘Mad TV,” Steven Seagal’s “Half Past Dead 2,” “Super Dave Osborne,” ABC’s “The Next Best Thing,” Fox ‘The Mother Love Show,” and “The Ben Stiller Show.” And All on an April 2924 Brand New Blake Aaron album

Blake Aaron

THERE IS MORE BANG TO BLAKE’S BUCK as ……

Blake will bring to Catalina Island with Him in October a Rising Star Singer Vocalist ERIN STEVENSON

Erin Stevenson

Watch Official Video of ERIN STEVENSON’s “ALMOST” … “everyone is someone’s …. almost”

Watch Official Video of Erin’s “BELIEVE” .. with Paul Brown on guitar Paul produced this in 2022 and helped her pen the songs. His wife Jacqui Brown helped with the lyrics. She literally recorded the vocals,
came home to an e-mail that said Press Play, and that’s when she heard the solo guitar sounds Paul had added to the song, after she’d wrapped the vocal recording.

So BLAKE AARON will arrive in October 26 miles across the sea and bring ERIN STEVENSON along …..
“FALL FOR YOU” TAKE A LISTEN to Blake from 2020

And his Number 1 Billboard Hit “GROOVERS AND SHAKERS” WATCH IT’S OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Gonna be a BLAZING Opening Night Performance in our Historic 1929 Avalon Ballroom .. looking out to sea with BLAKE AND ERIN

Erin Stevenson

Erin Stevenson ……. coming with Blake Aaron in October to Catalina Island

Erin Stevenson

LISTEN TO HER SING “NEVER TOO MUCH”

Erin Stevenson

Might as well do 1 final Blake Aaron listen DREAMLAND

DON’T MISS guitarist BLAKE AARON OPENING WEEKEND IN OCTOBER … 26 miles across the sea

Performance Info

Opening Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 11th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

The Bad Boys of Budapest featuring

Peter “Peet’ Ferencz on Violin & Vocals

PEET PROJECT

Peet Project

Performance Info

Closing Weekend

  • Performance Date: October 19th
  • Location: Avalon Ballroom
  • Time: 7:00 PM

The Bad Boys of Budapest featuring

Peter “Peet’ Ferencz on Violin & Vocals

PEET PROJECT

Peet Project

Led by Violinist and Singer Peter Firencz and still residing in Budapest, Hungary. The band 1st came to Catalina Island in 2013 then repeated almost every other year.

2015

2017

Their new project that year ‘The Bad Boys of Budapest’ got it named The JazzTrax 2018 Album of the Year.

Watch Live In Studio Performance of “GOT THIS FEELING”

Peet Project

Then scheduled to come to Catalina Island October 2020 but of course Covid Postponed to 2021 but they couldn’t get visa’s to cross into America because of that mess still lingering, So 2022 Peter and the Band finally arrived back on Catalina Island and with this newest album.

Peet Project

On it … the JazzTrax 2020 Best Song of the Year “LOOK UP TO THE SKIES” Named Best in part because the album and song were released just as the Covid Vaccine was 1st being loaded onto airplanes to be flown around the world to help get us past our infamous pandemic. Look Up to the Skies because there goes our miracle.

Then last year their absolute newest (they expect to have ANOTHER Brand New Album before arriving on Catalina Island this October.

Peet Project
Peet Project

Violin & Vocals Leader of the Band

Peter Ferencz

Peter “Peet” Ferencz

Bass & Drums

Martin Guides

Martin Guides

Saxophone

Attila Zavodi

Attila Zavodi