Smooth Summer Jazz Festival 2016 Many Jazz festivals are weekend affairs, featuring ten artists or more over a span of three days. ¬†While this is a great format, there will be times where you cannot attend all three days, so you have to determine which day you want to go. ¬†Of course, there will be an artist or two that you will miss‚§¦..such a bummer.
The Smooth Summer Jazz Festival 2016 is a ‚§Ĺmini‚§ festival‚§¦.A one night only affair on Sunday, August 28 at the Hollywood Bowl. ¬†This is a great venue to watch a show, and the lineup is also top-notch.
George Benson will be headlining the show, and for good reason: The¬†legend is a ten-time Grammy award winner, National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, and of course he can play the guitar a little bit! ¬†You know the hits;¬†This Masquerade,¬†Give Me the Night,¬†The Greatest Love of All, On Broadway,¬†and the countless¬†others. ¬†The fact that Benson can seamlessly transition from vocal songs to instrumentals is a major part of his success.
Fun Fact: ¬†Give Me The Night was written by Rod Temperton, the Heatwave keyboardist who also wrote the Heatwave hits, Stomp by the Brother's Johnson,¬†Razzamatazz and The Secret Garden for Quincy Jones, and also¬†Rock With You, Off The Wall, and Thriller by some guy named Michael Jackson.
The Average White Band will also take the stage. ¬†They will be providing the funk for the evening with classics such as¬†A Love of Your Own, Pick
Up the Pieces, and Cut the Cake.
Jeff Lorber Fusion is also on the bill. ¬†This group has been together in some form since 1977, and have recorded nine albums. ¬†If you like Jazz Fusion, they are definitely at the top of the list.
To Grover With Love, featuring Jason Miles will round out the lineup. ¬†This is a tribute to the late Grover Washington, Jr. ¬†The album of the same name was released in 2001,¬†and it features Smooth¬†Jazz heavyweights Russ Freeman, Dave Koz, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Regina Belle, and others.
If you want to experience a night of Smooth Jazz with some R&B, this is the show you want to see!