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Eric Marienthal (Set 1)
Performance of the Month

After graduating high school in Southern California in 1976, Eric went on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. There he studied with the legendary saxophone professor, Joe Viola. By the time he left Berklee, Eric had achieved the highest proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995, Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. He has since gone on to perform in over 75 different countries, recorded 14 solo CDs and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles. Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CDs with the Chick Corea band and won 2 Grammy Awards. Among Eric’s 14 solo CDs, his latest is entitled “Bridges”, on Peak Records. Eight of the songs that Eric has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and three have made it to #1. Eric was voted as being one of the year’s “Favorite Alto Sax Players” in Jazziz Magazine’s Reader’s Poll along with David Sanborn and Phil Woods. Website: www.ericmarienthal.com. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on July 28, 2016.


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Eric Marienthal (Set 2)
Performance of the Month

After graduating high school in Southern California in 1976, Eric went on to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. There he studied with the legendary saxophone professor, Joe Viola. By the time he left Berklee, Eric had achieved the highest proficiency rating given by the school. In 1995, Eric was awarded the Berklee Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music. He has since gone on to perform in over 75 different countries, recorded 14 solo CDs and has played on hundreds of records, films, television shows and commercial jingles. Eric started his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter Al Hirt. After returning to Los Angeles Eric became a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band. He recorded 6 CDs with the Chick Corea band and won 2 Grammy Awards. Among Eric’s 14 solo CDs, his latest is entitled “Bridges”, on Peak Records. Eight of the songs that Eric has recorded have made it to the top 10 of the National Contemporary Jazz Radio Charts and three have made it to #1. Eric was voted as being one of the year’s “Favorite Alto Sax Players” in Jazziz Magazine’s Reader’s Poll along with David Sanborn and Phil Woods. Website: www.ericmarienthal.com. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on July 28, 2016.


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Kiki Ebsen (Set 1)

Kiki Ebsen is a versatile artist whose work includes multiple music genres—jazz, folk, pop and classical. Whether composing new songs, performing or producing new music showcases, Kiki is driven by a well stream of creativity and the pure joy of connecting with audiences around the world. At ease in any venue from intimate cabaret to large performing halls, during the past year, Kiki has performed from Los Angeles to New York and places in between, plus Canada. Never one to rest on any laurels, Kiki is respected by a litany of Grammy-winning, platinum-selling artists with whom she’s toured internationally as keyboardist/vocalist, including Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Michael Paulo, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Tracy Chapman, among others. She is featured prominently as a vocalist and pianist on Christopher Cross’ latest live DVD, “A Night in Paris.” This was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 8, 2016.


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Billy Valentine (Set 2)

Multitalented vocalist Billy Valentine’s varied career has taken him across the United States, throughout the many countries of Europe and even to Oman, a small country in the Middle East. Billy began his professional career as a solo artist opening for such luminaries as Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack in the 1970s. He also was the lead singer for the group Young Holt Unltd. Billy’s singing career quickly expanded into theatre and film. In 1977, he toured with the first national touring company of The Wiz as one of its main orchestra voices, staying with the show for over 3 years. Keeping pace with his expanding singing career, Billy has written numerous songs, collaborating with such greats as Will Jennings and co-writing three songs on the Neville Bros. Family Groove album. He also co-wrote the title track “My World” for the incomparable Ray Charles. Lately, he’s been frequenting local Los Angeles clubs, such as Vibrato in Bel Air, Café Cordiale in Sherman Oaks, and both The Vic and The Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. His glorious singing voice can be heard on the hit series Son’s of Anarchy and on the television series, Boston Legal, from the theme song right through to the end of each and every episode. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 17, 2016.


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Brian Simpson (Set 1)
Performance of the Month

Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense on how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves. Simpson’s breakthrough as a solo artist began in 2005 with the #1 radio hit “It’s All Good.” The title track of It’s All Good proved instantly and joyfully prophetic, as it hit #1 on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and remained in the Top 5 for four months. His follow-up single, “Saturday Cool,” went Top 15. He has toured with some of the greats of recent jazz history, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, George Howard, Billy Cobham, and Gerald Albright. Brian has been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years, and for close to a decade the Musical Director of the ambitious and highly popular “The Smooth Jazz Cruise.” For more info about Brian, please visit www.bsimpsonmusic.com.This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 4, 2016.


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Brian Simpson (Set 2)
Performance of the Month

Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense on how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves. Simpson’s breakthrough as a solo artist began in 2005 with the #1 radio hit “It’s All Good.” The title track of It’s All Good proved instantly and joyfully prophetic, as it hit #1 on the Radio & Records Smooth Jazz Airplay chart and remained in the Top 5 for four months. His follow-up single, “Saturday Cool,” went Top 15. He has toured with some of the greats of recent jazz history, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, George Howard, Billy Cobham, and Gerald Albright. Brian has been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years, and for close to a decade the Musical Director of the ambitious and highly popular “The Smooth Jazz Cruise.” For more info about Brian, please visit www.bsimpsonmusic.com.This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 4, 2016.


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John Proulx (Set 1)

The jazz scene is abuzz about singer/pianist/composer John Proulx (pronounced "Proo"). His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker. John is also a Grammy-winning composer. John's most recent collaboration includes a song co-written with Melissa Manchester for her recent CD, "You Gotta Love The Life", featuring Melissa along with Al Jarreau on vocals. John began his formal musical education at the age of 3 in Grand Rapids, MI on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist with the Clyde McCoy Big Band, and introduced him to the world of jazz. Hooked on the freedom of improvisation, his education took him to Chicago to study at Roosevelt University’s Chicago School of Performing Arts. In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits. He has emerged as a young talent on the Los Angeles jazz scene and loves the wide range of opportunities the city has to offer. For more information, please visit http://www.johnproulx.com. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 14, 2016.


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Brian Bromberg (Set 2)

Brian's solo career began with the release of his first album A New Day in 1986. Right from the beginning with this first release, critics started noticing that Brian was different, doing things with the bass that had not been done before. Bromberg's reputation was starting to spread throughout the world. Smooth jazz radio took notice as well, breaking Brian into the format and charting with his first record. Brian Bromberg hasn’t released an album in the U.S. since 2012…a fact that might not have been cause for concern if you know that at one point he released three albums in one year. Every man deserves a break. However, once you realize that this chameleon with over 20 projects in his catalog recently had reason to believe that he might never play music again, you understand the gravity of his latest acoustic jazz project, Full Circle - one he says may well be “the most important record of my career.” In addition to Brian’s success as a solo artist, he has developed quite a reputation as a producer. To see some of the projects that Brian has produced, go to the B² Productions area of the site as there are many CD’s and sound bites from some of those projects. All in all, Brian has produced at least a dozen top #10 hits as well as three #1 songs for several artists! Brian certainly has evolved into a very respected voice in music industry. From smashing through the barriers of how the bass is SUPPOSED to be played, cutting edge bass design, to being recognized as a world-class producer, songwriter, and session musician. He keeps pushing the envelope to become the best that he can be and to keep pushing the boundaries. As Brian himself says, "There are no rules, just dreams". For more information about Brian, please visit www.brianbromberg.net. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on July 30, 2016.


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NEW!
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS!

The Las Vegas Songbook for Lovers featuring Mark Verabian and His Martinis

With a rare twist of roulette and romance…The "Voice of Vegas", Mark Verabian and his band of Martinis present this evening of romantic and Rat Pack favorites including “Luck Be a Lady,” “Young at Heart,” “The Way You Look Tonight” and more! So sit back, hold hands and get ready to fall in love all over again!


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NEW!
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS!

A Night at the Copa
Featuring Mark O’Toole

Winner of NBC’s Star Search, three-time Las Vegas Male Vocalist of the Year, two-time Las Vegas Lounge Performer of the Year, Mark O’Toole offers an evening of great music and entertainment.


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NEW!
LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS!

Tribute to Las Vegas Legends

Don’t miss this evening of fabulous tribute artists honoring Elvis, Reba, Barbra, Celine and Jerry Lee Lewis hosted by Las Vegas’ premier emcee, Ron Smith.


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Brian Bromberg (Set 1)

Brian's solo career began with the release of his first album A New Day in 1986. Right from the beginning with this first release, critics started noticing that Brian was different, doing things with the bass that had not been done before. Bromberg's reputation was starting to spread throughout the world. Smooth jazz radio took notice as well, breaking Brian into the format and charting with his first record. Brian Bromberg hasn’t released an album in the U.S. since 2012…a fact that might not have been cause for concern if you know that at one point he released three albums in one year. Every man deserves a break. However, once you realize that this chameleon with over 20 projects in his catalog recently had reason to believe that he might never play music again, you understand the gravity of his latest acoustic jazz project, Full Circle - one he says may well be “the most important record of my career.” In addition to Brian’s success as a solo artist, he has developed quite a reputation as a producer. To see some of the projects that Brian has produced, go to the B² Productions area of the site as there are many CD’s and sound bites from some of those projects. All in all, Brian has produced at least a dozen top #10 hits as well as three #1 songs for several artists! Brian certainly has evolved into a very respected voice in music industry. From smashing through the barriers of how the bass is SUPPOSED to be played, cutting edge bass design, to being recognized as a world-class producer, songwriter, and session musician. He keeps pushing the envelope to become the best that he can be and to keep pushing the boundaries. As Brian himself says, "There are no rules, just dreams". For more information about Brian, please visit www.brianbromberg.net. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on July 30, 2016.


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Geoffrey Keezer with Gillian Margot (Set 2)

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. In this performance, he is joined by vocalist Gillian Margot, who feels equally at home in the musical worlds of jazz, R&B and pop. This was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 6, 2016.


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Gregg Karukas (Set 1)
Performance of the Month

One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile artists over the past 25 years, keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is a Grammy Award winner for producing, engineering, co-writing and arranging Omar Akram’s “Echoes of Love,” which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013. As a solo artist, Gregg’s 11 CDs have garnered consistently solid reviews for his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Always in demand as a musical director and keyboardist, Gregg has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards. His best-known singles, “Girl in the Red Dress” (#4) “Nightshift” (#1), and Jessy J.’s #1 hit “Tropical Rain” showcase Gregg’s funky, melodic compositional style familiar to his fans. For more information, please visit www.karukas.com. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 11, 2016.


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Gregg Karukas (Set 2)
Performance of the Month

One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile artists over the past 25 years, keyboardist/composer Gregg Karukas is a Grammy Award winner for producing, engineering, co-writing and arranging Omar Akram’s “Echoes of Love,” which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013. As a solo artist, Gregg’s 11 CDs have garnered consistently solid reviews for his signature piano touch, pristine production, and melodies that are both soulful and sophisticated. Always in demand as a musical director and keyboardist, Gregg has received multiple Best Keyboardist nominations at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards. His best-known singles, “Girl in the Red Dress” (#4) “Nightshift” (#1), and Jessy J.’s #1 hit “Tropical Rain” showcase Gregg’s funky, melodic compositional style familiar to his fans. For more information, please visit www.karukas.com. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 11, 2016.


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Billy Valentine (Set 1)

Multitalented vocalist Billy Valentine’s varied career has taken him across the United States, throughout the many countries of Europe and even to Oman, a small country in the Middle East. Billy began his professional career as a solo artist opening for such luminaries as Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack in the 1970s. He also was the lead singer for the group Young Holt Unltd. Billy’s singing career quickly expanded into theatre and film. In 1977, he toured with the first national touring company of The Wiz as one of its main orchestra voices, staying with the show for over 3 years. Keeping pace with his expanding singing career, Billy has written numerous songs, collaborating with such greats as Will Jennings and co-writing three songs on the Neville Bros. Family Groove album. He also co-wrote the title track “My World” for the incomparable Ray Charles. Lately, he’s been frequenting local Los Angeles clubs, such as Vibrato in Bel Air, Café Cordiale in Sherman Oaks, and both The Vic and The Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. His glorious singing voice can be heard on the hit series Son’s of Anarchy and on the television series, Boston Legal, from the theme song right through to the end of each and every episode. This performance was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 17, 2016.


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Kiki Ebsen (Set 2)

Kiki Ebsen is a versatile artist whose work includes multiple music genres—jazz, folk, pop and classical. Whether composing new songs, performing or producing new music showcases, Kiki is driven by a well stream of creativity and the pure joy of connecting with audiences around the world. At ease in any venue from intimate cabaret to large performing halls, during the past year, Kiki has performed from Los Angeles to New York and places in between, plus Canada. Never one to rest on any laurels, Kiki is respected by a litany of Grammy-winning, platinum-selling artists with whom she’s toured internationally as keyboardist/vocalist, including Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Michael Paulo, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Tracy Chapman, among others. She is featured prominently as a vocalist and pianist on Christopher Cross’ latest live DVD, “A Night in Paris.” This was originally recorded at the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA on August 8, 2016.


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