Val Vaccaro - - Your Jazz Music Connection - - Your Jazz Music Connection Wed, 24 May 2017 01:08:05 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb JaZz in P!nk! at the 2012 Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest By Val Vaccaro On Friday, March 23rd at 10pm, the first evening of the 2012 Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, there will be a special concert at the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel ballroom with the group JaZz in P!nk.

On Friday, March 23rd at 10pm,  the first evening of the 2012 Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, there will be a special concert at the Crowne Plaza Reading hotel ballroom with the group JaZz in P!nk.

The show promises to be a memorable festival highlight with the JaZz in P!nk all-star female jazz band featuring music director and keyboardist Gail Jhonson, trumpeter Cindy Bradley, saxophonist Paula Atherton, violinist Karen Briggs, flutist Althea Rene, vocalist Lynne Fiddmont, harpist Mariea Antoinnette, drummer Danielle "Pockett" Brown, guitarist Darlene Moreno, bassist Robin Bramlett, and keyboardist Sundra Manning.

JaZz in P!nk is an evolving group of women jazz musicians who play  diverse music styles with instrumental and vocal tunes including traditional jazz, contemporary jazz, Neo-Soul, Latin, funk, R&B, and adult contemporary music.

According to the JaZz in P!nk website (, they are an "All star female ensemble of musical women in jazz that projects talent, beauty, power and femininity as they embrace the stage! Our mission is to promote women in jazz, by providing live performance opportunities showcasing each other's music.  We endeavor to provide educational opportunities and mentorship to upcoming rising stars."

Each of the JaZz in P!nk artists have strong musical backgrounds and experience, as described on their website

For example, at 18 years old, Philadelphia native Gail Jhonson went to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, studied piano and eventually earned a B.A. in Composition. Gail Jhonson's influences include pianists Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Joe Sample  - what a great bunch!  In 2008, pianist Gail Jhonson received a Grammy nomination in 2008 for her CD Pearls.

In addition to being Norman Brown's music director, Gail Jhonson has toured, performed, and/or recorded with many artists such as Morris Day, Pink, Vanessa Williams, Jermaine Jackson, Bobby Womack, Ray Parker Jr., Bobby Lyle, Paul Jackson Jr., Pamela Williams, Phil Perry, Althea Renee, and Paul Taylor.

A podcast interview by media personality Diane Dayton with JaZz in P!nk's music director and keyboardist Gail Jhonson can be heard at

Other podcasts by Diane Dayton for the Berks Jazz Fest can be found on, as well as video interviews

On Diane Dayton's "Cool Jazz Café" show, she spoke with keyboard player Gail Jhonson about her calling as a musician, the JaZz in P!nk show, band members, and rehearsals.  According to Jhonson's optimistic evaluation,

"I think women are a little underrepresented in jazz, and ... I figured if we could get together, we can really make an impact on the scene."

Keyboardist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, and music educator Gail Jhonson is also hoping someday to start a nonprofit foundation to help women interested in working in all areas of jazz music to get support to reach their goals.

The philosophy Gail Jhonson shares is, "If you really love what you do – you should have a place to do it."  In line with their mission of women's empowerment, JaZz in P!nk also has a "Pink Stars for Pink Hope" concert in Los Angeles the day after the 2012 Boscov'sBerks Jazz Fest show to benefit The Betty Lee Foundation for Breast Cancer.

For the Friday, March 23rd 2012 Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest show, Gail Jhonson's resoundingly enthusiastic message on Diane Dalton's podcast interview to music fans is: "We're going to rock the house, so be ready, wear your pink... come on out... say hello, take pictures and all of that good stuff - it's going to be GREAT!"

For tickets to the JaZz in P!nk concert, or other 2012 Berks Jazz Fest shows, please see: and

For more information about the women jazz artists featured in the JaZz in P!nk group, please visit as well as the artists' individual websites.

]]> (Val Vaccaro) News Story Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:07:09 -0500
Kirk Whalum & Friends Tribute Concert for Luther Vandross Kirk Whalum, Jeff Golub, Philippe Saisse
On Sunday, July 1st at 6pm, the Stroke of Hope Foundation ( will host its first NYC benefit concert in honor of the late, great, beloved R&B/pop singer Luther Vandross, who during his career sold over 25 million records. The benefit concert will be held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. The concert is being sponsored by NYC are radio stations CD101.9 FM (smooth jazz) and 98.7 Kiss FM (old school and new R&B), and b

On Sunday, July 1st at 6pm, the Stroke of Hope Foundation ( will host its first NYC benefit concert in honor of the late, great, beloved R&B/pop singer Luther Vandross, who during his career sold over 25 million records. The benefit concert will be held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. The concert is being sponsored by NYC are radio stations CD101.9 FM (smooth jazz) and 98.7 Kiss FM (old school and new R&B), and by American Express.

It was two years ago on July 1, 2005 that Vandross passed away, and it was back in April 2003 that he had the stroke, related to diabetes, that ultimately contributed to his death.

According to Luther’s 82 year old mother Mary Ida Vandross,
"The Stroke of Hope Foundation is near and dear to my heart. People need to take better care of themselves. I have formed a meaningful relationship with Stroke of Hope and it is my mission now to try to help others." Stroke of Hope’s founder and executive director, Hazella Rollins-LaVar, is herself, a stroke survivor with an inspiring story of her own.

The upcoming benefit show will feature saxophonist Kirk Whalum, guitarist Jeff Golub, keyboardist/producer Philippe Saisse and many others, including the Grace Baptist Church Choir. Whalum’s own father is stroke survivor. Earlier this year in Los Angeles, Whalum performed a show for the Stroke of Hope Foundation. Whalum said that "I have made a very personal and spiritual commitment to this cause to use my gift and talents not only to heal, but to educate others while honoring my friend and my father."

Last November, Kirk Whalum recorded the Luther Vandross song, "Give Me the Reason" on the tribute CD Forever, For Always, For Luther Vol. II (various artists). Fittingly, Whalum (like many other great musicians) has played on a number of Vandross’ original recordings. In 1986, Whalum played on Vandross’ "Give Me the Reason;" in 1988, he performed on "Any Love;" in 1991, he played on "Power of Love;" in 1993 on "Never Let me Go;" in 1996 on "Your Secret Love," and in 1998 on "I Know," as well as a medley of "Night I fell in Love/Give me the Reason/Power of Love."

These three top smooth jazz musicians, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Golub and Philippe Saisse have a great chemistry - having performed with each other live and on many of each others’ recordings. They have also played with dozens of top pop music artists. Whalum and Golub are also currently touring together as part of this year's 2007 exciting Guitars & Saxes lineup with Gerald Albright and Tim Bowman, and Golub is also doing tour dates with Warren Hill.

Also, Philippe Saisse played on Luther Vandross’ 1993 recording "Never Let Me Go" and acted as producer, musician and composer on a number of CDs including Whalum’s Cache (’93), Colors (’97) and Best of Kirk Whalum (2002). Both Whalum and Saisse have played on Golub’s Out of the Blue CD (’99) and current CD Grand Central (2007). Whalum’s played on the Saisse CDs Masques (’95) and Next Voyage (’97). Jeff Golub played on the CD Joined at the Hip with Bob James & Kirk Whalum (’96). Golub also played on the Saisse CD Halfway til Dawn (’99). Golub and Saisse also played on Que Pasa, Gato Barbieri’s CD (’97).

Kirk Whalum's wonderful recent, beautiful solo CD is the Babyface Songbook (2005) on Rendezvous Records. Whalum's also got a new CD soon to be released called Round Trip (which will have special guests including Whalum's son Kyle on bass, nephew Kenneth on sax, and Uncle Peanuts on vocals). The gorgeous and funky keyboard renderings of Philippe Saisse are on his current CD from Saisse is Body and Soul Sessions (2006) on Rendezvous Records (Red). As mentioned earlier, Jeff Golub has a new CD out, as musically dynamic and enjoyable as ever, called Grand Central (2007) on the Narada label.

In addition to their illustrious solo careers as smooth jazz artists in their own rights, Whalum, Golub and Saisse have worked with many other stars. Kirk Whalum has also performed with Larry Carlton, Whitney Houston, Babyface, Yolanda Adams, Take 6, Bebe & Cece Winans, Barbra Streisand, Edwin Hawkins, Quincy Jones, Kevin Mahogany, Al Green and many others. Golub has toured and/or recorded with artists such as Rod Stewart, Billy Squier, Tina Turner, John Waite, Gato Barbieri, Rick Braun, Everette Harp, Warren Hill, Brian Culbertson, and numerous other artists. Saisse has worked with the likes of David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Chaka Khan, Steve Winwood, Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Vanessa Williams, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Peabo Bryson, Gato Barbieri, and many great artists.

In addition to the July 1st benefit show being a worthy cause, with these amazing musicians, this Luther Vandross tribute should be a wonderful and moving show!

To buy tickets: Call the Tribeca Performing Arts box office at: 1(212)220-1460 or order online at:

The Show starts on Sunday at 6pm. Mezzanine seats are $50 per ticket. There are also $100 VIP tickets available for orchestra seats which also include admission to a Pre-Reception from 4pm-5:30pm.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Stroke of Hope Foundation. In the U.S., stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death, and the #1 cause of long-term disability. For more information, or to make a donation, please visit Stroke of Hope is a non-profit organization committed to improving quality of life for people by creating stroke awareness, promoting prevention and providing support for stroke survivors, their care partners and families by encouraging physical and emotional recovery, and maintaining an on-line support system. Thank you for your support!

]]> (Val Vaccaro) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:45:05 -0600
CD101.9 Liberty Jazz Festival The 1st annual CD101.9 Liberty Jazz Festival presented by The Star Ledger will take place Saturday September 9th through Sunday September 10th, 2006. (; The exciting new Festival will be held in Liberty State Park in New Jersey, about 200 feet away from the Statue of Liberty. Smooth jazz fans can have a double delight with watching some of their fav
The 1st annual CD101.9 Liberty Jazz Festival presented by The Star Ledger will take place Saturday September 9th through Sunday September 10th, 2006.


The exciting new Festival will be held in Liberty State Park in New Jersey, about 200 feet away from the Statue of Liberty. Smooth jazz fans can have a double delight with watching some of their favorite artists perform, while being so close to the iconic statue, with the beautiful New York City skyline in the background. The Festival is being promoted as the culmination of CD101.9FM. summer events that included the Cool Cruise concerts (which depart from New York City’s Chelsea Piers and cruise around lower Manhattan and near the Statue of Liberty).

ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, the Festival will have shows

from 12 noon to 10pm.

The festival will kick off with the Spirit of Life Ensemble featuring Daoud-David Williams.
Popular, eight-time Grammy winning legendary guitarist/vocalist George Benson will be there to perform a great, uplifting show with dozens of his hits such as "Breezin,'" "Turn Your Love Around," "Give Me the Night" and "This Masquerade." George’s upcoming CD is a duets album with singer Al Jarreau called Givin' It Up (to be released in October). The CD has special guests including Chris Botti, Patti Austin and Paul McCartney.

Also gracing the stage will also be the legendary tenor saxophonist Gato Barbieri, with his passionate, emotive style who has recorded an amazing 50 albums, including his classic Caliente! (1976) with his signature rendition of "Europa" to lush, gorgeous tunes such as "Into the Sunrise" on the CD Que Pasa" (1997) - the fourth highest selling Contemporary Jazz album that year). Another treat will be top guitarist Gil Harris (who has worked with Blood Sweat & Tears, Dr.John ,Syndicate of Soul, Bill Doggett, David Mann). Harris also released critically acclaimed solo CDs. In 2001, he was nominated for a Grammy & appears on the video "Masters of the Stratocaster." Harris' 2005 live CD is currently topping the "Guitar Best Seller" charts.

To top off this special evening, the finale concert jam will feature a superstar group with vocalist Patti Austin, guitarist Norman Brown, pianist Alex Bugnon and saxophonist Paul Taylor. Patti Austin’s now classic duet with James Ingram "Baby Come to Me" is amongst the most popular song in the vocalist’s repertoire. Her music is adored by fans as she tours around the world. Austin has recorded 16 solo albums. Recently, Austin recorded a live CD with a big band called For Ella, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. At present, Austin, is working on her next CD entitled "The Highest Standards," a concept album of inspirational, empowering songs in celebration of the "higher standards" in life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

For over ten years, Norman Brown has been working his magic on the guitar. When you listen to CD101.9FM, you probably hear Norman Brown’s classic, catchy cover version of "Any Love" or his catchy song "Better Days Ahead." In 2002, Brown's CD Just Chillin' - won a Grammy® in the prestigious Best Pop Instrumental Category. Brown was also part of the successful BWB group with their 2002 CD Groovin' with Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun. Brown’s current CD West Coast Coolin (2004)

Its’ been 11 years since the release of Taylor’s debut album On The Horn. His current CD Nightlife (Peak Records) is a sensuous soul jazz vibe similar to his Steppin’ Out CD. Steppin' Out," was the popular title track from his 2003 Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz album. Taylor has toured the U.S. with the all-star "Groovin' For Grover" lineup with Jeff Lorber, Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright. He also made his acting debut on the legendary ABC soap opera One Life To Live.

Pianist Alex Bugnon’s lush melodic hits have been played on CD101.9, from "107 Degrees in the Shade," to the gorgeous, inspirational "Love Season," to the pretty tune "Around 12:15am." His most recent album, Free (2005) is a mixture of exotic rhythms with haunting, soulful melodies.

On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th from 12 noon to 8pm, there will be another great day of jazz in the sun at Liberty State Park.

The first afternoon concert will feature Stanley Jordan, the brilliant, classically influenced jazz guitarist, known for his special guitar technique, as well as his smooth jazz hit cover of the tune "Lady in My Life" (originally from his CD Magic Touch). Jordan's new CD is called Ragas featuring Jay Kishor (on sitar), of music in the Indian classical tradition. Jordan has also has an interest in the healing of music therapy.

Next onstage will be legendary alto saxophonist David Sanborn. A six-time Grammy winner, Sanborn has released over 20 solo albums since 1975. One of the innovators of the pop-jazz alto saxophone sound, Sanborn has worked with Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, The Who, Miles Davis and many others. Sanborn’s CD Timeagain (Verve 2003) featured the hit cover tune of "Comin’ Home Baby" and includes classics such as "Tequila" and "Isn’t She Lovely" as well as many bluesy, soulful songs. Recently, CD101.9 has been playing Sanborn’s version of "Got to Give It Up". Some of Sanborn’s biggest hits include "Chicago Song," "This Masquerade," "The Dream," and "Benny."

Another highlight of this year's first annual Liberty Jazz Festival will be the "Guitars and Saxes" show with some of smooth jazz genre's most popular artists: saxophonists Richard Elliot and Gerald Albright and guitarists Jeff Golub and Peter White.

Elliot's highly dramatic tenor saxophone’s distinctive growls and heartwarming sounds can be heard on his trademark tune "When a Man Loves a Woman," as well as "Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing" and his cover of "Secret Love." Metro Blue (ARTizen Music Group), Elliot's 14th solo album includes three catchy hits: The Stylistics’ classic R & B tune "People Make The World Go Round," an optimistic, passionate original tune "Mystique," and the soulful song "Inside Out."

Golub is known for his funky, boisterous covers of the Average White Band’s "Pick Up The Pieces" (Avenue Blue CD) and "Cut The Cake" (from the CD Do It Again). He's also recorded a catchy duet with Peter White "No Two Ways About It" (on the CD Dangerous Curves). On the Do It Again CD, Golub recorded the classic tune "Cold Duck Time" with Gerald Albright, which they get to do live a real treat! Golub has an incredible repertoire, with tunes such as "Uptown Express" spiked with a spunky Wes-Montgomery inspired spin from Temptation, his current CD on the Narada Jazz label). Also, Golub has a new CD in the works.

Albright's bright, bluesy and uplifting tone on alto sax and incredibly high altissimo notes are instantly recognizable. His cover of Luther Vandross’ hit "So Amazing" demonstrates his incredibly inspiring range and power. Albright’s improvisational prowess and soulful sounds delight on other hit tunes like "My, My, My" and "Bermuda Nights. Albright expressively soars on the classic Ray Charles tune "Georgia On My Mind"- featured on the current CD New Beginnings (Peak Records), his 11th recording as a solo artist.

Peter’ White's smooth grooves have earned him the title "Guitarist of the Year" four years in a row from National Smooth Jazz Awards. Peter’s new CD is Playin' Favorites (Sony), a follow-up to his popular CD Reflections of romantic cover tunes, as well as his cover of the Isley Brothers’ tune "Who's That Lady" (from the Glow CD). White’s new CD includes the single "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" - the old Junior Walker song - and the classic Grover Washington tune "Mister Magic" a favorite or as White would prefer, a "favourite" (British version) song of fans and musicians alike.

The big CD101.9FM Liberty Jazz Festival finale will be a fantastic show with the Rendezvous All Stars featuring: saxophonist Kirk Whalum, bassist Wayman Tisdale, guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler, and pianist Brian Simpson.

Bassist Wayman Tisdale's current CD, Way Up, was aptly named by Dave Koz, because it's been topping the smooth jazz radio charts since its release this June. Hear a note or two, and you instantly recognize the buoyant bass sounds of Wayman Tisdale on songs like his current hit "Get Down On It" on his 7th CD, Way Up (2006 Rendezvous), the enthusiastic cover of "Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now" (from the CD Hang Time) or "Can’t Hide Love" (from the CD Face to Face). This past June, during an instore appearance at FYE Records in New York City, Tisdale said that Marcus Miller once told him that if the audience can recognize an artist in a note or two, he’s achieved something great. Tisdale has certainly done that and more.

It's always a great pleasure to hear the ever soulful, smooth sounds of Kirk Whalum. For the past few months, Whalum has been touring with the Rendezvous All Stars. His latest CD is Kirk Whalum Performs the Babyface Songbook (Rendezvous Records), which includes covers of hit songs such as "Can We Talk," "I'll Make Love To You," "When Can I See You," and "Someone to Love." One of Whalum’s specialties for over a decade has been doing beautifully soulful interpretations of R&B tunes (e.g., "Ascension," "Same Ole’ Love," "My All," "If Only For One Night" "God Must Have Spent (A Little More Time With You)"). Next year, Whalum will have the honor of being the first full-time artist in residence at the Stax Music Academy in Memphis, Tennessee.

The sensitive stylings of South-African guitarist/songwriter Jonathan Butler’s latest CD is simply titled Jonathan (his debut on Rendezvous). The first single is Butler's poignantly beautiful cover of the classic "Fire and Rain." Another tune on the new CD is "Mandela Bay," an optimistic, joyful tribute to the legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Pianist Brian Simpson's catchy, enthusiastic, upbeat hit song It's All Good (the title track to his current solo CD (Rendezvous) is a breath of fresh air on smooth jazz radio. Simpson was musical director and touring keyboardist for Dave Koz and pop star Janet Jackson.

This year's Liberty Jazz Fest promises to be a wonderful experience! We hope it will become a tradition and look forward to next year's Fest.


Smooth Jazz fans can purchase a 1 day or a 2 day pass (Liberty Jazz Festival 2 Day Pass). Two types of tickets are available, VIP tickets (assigned on a first come basis in reserved seating near the stage, with access to the VIP tent that has separate food service and restrooms) and also lawn tickets. Children who are 6 years old and under can attend for free. So you can bring the kids! SEE BELOW for ticket pricing, transportation and other information.

Here's the Schedule:

Saturday 9/9 *

11am - Shuttle Buses from parking lots available
11:30am - Will-call ticket window opens
Noon - Gates open!
12:30pm - Spirit of Life Ensemble featuring Daoud-David Williams performance
2:00pm - Gil Parris performance
3:30pm - Gato Barbieri performance
5:00pm - George Benson performance
7:30pm - Norman Brown, Patti Austin, Alex Bugnon & Paul Taylor all-star jam finale!

Sunday 9/10 *

11am - Shuttle Buses from parking lots available
11:30am - Will -call ticket w indow opens
Noon - Gates Open!
12:30pm - Stanley Jordon performance
2:00pm - David Sanborn performance
3:30pm - GUITARS & SAXES with Jeff Golub, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright and Peter White all-star jam
6:00pm- RENDEZVOUS ALL-STARS with Wayman Tisdale, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler and Brian Simpson all-star finale!

*all times subject to change


One Day General Admission Two Day General Admission Limited One Day VIP Passes $54.50 $94.50 $89.50 PRICE AT THE DOOR $69.50 PRICE AT THE DOOR $115.00 PRICE AT THE DOOR $125.00


Water Taxi
From North Cove Marina at the World Financial Center waterfront Click here for the Liberty Park Water Taxi Schedule North Cove is accessible by: Subway:

World Trade Center

Cortland St.

Chambers St. Bus: M9, M10 or M22 to Battery Park City


Adult Round Trip: $10
Seniors (over 65): $8
Children 7-12: $6
Under 7: Free

*purchase on the ferry

Click here for more information about
Liberty Park Water taxi


NY Waterway - Direct service to Liberty State Park from New York's World Financial Center to Liberty Landing Marina. Wall Street, Pier 11 in Downtown Manhattan Connect to Bus Shuttle.
One Way Fare
Adult - $4.75 | Child - $2.35
Information | Schedule | For more information, call 1-800-53-FERRY

Light Rail
Service from Exchange Place every 7-8 minutes beginning at 5:30 a.m. daily. Connect to Bus Shuttle for your Liberty State Park Destination. Fare is $1.50 (senior citizens, customers with disabilities, and children 5 to 11 - $0.75). On weekends and holidays, two children may ride free with each fare paying adult

Path Train
Make connection at Exchange Place to Light Rail. Fare: $1.75. Exact change required.

Exit 14B of the New Jersey Turnpike Extension, follow the signs to your park destination.

Bus Shuttle
Shuttle service within the Park is provided at the NJ Transit marked bus stop locations on the map. Service operates daily from May 27 to September 30 every 20 minutes from7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. For schedules during the rest of the year, call 1-800-772-2222 or . Fare is $1 (senior citizens, customers with disabilities, and children 5 to 11 - $0.50)good for unlimited trips during the day of purchase. On weekends and holidays, two children may ride free with each fare paying adult. Exact fare is required.


Water Taxi Co.

NJ Travel and Tourism

NJ Transit


General Information :

  • Children six and under (on day of show) are admitted free!
  • Food & drink vendors will be on-site for the entirety of the event.
  • Attendees are welcome to exit and re-enter the event area during the festival (hand stamps must remain visible for re-entry).
  • Cameras and photography is allowed at the event.
  • Parking will be available for under $10 - and free shuttle service will be provided for lots within 1 1/2 miles.
  • Standard folding chairs and blankets are encouraged for lawn seating. Chairs are available in the VIP area for all VIP ticket holders.
  • All bags will be searched upon entry

Please feel welcome to bring:

  • Blankets
  • Backpacks
  • Soft Bags
  • Hand held umbrellas
  • Cameras
  • Lawn Chairs

The following items are not permitted:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Firearms, knives, razors
  • Fireworks, candles
  • Glass (including bottles)
  • All beverages including water & alcohol
  • Food
  • Hard or soft coolers or picnic baskets
  • Grills, hibachis, cooking equipment
  • Sporting equipment (roller blades, skateboards & bikes)
  • Laser pointers
  • Tents, canopies, beach umbrellas
  • Signs or banners
  • Portable televisions and radios
  • Video or recording equipment
  • Helium balloons
  • Pets
  • Any item or action deemed unsafe by event security
  • Unauthorized videotaping or audio recording of any performance
  • Overnight camping
  • Coolers, bottles, cans or food permitted
  • Illegal substances
  • Open fires
  • Vending
  • Bicycles, scooters or skateboards
  • Littering

]]> (Val Vaccaro) Press Releases Sat, 29 Jan 2011 08:42:27 -0600
The Groove Boutique Host Rafe Gomez Debuts TV Show on QVC this September! Here’s some BIG NEWS for audiences, artists, and industry people who are fans of groovy acid jazz, smooth jazz and funky crossover music! Rafe Gomez’ innovative mix of music has shaken things up in a good way at radio, and now he’s ready to do the same for TV! Since April, after four months of keeping fans in suspense, DJ, radio personality and recording artist RAFE GOMEZ announced the debut date of his own TV show The Groove Boutique on the home shopp

Here’s some BIG NEWS for audiences, artists, and industry people who are fans of groovy acid jazz, smooth jazz and funky crossover music!

Rafe Gomez’ innovative mix of music has shaken things up in a good way at radio, and now he’s ready to do the same for TV! Since April, after four months of keeping fans in suspense, DJ, radio personality and recording artist RAFE GOMEZ announced the debut date of his own TV show The Groove Boutique on the home shopping cable TV channel QVC! The show will air in the U.S. on the West Coast on Wednesday September 7, 2005 at 11PM PCT time and Thursday, September 8th 2AM EST time on the East Coast.

The one hour show will feature Rafe Gomez spinning and selling CD bundles of the same type of chilled-out, tasty sounds that he features on his highly successful, syndicated Groove Boutique radio show.

Rafe Gomez’ radio show, which was the nation’s first smooth jazz "mix" show featuring uptempo smooth jazz, acid jazz, jazz-funk, soul jazz, chill music and nu-jazz, has been gaining lots of momentum on stations throughout the United States. In the New York City market, Rafe's show airs on Saturday nights and has tied as Number One in ratings during that time slot competing with other radio mix show genres such as pop and rap music! Also, the Rafester was a top radio personality finalist this year at the New York Air Awards.

In the past two years, Rafe Gomez’ radio show, his mix CD Groove Boutique: Volume One (Tommy Boy Records) and remix with David Baron of Smokey Robinson’s classic tune "Quiet Storm" on the CD Motown Remixed released in May) have received lots of praise and great reviews from the press, including Smooth Jazz News, Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard, All Music Guide, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Radio & Records, and many jazz websites!

To catch the latest details for all of Rafe Gomez’ shows, check Back in April, Rafe also announced plans for the future for a Volume 2 CD "of blended Groove Boutique jazziness." This summer, Rafe is creating a "party atmosphere" spinning on board Spirit Cruises sponsored by WQCD CD101.9FM ( in New York City before the shows for popular smooth jazz artists such as Jeff Golub, Warren Hill & Philippe Saisse, Pieces of a Dream, and Angela Bofill. Rafe also hosts live shows for cutting edge, new artists such as Long Island, New York guitarist Matt Marshak and the London group Jazzinho.

How did the new Groove Boutique TV show idea develop? According to Rafe Gomez, "A rep from QVC heard The Groove Boutique on CD101.9 in New York and loved it. Then he bought the Groove Boutique: Volume One CD (which had the smooth jazz radio hit "Icy" recorded by Gomez), and loved that. Then (he) got in touch with me."

The Rafester explains that the QVC rep said "the show's vibe was right in line with what QVC was looking for: a fresh presentation of hip jazz and jazzy music that can enhance the busy lifestyles of their viewers." Gomez and the QVC rep then did some strategic planning to help create the look and feel of a Groove Boutique show on QVC.

Gomez says "I'm incredibly excited about it, as are my peeps!" (e.g., Rafe’s fans!). The new TV show will feature offerings of CDs by many of the same jazzy groovin' artists that Rafe Gomez plays on his nationally syndicated radio mix show such as: Bobby Caldwell, Euge Groove, Shilts, Alex Bugnon, Four 80 East, Soul Ballet, Greg Adams, Marcus Miller, Patches Stewart, Steve Oliver, and many more! The show will also feature some exciting music from NEW artists too and music from cool CDs such as various artist compilations like the Vintage Chill 4 CD set, and Groove Boutique: Volume One.

According to Rafe Gomez, "The music will be hot, the vibe will be cool, and the prices will be UNBELIEVABLE!!! Tune in to start building your library of your favorite Groove Boutique jams at phenomenal savings - savings that will only be available on The Groove Boutique TV show on QVC!"

If you are a fan of Gomez’ radio show and or just love COOL and FUNKY JAZZ MUSIC, YOU’VE GOTTA TUNE IN TO RAFE GOMEZ’ new TV SHOW LIVE starting September 7th 11PM PST and September 8th 2AM EST!!

As jazz fans, we really should do all we can to support this new vehicle! Right now, in the U.S., there is no show on TV that supports our music on a regular basis! (Back in the 1990’s for a little while, we had the short-lived Arsenio Hall talk show introduce us to artists like Dave Koz and Candy Dulfer.)

Rafe Gomez’ new Groove Boutique show has great potential to bring our favorite and many new and exciting jazzy artists into millions of homes on a regular basis. As fans, to keep this show afloat, we NEED TO WATCH THE SHOW LIVE and BUY THE CDS during the live show!! If the show gets a great response, hopefully, QVC will MOVE the show to an earlier time slot for the East coast folks, and air it a few times a month!!

The Groove Boutique TV show is a great opportunity to hear cool music that you may not hear anywhere else, and be amongst the first to get the specially-priced CD packages mailed directly to your home!

According to Rafe Gomez, "if QVC features an item, their viewers automatically assume that it's good. QVC is also determined to feature music that their audience doesn't know - but should know. This healthy, two-way interaction is refreshing: QVC respects the audience, and the audience trusts QVC. It's a dynamic that allows for limitless possibilities in terms of the music that I can present."

If you’ve never watched QVC, it’s an exciting process, since the hosts are live, and the calls are also live from audiences who are consumers. QVC (which stands for "Quality, Value and Convenience" with headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania in the US) is the American leader in electronic retailing.

QVC reaches approximately 96% of all U.S. cable homes, as well as over 23 million satellite homes. In the U.S., QVC broadcasts live 24 hours a day, 364 days a year, and introduces 250 new products every week to viewers in 87 million homes. In addition to its successful direct selling approach on Cable TV, the company also sells through websites in the U.S., and in other countries.

If you don’t have the QVC cable channel, the website give viewers the opportunity to click on and watch the QVC TV show LIVE!, the premier online comparison shopping site, presented with a "Circle of Excellence" Platinum Award for 4 years in a row, (which recognizes 41 of the best retailers for their outstanding customer satisfaction). QVC is one of only five online retailers to receive this recognition.

Internationally, through TV and the Internet, QVC reaches 15.4 million homes in England, Scotland, and Ireland in the U.K., 35 million households in Germany, and 15.4 million homes in Japan.

Globally, in 2004, QVC received approximately 192 million phone calls and shipped over 137 million units valued at over $5.7 billion USD. That’s incredible!

Gomez plays many artists from overseas. Perhaps someday Rafe Gomez’ The Groove Boutique show will air in other countries too! Wouldn’t that be something?

ON BEHALF OF FUNKY JAZZ FANS AND ARTISTS AROUND THE WORLD, let’s wish RAFE GOMEZ and the exciting new Groove Boutique TV show on QVC BEST OF LUCK!!! Stay tuned for the next episode of great jazz mix music with Rafe Gomez.

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