Tri-C Jazz Fest 2012 (Cleveland, OH)


Schedule of Events:

The Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland runs from April 19-29, 2012.  The schedule of events includes:

  • April 19 – 5pm – Kick off – Public Square – free
  • April 19 – 8pm – Esperanza Spaulding and Radio Music Society – Tri-C Metropolitan Auditorium – $30
  • April 20 – 8pm – Smooth Jazz All-Stars with Brian Simpson, Peter White, Maysa, Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Walter Beasley; State Theatre; $30-$45
  • April 21 – 1pm – A Tribute to Nina Simone with Kellylee Evans and Ki Allen,; Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; Free
  • April 21 – 8pm – An Evening with Aretha Franklin – State Theater, Playhouse Square, $50 – $75
  • April 22 – 4pm – Ben Williams & Sound Effect, East Cleveland Public Library; tickets $10
  • April 22 – 7pm – Marcus Strickland, Black Box at Tri-C Metropolitan Campus; tickets $10
  • April 24 – 7pm – Thunder from the Heartland: Ernie Krivda, Renell Gonsalves, Bobby Floyd, Brad Goode, Jeff Grubbs, Bobby Broom, The Hermit Club; tickets $25
  • April 25 – noon – Swing Kids with Dominick Farinacci and Tri-C Jazz Studies Alumnni, Showtime at High Noon, State Theatre; FREE
  • April 25 – 8pm – Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts, Black Box at Tri-C Metropolitan Campus; tickets $25
  • April 26 – 8pm – The Jack DeJohnette Group, Main Stage Theatre, Tri-C Metropolitan Campus; tickets $30
  • April 27 – 8pm – Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue open for David Sanborn Trio featuring Joey DeFrancesco and Byron Landham, State Theatre; tickets $30 – $45
  • April 28 – 8pm – An Evening with Diana Krall, sponsored by KeyBank, State Theatre; tickets $55-$85
  • April 29 – 7pm and 9pm – TCJF Soundworks, Nighttown; tickets $15

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Seabreeze Jazz Festival


Smooth Jazz blowing gently in the coastal breezes is just one unique feature at one of the nation’s fastest growing “destination music festivals” on the Gulf Coast. Panama City Beach and the coastal Florida communities will come alive April 18th-22nd for the 14th annual 2012 Seabreeze Jazz Festival®

Artists to perform include Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Fourplay, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Down To The Bone, Phil Perry, Nick Colionne, Mindi Abair, Four 80 East, Maysa, Jeff Golub, Cindy Bradley, Jeff Lorber, David Pack, Eric Darius Alexander Zonjic, Brian Simpson, Althea Rene’, Shilts, Urban Jazz Coalition, Karen Briggs, Matt Marshak, Gail Jhonson, Mariea Antoinette, Vincent Ingala, Chris Geith, and Street Corner Renaissance.

Karyn White ‘Superwoman’ returns



Sultry R&B Vocalist Karyn White has launched a comeback into the music spectrum with the release of her 4th studio album, “Carpe Diem” – Karyn’s 1st CD in over 18 years! The new release boasts 11 tracks of pure dynamite. A balance of slow and feet stomping jams reminiscent to the quality sounds Karyn provided her fans from over the years. You can stop by her all new website – Karyn’s World – to listen to song samples from the album as well as making the purchase. Ms. White has also released an e-book entitled, “Carpe Diem – A book of thoughts and affirmations to ‘seize the day'”. ……

KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Rod Williams

KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Rod Williams.

KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Rod Williams

ImageProducer, Arranger, and Musician.

Rod (short for Rodney) was born in Newark, NJ. He developed a love for music at an early age while growing up in the Newark Public School System.

He started out with the violin and moved on to the clarinet. Rod later became interested in the saxophone after hearing Grover Washington Jr.’s “Mr. Magic” which he used as his audition piece to get into Arts High School in Newark, NJ.

Rod is a talented musician who’s diverse style includes a blend of R&B, Smooth Jazz, Classic Soul, Old School and New.

He arranged, recorded and produced all of his music in his own home studio.

Rod has been making a name for himself while playing at various local clubs, events throughout the state of NJ and local Jazz Festivals.

Under the management of Jiordyn Clements

KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Frank Piombo

KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Frank Piombo.

KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Frank Piombo

ImageFranks musical career spans three plus decades of professional entertainment as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has appeared as a lead guitarist and vocalist with many live bands throughout his career. His performance history includes work with bands such as Sidewalk Symphony, The Fantasy Band, Stepping Out, The New Prince Band, US & Co., and the original Infernos. Frank shared the stage with such great recording artists as The Duprees, The Mellow Kings, Vito and the Salutations, and Vito and the Elegants. He has also shared the stage with various European performers, touring the New York Metropolitan Area, such as “I Nuovi Angeli” and the “Formula Tre.” He recorded an album entitled “Smooth Reminiscence” and have appeared several times, along with vocalist/keyboard player Angelo Uccello, on the “Steve Ames” Cable TV Show.” 

In the summer of 2009, his song “Feelin’ Funky” was featured on “Lady Jay’s” JazzMatrix Radio. He  was featured many times on Udo Freter’s Show called Blues Rockclub Radioshow located in Germany. Frank is very fortunate to be promoted by such a talented individual. 

He also want to acknowledge his friend Destination Dawn for giving him much support. On July 22, 2010, Frank was interviewed on her “Starwing Production”, Florida Radio Show along with many other wonderful artists. 

On June 6, 2010 “Moonlite Vibe” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” were featured on Ozcat Radio, with Jerome Triple J., located in California. Mj from “The Coast Radio” included several of my songs on her radio station as well. 

On August 9, 2010, Frank was interviewed by Mj on “The Coast Radio” on September 10, 2010, He was interviewed by Ms Bridgette Lewis on “Coffee Talk Jazz Radio” on January 8, 2011,  Terrie and Michael on “Talking Smooth Jazz”, on March 18, 2011,  Cres O’Neal on “Jazzin’ em Up” on August 26,  JBlair Brown, on “Living the Dream” and on September 17, Interviewed by Hank Howe, on “Inet Jazz Muzik”, and In October, 2011″Upphront Radio” with Warren Michaels. 

He has a total of nine YouTube videos: Frank’s YouTube Channel 

Frank has been invited to share his music on Angelo Petruzzi’s “Smooth Jazz Radio Channel”, direct from Italy. His song “Our Love” has been chosen by Angelo to appear on a world-wide compilation CD entitled “Smooth Jazz Time Project” 

Reggie “the Jazzman” Mitchell opens his show on “Smooth Groove Phoenix” every Saturday with my cover of Europa

Frank opened at Chico’s House Of Jazz, Asbury Park, for saxophonists Rod Williams and renowned sax player Kyle Turner and pianists Bob Baldwin and Darrell Lavigne. 

Coming in February 2012, Frank will be appearing along Donna Whittington on the “The Color Of Jazz” Internet Radio Show.


KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Joel Del Rosario

KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Joel Del Rosario.

KGME Digital Radio Artist Spotlight – Joel Del Rosario

ImageWith a music career spanning over two decades, guitarist and songwriter, Joel Del Rosario has just about touched every genre of music from: Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Southern Gospel. Classically trained in Viola, Joel studied, performed, and was second chair in the San Francisco School of the Arts Orchestra. Though winning several competitions with the renowned SOTA orchestra, Joel felt the pull to venture into the world of jazz, which began his love affair with the genre and which would envelop a majority of his music career.

His passion for the guitar however was born from tragedy. Experiencing the loss of his mother through breast cancer at 11, Joel sought solace and peace through playing guitar. It was during those quiet moments in the dark: contemplating, practicing and developing an intimate relationship with his instrument that Joel developed his guitar voice.

Through the mentorship of Robyn Kazmarcyk, (and later Elroy Jones who taught guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan) Joel went on to pursue jazz fully and later received the Stan Getz Jazz Scholarship to attend the prestigious Stanford University Jazz camp during high school. Empowered by these positive experiences, Joel has gone on to work, write music for, and or co-write music for the following artists and record labels: Inline Records, Romantic Records, Classified Records, Saylah Flowz, and many others. He has self produced two albums “All Him” and “Calm In The Storm” encompassing jazz and smooth r&b with a positive message. In addition has also been featured on several periodicals and radio stations all around the world including: MSNBC, The Italian Smooth Jazz Channel,, Coffee Talk Jazz,, and many others, while his international fan base continues to grow.

Currently, Joel has just completed & released his 3rd album, “Coast to Coast” (available for purchase now) while his previous albums “All Him” and “Calm In the Storm” continue to be aired both nationally and internationally. He is on tour with smooth jazz artist Will Clark and is also active in various community organizations.