102.5 WLOQ and the City of Altamonte Springs bring you the area's best outdoor concert series. Join us in the Eddie Rose Amphitheater for great music, food and your favorite beverage. This FREE concert series attracts many vendors to Cranes Roost Blvd. adding to the excitement of things to do and see. Cranes Roost Blvd. will be closed during this event; no pets, bottles, food, alcohol or coolers may be brought into the park.
Jazz Jams Uptown 2014
Jeff Kashiwa with Robert Harris (Guitar)
Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings.
Having established himself in the 1990?s as one of the most diverse saxmen in contemporary jazz during his decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when Jeff left the group to venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music. Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well. In 2004, Kashiwa founded The Sax Pack, a trio of saxophone headliners, featuring himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group released two CDs together and charmed audiences with their Rat Pack style reparte’ in tours across the U.S. and abroad.
In 2006, Jeff reunited with The Rippingtons for their 20th Anniversary Tour and continues to record and tour with the group as often as his busy schedule will allow. In addition to touring with The Sax Pack and his own group, Kashiwa has expanded his career to include the realm of music education, teaching various courses through the music program at Shoreline Community College in Seattle.
His brand new CD Let It Ride features a host of great musicians in the world of Contemporary Jazz; Russ Freeman, David Benoit, Chuck Loeb and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Let It Ride has been in the top 4 Best Sellers in Smooth Jazz on Amazon.com for the past few weeks.
Robert has one of the premier Jazz / R&B groups in central Florida. In addition to his regular club dates, Robert has performed at several National Jazz Festivals IE: Seabreeze Jazz Festival, The Miami Jazz in the Garden Festival, Daytona Jazz Festival, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, ect… Where he has opened for many of the top well-known smooth jazz artists like: Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, Brian Culbertson, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, Eric Darius , Jeff Golub and many more…
Opening Act: Dayve Stewart (Saxaphone)
Two decades into a multi-faceted career marked by dynamic explorations of the possibilities of contemporary jazz and R&B, two-time Grammy Award winner Paul Brown keeps his grooving momentum going with an amped-up visit to The Funky Joint—his sixth solo album and Woodward Avenue Records debut. The guitarist and composer’s eagerly anticipated new collection features performances by many of the artists that he has produced or played with over the years, including Boney James, Bob James, Euge Groove, Marc Antoine, Bob Baldwin and Darren Rahn; several tracks also feature Marco Basci, who plays keyboards with Brown when he performs live.
As part of Brown’s deal with the label, he is also serving as an A&R consultant.Brown’s dynamic, R&B driven vibe has been a trademark of smooth urban jazz since he produced saxophonist Boney James’ hit debut Trust in 1992. In addition to scoring more than 50 #1 charting airplay hits as the genre’s top producer since that time, Brown has enjoyed extraordinary success as an artist in his own right since the release of his debut album Up Front in 2004.
The multi-talented performer had the unique experience in 2006 of scoring #1 Radio & Records chart hits as both an artist and producer. “Winelight,” the second single from his sophomore album The City, was ranked by Mediabase as the genre’s most spun track of that year. Radio & Records and Mediabase declared “The Rhythm Method,” the first single from Brown’s third release White Sand, the most played song of 2007. The title track from saxophonist Jessy J’s Brown-produced debut Tequila Moon earned the same distinction for 2008. Foreign Exchange, a dual collection with acoustic guitarist Marc Antoine, was a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart in 2009. Brown followed this with Love You Found Me, a Top 20 album that featured more of the guitarist’s soulful lead vocals than ever before.
He earned a nomination for “Best Vocalist” at the 2011 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, where he had the opportunity to sit in with one of his all-time guitar heroes, Larry Carlton.
This past year, Brown performed his first European shows, including appearances with Antoine at Pizza Express in London and a set at the 2011 Smooth Jazz Festival Augsberg (Germany), which featured guest appearances from Jessy J, Gerald Albright and keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen. Stateside, Brown headlined numerous gigs with saxophonist Darren Rahn, a successful genre producer who has scored multiple hits for artists like Eric Darius, Dave Koz and the late Wayman Tisdale. “The Producers” tour found Brown and Rahn playing each other’s songs as well as hits they produced for other artists. The two will be performing more dates together in 2012.
“The reason I got into this business was to play the guitar and perform live,” he says. “As much success as I’ve had as a producer, I’ve always seen that as part of my evolution as a professional to get to this point. Making music is simple to me. When something moves me emotionally, then I know it’s good. That’s why I’ve worked this past year in between bigger projects with so many unsigned acts. Everything I do, from the albums I produce for established artists to those I do for up and coming performers to my own projects, is creatively stimulating to me in a unique way. I love doing them all.” Not surprisingly considering his typical whirlwind schedule, Brown cherishes his down time, which gives him the opportunity to pursue his passion for wine. Trumpet great Jerry Hey introduced him to the fine art of wine collecting, and Brown has quickly become a great French wine connoisseur, favoring French Burgundy as he has built his collection. He recently shot a pilot, tentatively titled “Pinot Envy,” about the exciting combination of wine and music, for a lifestyle series he intends to pitch to various networks. The show would feature a behind the scenes look at artists and their passion for wine and winery owners and winemakers and their love of music; it will also feature concert footage from shows performed at wineries. The Los Angeles born and raised Brown dedicates The Funky Joint to his parents, professional singers for legends like Mel Torme (as part of The Meltones), Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Barbra Streisand.
"Dayve Stewart and The Vibe creates memorable performances long after the curtain closes." -Luxury Cruise line SilverSea
Tours with 8x GRAMMY winning The Reverend Al Green
Toured with 2x GRAMMY winning Paul Brown.
Shared the stage with Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald to name a few.
He is currently polishing the final release of our 4th CD called "Feels So Good"
Opening Act: Walle Larrson (Saxaphone)
Opening Act: Nate Mitchell (Keyboards/Vocals)
Gerald Veasley has a varied and impressive resume' including tours with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Gerald was named "Best Electric Bassist" in Jazziz magazine's annual readers' poll and Philadelphia Magazine named him Best Jazz Band.
He started playing the bass at age twelve and to deal with the loss of his father, he focused on music, listening to records featuring Charles Mingus, Wes Montgomery, Grand Green and Ron Carter. These all-night affairs would also include Veasley teaching himself how to improvise, transcribe solos and studying chord progressions. Veasley took up studying classical guitar to expand his range as a musician.
Gerald has also taught the history and fundamentals of the electric bass to musicians and educators, both privately and at the university level. He has been artist in residence at the Artist- Teachers institute of Stockton State College; guest lecturer at Dartmouth; instructor at Philadelphia's University of the Arts; and video instructor on "Solo Bass Techniques" released by CCP Baldwin.
While still doing the occasional sideman date, Gerald's present focus is on building the audience for his own band both in Europe and Stateside, "creating more and better music, reaching more people and giving my band its own identity." All signs indicate that Gerald will be one of the most popular and revered bassist/composers, as well as instrumental recording artists, of the millennium and beyond.
Dates / Time
Cranes Roost Park
All concerts are from 7-10 p.m. Food and beverage available for purchase.
Cranes Roost Blvd. will be closed during this event; no pets, bottles, food, alcohol or coolers may be brought into the park.