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Re: Your Favorite Music Concert?

August 18, 2019 09:04AM
I like Bill Evans, but am not a "true" jazz fan, as I prefer smooth jazz artists over traditional, straight ahead jazz. Here are some of the jazz artists we've seen in concert, some of them numerous times:

Oleta Adams (vocalist)
Mindi Abair
Gerald Albright
Marc Antoine
Bob Baldwin
Walter Beasley
David Benoit
Chris Botti
Rick Braun
Norman Brown
Jonathan Butler
Brian Culbertson
Eric Darius
George Duke
Earth, Wind & Fire
Richard Elliot
Fourplay (Bob James, Nathan East, Harvey Mason, Larry Carlton)
Jeff Golub
Euge Groove
Everette Harp
Warren Hill <---------- Love, love, love him
Paul Jackson, Jr.
Ahmad Jamal
Boney James
Al Jarreau (vocalist)
Dave Koz
Michael Lington
Jeff Lorber
Marion Meadows
Marcus Miller
Chieli Minnucci
Grady Nichols
Steve Oliver
Art Porter
The Rippingtons
Joe Samples
David Sanborn
Brian Simpson
Paul Taylor
Waymon Tisdale
Kim Waters
Kirk Whalum
Peter White

Back when Smooth Jazz was the thing, there were smooth jazz stations in every major city and the radio stations would sponsor the concerts. We busted our butts to go to as many concerts as we could. When the radio stations died or changed their formats (and they ALL did), the concerts died as well. A shame, because this is the music I absolutely love above all others. We could probably still see some of these folks if we lived in a place like Chicago or San Diego where it seems they still play all the time. But, they stopped coming to St. Louis years ago and since we no longer travel, we miss out. I'd LOVE to see Gregg Karukas, Pieces of a Dream, and Candy Dulfer.

We don't go on smooth jazz cruises anymore either. We loved the four cruises we went on but travel is more of a hassle than we want to deal with now, and the cost of the cruises has gotten to be too much as well (about $8,000 for a week in a cabin with a veranda plus airfare). Our last cruise was in 2008, so we've been out of the loop for a long time. However, we still get newsletters from the company that produces the smooth jazz cruises (the guy who runs them is from St Louis). A few months ago, the newsletter announced that the Smooth Jazz Cruise was going to bring two concerts to town this summer. We couldn't buy tickets fast enough! The first one was last week: Marcus Miller, Bob James, and David Sanborn. They performed their grammy award-winning album Double Vision. It was WONDERFUL. The next one is in a couple of weeks at an outdoor ampitheater: Brian Culbertson, Tim Cunningham, Erin Bode, Eric Darius, Grace Kelly, Brian Culbertson. We'll be outside for about 6 hours so we're hoping we can withstand the heat enough to enjoy the music and are really looking forward to it. We've been in a music desert for far too long.


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JamesJM195August 15, 2019 12:25PM

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waterfield57August 15, 2019 12:42PM

  Feeling a big guilty..

JamesJM54August 15, 2019 04:30PM

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waterfield49August 15, 2019 07:10PM

  No, but I assumed...

JamesJM53August 15, 2019 07:36PM

  Mamas & The Papas

Ramgator59August 15, 2019 02:10PM

  I'm going to split hairs here

IowaRam76August 15, 2019 02:29PM

  I already broke that rule...

JamesJM59August 15, 2019 03:02PM

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ferragamo7956August 15, 2019 04:17PM

  Darn good list...

JamesJM52August 15, 2019 04:28PM

  Oh I forgot Bridge School Benefit

ferragamo7961August 15, 2019 05:23PM

  Question for everyone...

JamesJM58August 15, 2019 04:31PM

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waterfield36August 15, 2019 07:14PM

  That's are real hard question.....

roman1840August 16, 2019 03:52AM

  You saw Dave Mason?

JamesJM36August 16, 2019 05:46AM

  Yes he was touring with Cropper last summer....

roman1840August 16, 2019 06:36AM

  I'm all in with your regarding ambience...

JamesJM35August 16, 2019 07:23AM

  Well I did most of my concert goings when young....

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  Re: You saw Dave Mason?

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21Dog56August 16, 2019 02:58PM

  Saw Young and Crazy Horse too....

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Crazylegs40August 18, 2019 06:38PM

  The one I most would have wanted to see

waterfield61August 17, 2019 10:39AM

  I did not include Jazz or Operas

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