Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
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2019 Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort Lineup
The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last fifty years have matched her unassailable artistry. This seven-time GRAMMY® Award Winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B, and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television, and live performance.
Knight’s latest release – her 8th solo effort – “Where My Heart Belongs,” is an inspirational gospel album. Knight’s singular songbook includes timeless titles like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Neither One Of Us,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “License to Kill,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” and many more!
A tireless performer who still wows audiences around the country and world, Knight also finds the time to make forays into film and television. Her song, “You and I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” appeared over the end credits of the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels film The Butler. Her version of “I Hope You Dance” played during the end credits of Tyler Perry’s, The Family that Preys Together, and she appeared in his film I Can Do Bad All By Myself (which featured her song “The Need To Be”). She also starred in the holiday-themed Holidaze, her first animated project to which she also contributed a track, “Unbeatable Harold,” and the Harrison Ford film, Hollywood Homicide. On the small screen, Knight did a cameo on the Emmy-winning NBC Comedy “30 Rock,” and also appeared in NBC’s “Las Vegas,” former CBS hit “J.A.G,” and as guest judge and performer on the star-studded finale of the Fox smash hit “American Idol.” Knight even put on her dancing shoes for season 14 of the ABC smash hit “Dancing With the Stars.”
Knight, donned the Empress of Soul, has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In addition to her string of seven GRAMMY® Awards, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, an NAACP Image Award, a Cable Ace Award, a Soul Train Legend Award, and in 1995 Gladys Knight and The Pips were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame. Knight is also the first African American performer to have a venue named after her in Las Vegas; the Gladys Knight Theater inside the famed Tropicana Hotel.
A humanitarian and philanthropist, Knight is devoted to various worthy causes, including the American Diabetes Association – for which she is a national spokesperson, the American Cancer Society, the Minority AIDS Project, amFAR and Crisis Intervention, and The Boys and Girls Club. She has been honored by numerous organizations as well, including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), B’Nai Brith, and is a recent recipient of BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Genre-blurring artist Boney James has been touring non-stop in support of his 2017 CD “Honestly,” his sixteenth release!
In a career now spanning twenty-seven years, eleven of Jameses’ albums have topped the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and two have made the top 10 on the R&B Albums Chart, a rare feat for an instrumental artist.
Boney James was gigging with bands by the time he was in his early teens. He apprenticed as a sideman for artists like Morris Day and the Isley Brothers before striking out on his own. The independently released Trust led immediately to a major label deal and a string of increasingly successful recordings and live performances.
To date, James has racked up sales of more than three million records, four RIAA gold albums, four GRAMMY nominations, a Soul Train Award, and nominations for two NAACP Image Awards. In 2009, Billboard named him one of the Top 3 Contemporary Jazz Artists Of The Decade along with Kenny G and Norah Jones.
Boney is also renowned for his compelling live performances. According to The Boston Globe: “…James swaggers across the stage like a blacktop hero draining treys on an overmatched opponent. He even weaves his way through the crowd, all but daring them not to have a good time.”
It’s not simply his abundant virtuosity that has made six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE the most in-demand bassist of his generation. McBride consistently combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communicate his enthusiasm to an audience – warm showmanship that transforms his own passion into infectious joy. Since the early 1990’s Christian McBride has recorded on over 300 dates as a sideman. However, he’s been a leader in his own right from his debut recording in 1995.
In addition to various stints with Sting, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, and George Duke, McBride has been artist-in-residence and artistic director with organizations such as Jazz House Kids, Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Jazz Museum in Harlem, Jazz Aspen, and NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center — Newark). McBride manages to tour consistently with his trio, quartet, the New Jawn and sextet Inside Straight. He also fronts the GRAMMY-winning Christian McBride Big Band, whose Mack Avenue recordings, The Good Feeling and Bringin’ It won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album in 2012 and 2017, respectively. In addition, McBride hosts “The Lowdown: Conversations With Christian” on Sirius/XM , and NPR’s Jazz Night in America, and DJs at clubs as DJ Brother Mister. McBride was recently named the artistic director of the historic Newport Jazz Festival, taking over the reins from the festival’s longtime artistic director and founder, George Wein.
Weekend of Jazz is thrilled Christian McBride is our first Artist-in-Residence!
“I never really know what song is going to come next…thankfully it just comes to me,” confides chart-topping saxophonist, composer and producer Euge Groove, who has scored close to a dozen #1 hits on the Contemporary Jazz Charts. A favorite on radio and the international touring circuit, Euge Groove has garnered a devout following with his irresistible mix of danceable grooves, mind-bending hooks, R&B infused melodies and inspired solos. Having collaborated with everyone from Tina Turner, Elton John, and Bonnie Raitt to Tower of Power and Aaron Neville, Euge Groove is never short on inspiration.
Euge’s eleventh solo recording, Groove On (Shanachie Entertainment), is an exhilarating collection of originals. Euge’s latest drives home the multi-instrumentalist’s ability to mastermind the perfect mood-drenched set filled with top drawer performances featuring first-rate musicians including special guests – guitar wizard Peter White and soul-jazz diva/label mate Lindsey Webster. “I hope my fans hear growth. That is most important to me,” shares Euge Groove. “I think if I stop growing as a writer, player, or producer, it’s time to quit. I put every drop of heart and soul into each album.
Jazz, Funk, and Soul
Pianist, composer, and producer Jeff Lorber, founder of Jazz, Funk, and Soul, has been a major innovator on the creative music scene for over three decades. Along with maestros Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, and Bob James, Lorber is a groundbreaking Fender Rhodes pioneer. Having produced for everyone from Dave Koz to Kenny G, the Grammy-nominated pianist’s long-running acclaimed ensemble, Jeff Lorber Fusion, was a major force in contemporary jazz’s early beginnings. The Berklee College of Music alums latest releases are 2017 GRAMMY® Award-winning Prototype and 2019’s Impact featuring Jeff Lorber Fusion.
Everette Harp’s soulful and trademark blend of jazz, R&B, funk, and pop have made him a favorite among fans, fellow musicians and critics alike. Harp’s impressive career that has allowed him to collaborate with everyone from Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, and Patti Labelle to George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, and Kenny Loggins. Harp has left an indelible imprint on the scene with his own unique, muscular and soulful approach. His work on TV has brought his saxophone into the homes of millions who have heard him playing the theme songs for such popular TV shows as Entertainment Tonight and Soul Train. He also holds the distinction of being a former member of the posse on the first Arsenio Hall Show. A graduate of North Texas State University, Harp hosts the radio program Smooth Jazz Odyssey with Everette Harp on WLOQ in Orlando, FL. His latest solo release is First Love.
Paul Jackson, Jr. is regarded as one of the most recorded guitarists in the world. He has seven previous successful albums, containing several top ten releases including, Grammy-nominated I Came to Play. In 2014, Jackson contributed to several tracks on the album, Random Access Memories by Daft Punk, which garnered 5 Grammy Awards and was the #1 album in 104 countries. Jackson earned a Grammy recognition for his contribution to the album.
Paul has appeared on many television shows and specials and was a band regular on: NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox’s American Idol, and ABC Greatest Hits. Jackson has performed at many Festivals, including Berks, Montreaux, North Sea Jazz, Capital Jazz, JVC Hollywood Bowl, Playboy, JVC Concord, and many others. Jackson has recorded with multiple superstars such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum, Elton John, and of course George Duke to name a few. Paul’s latest release is Stories from Stompin’Willie.
Peter White has maintained a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Armed with an unparalleled combination of lyricism and energy, he combines elements of jazz, pop and classical guitar to create a sound that is singular and at the same time accessible to a broad audience.
In a career that spans nearly four decades, over a dozen solo recordings and countless performances, White insists that it’s the faces in the crowd and the fans that keep the experience fresh. “I’ll play a live show, and someone will come to me afterward and say, ‘Oh, I loved this CD,’ or ‘this song helped me through a bad time,’” he explains. “Or I get emails from people saying, ‘Oh, I love the way you covered one of my favorite songs on your record back in 1994.’ The idea that someone can write me an email and tell me about something I did on a record that was released fifteen years ago – you can’t buy that. That’s priceless. That’s what keeps me going – the idea that people out there really care about what I do, the idea that I’ve made a difference for someone.” Peters latest release is Groovin.
Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 30-year-old, Nashville-based singer, songwriter, and pianist counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, and Norah Jones as her heroes, but Springs mimics none of them. For Kandace, it boils down to a question that connects past to present: “What would Nina Simone do if she had the technology of today? You could never put Nina in a box—she would do a blues followed a classical piece, a jazz standard and then a Beatles cover. Her latest release, Indigo, took a lot of inspiration from that; “it’s a mix of everything that I am.” Indigo offers a fairly plausible answer to that impossible query: songs that swirl classical composition with quiet-storm cool, jazz poise with hip-hop swing, tropical warmth with soulful depth, and earthen groove with airy psych. With all but two of the tracks here produced by the mighty drummer-producer Karriem Riggins—the living bridge spanning Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall to Erykah Badu and J Dilla—Indigo creates a vibe as familiar as it is previously unheard.
Springs has appeared at the 30th Anniversary of Paisley Park at the personal request of Prince, Live from Daryls House with Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates fame, the Late Show With David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Springs forthcoming Blue Note Capitol Records release, The Women Who Raised Me, is scheduled for release in February 2020.
Al Turner, Ron Otis, and Tom Braxton’s love of creating music and performing with each other led to the formation of their own super-group, A.R.T. Each are members of GRAMMY® Award-Winning guitarist Earl Klugh’s touring and recording band. Just as their name implies, the three masters not only create great music in their own right – but when together, something extra special emanates – ART is created for all to enjoy!
Bass guitar impresario, Al “The Burner” Turner has played professionally since the early ’80s. Recording and working with Earl Klugh since 1994, he is also the musical director for Earl Klugh and KEM. Al has recorded with artists including Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams, Nancy Wilson, Bob James, Randy Crawford, Ron Isley, Patti LaBelle, and Gladys Knight. Anita Baker proclaims, “The Burner holds it down. Locks it up right and tight.” and R&B Superstar KEM calls Al Turner, “the baddest bass player in the world.” Turner maintains an unbelievable schedule, touring with Bob James, Oleta Adams, KEM and Klugh. Al’s nationally successful fifth CD is This Is. His artistry exceeds category and has been featured in many television and radio commercials.
Ron Otis grew in Detroit Michigan and at the age of five discovered drums and never looked back. By 16, Ron was playing in local clubs around the Detroit area. He has been working and recording with Earl Klugh since 1994 and has also performed and recorded with the very best in the music world including Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, KEM, Bob James, Keith Washington, and R&B singer Tyrese. Ron maintains a busy touring schedule performing with Earl, KEM, and Bob James while making time for his session work. With a desire to try music writing and producing, Ron released his debut album Up Front in 2009. He wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 9 songs on the album. Ron again displays his writing, producing and playing chops with his CD, Stay in Your Lane which travels the musical road map featuring wonderful original Contemporary Jazz and R & B tinged vocal tunes along with a great re-imagination of the Marvin Gaye classic “I Want You.”
Tom Braxton’s distinct, melodic sound has been thrilling audiences of all ages from coast to coast and abroad for nearly two decades. SmoothJazz.com calls Braxton “one of the most respected and loved sax men in smooth jazz.” His nine studio albums have hit numerous jazz charts including Billboard, RadioWave, and Amazon.com and can be heard nationwide. Tom toured with Wayman Tisdale for 17 years, also serving as musical director. He has also actively toured with Earl Klugh for the past seven years. Braxton has shared the stage with many great artists including Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Bob James, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, and many more. He has been featured by JAZZIZ, Smooth Jazz News, CBS’s The Saturday Early Show and Daystar Television Network. Tom’s latest release, The Other Side, is a collaborative project with label mate Robert Sanae.
In a career spanning nearly 5 decades, GRAMMY®-winner Earl Klugh began his professional career at age 16, when renowned flautist and saxophonist Yusef Lateef heard him practicing in a small music store where he worked while in school. He then invited the young guitarist to record on his1970 project, Suite 16. The following year Klugh appeared on fellow guitarist George Benson’s White Rabbit album. He then joined Benson’s group and stayed for over a year before taking a brief, two-month spin with pianist Chick Corea’s highly charged Return to Forever band. All of that carved a path to Blue Note Records and in 1976 and at age 23, Klugh’s first, self-titled album was released. Achieving millions of worldwide sales and legions of fans later, the rest, as they say, is history.
The Detroit-born master of the classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument and has been referred to as one of the key progenitors of what is often called contemporary jazz. The guitarist’s magic on stage has delighted audiences across the globe. Whether performing solo, with his quartet, electric band, ‘Little Big Band” or with renowned symphony orchestras, Klugh is a master alchemist, turning nylon strings into pure musical gold.
Widely recognized as a guitarist with impeccable technique and one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Klugh is an equally prolific songwriter and producer. Composing over 250 songs, he has released over 40 records, 18 of which earned their place on Billboards Top-200, 24 have charted on Billboard’s Top-10 list of jazz albums and 6 Albums have made it to the No. 1 slot. Klugh’s recordings have received 13 GRAMMY® nominations (including one for his latest release, HandPicked) – and his collaboration with pianist Bob James, One on One, walked away with the 1980 GRAMMY® Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Seventeen years ago, the guitarist was asked to bring jazz back to The Broadmoor Hotel and Resort in Colorado Springs and Earl Klugh’s Weekend of Jazz was born. In 2010 the guitarist added a second, east coast edition, Weekend of Jazz at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina. Both properties are Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond rated resorts, where Klugh enjoys spending time with the fans morning, noon and night. “The fans always amaze me,” he says. “So many have shared stories and memories of what my music and Weekend of Jazz has meant to them. It’s the most wonderful compliment I could ever receive. Weekend of Jazz is my favorite time of year!”
Artist line up and show times subject to change without notice.