Brian McKnight, Macy Gray, The Rippingtons and John Oates of Hall & Oates Among Artists Set to Perform in Upcoming Months
The stars come out at JAZZIZ Nightlife for a diverse sizzling schedule of live entertainment. From rock legends to jazz, Latin, and beyond the stellar line-up of performers include: October 1 at 7:30 p.m. Frank McComb Real People Real Music presents international artist Frank McComb live at Jazziz. He is one of the most if not the most soulful & funky jazz artists of our time. He comes from gospel roots, but blossomed beautifully as a phenomenal jazz piano vocalist with obvious influences from the great Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, and Chick Corea. Frank sold out The Blue Rooster in Sarasota, FL this past June and is thirsty to please during his debut in Boca Raton at Jazziz where he will pay tribute to Billy Preston, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway during his performance along with many of his originals. Tickets are $25 per person General Admission, $35 Premium and $45 VIP. October 2 at 7:30 p.m. Amaury Gutiérrez (debut appearance in Boca Raton) Latin Grammy Award winning Singer/songwriter Amaury Gutiérrez began getting interested in music while still in high school in Cuba. After winning a scholarship, Gutiérrez started studying singing and later piano and guitar. After moving to Havana, the musician started working along with trumpet player Arturo Sandoval, later joining a local band called Afrocuba. In 1993, while touring Central America with a second band, Amaury Gutiérrez decided to settle down in Mexico to pursue a solo career. His worldwide fame started in 1998 when he succeeded with “Yo Se Que es Mentira,” “Perdoname Todo,” and “Se Me Escapa el Alma.” He was nominated for the Latin Grammy’s as “Best New Artist,” and in 2000, was awarded the “Onda” in Spain as “Best New Artist.” His songs have been performed or recorded by such well-known artists as David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi, Pancho Cespedes, Manuel Mijares, Luis Enrique, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Paloma San Basilio, and others. Tickets are $35 General Admission, $45 Premium and $65 VIP. October 5 at 7 p.m. Brian McKnight Brian McKnight has earned his spot in contemporary music history; having released 15 albums to date, with several going 2 and 3x platinum, and selling over 20 million albums worldwide. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and producer, McKnight is a charismatic personality who has hosted” “Soul Session Countdown with Brian McKnight” on BETJ. In addition, “The Brian McKnight Morning Show” on KTWV the Wave Smooth Jazz radio station, was a Top 5 rated show 2 years running. In 2009 Brian started hosting his own radio show “The Brian McKnight Show” which ran in over 60 markets and was syndicated through ABC Radio. Brian also hosted his own nationally syndicated TV show “The Brian McKnight Show” which was syndicated in over 200 markets. McKnight has also used his vast industry knowledge as a red carpet host for Extra!. In 2007, McKnight stepped into Broadway with a successful run as Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a contestant on the Donald Trump hit show “Celebrity Apprentice” and is toured nationwide in 2009 in the play “Cheaper to Keep Her” with Vivica A. Fox. Along with 16 Grammy nominations, Brian McKnight has been the recipient of American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year. He has successfully navigated the boundaries of EVERY entertainment medium in an industry that is known for its revolving door of artists. During his career, McKnight has worked with Quincy Jones, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Diddy, Christina Aguilera, Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Vanessa Williams, Willie Nelson, David Foster, Josh Groban and Kenny G. Tickets are $100 Premium, $150 VIP and $200 to include a Meet & Greet. October 7 & 8 at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Richard Elliot Saxophonist Richard Elliott is considered the reigning merchant of Soul Jazz and has been on quite a roll since becoming a solo artist following his five-year stint with Tower of Power in the 1980′s.The Scotland-born, L.A.-raised saxman was still on the road with Tower of Power when he released his debut album Trolltown in 1986. Embarking upon one of instrumental music‟s most dynamic and multifaceted careers, he has scored four #1 albums and a growing number of #1 airplay singles. In addition to his participation in all-star tours like Groovin’ For Grover and Jazz Attack, in the mid-90s he helped launch another of the genre‟s annual franchises, the Guitars & Saxes tours, which he has participated in on and off ever since. His incredible chart success of “People Make The World Go Round,” “RnR” (the title track from the album Elliot recorded with Braun) stayed at #1 on the chart for over two months. Elliot and Braun crisscrossed the U.S. as part of Jazz Attack (with Peter White and Jonathan Butler) in 2005, 2007 and 2009; and spent 2008 touring as RnR. Elliot landed his first job while still a teenager with Natalie Cole and the Pointer Sisters. A few years later, he was tapped to record with some of his idols from Motown Records such as Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops, and the Temptations. and was later tapped to record with the Yellowjackets on their second album. After touring with Melissa Manchester for a time, he was asked to become a full-fledged member of the Tower of Power horns in 1982. He stayed with the group until 1987 and looks back fondly on those years, since they shaped the style he has today. When he’s not playing his over 100 dates a year, Elliot pilots a small aircraft; he was also a partner in PacificNet, an Internet multimedia company that developed websites for the music and entertainment industries. Tickets are $35 General Admission; $55 Premium and $75 VIP. October 9 at 7 p.m. Jon Secada By popular demand, Jon Secada returns to Jazziz as part of his ongoing residency in the coming months which will showcase the many facets of his extraordinary talent. With a career spanning over two decades, two Grammy Awards, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, the acclaimed, romantic sounds of Secada, have resulted in numerous hits in English and Spanish establishing him as one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success. Adored by millions around the world, he is recognized as an international superstar by both fans and peers alike for his soulful and melodic voice. In honor of the 20th Anniversary of his first hit (“Just Another Day”). Jon’s sound features soaring melodies accompanied by lush, detailed harmonies and accessible rhythms. His lyrics explore love, loss, separation and redemption while always focusing on the positive. His songs generate a tangible sense of hope to millions of fans around the globe. The Cuban-born, yet distinctly American recording artist, producer and songwriter Jon Secada has not only written and produced hit songs for his own career, but also written and produced numerous songs and #1 hits for such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan. Tickets are $60 General Admission, $100 Premium and $150 VIP. October 14 at 7 p.m. Nicole Henry Stunning jazz vocalist Nicole Henry has become one of the most in demand and regular performers on our JAZZIZ Nightlife stage. Due to her huge popularity, this performance continues her monthly residency exclusively at the club. Since her debut in 2004, she has established herself as one of the jazz world’s most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance. Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma has earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals. Tickets are $25 General Admission, $45 Premium and $65 VIP. October 16 & October 17 at 7:30 p.m. Macy Gray Macy Gray — a multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, actress and mother of three teenagers — has been overturning fan expectation and industry formula since the beginning of her musical career in 2000 with her critically acclaimed debut album ‘On How Life Is’. A truly gifted songwriter and brilliantly unique vocalist, Macy first entered the international musical arena with her hit single ‘I Try’ and soon became an instant global superstar. Now, with the release of her forthcoming studio album titled ‘The Way’, out on October 7th, the truly gifted songwriter and brilliantly unique vocalist offers us a taste of what’s to come with the new teaser track “Stoned” taken from this highly anticipated full-length.“I wanted to create a record that reflects who I’ve become as a woman, mother and artist,” says Macy Gray. “This album is very personal to me. I want my fans to understand the place where I’m at in life and feel inspired by my music because it’s relatable.”With a colorful career that includes multiple Grammy, Billboard, MTV and BRIT Awards, and record sales of over 25 million worldwide, the integrity and innovation of Macy Gray’s artistry has allowed her to forge her own path to success and win fans and critics from all around the world. Her music transcends genres, from experimental soul and alternative rock, to retro-disco and hip-hop. Tickets are $60 General Admission; $100 Premium and $150 VIP. October 21 at 7:30 p.m. Nestor Torres One of JAZZIZ Nightlife’s most popular performers, Nestor Torres returns for his monthly residency. If a flute could talk, it would certainly be in the voice of Nestor Torres, for he speaks through his instrument. Equally fluent in Jazz, Classical and Latin idioms, his fluid versatility sets him apart. This 4 time Latin Grammy, 1 time American Grammy winner has worked with Ricky Martin, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, Dave Mathews, New World Symphony Orchestras, among many others. Tickets are $35 General Admission; $45 Premium and $65 VIP. October 22 & 23 at 7:30 p.m. THE MUSIC OF ABBA – Arrival From Sweden THE MUSIC OF ABBA –Arrival From Sweden was founded by Vicky Zetterberg in 1995 in Gothenburg, Sweden and is one of the world’s most popular and best selling ABBA show bands. Since 1995 the band has toured in close to 50 countries, including 33 successful tours in the USA. This show has sold out arenas and venues all over the world since 1995 and is considered the most authentic ABBA show there is. Hits like: Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Does Your Mother Know, Take A Chance, SOS, The Winner Takes It All, Super Trouper, Money Money Money, Waterloo, Honey Honey, Fernando, I Do I Do I Do, Chiquitita, Knowing Me Knowing You, Summer Night City, Thank You For The Music, Lay All Your Love On Me, Gimme Gimme Gimme and many more are delivered with such accuracy that it’s hard to believe that it’s not the real ABBA on stage. THE MUSIC OF ABBA: Arrival from Sweden works together with the designer Owe Sandström who designed and also owns, all of the original ABBA staging clothes. THE MUSIC OF ABBA: Arrival from Sweden is the only band worldwide, who has the exclusive rights to make exact copies of the design protected staging clothes. ARRIVAL from Sweden is also the only group who has been given permission to record an unreleased ABBA song directly from Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA. The song “Just A Notion” is soon due for a worldwide release. Tickets are $35 General Admission; $55 Premium and $75 VIP. October 29 & 30 at 7:30 p.m. Oleta Adams Since the runaway success of her 1990 debut album Circle of One (which went Platinum), and the impassioned hit single “Get Here” (the Brenda Russell composition that became an unofficial anthem of the 1991 Gulf War) Oleta Adams has inspired a growing legion of fans in the U.S. and Europe with journeys of the heart via songs that draw deeply from her roots in gospel, while crossing effortlessly into the realms of soul, R&B, urban, and popular music. Her success, nurtured by worldwide tours with Tears for Fears, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, and Luther Vandross, has been solidified by four Grammy nominations and a seemingly bottomless well of creative energy. Oleta will be adding to her musical legacy with the release of her latest secular album, Let’s Stay Here. Although Oleta has had the opportunity to work with many fantastic producers over her career, she decided to produce this album herself in addition to writing eight of the ten songs. Let’s Stay Here is a creative and evocative project with a soulful jazz influence and songs that project many tantalizing thoughts. The songs weave through many a journey including a seductive love affair, vacation bliss, an abusive relationship, forgiveness, as well as a cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” which was featured on a recent Buick commercial television ad campaign. With seven CDs, including secular, gospel, a Christmas album, and her new album Let’s Stay Here, worldwide acclaim and over two-and a-half million albums sold, Oleta’s musical odyssey continues – spiritually and creatively. For this consummate artist- composer-producer-musician, many goals remain on the horizon. Tickets are $45 General Admission; $75 Premium and $95 VIP. November 5 & 6 at 7:30 p.m. Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. (winner of AMERICA’S GOT TALENT) When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for America’s Got Talent, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars, and the only “nice” clothes he owned were the ones on his back; a pair of jeans, a modest button down striped shirt and jacket. Fortunately, you don’t need a large wardrobe to win America’s heart. You need talent and Landau has truckloads of that. Since wowing the judges with his interpretations of classics by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin and walking away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers on AGT, Landau has released his Columbia Records debut “That’s Life” (the CD hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, who also helmed Rod Stewart’s Great American Songbook album) and has performed all over the country, from the California State Fair to the New York’s famous Apollo Theatre, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to the Marina Civic Center in Florida and all points in between. Along the way, he has appeared on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox and Friends, The Wendy Williams Show, The Talk, Anderson Cooper, Tom Joyner, Sirius XM, NPR and dozens of other outlets, was named his home state’s “West Virginian of the Year” (where he has performed a series of sold out concerts helping raise over a half million dollars for state charities), played a special command performance at the Governors Inauguration, won Reality TV Personality of the Year in Hollywood, and was honored to perform with his band for U.S. Troops in Germany. Tickets are $45 General Admission; $65 Premium and $85 VIP. November 9 & 10 at 7 p.m. The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman The Rippingtons Featuring Russ Freeman will be making one of their few performances this year at JAZZIZ Nightlife. After 28 years at the top of the Contemporary Jazz Genre and 19 hit albums, it’s official – The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman have discovered the Fountain of Youth, the title of their 20th recently released album on Peak/Entertainment One Music (eOne Music). Long before Freeman took hold of this freewheeling new direction on Fountain of Youth, The Rippingtons were creating music that was groundbreaking, timeless, fresh and forever young. With Moonlightingilluminating the path of the nascent urban jazz genre, the ever-rotating band (usually billed as The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman) dominated radio playlists, tours and the Billboard contemporary jazz chart from the late 80s on with their hit recordings Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Curves Ahead, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara,Brave New World, Black Diamond, Topaz, Live Across America, Life in the Tropics, Let It Ripp!Wild Card, 20th Anniversary, Modern Art and Cote d’Azur. Freeman also recorded two dual albums with David Benoit, the solo albums Holiday and Drive, and collaborated with Craig Chaquico onFrom the Redwoods to the Rockies in 1998. Longtime Ripps fans and newcomers alike will immensely enjoy this musical dip in the Fountain of Youth, where rock and jazz creativity springs eternal and faith in artistry that knows no boundaries is restored. Tickets are $50 General Admission, $65 Premium and $95 VIP. November 11 & 12 at 7:30 p.m. John Oates (of Hall & Oates) John is one-half of pop music’s legendary group Hall & Oates. Since the formation of their partnership in the early 70’s, Hall & Oates have gone on to record 21 albums which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 top 40 hits and have toured the world for decades. In addition to their numerous American Music and MTV awards, they were recently inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and are inductees in the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and recipients of the prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in song writing. When not touring with Hall & Oates, John performs his own shows, and features his new material from the latest CD “1000 Miles of Life,” as well as favorites from the H&O catalog of songs! Tickets are $60 General Admission; $100 Premium and $150 VIP. November 18 & 19 at 7:30 p.m. Elaine Elias There’s no question about it: Five time GRAMMY® Award Nominee, four time Gold Disc Award recipient and three time winner of Best Vocal Album in Japan, #1 artist in sales and radio airplay in France, with all recordings reaching top five on Billboard’s jazz chart, jazz radio charts and iTunes to name just a few of the accolades, Eliane Elias has taken her place in the pantheon of music giants. In addition to receiving glowing critical praise, Elias’ latest recording, I Thought About You (A Tribute To Chet Baker), reached #1 album in the U.S. and France in sales on Amazon.com, #2 on iTunes in several countries including the U.S., France and Brazil, #4 on Billboard’s jazz Charts and top jazz radio charts. She offers a personalized spin on her connection to the singer-instrumentalist tradition and arrives with a statement of purpose: jazz repertoire can sound totally fresh when delivered with ingenuity and passion. Elias is known for her distinctive and immediately recognizable musical style which blends her Brazilian roots and sensuous, alluring voice with impressive instrumental jazz, classical and compositional skills. With 23 albums to date demonstrating her unique gifts as a pianist, singer, composer and arranger as well as melding her immense talents in jazz, pop, classical and Brazilian music, Eliane Elias is as Jazziz magazine has called her, “A citizen of the world” and “an artist beyond category.” Tickets are $35 General Admission; $55 Premium and $75 VIP. November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Nestor Torres Tickets are $35 General Admission; $45 Premium and $65 VIP. The following is the star-studded talent line-up for December: December 2/3 – Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin 9/10 – David Benoit –Christmas Tribute to Charlie Brown 16/17 – Ben Vereen 23 – A Jon Secada Christmas JAZZIZ Nightlife brings its high-end entertainment experience to Boca Raton with the finest Casual American cuisine; plush indoor and outdoor lounges; fine wines; dedicated champagne, cigar and piano bars; and the best live entertainment and dancing in South Florida. JAZZIZ Nightlife opens weekdays at 4 p.m. offering its enchanting happy hour menu until 7 p.m., weekends at 5 p.m. and stays open until 2 a.m. Covered valet parking is available at its front door. For more information and tickets visit www.jazziz.com.