JAZZ WEEKENDER HOUSE BAND

Nathan East

Nathan East

HOST / BASSIST

Yamaha Artist, bassist, producer and songwriter, he has collaborated with iconic artists in his illustrious career, from Barry White and Kenny Loggins to Eric Clapton and Anita Baker. With more than 2,000 recordings, Nathan is considered one of the most recorded bass players in the history of music. The Host with the Most will inspire the fire!

Stephen Ferrone

Stephen Ferrone

DRUMMER

Celebrated English drummer known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1994 to 2017. He was also part of the classic lineup of the Average White Band in the 1970s, and keeps the beat for great company including Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Duran Duran, Eric Clapton and of course Nathan’s Band of Brothers.

Greg Phillinganes

Greg Phillinganes

KEYBOARDIST

A prolific session & touring musician. The Emmy-winning keyboardist, vocalist, composer has contributed to numerous iconic recordings. Greg started playing professionally with Stevie Wonder at the age of 18. From Michael Jackson and Beyonce to Ray Charles and Phil Collins, Phillinganes is the #1 choice.

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

GUITARIST

From film scores to first rate rockers, MT has to divide his website discography into two pages. A four-decade session & touring guitarist of the highest order. Michael attended Berklee, where he studied with Pat Metheny. Initially with Geffen Records, Michael Thompson Band continues to release music.

2020 ARTIST LINEUP

Patti Austin

Patti Austin

GRAMMY WINNING VOCALIST

SAT, FEB 15 - SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINER – A consummate professional of the first order, she made her first stage appearance at the age of three with her famous Godmother Dinah Washington . Age nine found her traveling to Europe with her Godfather, Quincy Jones and as an adolescent she appeared on The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show. Ms. Austin’s six-decade career is loaded with highlights, including the smash hits, “Baby Come To Me,” and “How Do You Keep the Music Playing.”

Nelson Rangell

Nelson Rangell

VIRTUOSO FLUTIST . SAXOPHONIST

SAT, FEB 15 - SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINER – Jazziz Magazine calls this masterful saxophonist and virtuoso flutist “an artist of depth, a master of song and an improviser non pareil.” Nelson recorded eight solo albums on the famous GRP Records label and at least as many more over the recent years. The Times of London refers to him as one of the genre’s most accomplished performers.

David Benoit

David Benoit

GRAMMY NOMINATED PIANIST

SUN, FEB 16 - SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINER – For three decades, this three-time GRAMMY®-nominated pianist, composer and arranger has reigned supreme as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz. In the footsteps of Burt Bacharach, Dave Grusin and Leonard Bernstein, this music innovator has many dimensions to his artistry and has charted over 25 albums since 1980. He is currently the morning show host on KKJZ-FM Los Angeles.

Avery*Sunshine

Avery*Sunshine

SOUL JAZZ SINGER / KEYBOARDIST

SUN, FEB 16 - SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINER - A mercurial singer and composer who mixes soul, jazz, gospel and R&B to create her popular sound. Hired for Tyler Perry’s play Meet the Browns in 2005, and two years later, GRAMMY® & TONY® Award winner Jennifer Holliday made her choral director for the theatrical production of Dreamgirls. She performed at President Obama’s inauguration; this performer’s performer has released 2 albums to date.

Marc Antoine

Marc Antoine

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ GUITARIST

THU, FEB 13 - WEEKENDER WELCOME RECEPTION – A “jazzical” guitarist, Marc blends his classical training with urban jazz and smooth grooves. He toured with pop singer Basia in the 1980s prior to launching his solo recording career. The Parisian-born, Southern California based chart-topping musician is a mainstay in the Smooth Jazz genre and has garnered over a dozen radio hits.

Paul & Jacqui Brown (PB&J)

Paul & Jacqui Brown (PB&J)

DOUBLE GRAMMY® WINNING GUITARIST + SINGER/SONGWRITER VOCALIST

FRI, FEB 14 - VALENTINE’S DAY SECRET ADMIRER’S PERFORMANCE & LUNCH - With the release of her deeply intimate and bluesy Americana debut album "Love, Love, Love" Jacqui now adds singer-songwriter to her resume that has heretofore been defined by three A’s : Artist, Author, Advocate. PB&J is a stirring duo with husband, Smooth Jazz hitmaker and guitarist Paul Brown, who brings edge, grit and tenderness to the mix.

Steve Oliver

Steve Oliver

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ GUITARIST, COMPOSER, VOCALIST

SAT, FEB 15 - JAZZ & WINE LINE FEATURED PERFORMER - Internationally recognized guitarist, vocalist and songwriter with multiple #1 hits on the Billboard contemporary jazz charts to his credit, Steve performs around the world at the most renowned and revered venues and jazz festivals. This multi-talented artist perfectly captures the soul-searching music of our time with a universal sense of wonderment and inspiration.

Mariea Antoinette

Mariea Antoinette

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FUNK HARPIST

SAT, FEB 15 - JAZZ & WINE LINE FEATURED PERFORMER - San Diego Prestige Awards’ Instrumentalist of the Year 2018, and recipient of the Best Jazz Single award by the Black Women in Jazz & the Arts Assoc for her radio hit “Overture.” She performs around the world and has had the honor of playing for U.S. President Barack Obama. The San Diego native, offers a diverse repertoire ranging from classical to Smooth Jazz and R&B.

Kim Scott

Kim Scott

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ FLUTIST

SAT, FEB 15 - JAZZ & WINE LINE FEATURED PERFORMER - This Innervision Recording Artist is riding high on her 3rd album release, Free To Be, featuring the #1 Billboard hit duet “Emerge” with keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen. Kim is the host of the syndicated Block Party Radio Show and performs worldwide as a solo artist and a member of the all-female, jazz supergroup, Jazz in Pink.

Wayne Gutshall

Wayne Gutshall

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ SAXOPHONIST

SAT, FEB 15 - JAZZ & WINE LINE FEATURED PERFORMER - Hot on the Miami music scene, this saxman has performed abroad with many of the world’s most popular Latin and American pop and jazz stars including Arturo Sandoval, Rita Moreno, The Four Tops, Dave Valentin, Nestor Torres and many more. He has achieved critical success with his debut solo album Spicy and currently sits high atop SmoothJazz.com’s Listener Chart.

Peet Project

Peet Project

BAD BOYS OF BUDAPEST play POP, JAZZ + FUNK

FRI, FEB 14 & SAT, FEB 15 - THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS AFTER PARTY - This Hungarian Pop Funk Jazz fivesome features 20-something world-class musicians that spark excitement and fun with addictive originals and killer covers. The driving force is violinist, composer, vocalist, producer Peter “Peet” Ferencz who performs with his band extensively in Europe and the U.S. We call our After Party “dangerous,” because between their skillset and the special drop-in guests, the night is likely to take a few hairpin turns and highspeed chases.

Brendan Rothwell

Brendan Rothwell

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ BASSIST

FRI, FEB 14 & SAT, FEB 15 - BIG LITTLE VIBES JAZZ HAPPY HOUR - Originally from the UK, Brendan is the first independent artist to hit #1 on all three of the SmoothJazz.com Album Charts with his release Sentiment. Winner of The People’s Choice Music Awards 2017 in his current hometown of Calgary, Brendan’s debut recording secured him placement on several Best of 2017 Contemporary Jazz Charts around the world.