Q&A: Grammy-Winning Guitarist Earl Klugh Comes To Thornton Winery

July 20th, 2012 7:10am EDT
Earl Klugh
This Sunday, Temecula's Thornton Winery continues its Champagne Jazz concert series by welcoming Kenny G and Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh.

"I've known Kenny from the beginning of his career. He's always been fun. I don't think we've ever done anything together live," said Klugh of the man he'll be sharing the venue with this weekend. "We've done a few things in the past; nothing very much, but I worked on a couple of projects [with him]. Kenny's a good guy. I really like him. He's very easygoing."

Klugh has collaborated with many notable musical artists across multiple genres, in...

Concert Review: Bobby Caldwell and David Benoit, Thornton Winery

June 25th, 2012 12:00pm EDT
Bobby Caldwell
Smooth jazz veterans Bobby Caldwell and David Benoit have decades of experience between them, and that showed in their combined effort at Temecula's Thornton Winery on Sunday night.

The pair were participating in Thornton's 24th annual Champagne Jazz Series, which brings the stars of the genre to an intimate Inland Empire setting. Despite the heat, which registered in the nineties, both Benoit and Caldwell put on a relaxed and engaging show.

Benoit opened the performance, mixing a selection of hits such as "Freedom at Midnight" and Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy" with tracks from his ...

Brian Culbertson's 'Dreams' Soars

June 12th, 2012 10:42am EDT
Brian Culbertson is one of smooth jazz's best and brightest - which also raises my expectations for each album he puts out. Even by that high standard, new album Dreams is a success.

Dreams (released today) has that same funky, velvety-smooth sound that has made Culbertson so successful. He's consistently turned out the kind of music that you can easily lose yourself in. Take, for example, the album's second track "No Limits." It features guest vocals by Stokley Williams and is a perfect song for date night. It's the latest soulful, romantic ballad that Culbertson's become very good at, no...

Starpulse Scene's Erin Demchak Heads To New Orleans For Jazz Fest 2012

May 16th, 2012 9:48pm EDT
Foo Fighters
Starpulse Scene’s Erin Demchak was in New Orleans for the 2012 Jazz Fest where she saw the Foo Fighters, Mystikal, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, The Zac Brown Band and many more bands perform during the festival. Check it out!

Natalie Portman And Johnny Depp Star In Paul McCartney's 'My Valentine' Video

April 14th, 2012 10:07pm EDT
Natalie Portman And Johnny Depp
Legendary rocker Paul McCartney celebrated the release of his new video Friday night by throwing a party in West Hollywood with his daughter, designer Stella McCartney. Newlywed McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell was also in attendance, along with the likes of Glee star Jayma Mays, Gwen Stefani, Twilight star Kristen Stewart, supermodel Miranda Kerr, and actresses Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Zooey Deschanel.

The clip for the former Beatle's latest single "My Valentine", off his number-one charting jazz album "Kisses On The Bottom", stars Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp.

The two A-l...

Q&A: Paulina Rubio And Tom Drummond Are Excited For The 2012 New Orleans JazzFest

April 9th, 2012 6:30pm EDT
A few things come to mind when we think about New Orleans- food, booze, Mardi Gras and great music. When we think of great music, we think of the seven day festival that we are so excited to be covering this year- the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. As with every year of the celebrity packed event, this year’s lineup is epic. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, My Morning Jacket, Ne-Yo, Al Green, Paulina Rubio, Bonnie Raitt, The Beach Boys, Florence + The Machine, Better than Ezra, Cee Lo Green, The Nevi...

Herbie Hancock To Launch International Jazz Day

March 20th, 2012 10:46am EDT
Herbie Hancock
Veteran musician Herbie Hancock is set to launch a new initiative to celebrate jazz across the globe with a star-studded concert series featuring Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas.

The legendary pianist, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), will establish the new annual International Jazz Day on April 30th as part of Jazz Appreciation Month.

This year's inaugural event, organized by UNESCO, will include concerts in New York, Paris in France, and New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as celebrations in...