Artists – 2016


michael mcdonald Two notes. That’s all it takes to recognize the voice of Five-Time GRAMMY®-Winner Michael McDonald. Distinctive and soulful, it is one of the most yearningly emotive instruments of our times. To this add formidable songwriting and keyboard skills, and you have an artist who has been a singular musical presence for four decades. From ‘70s-era Doobie Brothers classics such as “What A Fool Believes” and solo hits like “I Keep Forgettin’” through two highly-acclaimed Motown albums, innovative concept shows, and genre-busting guest spots on records with artists including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joni Mitchell and Vince Gill, McDonald is both timeless and ever-evolving.


scott bridle postmodern jukebox Postmodern Jukebox has amassed more than 450 million YouTube views, performed on “Good Morning America,” topped iTunes and Billboard charts and played hundreds of shows to packed-house crowds around the world. As NPR put it, they’ve done this by “taking current Top 40 hits and re-imagining them as coming from older eras of popular music.” Founder Scott Bradlee states, “We want [our audiences] to escape reality and join us for the most sensational 1920s party this side of The Great Gatsby. We want them to experience what it was like to be at the New Years’ Eve show that Sinatra would have hosted in the 1940s. We want them to feel the excitement of hearing the greats of Motown live and up close.”


gerald albright |
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, multi-Grammy nominee Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” As a solo artist, Albright has topped the billboard charts numerous times, and has also appeared on nearly 200 albums and recorded for artists such as Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Olivia Newton-John and the Temptations.

jonathan butlerMulti-Grammy Nominee Jonathan Butler discovered a gift for music early in life and began singing and playing guitar at age seven. Butler signed his first record deal as a teen and won a Sarie Award, the South African equivalent of a Grammy, in his native country. He has earned accolades in the R&B, contemporary jazz and gospel fields, and toured the world with such acclaimed artists as Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz and Ruby Turner.


jeff lorber Multi-Grammy-nominated keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber is one of the most sought after performers and producers in Jazz. He is known for launching the career of Kenny G and his productions, and collaborations with such greats as Dave Koz, Janet Jackson, Lalah Hathaway and Miles Davis. Jeff and his band continue to break new ground in melody, improvisation and deep pocket groove with a unique instrumental sound bringing together elements of funk, R&B, rock and electric jazz. Jeff Lorber Fusion’s current release is entitled Step It Up featuring Jimmy Hayslip. Lorber will feature Sonny Emory on drums, Ron Jenkins on bass and Patrick Lamb on sax at Weekend of Jazz.


ariana savalas Much more than a gorgeous voice, singer/songwriter Ariana Savalas is the definition of a show-woman. The Washington Post named Ariana “a top-notch cabaret jazz singer.” Online audiences have enjoyed watching the sultry debut music video for her original song “One Man Show” as well as her collaborations with the Postmodern Jukebox, which have garnered millions of views and reached #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. Taking some lessons in showmanship from her late father, the legendary actor Telly Savalas, this seductive chanteuse captivates her listeners with her signature smooth as silk vocals, a quick wit, and a delightfully naughty sense of humor compelling Variety Magazine after seeing her performance to write, “Who loves ya baby? They all did.”


al turner Al Turner ‘The Burner” grew up in Detroit and began playing bass at age 12. He has been playing professionally since the early ’80s and currently serves as Earl Klugh and KEM’s musical director. Al has recorded with Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams, Nancy Wilson, Bob James, Randy Crawford and Gladys Knight to name a few. Ms. 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.”

You can also hear Turner on many television and radio commercials. Al maintains an unbelievable touring schedule, touring with Bob James, Oleta Adams, KEM and Klugh. Al released his fourth CD titled, Simply Amazing, which has enjoyed national success. He has recorded and worked with Earl Klugh since 1994.


east coast party band Enjoy a true South Carolina experience with one of the most popular dance bands in the Southeast and Weekend of Jazz regulars, the East Coast Party Band! The East Coast Party Band will perform a variety of Carolina beach music, soul, fifties, a sensual array of ballads and classic rock & roll. The group has six dynamic lead vocalists, a well-versed horn section and a fantastic rhythm section that has played together for twenty-plus years. The ECPB’s latest release, Together, has garnered consistent airplay throughout the Southeast, as well as other parts of the country. Their single release, “Candy,” was inducted into the Beach Music Radio Hall of Fame.


joe inman

Spanning more than 25 years, Joe Inman’s pro playing career included four victories, one on the PGA Tour and three on the Champions Tour. He had nearly 100 top-25 finishes on each circuit. Inman’s career on the PGA Tour included playing in 329 events, highlighted by a victory in the 1976 Kemper Open. Inman currently serves on the board of directors of First Tee Atlanta, and he founded the Larry Nelson-Joe Inman Foundation to support youth golf initiatives. He has spent the last eight years as head coach of the Georgia State men’s golf program. For his contributions to the game, he will be inducted into the GSGA Georgia Golf Hall of Fame in late 2016.


earl klugh Since GRAMMY®-winner Earl Klugh released his inaugural album in 1976, the Detroit-born master of the acoustic-classical guitar has become one of the most imitated icons of the instrument. He has released over 40 records, 24 of which have been on Billboard’s top-10 list of jazz albums and 6 of which 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.

In 2016, Earl celebrates the 40th Anniversary of his debut album Earl Klugh (1976, Blue Note Records) with a very special catalogue of shows, highlighting selections from over 250 original compositions and featuring Klugh’s favorite standards, influences and collaborations from throughout his illustrious career.