Join guitarists Peter White and Nick Colionne, Jessy J, Richard Elliot and other jazz stars in the Balearic Islands for the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival. From 1 to 4 May, the fabulous Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa, in the incredible Mallorca, will be the first choice for real smooth jazz fans.
The Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival is the event that will bring together music lovers from all over Europe for four incredible days of relax, great weather and first-class jazz. Even though the 2014 edition of the festival will officially kick off on Labour Day, the jazz celebrations on the Balearic island will already begin with pre-festival events on 29 April and on International Jazz Day – 30 April.
Guitars and Horns
For four days, Mallorca’s 5-star Protur Biomar Gran Hotel & Spa will be the venue that will host this unmissable happening. With an elegant and modern equipment, a wonderful spa area, landscaped gardens and swimming pools, and with the beach only 300 meters away, it will make guests fall in love.
29 and 30 April will feature pre-festival celebrations, including the Welcome Gala Dinner (29 April, 7:30 pm), pre-festival concerts and the opportunity to explore Palma de Mallorca in all of its beauty. For those who love nature, there will be the chance to visit the UNESCO world heritage locations Valldemossa & Sóller (1 May, 10 am).
The musical part of the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival will begin on 1 May with a showcase of young talents, who will be judged by the festival headliners (4 pm).
At 9 pm, the festival will welcome saxophone’s ace Elan Trotman. One of the most in-demand sax players around, he comes to Spain after much-praised performances in the States, including a show at the 24th edition of the Berks Jazz Festival.
At 10:30 pm, it will be time for another star: Richard Elliot. The Glasgow-born tenor saxophonist – who has also had a busy spring with various performances around the US, including stops at Berks Jazz and the popular Arizona Jazz Festival – is known to the public for his work with the iconic funk band Tower of Power and, more recently, his collaboration with Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Dave Koz.
From midnight, guests will be able to enjoy a drink and relax or, for the most energetic, dance the night away with the sounds of the Aftershow Chillout.
On 2 May, at Mallorca Smooth Jazz it will be time for Jessy J (9 pm) and Nick Colionne (10:30 pm).
Since the beginning of her career, sax player Jessy J has toured with popular jazzmen like Jeff Lorber, Jeff Golub, Paul Brown and Gerald Albright. Her list of highlights include her album Hot Sauce (2011), which debuted at #1 on Billboard Jazz and was featured in People Español and Latina Magazine, among others. At Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2014, she brings her most famous songs, including those from her latest record Second Chances.
Nick Colionne is undoubtedly one of the most celebrated contemporary jazz guitarists. Hailed “one of the most exceptional performers to come along in a long time” by BET jazz, he is a multi-time award winner. In 2007, he was honoured with the prestigious International Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, succeeding 2006 winner Chris Botti, and was nominated for the award again in 2009.
In 2010, he was nominated Guitarist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the American Smooth Jazz Awards and received the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award for his ongoing commitment to mentoring children and for his work in the community and for his support of breast cancer causes.
More awards followed, including Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Performer of the Year at JazzTrax Jazz Festivals in both 2010 and 2011. At Mallorca Smooth Jazz festival, Nick Colionne will bring his signature guitar riffs and songs from his newest CD, Influences.
Speaking of incredible guitarists, Mallorca Smooth Jazz 2014 will also welcome Luton-born smooth jazz and fusion guitar maestro Peter White. Known for his 20 year collaboration with Al Stewart, he is a great guitarist, as well as a talented accordion and piano player. White and his unmistakable sounds will be on stage on Saturday 3 May, 10:30 pm.
Sun, relax and Jazz Under the Moonlight
On the same day, the air on the Balearic island will be filled with the music of Spencer Day. The Utah-born modern jazz singer and songwriter has been on the path to become a real star. And he has succeeded.
Described as “a prodigious singing/songwriting and piano-plunking talent” by the Village Voice, he has built a solid reputation with entertaining live shows and four albums. The latest, The Mystery of You, was released last year. He will be on stage of Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival on 3 May, 9 pm.
The Saturday night in Mallorca will continue until late with the groovy sounds of the Aftershow Chillout (from midnight). The weekend of sun, relax and world-class jazz will end with a special double show. From 11:30 am, Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival will be all about pianist Gregg Karukas and London sax star Paul “Shilts” Weimar.
Originally from the D.C. – Maryland area, Gregg Karukas is an incredibly talented keyboardist and pianist. At age 22, with his band Natural Bridge, he opened shows for the likes of Larry Carlton and Jeff Lorber. After Moving to L.A. in 1983, he went on to perform with pretty much everybody: Sergio Mendes, Patti Austin, George Benson and Rick Braun, and he also became a founding member of The Rippingtons.
In addition to being a great instrumentalist, who was nominated for Best Keyboardist at the Oasis and National Smooth Jazz Awards several times, Karukas is also the musical director of the Dave Koz and Friends Cruise and a Grammy award-winning producer, arranger and co-writer (he won the Grammy for Omar Akram’s Echoes of Love).
Hailing from London, England, Paul “Shilts” Weimar has been playing saxophone since his early teens. For 30 years, he has played all forms of jazz, funk, soul and pop, has toured all over the world and has recorded with numerous international artists.
After getting a taste for the business as member of National Youth Jazz Orchestra at the age of 15, when he backed up jazz greats like Nancy Wilson, Shorty Rogers and Rosemary Clooney, he turned professional.
Despite the young age (he was 16 when he started playing professionally), he began working in nightclubs and performed with American stars such as the Temptations, Four Tops and Rose Royce. That was only the beginning of an incredible career, that has led him to become one of the most requested saxophonists around.
Of his 5 solo albums, the first – See What Happens (2001) – was recognized as one of the top records of the year and earned him a nomination for Best New Artist at the National Smooth Jazz Awards. After forming his own record label, Shilts released his full-on funk Going Underground (2010). The album featured the popular single Seeing Things Clearly, which remained 5 weeks on #1 of the jazz charts. At Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2014, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the best of Shilts’ repertoire, including songs from All Grown Up, latest album that has been considered his best work to date by critics and fans.
Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival 2014 will also feature musical entertainment by a talented cast of German instrumentalists: keyboardist Lutz Deterra, bassist Günter Asbeck, Jörg Lehnardt on guitar and drummers Andy Pilger and Stephan Sagurna.
No place in the world is more suited to host an incredible jazz festival under the moonlight than Mallorca. With warm sunny days, great landscapes, a luxurious hotel – that includes all the best comforts one can imagine – and a world’s renowned jazz line-up, Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival is a 5-star jazz event, by all means.
Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival
1 – 4 May