These are hardly salad days in the smooth jazz market but you’d never know it judging by the success of Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway. The third annual event, set for June 11-15 2014, promises to be the biggest yet, judging from the growing number of artists. Here’s the lowdown.
Slated to join Culbertson for five-days of concerts, wine tastings, fine dining and unique social opportunities are Eric Benet, Lee Ritenour, David Grusin, Ohio Players, Morris Day and the Time, Earl Klugh, Mavis Staples, Average White Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Eric Darius, David Benoit, Michael Lington, Eric Marienthal, Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Althea Rene and Karen Briggs, Cecil Ramirez and the comedic mind of Keenen Ivory Wayans.
VIP Packages are already sold out with Four-day Gold Packages ($499) on sale now through the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway website. Two-day Silver Packages ($229) will go on sale in late November. The 2014 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway will open with several VIP-only events as well as an exclusive Welcome Dinner Concert and Jam Session at renowned chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s Wood Grill and Wine Bar with a performance by the Cecil Ramirez Quartet along with Culbertson and saxophonist Lington. As in previous editions of the Getaway, silent and live auctions will be held to benefit The Grammy Foundation, which supports music education programs in schools, a mission of Culbertson, who raised nearly $100,000 for the organization during the first two Napa Valley Jazz Getaways.
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