Grammy-Winning Drummer Peter Erskine Trio feat. Alan Pasqua on piano, and Darek Oles on bass (Trio Jazz)
The world-renowned Grammy-award winner, Modern Drummer magazine Hall of Fame Member, first-call studio artist, and foremost educator Peter Erskine brings his phenomenal trio including pianist Alan Pasqua, and bassist Darek Oles to open the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Winter Jazz Series. Most notably Peter can be heard on recordings with the groups Weather Report, Steps Ahead, and the Bob Mintzer Big Band, and such artists as Diana Krall, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, and Chick Corea to name a few… This is Peter’s first time performing as part of the series and we are thrilled to introduce him to our enthusiastic Laguna Beach Live! audience.
World class saxophonist Rickey Woodard brings his stellar quartet to the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Winter Jazz Series along with a very special guest vocalist. Rickey has travelled the world as a feature performer with bands such as Ray Charles, the Frank Capp Juggernaut, and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, and such artists as Horace Silver, Shelly Berg, Diana Krall, John Pizzarelli and Jimmy Cheatham to name a few. Rickey is an audience favorite and always performs distinctive, soulful, and creative original music as well as noteworthy arrangements of jazz standards.
Acclaimed Guitarist Will Brahm and the World Music All-Stars (Latin/World Jazz)
Versatile guitarist Will Brahm brings his World Music All-Stars to perform as part of the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Winter Jazz Series. Will tours extensively within the United States and has also toured to Asia, Canada, and Europe with his music. He also plays with the critically acclaimed New West Guitar Group, and has worked with artists including The Gordon Goodwin Phat Band, Kim Richmond, Jimmy Branly, Otmaro Ruiz, Gretchen Parlato, Sara Gazarek, and Jane Monheit. A past performer on the series with his group “Homenaje” and an audience favorite; Will, along with an all-star band made up of top Southern California musicians, will perform a show consisting of all original tunes and arrangements with Latin and World music flavors.
Critically Acclaimed Bassist/Vocalist Kristin Korb Trio feat. Andy Langham, piano and Duncan Moore, drums (Classic Jazz)
Internationally renowned Bassist/Vocalist Kristin Korb returns as part of the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Winter Jazz Series with her fantastic trio to perform her fresh, original arrangements of the American songbook as well as her unique original music as well. An audience favorite and consummate performer, Kristin tours across the world and has performed with jazz artists such as Llew Matthews, Kim Richmond, Pete Christlieb, Jeff Hamilton, Alex Riel and Jan Lundgren. Although she now resides in Denmark, Korb is still very involved in educational outreach and teaches at universities, jazz camps and festivals with students of al ages. She has taught at the University of Southern California where she was coordinator of vocal jazz studies, Azuza Pacific University, Grossmont Community College and was Director of Jazz Studies at Central Washington University.
An All-Star Tribute to Chet Baker and Peggy Lee feat. world-renowned trumpeter Bijon Watson, guest vocalist Lucy Woodward and the Laguna Beach Live! All-Stars (Iconic Jazz)
World-renowned trumpeter and Artistic Director of Jazz for Laguna Beach Live!, Bijon returns as part of the 2019 Laguna Beach Live! Winter Jazz Series with an All-Star group of musicians and a very special guest vocalist to perform a tribute to Chet Baker and Peggy Lee. Chet and Peggy were versatile artists and consummate performers that had a unique style and approach to the music they presented. This show will be no exception as Bijon and this stellar group of musicians will perform original arrangements and selections inspired by and made famous by Chet and Peggy. Bijon’s recording and/or live performance and touring credits are vast and the short list includes iconic artists such as Natalie Cole, Michael Bublé, Justin Timberlake, Harry Connick, Jr., Diana Krall, Michael Jackson, Arturo Sandoval, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Joe Williams, Queen Latifah, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Nicholas Payton, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Tyrell, Eric Benét, Jamiroquai, Prince, Barbara Morrison, Dianne Reeves, Nancy Wilson, Alicia Keys, Chaka Khan, Luis Miguel, The Temptations, and Gladys Knight.