Wine & Jazz Festival
2015 date confirmed:
Feb 21st, 2015
All Tickets are Now On Sale!
Mindi Abair Nick Colionne Dave Koz
The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is entering its 10th year of service to the community and in February 2015, the annual Wine and Jazz Festival too will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. This festival has received all types of accolades over the years and has brought such amazing acts as Ramsey Lewis, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, David Benoit and, of course, festival favorite Mindi Abair.
“We want 2015’s festival to be something special. A true celebration to honor those who have made the festival what it is today” said John Wright, President of the organizers, The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. The talent line-up for 2015 is now set and, according to Wright, the bar has yet again risen to bring the very best of world-class jazz artistry to Punta Gorda.
The festival, set for February 21st 2015 in Laishley Park, Punta Gorda will attract two brand new headlining artists, who will be new to the Punta Gorda stage, but opening will be Mindi Abair, returning for her 7th triumphant time at the festival. For 2015 though, she will have a new CD release in place and a lot of her material will be fresh and new, interspersed with her old favorites that the crowd knows and loves already.
The second act will be Nick Colionne – a Chicago-based, internationally acclaimed artist who is sure to set the stage alight. With a jazz style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today's stars. Combining jazz, R & B, blues and funk, he has an unmistakable sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable. Nick takes the guitar to unexpected places every time he performs and his rich baritone vocals delight his audiences. As for his showmanship....you have to experience a Nick Colionne show for yourself. With style and energy to spare, unparalleled musicianship and a natural comedic flair, he is one of a kind.
Rounding off the talent “tree” for 2015 is the one and only Dave Koz. Over the decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for Koz. He’s played with such artists as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, U2, Barry Manilow, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart. He’s become a platinum-selling artist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.
Born and raised in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, Dave initially just saw the saxophone as a way to help him gain entry into his big brother’s band. What began as a ploy became a lifelong obsession. After graduating from UCLA, Koz decided to become a professional musician. Within weeks of that decision, he was recruited as a touring member of Bobby Caldwell’s band. It was during this time that Koz befriended keyboardist Jeff Lorber, who invited Koz to come play on one of his tours. That stint was followed by a fourteen-month tour with pop singer Richard Marx.
Signed to Capitol Records by Bruce Lundvall, Koz released his self-titled solo debut album in 1990. This was the first in a body of best-selling work, which includes the gold-certified Lucky Man (1993), Off The Beaten Path (1996), and the holiday-themed albums December Makes Me Feel This Way (1997) and Dave Koz & Friends – A Smooth Jazz Christmas (2001). His gold-certified fifth album, The Dance (1999), spawned no less than five Top 5 contemporary jazz hits. Saxophonic (2003) produced another four Top 5 singles and garnered Koz two Grammy nominations spanning two consecutive years. In 2007, Koz released two chart-topping collections of standards. At The Movies, his lush, romantic celebration of timeless melodies from cinema, spent 12 weeks atop Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz chart. Produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, it was nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Pop Instrumental Album” category. Memories Of A Winter’s Night, a festive collection of holiday standards, hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz chart in December 2007. Dave Koz At The Movies Double Feature CD + DVD followed in early 2008, which featured the At The Movies CD with two never-before-released bonus audio tracks, a new DVD and a track-by-track commentary. Capitol Records released Dave Koz – Greatest Hits, his first-ever retrospective album, in the fall of 2008 and it debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and iTunes’ Jazz Album chart. The collection included many of Koz’s smash singles – including “Castle of Dreams,” “Can’t Let You Go” featuring the late Luther Vandross, “Together Again,” “Honey-Dipped” and “All I See Is You” – plus four new brand new songs. Lead single “Life In The Fast Lane,” which Koz co-wrote with writer/producer Darren Rahn, spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the R&R Monitored Smooth Jazz chart. It was followed by the Top 5 single “Bada Bing.”
Hello Tomorrow – Dave’s first album for Concord Records – debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and iTunes’ Jazz Album chart and was named the “Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010” by iTunes. The CD was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Hailed as “an event record” by The New York Times, its lead single, “Put The Top Down,” spent 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Mediabase Smooth A/C chart – the longest stint at No. 1 of any of Koz’s chart-topping hits. Ultimate Christmas, featuring 18 perennial holiday classics performed by Koz, bowed in 2011 on Capitol/EMI. Live at the Blue Note Tokyo, Koz’s first-ever live CD, was released by Concord Records in 2012 and received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Koz and his friends Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair turned to producer Paul Brown (Al Jarreau, George Benson, June Tabor, Boney James) to help them realize the vision for Summer Horns (2013, Concord Records). The album also features trumpeter/flugelhornist Rick Braun, trombonist Brian Culbertson, vocalists Michael McDonald, Jeffrey Osborne and Jonathan Butler – plus arrangements by Greg Adams (Tower of Power) and Tom Scott. Topping it off is a sax-only rendition of “Take Five” with Gordon Goodwin offering his arrangement to the quartet and a new original composition, “Summer Horns.” The album was honored with a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album and an NAACP Image Awards nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album.
Dave Koz is constantly touring, with annual summer and holiday tours, and Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises. He also continues to flex his mass-communications muscles as a radio personality. On the weekends, he hosts the syndicated Dave Koz Radio Show – now in its 19th year and airing in approximately 50 markets.
As an entrepreneur, Koz founded Rendezvous Entertainment. As a philanthropist, he has served for 19 years as global ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Dave recently partnered with premium Santa Barbara winemaker Terravant, Whole Foods Market® and California Pizza Kitchen to introduce four new types of KOZ wines. He is donating all his proceeds from KOZ wines to help Starlight continue its vital mission. Koz completed a four-year term on the Grammy Foundation Artists Committee, has served as National Trustee for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and is an ongoing member of the Board Of Governors for the Grammy® Foundation.
To this day, Koz is transfixed by the sound of summer horns that swept him away nearly 40 years ago and – as he continues his efforts as an instrumental music advocate – he’s living proof that the opportunities are limitless when you shoot for the stars and are armed with your favorite instrument.
What’s most important though, is that the Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival will get to host him in our city for the first time! Tickets are already on sale. All VIP and PREMIUM tickets have already been snapped up! Purchase securely from our Online Payment Center or call the office during regular office hours on 941 639 3720.
VIP tickets include complimentary gourmet food, presented by a local restaurant, seven complimentary beverage tickets per ticket, a welcome bag containing your souvenir beer and wine glasses, seated ( at tables), stage front seats and dance area, and a special meet’n’greet to meet those artists who are able to attend the Friday night (February 20th) wine party. Also performing on the Friday night, courtesy of Presley Beane Financial Services, will be Stu Shelton (keyboards), Don Wilner (Bass), Ian Goodman (Drums) and LaRue Nickelson (Guitar).
Premium tickets include four complimentary beverage tickets, your souvenir bag containing a beer and wine glass and a confirmed seat in the premium area, to the rear of the VIP section. A dance area has been added for 2015.
Regular tickets this year are for entrance and souvenir bag containing beer and wine glasses. Food and beverage may be purchased in the park, according to your taste, allowing us to reduce the ticket price to $65 per person (if purchased before 1/1/15), yet bringing you the very best of international jazz talent that can be found at the most affordable price possible. Save $10 per ticket by buying before 1/1/15.
So… plan your weekend around the 10th Annual Wine and Jazz Festival 2015. Book early to avoid disappointment. With the line-up we have, there is no doubt that tickets will be in very high demand and sections will sell out very quickly.
The park will open at 12.30pm approximately, with the first act taking the stage at 1pm. Enjoy the beautiful waterfront views and the amazing sounds of Abair, Colionne and Koz, making for the perfect afternoon in Punta Gorda. (Our only “disclaimers” are, sadly, no pets and definitely no coolers.)
All of the headlining artists for 2015 will appear on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. The festival will kick off on Thursday, February 19th, during our city's Gallery Walk, followed by a VIP reception on Friday to meet the artists and the main event on Saturday.
The Sunday Jazz brunch brought to you by Presley Beane Financial Services will take place at the Isles Yacht Club on Sunday, February 22nd. Brunch tickets can now be purchased in our online payment center. Appearing for the Sunday Jazz Brucnh will be: Patricia Dean (Drums and Vocals), Herb Bruce (Trombone), Jeff Philips (keyboards and bass pedals), Dave Trefethen (Bass guitar) and Joe Bilardo (Drums and Vibes).
All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangable.
It simply keeps getting BETTER...
For any questions, please call us on 941-639-3720 during office hours.
For hotel reservations call:
Four Points by Sheraton, Punta Gorda, 941 637 6770
Wyvern Hotel, Punta Gorda 941 639 7700
For transportation call:
Doris Limo 941 627 8056
Thank you to VIP Sponsors:
Charlotte Regional Medical Center. now Bayfront Health Punta Gorda