twenty eighth Annual Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Set For July

The first opener on July 15 can be Billboard recording artist and bassist Tony Saunder <>. Saunders is an American bass and synthesizer participant who has had an unimaginable multi-faceted profession that is discovered him “vibin'” with everybody from Eric Clapton and David Crosby to Les McCann, Joe Sample and Chaka Khan. He has been acknowledged as a two-time Emmy Award successful bassist, composer, and producer, and can also be the son of legendary keyboardist, Merl Saunders. His expertise within the music world has been wealthy and various as he mastered enjoying, recording, arranging, and extra all through his profession. The candy, infectious fusion of ardour, sensuality and funk that is outlined and pushed the two-time Emmy successful musician, composer, arranger, and producer’s life from the get-go reaches full throttle expression on “All About Love” – his first album for BAJA/TSR Records. Celebrating a decade of hit making since his 2011 San Francisco Records debut titled – what else? – Romancing the Bass, the dynamic, stylistically eclectic 14-track assortment retains Saunders on what he calls the “joyful ride of the smooth jazz rollercoaster,” making a transcendent melodic and rhythmic movement with an all-star array of style greats. These collaborations have allowed Saunders to carry out with many different acclaimed artists through the years.

After his efficiency, headliners Rob Zin<>and Jeff Ryan<> will kick off their present. Rob Zinn is a multi-faceted expertise working as a veteran vocalist, trumpeter, and flugelhornist. He is internationally acknowledged as a easy jazz artist and composer. In 2016, Zinn emerged as an unbiased easy jazz artist and composer with the discharge of his debut album, “Yesterday Again,” showcasing a mess of types together with funk, Latin, R&B, rock, pop and concrete jazz. In 2018, Rob launched his critically acclaimed album “Walk The Walk,” which was chosen for the 61st Grammy Ballot for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album with charting success on Billboard and Smooth Jazz Network Top 100. Zinn has had a number of songs charted high 50 on numerous outstanding jazz retailers and is at the moment finishing his third album, “Anything Can Happen” with producer Paul Brown.

Paired with Zinn can be one in every of modern jazz’s high rising artists and saxophonists, Jeff Ryan. Ryan, a global sensation, has captivated hundreds together with his strong jazz sounds. “Double Up” was the primary single launched in May 2020 from his newest album “Duality.” It debuted because the primary “Most Added” on the Smooth Jazz Billboard. In 2020, Ryan was additionally named 2020 Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year. His second single from this album “Sentimental Soul” landed the primary spot on the Billboard Chart and was later named 2021 Billboard Song of the Year.

Opening the live performance on July 29 is Johnny P & the Wiseguy <>, a velvety ensemble led by vocalist, songwriter, and trumpeter Johnny Panzarella. Johnny P is a New York native from a close-knit Italian household. The rat-pack type band performs unique tunes in addition to progressive musical preparations of traditional favorites. The Wiseguys are composed of a number of proficient musicians that includes pianist Travis Davis, bassists Max Garcia Jr. and Doug Bennett, Roger Escobar on tenor sax, David Woodard on trombone, and drummers Johnathan Alexander and Jay “Jaybird” Buried Mitthauer.

Following is headliner and one of many jazz trade’s biggest icons, British-born, LA-based guitarist and easy jazz artist Peter Whit<>. White first performed for the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival in 2010 and returned in 2015. This is his third look in Balcones Heights. White is ready to offer a simmering efficiency to finish the summer time live performance season. For over forty years, White has labored with many music greats comparable to Al Stewart and Basia, and was a part of the primary Dave Koz Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour. He recorded eighteen solo and collaboration albums; carried out earlier than numerous audiences; and most just lately, created a particular assortment of songs for STARLUX Airlines. The new album, entitled ‘Music for STARLUX Airlines’, is now out there by means of Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Tidal and others. White’s lyricism and power is unparalleled and positive to create a ravishing sound for his broad audiences. He has discovered enormous success in his musical profession successful a number of awards by means of 4 many years working as a multi-instrument musician, performer, and author with different artists and solo on his personal extremely regarded albums.

In 2020, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival advanced from a summer time live performance season to a year-long live performance collection, which was adopted pre-pandemic to unfold concert events all year long. Since 1994, the Balcones Heights Jazz Festival has captivated jazz aficionados from in and round Texas with a free stellar line-up within the pageant’s laid again and family-friendly ambiance. Regulars or “jazz babies” seize their favourite spots alongside the sting of the glowing reflecting pool and fountains of the town’s major hub, Wonderland of the Americas.
The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival is produced by means of a partnership of the City of Balcones Heights, Wonderland of the Americas, and that iHeartMedia. David Muñoz is again once more to host as he has on the Jazz Festival yearly for the reason that occasion’s inception. Muñoz, referred to as San Antonio’s very personal “Jazzman,” is serving as emcee and co-producer of the pageant. David additionally hosts “Smooth Jazz San Antonio” on KQXT/Q101.9 HD-2 and that iHeartwork Radio App/Texas Central Region.

General admission to the pageant is free and parking is free at Wonderland of the Americas, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, Balcones Heights, Texas. Wonderland of the Americas is situated on the intersection of IH-10and Loop 410, only a few minutes from downtown San Antonio, and minutes from the South Texas Medical Center.

Hillside seating across the Amphitheater is on a first-come, first-serve foundation. Fans generally stake out their spots as early because the Monday previous the Friday live performance! Food and beverage distributors can be on-site. Attendees also can go to the Food Court inside Wonderland of the Americas. No coolers and outdoors meals and drinks are allowed on the Amphitheater.

For extra details about the pageant, go to San Antonio Central: Balcones Heights | Jazz Festival (, <>, and the occasion’s Facebook web page<>.

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