Backstage Jazz

John Carey

John Carey

By | October 22, 2015 at 2:02 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell It's always interesting to me to interview some of our local talent. You just don't know what you've got sometimes. There is a gentleman that has played in the desert for many years. His name is John Carey and his first gig was with the Chi Lites. As a...

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BMW OF PALM SPRINGS SMOOTH JAZZFEST – PAPARRAZI

BMW OF PALM SPRINGS SMOOTH JAZZFEST – PAPARRAZI

By | October 15, 2015 at 5:18 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell The BMW of Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest put a new spin on smooth jazz in the desert. The event produced by Patte Purcell and Sheree Lillie featured jazz, blues, funk, and groove. Held in the beautiful Riviera Palm Springs Grand Ballroom there was seating for...

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Papparazzi- Elements of Jazz and Soul

Papparazzi- Elements of Jazz and Soul

By | October 1, 2015 at 2:13 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Yes, we danced! What a great time we all had at Ruth Ruiz's (RR Class Act Entertainment) 'Elements of Jazz and Soul' party at Miramonte Hotel in Indian Wells last Thursday night. The music was amazing! Darryl Fitzgerald and his band with special guest smooth...

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BMW Of Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest™ Is Almost Here!!

BMW Of Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest™ Is Almost Here!!

By | September 24, 2015 at 10:36 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell After the sold out success of Summer Jazzfest the iconic Riviera Palm Springs Resort's Tom Wright (who attended) asked me to hold future Jazzfests at the Riviera. Needless to say, the opportunity to hold my parties in one of the most beautiful venues on one...

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Guillermo Yslas: Percussionist

Guillermo Yslas: Percussionist

By | September 17, 2015 at 12:27 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell In addition to guitars and horns, percussion is one of my favorite musical accompaniments. The BMW Palm Springs Smooth Jazzfest (tm) which is being produced by myself and my PR Production Partner Sheree Lillie of Lillie PR on October 5, in the Riviera Palm...

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Blake Aaron

Blake Aaron

By | September 9, 2015 at 11:43 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell One of smooth jazz's top hit makers is coming to the desert. Blake Aaron will be the special guest star of Darryl Fitzgerald Walker's band at Ruth Ruiz's party "Elements of Jazz and Soul" September 24 at the Miramonte Hotel in Indian Wells from 6-9 with...

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Ruth Ruiz

Ruth Ruiz

By | September 3, 2015 at 3:20 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell There are some of us, who even though we are not musicians, are doing our best to support Jazz and particularly smooth jazz here in the desert. I am honored to have a great friend and promoter Ruth Ruiz, who is one of the "Ladies of Jazz". Ever since she's...

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Eve Holmes

Eve Holmes

By | August 27, 2015 at 12:19 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell It never ceases to amaze me at some of the musicians who call the desert their home. Eve Holmes is one of those surprises. I saw her post on Facebook about "7 SISTAS & EVE" a new show she will be performing at Studio One 11, with the show dedicated to 7...

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Smooth Jazz Events On The Rise In The Desert

Smooth Jazz Events On The Rise In The Desert

By | August 19, 2015 at 7:01 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Despite the loss of our beloved smooth jazz station KJZZ here in the desert, smooth jazz lovers of the desert are taking it upon themselves to bring you more of our favorite music by holding smooth jazz events and parties at some fabulous venues. Due to...

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Hans Zermuehlen

Hans Zermuehlen

By | August 13, 2015 at 3:18 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell It's always a thrill to see a musician that takes music to a new level. Hans Zermuehlen is one of these artists. This impressive 6 ft. 4 German keys player really rocks the house with his mastery and he never ceases to amaze me. I started his interview by...

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Mikael Healey at Melvyn’s Ingleside Inn

Mikael Healey at Melvyn’s Ingleside Inn

By | August 5, 2015 at 9:42 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell The most iconic jazz jam in the desert is undoubtedly the Melvyn's Jam on Sunday afternoons from 3:30-7:30. Singers, musicians and happy revelers pack this hopping place to enjoy the sounds of local and national acts who sit in with the band. Some of the...

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Summer Jazzfest 2015

Summer Jazzfest 2015

By | July 30, 2015 at 2:18 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Wow, I'm still overwhelmed at the response from Summer Jazzfest. I've been getting calls, texts, and emails raving about the party, the bands and begging me to do more events and I'm happy to say I am! Stay tuned for an announcement shortly. Not only am I...

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Blues Sensation Deanna Bogart

Blues Sensation Deanna Bogart

By | July 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell You know I love my jazz, but I also love blues. There's a national blues or 'bluesion' sensation that lives right here in the desert and her name is Deanna Bogart. I first saw Deanna at the Melvyn's Jazz Jam where she brought her sax and set the room on fire....

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Darryl Fitzgerald Walker

Darryl Fitzgerald Walker

By | July 16, 2015 at 1:14 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Darryl Fitzgerald Walker is one of those artists whose talent showed at an early age. At the age of 2 his mother noticed him standing in front of the TV singing along with the Ed Sullivan show. That was the beginning. He joined band in Jr. High and High...

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Greg Adams & East Bay Soul

Greg Adams & East Bay Soul

By | July 9, 2015 at 1:40 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I love doing my column every week keeping jazz alive in the desert and introducing you to some great musicians. Today I am writing my column about one of my musical heroes: Greg Adams, who is the founder, composer and arranger for his band East Bay Soul. For...

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Joey Navarro, Best Keys Player Ever!

Joey Navarro, Best Keys Player Ever!

By | July 1, 2015 at 10:06 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell Have you ever seen a keyboard player play so fast that his hands blur? Have you ever seen a keyboard player that shakes his hands out when he's done just to relax them from the sheer intensity? I didn't even think that was possible, but seeing is believing,...

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Chase Huna: Smooth Jazz

Chase Huna: Smooth Jazz

By | June 25, 2015 at 3:29 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Some people are just born to do what they do. Chase Huna is one of those people. From his smooth, low key, cool demeanor to the sultry sax sounds that he emits, you can tell this talented 15 year old redhead is the real deal. At age 2 without any prompting...

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SUMMER JAZZFEST- SMOOTH JAZZ, BLUES, FUNK, GROOVE

SUMMER JAZZFEST- SMOOTH JAZZ, BLUES, FUNK, GROOVE

By | June 18, 2015 at 2:33 am | No comments

By Patty Purcell If you are looking for the biggest Jazz event in the desert this summer you will find it at SUMMER JAZZFEST (Smooth Jazz, Blues, Funk & Groove) Monday night, July 27 from 5 pm until 10 pm at Hacienda Cantina and Beach Club in Palm Springs. Sponsored by...

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Chris Bennett: Grammy Nominated Vocalist and Composer

Chris Bennett: Grammy Nominated Vocalist and Composer

By | June 11, 2015 at 3:46 am | No comments

By Patty Purcell I am constantly amazed at the talented musicians we have in the desert. I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to Grammy nominated singer and composer Chris Bennett last weekend at a party held at her home along with Maestro Dino of the Palm Springs...

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Paparazzi: Out and About

Paparazzi: Out and About

By | June 4, 2015 at 2:27 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell As the summer heats up, so do the parties and the stars come out at night. I've been out and about the last week soaking up the experiences at some of the cool jazz spots in the desert. Shanghai Reds is zeroing in on their goal of being ‘The Live Music...

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John Stanley King Wins CV Music Award for Best Jazz Artist

John Stanley King Wins CV Music Award for Best Jazz Artist

By | May 27, 2015 at 8:23 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell One of the desert's favorite sons won the CV Weekly Music Award for Best Jazz artist, John Stanley King. John has received 7 CV Music Awards and was also named 'Best of the Best' in the Desert Sun. I interviewed John along with his producer Norman Merten who...

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Grooves At The Westin Will Return In The Fall

Grooves At The Westin Will Return In The Fall

By | May 21, 2015 at 2:23 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell The crowds came out to see Hiroshima at Grooves at the Westin for the last concert of the spring series. A star studded night and event by Michael and Terri Paulo of Apaulo Productions was hosted by mover and shaker, smooth jazz promoter Jim Pedone at the...

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Craig Chestnut

Craig Chestnut

By | May 14, 2015 at 12:38 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Who's the debonair guy sitting behind the drums? It's the desert's favorite jazz drummer Craig Chestnut. Despite his youthful good looks he's been playing for 43 years. He started in the 4th grade when he received his first set of drums passed down from his...

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima

By | May 7, 2015 at 3:38 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell I had the pleasure of interviewing Dan Kuramoto the truly legendary originator of the ground breaking Hiroshima, who will be in concert at Grooves at the Westin Saturday, May 16. Vibrant, eclectic and truly original, the multi-GRAMMY nominated Hiroshima...

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Appreciating Jazz at Shanghai Reds

Appreciating Jazz at Shanghai Reds

By | April 30, 2015 at 10:34 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell The desert turned out to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a national and local smooth jazz lineup hosted by Ruth Ruiz of RR Class Act Entertainment (who books all the artists that appeared) at Shanghai Reds. Entertainers and fans alike packed the event...

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Slim Man

Slim Man

By | April 23, 2015 at 1:09 am | No comments

By Patte Purcell Musical entertainment icons continue to gravitate towards the desert.  Last year a celebrated musical artist who's run the genres from rock, to blues, to smooth jazz moved to Palm Springs. He's called Slim Man and brings a wealth of experience and artistry...

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Will Donato

Will Donato

By | April 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell I've been into smooth jazz since I first discovered David Sanborn back in the 90's. That has led me into some of the best music in the world and started my passion for smooth jazz. Right after my husband Len passed away I was driving to downtown Palm...

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Joe Baldino

Joe Baldino

By | April 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm | No comments

We are so lucky to have some of the best musicians in southern California living right here in the desert. By Patte Purcell One of those is a very talented smooth jazz guitarist by the name of Joe Baldino. This talented artist is just that in every sense of the word. He...

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Party With Carl Davis

Party With Carl Davis

By | April 1, 2015 at 11:28 pm | No comments

By Patte Purcell I've been to some parties in my day. This one rocked the house! Carl Davis, local dance instructor and jazz fan, hosted a super party for all of his friends at 360 North that raised the bar for parties in the desert. Local musicians and artists appeared as...

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