2015 Artist Lineup
full lineup to be announced this fall...
Brian Culbertson, founder and artistic director of the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, began his musical journey at the age of 8 on piano, adding drums at 9, trombone at 10 then bass at 12. He grew up near Chicago, Illinois, loving genre-crossing jazz-pop artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, Tower of Power, The Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Yellowjackets and Chick Corea. So naturally gifted was Brian, his 7th grade piano recital consisted of all original tunes. Brian flourished in high school bands and then moved downtown Chicago to complete his musical studies at DePaul University. He then went on to compose jingles for clients such as United Airlines, Gatorade, Sears and McDonald’s in the bustling city’s highly competitive advertising community throughout the 90's.
In 1994, at age 20, Brian self-produced his debut album, Long Night Out. Since then, Brian has released thirteen more albums, toured around the world, seen his name at the top of Billboard and radio charts, worked and performed with industry all-stars like Maurice White, Larry Graham, Ray Parker Jr., Musiq Soulchild, Ledisi, Chuck Brown, and “Bootsy” Collins to name a few, and received numerous awards including recently being nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2012 Soul Train Award. Regardless of his success, fans can rest assured that with 15 albums and counting, Brian Culbertson always brings his very best - and brings the very best out of others - in all of his broad-ranging musical endeavors. Check out Brian’s current album, Another Long Night Out -- a complete re-recording of Long Night Out, featuring some of the legends of jazz that inspired him 20 years ago.
Brian is putting together three completely different shows for the 2015 Getaway!! Each show will feature special guests to be announced soon.
Friday, June 12 - "The Funk Show"
Saturday, June 13 - "The R&B Show"
Sunday, June 14 - "The Jazz Show"
The 2015 Artist lineup will be announce this fall. Check back then...
Thanks to all of the 2014 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway artists:
Ohio Players, Earl Klugh, Eric Benét, Morris Day & The Time, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Eric Darius, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Mavis Staples, Average White Band, Jazz In Pink feat. Gail Jhonson, Karen Briggs & Althea Rene, Cecil Ramirez, Michael Lington, Eric Marienthal, Marqueal Jordan, Dirty Dozen Brass Band plus our DJ's The World Famous Rick & Russ Show feat. CJ Flash.
2013 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway artists:
Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Take 6, Ray Parker Jr., Eric Darius, Nick Colionne, Michael Lington, Cecil Ramirez, Selina Albright, DW3, Kim Waters, Paige Bryan plus special guest comedian, Sinbad.
2012 Napa Valley Jazz Getaway artists:
Kenny Lattimore, Oleta Adams, Eric Darius, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, Noel Gourdin, Cecil Ramirez and special guest comedian, Sinbad.