Musicians

Our lineup this year!

Rick Braun

Rick enters the ballroom

Rick enters the ballroom

As host of this signature event each year, Rick Braun uses his formidable talent to create truly magical experiences along with business partner Sandy Riser.  For the Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway event, Rick works tirelessly to create a unique and unforgettable experience.  Each year for New Year’s Eve, Rick brings top jazz artists with him and this year is no exception!

Nearly twenty years into his solo career, Rick Braun has done just about everything, from backing the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade to stepping out into the spotlight as a vocalist and a master of the trumpet and flugelhorn.

His most recent recordings continue to reflect his versatility with the instrumental album All It Takes and his vocal talents in Rick Braun Sings With Strings. Rick was getting into the swing of the holiday season with his first-ever Christmas album, Swingin’ In The Snow.  In July 2014, Rick released his CD titled Can You Feel It that is an incredible compilation of music that garnered several top hits to add to Rick’s long record of hits.  This year, he released BWB featuring Rick, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown for another great CD for our listening pleasure!

In 2015 he became Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year – we know why and you will too when you become part of the New Year’s family this year!

Jeffrey Osborne

JOPressSSJeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd.  After more than ten years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as “Don’t You Get So Mad,” “Stay With Me Tonight,” and a duet with Dionne Warwick, “Love Power.”

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Jeffrey was the youngest of 12 children and was surrounded by music as he was growing up. He had five brothers and six sisters, some of whom went on to have music careers. His father, Clarence “Legs” Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington. His oldest brother, Clay Osborne, is a singer and pianist, and Billy, another brother, is a songwriter and producer in Los Angeles.

Jeffrey’s solo career has brought him five gold and platinum albums, including Stay with Me Tonight and Only Human. He also recorded an album of duets with popular singer James Ingram, and scored an international hit with “On the Wings of Love” in 1982. His releases during the 2000s and 2010s included That’s for Sure (2000) and Music Is Life (2003), as well as the covers albums From the Soul (2005) and A Time for Love (2013).

We cannot tell you how excited we are to have Jeffrey with us this year – time to party!

Richard Elliot

Richard on white 1Slow burning intensity has been Richard Elliot’s stock-in-trade since debuting as a member of the novel Chapman Stick-based quartet Kittyhawk in 1979 at the age of 19. With influences ranging from Grover Washington, Jr. to John Klemmer, his broad range of “sexual” expression knows no bounds.

Richard arrived at a very special anniversary for blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing in 2014. It marked 30 years since the release of his debut solo album, What does a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles – now with a wife and five children – do for a 30-year encore? Well, this one-time member of the classic soul band Tower of Power proved he’s “not a young man” and released the most overtly sensual, romantic and intimate album of his career in collaboration with contemporary jazz production/guitar giant Paul Brown. The title of that 17th solo project was Lip Service.  Rumor has it he is working on a new CD that we hope will be available before the new year.

Richard has been one of our audience’s favorites to grace the stage at Rick Braun’s New Year’s Eve Getaway and this year will be no exception!

Marc Antoine

Marc AntoineGuitarist , composer and producer , Marc Antoine , was born in Paris (France) on the 28th of May 1963 and so of course we had to have him for this year’s event! His parents bought him his first guitar when he was 11 years old which quickly became his third arm . Marc has had a guitar in his hands ever since.

At 17 he’d already won many prizes and started showing an interest in a variety of music genres including jazz, rock, world, pop and more. At the same time he was playing in local bands in Britany (France).

Tragedy struck in the summer of 1981 when his debut career got cut short by a devastating accident to his left hand. The surgeon told him that his chances of playing again were very slim and next to nothing. However, through the adversity, his love and passion for music helped him overcome this tragedy and in 1984 he was back on the scene in Paris, performing in clubs and recording.  He moved to London, the US, and all over the world.  After living 12 years in Madrid Spain, he relocated to Southern California with his family in 2015.

Regularly touring with contemporary jazz artists Marc was honored when George Benson mentioned him as one of his favorite acoustic guitarists.  As our Opening Act on New Year’s Eve, you will see why

Vincent Ingala

IMG_0315One of the fastest emerging contemporary jazz recording artists in recent history, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Vincent Ingala has blasted into an exciting stratosphere of his own making since his 2010 critically acclaimed debut album.  This charismatic saxophonist was been named Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year in 2012 and Sirius XM Watercolors Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013, and an unprecedented 25 weeks at #1 on SmoothJazz.com’s Top 50 Independent Chart and #15 on SmoothJazz.com’s 2014 Year End Chart with Can’t Stop Now!

As much of an entertainer as he is a musician, he has been wowing live audiences as a regular on the popular smooth jazz festival and cruise circuit for several years. His fun-loving stage presence, combined with an obvious passion for playing, elevates the crowd to an exciting frenzy.

Vincent brings a playful spirit, old soul, and youthful enthusiasm to contemporary jazz, with a real sense for what music fans are seeking and which only our New Year’s Eve attendees will get to see in our Start the Party Early optional concert this year on 12/30!  Don’t miss it – this show always sells out!