2016 Artist Lineup
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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 where he won several Downbeat® Magazine student awards before moving to 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 fourteen 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 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 new live recording, "LIVE - 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR."
DJ's The World Famous Rick & Russ Show with CJ Flash
DJ Russ Gatewood
The name, Russell “Big Russ” Gatewood, has been synonymous with the Bay Area music scene for nearly 25 years. His career began when Hip Hop showed him that turntables could be a musical instrument. He spearheaded a local DJ collective and quickly became one of the more popular DJ’s in the region. As the 90s began, he (along with his long time business partner Rick Patrick) formed what has become an entertainment staple in the Northern California, The World Famous Rick & Russ Show. It wasn’t long before they were given the opportunity to live up to their moniker and began playing alongside major recording artists, performing at conventions and expos across the country. Their amazing ability to turn any and every event into celebration could be felt as far away as the U.K., Guam and South America.
DJ C.J. Flash
Chris “C.J. Flash” Jourdan is an extremely talented D.J., songwriter, producer, arranger and musician. He produces everything from Hip-Hop to Jazz and is considered one of the Bay Area’s original Hip-Hop pioneers. He has written for The Timex Social Club (Rumors), and produced for Raw Fusion (who later joined Digital Underground). In the 90’s, he teamed up with 2 of the hottest Bay Area D.J. Organizations - The Original D.J.’s & The World Famous Rick & Russ Show. He is a popular radio personality in the Bay Area on KBLX and also entertains on an internet radio program. C.J. continues to DJ (open) for musical notables such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Charlie Wilson, Robin Thicke, Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z.
*artist lineup & schedule subject to change
Past Napa Valley Jazz Getaway Artists:
Al Jarreau, Chaka Khan, Boney James, Spyro Gyra, Peter White, Mindi Abair, Eric Darius, Fred Wesley, Raul Midón, Chuck Loeb, Eric Marienthal, Kenny Lattimore, Maysa, The Family Stone, Vincent Ingala, Marqueal Jordan, DW3, Cecil Ramirez, plus our DJ's The World Famous Rick & Russ Show feat. CJ Flash and special guest comedian Alonzo Bodden. SEE PHOTOS
Ohio Players, Earl Klugh, Eric Benét, Morris Day & The Time, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Eric Darius, 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 and special guest comedian, Keenen Ivory Wayans. SEE PHOTOS
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. SEE PHOTOS
Kenny Lattimore, Oleta Adams, Eric Darius, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, Noel Gourdin, Cecil Ramirez and special guest comedian, Sinbad. SEE PHOTOS