Our lineup this year!
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!
Rick has hosted this event for almost a decade that benefits autism. His daughter is autistic and Braun has made it a mission to bring awareness to autism. “One of my passions is just trying to help people who are affected by autism. It is really important for me to just reach out and help wherever I can,” shares the inspiring musician.
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 another great CD, Around the Horn, for our listening pleasure and if you have not heard it, you should do that right now!
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!
Nine-time GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz has established himself as a platinum-selling artist, humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate. He has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has charted nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Album chart, including 2015’s Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection (Concord Records), a retrospective album that features some of his most memorable creative partnerships – including duets with such artists as Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Michael McDonald, Barry Manilow and Luther Vandross – plus three newly-recorded tracks.
Dave has served as global ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation for over 21 years. He founded KOZ Wines in 2009 as another avenue to support the foundation. Dave donates all his proceeds from KOZ Wines, which are available at Whole Foods Markets® and other retailers, and during select periods at California Pizza Kitchen, to Starlight. He has also joined forces with Cary Hardwick and Laurie Sisneros, partners and owners of Spaghettini in Seal Beach, to open Citizen, a new restaurant in Beverly Hills.
We have worked for five years to get Dave to our event…so this year, it is time to party!
The youngest of 13 children, Jonathan grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, ruled by Apartheid and segregation. He began his singing career at age 7, releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best New Artist Grammy in South Africa the following year at age 12. He made history by being the first black artist played on white South African radio while earning three gold records in 1975 as he became a teenager.
Last fall he launched the Jonathan Butler Foundation in his native country to fund music education programs that give children the purpose to overcome a life of drugs and poverty just as he did. The music and arts programs serving South African children ages 4-17 operate with the mission statement, “Purpose kills addiction.”
In concert, Butler remains a captivating and powerful performer, pouring his heart into selections from his immense catalogue. In addition to being a popular draw at headline dates, festival shows and music cruises, Butler thrives on interacting with his fans.
Jonathan 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!
A native of Denmark, this saxophonist is a purveyor of contemporary jazz and began performing at a young age. After finishing his degree, he ran his own recording studio while touring throughout Europe. Michael moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and became a U.S. citizen in 2008. He has performed numerous times for the Danish royal family, including the wedding reception of Crown Prince Frederik, the country’s future king. In addition, Michael has done extended stints as a special guest with many other musical superstars, including Barry Manilow, Bobby Caldwell, Randy Crawford and Michael Bolton. On Bolton’s tour, he played more than 300 shows in over 50 countries. One of its many highlights was performing in London’s famed Royal Albert Hall.
Michael also manages his own cigar company, Michael Lington Cigars, and Lington Wines by Solana Cellers, a boutique line of red and white wines out of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast.
When we decided on a New York theme for our event, the first name that came to mind for the Opening Act was Michael and now that is going to happen!
From the first note, Lindsey Webster captivates listeners. Her rich, soulful voice enchants a dedicated following who connect with the raw emotion she shares with them. As a Soul R&B artist, she combines an admirable natural talent with a genuine, accessible stage presence.
In 2009, Lindsey met her partner, Keith Slattery, and started performing professionally. Together, with a band of world-class musicians, they’ve performed over 600 shows in venues including Yoshi’s Oakland, The Iridium, North Sea Jazz Club, Pizza Express, Levon Helm Studios, Daryl’s House, Helsinki Hudson, The Falcon, The Bitter End, and the Bearsville Theater.
Her voice has been compared to R&B royalty Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker, Lindsey looks to bring her distinct style to Soul R&B and continue to make music that resonates with her fans. We are certain you will become one of those fans after New Year’s Eve!
Last year, our Start the Party Early star brought down the house and the audience wanted to more. So we said “why not?!”
Vincent is one of the fastest emerging contemporary jazz recording artists in recent history. He is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who 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, Sirius XM Watercolors Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013, and spent an unprecedented 25 weeks at #1 on SmoothJazz.com’s Top 50 Independent Chart.
As much of an entertainer as he is a musician, 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!