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ACTJams Productions Presents "Up Close and Personal Smooth Jazz Affair with Adam Hawley and Ragan Whiteside"

July 28, 2017
ACTJams Productions Presents "Up Close and Personal Smooth Jazz Affair with Adam Hawley and Ragan Whiteside"

ACT Jams Productions is rolling out the red carpet for an "Up Close and Personal Smooth Jazz Affair" featuring Adam Hawley (guitar) and Ragan Whiteside (flute) with special guest Chris Herbert (sax) on Friday, July 28th in the Orchestra Lobby along with Steve Clarke (bass), Pat Marafiote (keys), Dexter Pettaway (drums).

The show starts at 8pm followed by an Old School Dance Party. Hosted by Al Taylor of ACT Jams Productions. Tickets are $40  and it's a Limited Seating event. Powered by Chapel Memorial Funeral Home.

Adam Hawley

It has been an exciting past year for guitarist Adam Hawley, who’s debut record, Just The Beginning, was released on March 18. The first single "35th St (feat Eric Darius)" had the longest run at #1 on Billboard in 2016. Since then, the second single, “Joy Ride,” co-written and produced with Greg Manning, is currently #10 on Billboard; and Adam has been named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year.

Adam signed with Kalimba Music (founded by Maurice White of Earth, Wind, & Fire) in August 2015. His first offering on the Kalimba label features Darius along with Euge Groove, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, and Michael Lington.

Adam is also known as a prolific sideman, appearing with a who’s who list of artists in a wide variety of genres. Credits include Dave Koz, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Culbertson, Natalie Cole, Gerald Albright, and Friends Cruise to name just a few.

He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California and currently teaches at Musician’s Institute, Chaffey College, and Saddleback College.

Ragan Whiteside

Songwriter, flutist, vocalist, and all-around musical adventurer Ragan Whiteside is back in the studio. For those who know her, this should be a signal to rub hands together in anticipation, and for jazz lovers who have not yet met her, it’s more than ample invitation to see what she can do.

A musical prodigy since the age of five, Ragan found her way to the flute after the piano, the violin, and a turn with the drum set. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music and the prestigious Harid Conservatory, where her sound was honed with the tried-and-true classical training, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Performance degree.

Her fourth studio album, Treblemaker, features the sounds of Marion Meadows, Tom Browne, Kim Waters, and Bob Baldwin, to name a few, and promises a further taste of the Ragan Whiteside Innovation that has brought her on jazz festival and jazz cruise stages worldwide.

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