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THE FLORIDA SMOOTH JAZZ WEEKEND

The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend is the joint effort by Roland Guilarte and Cathy Powers to provide an incredible beachside weekend for smooth jazz lovers to enjoy amazing artists and first-rate hospitality in an intimate oceanfront resort setting - a unique “Cruise On Land” experience to share with other smooth jazz lovers and friends.

After several years of promoting smooth jazz concerts in the Central Florida area as the Brevard Jazz Series, Roland envisioned and put to paper the Jazz Weekend concept.  Roland and his Brevard Jazz Series, in partnership with Cathy and the Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation, initially implemented weekend cruises with the Florida Smooth Jazz Cruises in 2009 and 2011 on Royal Caribbean from Port Canaveral.  Cathy, having been a guest on smooth jazz cruises and having attended festivals and concert venues throughout the United States for many years, soon became convinced that Roland’s jazz weekend “cruise on land” concept was the answer to provide a unique intimate experience for smooth jazz fans.

After months of careful planning and preparation, combining the customer service and production expertise that Roland has perfected with the Brevard Jazz Series and Brevard Music Group together with Cathy’s vision of the best of the smooth jazz lifestyle and her own production experience, Roland and Cathy launched the first annual Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend in January 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront.  Drawing fans from throughout the United States, the Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend quickly found its way to be a nationally recognized “must attend” event for smooth jazz fans from throughout the United States and beyond.

A sell out since the second annual Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend in 2016, Roland and Cathy are fortunate to have found the ideal location for the fourth annual Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend in 2018.  The Plaza Resort & Spa of Daytona Beach offers the perfect oceanfront combination of size and character to maintain the intimacy and quality that the Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend family has come to enjoy!


The Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation

The Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation Inc., a Florida nonprofit corporation, is a 501(c)(3) public charity that was founded by Cathy Powers in 2005, organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.  The Foundation promotes and produces music events for the greater good of the community.  Two annual merit scholarships are sponsored by the Foundation for jazz ensemble music students of Eastern Florida State College (EFSC).

The Foundation has been involved in the promotion, production, and financial support of numerous concerts throughout Florida since 2005, including artists such as Chris Botti, Boney James, the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Mindi Abair, Chuck Loeb, Richard Elliot, Kim Waters, Peter White, Jonathan Butler, Everette Harp, Rick Braun, Jeff Golub, Nick Colionne, Paul Taylor, Jeff Kashiwa, Acoustic Alchemy, Ottmar Liebert, Keiko Matsui, Maysa, Warren Hill, Euge Groove, Jackiem Joyner, Steve Oliver, Eric Darius, Marc Antoine, Jessy J, Paul Brown, Steve Cole, Dan Siegel, Michael Paulo, Blake Aaron, Joey Sommerville, Will Donato, the Yellowjackets, Eric Marienthal, and Jeff Lorber, as well as Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, The Florida Smooth Jazz Cruises of 2009 and 2011, and The Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend since 2015.

Cathy Powers, President of The Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation, with 2016-17 EFSC scholarship winners Reese Montgomery and James Revels, and with Dr. Robert Lamb, music professor of EFSC.

Cathy Powers, President of The Florida Smooth Jazz Foundation, with 2016-17 EFSC scholarship winners Reese Montgomery and James Revels, and with Dr. Robert Lamb, music professor of EFSC.


Brevard Music Group

Brevard Jazz Series

The Brevard Jazz Series was established by Roland Guilarte in June 1992. For the last 25 years, BJS has brought hundreds of contemporary and smooth jazz concerts to Brevard County and other Florida cities. Since its beginning, Brevard Jazz Series (BJS), and now Brevard Music Group, has been bringing top national talent to the Brevard County area. We have successfully promoted and produced numerous national artists including such well known names as George Benson, Norman Brown, Art Porter, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Al Dimeola, Acoustic Alchemy, Larry Carlton, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Jeff Kashiwa, Craig Chaquico, Rick Braun, Marc Antoine, Everette Harp, Warren Hill, Maynard Ferguson, Spyro Gyra, Dave Koz, and many others.

Brevard Music Group

Established in 2010, BMG encompassed Mr. Guilarte’s vision of an expanding market into several genres of music including classic rock, southern rock, folk and blues while keeping his smooth & contemporary jazz roots. Since 2010 the Brevard Music Group has promoted and produced a long list of artists at several Brevard county venues. Artists include Johnny & Edgar Winter, Poco, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Al Stewart, Wishbone Ash, Savoy Brown, Ronnie Montrose, John Mayall, Christopher Cross and Dick Dale amongst many others.