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Thornton Winery Jazz Series-Brian Culbertson & DW3

  • Oct 11, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Brian Culbertson

Brian Culbertson 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 in Decatur, IL, 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 school bands throughout high school and moved to Chicago to continue his musical studies at DePaul University. In 1994, at age 20, Brian self-produced his debut album, Long Night Out. After that release, he then went on to compose jingles for clients such as United Airlines, Gatorade, Sears, Coors and McDonald's in the bustling city's highly competitive advertising community while still continuing to make records and tour.

Since then, Brian has released twelve 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 of Earth, Wind & Fire, Larry Graham, Michael McDonald, Chris Botti, Musiq Soulchild, Ledisi, Barry Manilow, Herb Alpert, Natalie Cole, Chuck Brown, and Bootsy Collins just to name a few, and received numerous awards including recently being nominated for a 2012 NAACP Image Award and a 2012 Soul Train Award.
Also in 2012, Brian founded the Napa Valley Jazz Getaway which is a 5-day celebration of wine, food, art and music set in California's famous wine region. The inaugural event featured Sinbad, Oleta Adams, Kenny Lattimore, David Benoit, Eric Darius and many top wineries throughout Napa Valley including Silver Oak, Miner Family, Chimney Rock and others. June of 2013 marked the 2nd annual event with the 3rd annual already set for June 11-15, 2014.
Regardless of his success, fans can be rest assured that with 13 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 latest project, a complete remake of his debut album, Another Long Night Out.


DW3 is one of the most enthusiastic, smooth and new sounding bands from the Los Angeles area. Eric, William & Damon are the 3 harmonious voices that bring this high energy R&B Jazz and Latin Soul band to life. Widely known for their outstanding vocal abilities, DW3 is comprised of L.A.s finest musicians who consist of Keyboards, Percussion, Drums, Bass and Guitar. They have called Spaghettini Jazz club in Seal Beach, Ca their home for the last 9 years which broadcasts live every Sunday Brunch with 94.7 The Wave. For the last 8 years DW3 has had the pleasure of performing on the Smooth Jazz cruise and The Dave Koz cruise. Recently added is the Soul Train Cruise which had its inaugural sailing in February 2013. Other venues consist of the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival Florida, Newport Beach Jazz Festival, Long Beach Jazz Festival, Thorton Winery in Temecula, Las Vegas Jazz Festival, San Diego Jazz Festival, Jazz Fest West in San Dimas, Taste of Soul Festival in L.A. and many clubs and Festivals in California. June 2013 DW3 will be joining Brian Culbertsons 2nd Annual Napa Valley get away 

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  • Lori

    Dw3 is jamming. Waiting for my boo Brian

    1 · October 11, 2014

  • Terri

    Pam I won't be attending this event but I'm sure I will see you at another event. Unless I pre arrange a meetup area it's hard to coordinate at this type of venue. My apologies and I hope to groove with all of you soon.

    1 · October 10, 2014

    • Pam U.

      No worries

      1 · October 10, 2014

  • Pam U.

    Is there somewhere at TW that the group is gonna hangout during the break between DW3 and BC so we can have a toast and say hi?

    1 · October 6, 2014

  • Denise T.

    Going solo on this one...

    1 · October 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Angela, I am totally up for some DW3. I will be solo on this one as well. Will see you there.

    August 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Going solo on this one....Who up for some Brian and DW3?

    1 · June 16, 2014

    • Lori

      I bought my ticket, GA. Love me some Brian.

      July 9, 2014

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