American Cities

Exciting views of the places and people in some of the United States’ greatest cities.

Baltimore, Maryland

featuring Nick Colionne's "Wes Before Dawn"

Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city, blends a beautiful Atlantic harbor, a modern cityscape, and quaint neighborhoods. It is also a great historical destination: the city had a role in the onset of the American Revolution, and its harbor was significant in the War of 1812, through the Civil War, and in World Wars I and II, when it was used as a shipping and shipbuilding center.

Baltimore is known as the “city of neighborhoods.” The city’s towering Washington Monument is appropriately a highlight of the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, and this eScapes scene features a few more, including Federal Hill and Fell’s Point. Finally, a statue at Federal Hill honors Major General Samuel Smith, commander of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812– the event that inspired “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Nick Colionne is a jazz guitarist and vocalist. His unique combination of jazz, funk, R&B, blues, and soul has garnered him praise across the industry and has driven several of his recordings to become Top 10 hits. Not only passionate for music, Colionne mentors children, is active in the breast cancer causes, and is known to some as “the best-dressed man in jazz.”

Links

Visit Baltimore
City of Baltimore, Maryland
Wikipedia: Baltimore
Nick Colionne Official Site


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Portland, Oregon at Night

featuring Pieces of a Dream's "Enmascarada"

Although it is the largest city in Oregon, Portland feels surprisingly intimate, thanks to its land-use planning, natural spaces, and implementation of light rail and bicycle routes. Though its economy centers on its port and its many technology companies, Portland might be better known as a cultural capital. The area is known nationally for its relaxed attitudes and focus on the creative and culinary arts.

This eScapes scene presents a nighttime view of the city, including its many waterfronts. The distinctive clock tower building is the Jackson Tower, a former newspaper office built in 1912 and one of the more recognizable structures in Portland’s cityscape.

Pieces of a Dream formed as a trio in Philadelphia in 1976, rising to fame with the help of saxophone great Grover Washington, Jr. The band draws its name from Pieces of Dreams, a 70s jazz piece the band covered regularly. Now a duo, but still a thriving jazz act with R&B and funk influences, Pieces of a Dream has released more than a dozen albums.

Links

Travel Portland
City of Portland, Oregon
Travel Oregon
Pieces of a Dream Official Site


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Mackinac Island, Michigan

featuring Paul Hardcastle's "Shelbi"

While summer resorts are common, none have the quaint historic charm of Michigan’s Mackinaw Island. Situated between the state’s two peninsulas, this relaxing island has been drawing tourists since Victorian times with its beautiful scenery and leisurely culture.

The well-preserved historic buildings of the island, and its complete lack of motor vehicles, give Mackinac a “stuck in time” atmosphere that was famously captured in the 1980 film Somewhere in Time, starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Away from the antique buildings of downtown, most of the island is undeveloped, with 80% preserved as Mackinac Island State Park.

Mackinac Island’s most famous attractions include fudge shops, bed-and-breakfasts, and the historic Fort Michilimackinac, an 18th-century fort and trading village seen at the end of this sample video.

Paul Hardcastle is an English musician who crosses genres with his synthesizer compositions. Predominately a jazz artist, Hardcastle has released instrumental pop and new wave recordings. He may be best known for his electronic dance hits “Rain Forest” and “19,” a reflection on the Vietnam War. Hardcastle also releases albums under the name “Jazzmasters.”

Links

Official Site of Mackinac Island
Pure Michigan: Mackinac Island
Mackinac State Historic Parks
Paul Hardcastle Official Site


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Dallas, Texas

featuring Alexander Zonjic's "Top Down"

Founded in 1841, Dallas, Texas has a tradition of entrepreneurs and big business. The first western settler, John Neely Bryan, chose the Dallas area as a spot for a trading post, selling to American Indians and other settlers. Later, farming, ranching, and oil industries swelled the town’s population through the early part of the 20th century.

Today, Dallas is a business capital with an emphasis on banking, communications, technology, health care, and logistics. Two of the world’s most profitable companies, AT&T and Exxon Mobil, are headquartered in the city.

This eScapes scene features a look at the Dallas skyline and views from downtown’s Dealey Plaza. Though best known for its notorious connection to the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy, Dealey Plaza is also home to picturesque historic buildings, such as the Old Red Courthouse, built in 1891 and featured prominently in this video.

Alexander Zonjic has performed on stages around the world as a solo performer, with his own group, and as part of jazz great Bob James’ band. An accomplished jazz flutist, Zonjic has performed worldwide and at major classical and jazz festivals throughout North America, including critically acclaimed appearances at Carnegie Hall and New York’s Apollo Theater. Alexander Zonjic can also be heard as a daytime host on the eScapes Television Network.

Links

Visit Dallas: Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
City of Dallas, Texas
Dallas Morning News
Alexander Zonjic Official Site


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Miami, Florida

featuring Marc Antoine's "Palm Strings"

A tropical metropolis set beside the Atlantic Ocean, Miami is a destination for anyone looking for sunshine, entertainment, and culture. A quickly growing city with one of the most impressive skylines in the United States, Miami’s location has been instrumental to its success. With an ocean on one side of the city, and rich natural spaces on the other, Florida offers residents and visitors the best of urban and natural wonder.

Miami is also home to great cultural diversity, particularly from Latin American immigrants. The mix of cultures in Miami has made the city known for its music, food, and nightlife. The Port of Miami is also the busiest cruise ship port in the world.

Marc Antoine is contemporary jazz guitarist. Though gifted from a young age, his playing was threatened by a serious accident to his left hand while he was a teenager. Despite a grim prognosis, Antoine recovered to become one of today’s leading jazz guitar acts. Currently living in Spain, Antoine frequently tours with other contemporary jazz greats including David Benoit, Dave Koz, and Chris Botti.

Links

Greater Miami and the Beaches: Official Tourism Guide
City of Miami
Visit Florida: Official State Tourism Guide
Marc Antoine Official Site


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Los Angeles from Griffith Observatory

featuring Kim Waters' "Secrets Told"

The sprawling cityscape of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States, is a sharp contrast to the vertical skyline of New York City, the country’s most populous city. Here, a small cluster of downtown skyscrapers is surrounded by miles of relatively low buildings. This is partially due to earthquake-related restrictions on building heights that lasted much of the 20th century.

This eScapes scene features a sunset view of the city from Griffith Park atop Mount Hollywood. The famous Griffith Observatory, seen in the foreground, is a public center dedicated to sharing knowledge of astronomy. Both the park and observatory were gifted to the city by mining entrepreneur Griffith J. Griffith at the turn of the century. Admission is always free to the observatory, which has become one of Los Angeles’ best-known landmarks.

Kim Waters is a jazz multi-instrumentalist primarily known for his saxophone talent. In addition to fronting over a dozen albums, Waters’ chart-topping performances blend jazzy grooves with R&B and have been included on albums by genre greats including Al Green and Isaac Hayes.

Links

Griffith Observatory
Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau
City of Los Angeles
Kim Waters Official Site


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Dixboro, Michigan

featuring Ken Navarro's "Something She Said"

While Dixboro, Michigan might not be a city on the list of great American tourist destinations, its small town charm, scenic beauty, and nostalgic atmosphere make it enchanting to any visitor who happens to pass through.

Sprouting from the lone vision and finances of Boston ship captain John Dix, the proper Village of Dixboro consists of only a handful of acres on the outskirts of Ann Arbor. In the 1820s, Dix built the area’s first barn and established a saw and grist mill in his new settlement.

When the incoming railroad bypassed Dixboro in favor of nearby Ypsilanti, however, the growth of Dixboro slowed and John Dix left for Texas. Now a quaint community known for its friendly, happy atmosphere, the modern highlight of the village is the Dixboro General Store, specializing in country furniture and accessories.

Ken Navarro is an award-winning contemporary jazz guitarist. His impressive discography of nineteen top charting albums showcases his appeal to a wide range of listeners with inspiring compositions and superb guitar performances.

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Dixboro General Store
Personal Memories from Dixboro, Michigan
Official Site of Washtenaw County, Michigan
Ken Navarro Official Site


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San Antonio, Texas

featuring Gota's "European Comfort"

San Antonio is the most-visited city in Texas, and there are plenty of reasons why. Not only does the city boast a wide variety of restaurants and shops, award-winning golf courses, spas, theme parks, and museums, but it has the most famous tourist attraction in the state: The Alamo.

A key location in the Texas Revolution, the Alamo now stands as a historical monument and museum. Nearby, the San Antonio River Walk, the city’s second-most-popular attraction, offers natural and architectural beauty. Visitors can walk beside the river for miles, perhaps stopping at a riverside restaurant, or enjoy the scenery fro¬¬m a boat tour through town.

Gota (full name Gota Yashiki) is a jazz and pop percussionist, vocalist, and producer. Before his solo debut, he worked with artists including Seal and Sinead O’Connor. Today, Gota still collaborates with other artists often, but is an accomplished solo musician with several charting albums and successful production projects.

Links

San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau
City of San Antonio
The Alamo
Gota Yashiki on the Web


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Los Angeles, California

featuring Marion Meadows' "Let the Top Down"

Underneath the bustle of Los Angeles, the second-largest city in the United States, is a strong creative pulse. Los Angeles has been the worldwide capital of film production since the early 1900s, and about one-sixth of the city’s 3.8 million people work in the arts. On any drive through the city, you are never too far from a concert hall, movie theater, or sound stage.

Viewing the sprawling city and its impressive downtown skyline from afar, it’s hard to imagine the city’s humble beginnings as a missionary settlement in the 18th century. Whereas railroads and oil drove much of its past growth, the city is now fueled by its efforts in finance, technology, and media.

One of the city’s notable historical buildings is the iconic city hall. Once the tallest building in L.A., City Hall lost that title in 1968, but its and white masonry and art deco architecture still stand out in a field of modern steel-and-glass buildings.

Marion Meadows is a smooth jazz saxophonist and composer. Skilled with both the tenor and soprano saxophones, Meadows has collaborated with jazz and pop greats including Bob James, The Temptations, and Michael Bolton. He has also released solo albums since 1990.

Links

Los Angeles Convention & Tourism Bureau
City of Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Times
Marion Meadows Official Site


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Washington, D.C. Landmarks

featuring Ronny Smith's "I'm Beside You"

Though only 68 square miles, Washington, D.C. contains enough recognizable buildings and landmarks to fill an entire country. The capital city of the United States, the District of Columbia is not only a place of business for the federal government but a shrine to the country’s history and accomplishments.

Two of the most famous buildings in Washington, featured in the beginning of this eScapes video, are the U.S. Capitol Building and the White House. These structures are symbols of the city, current politics, and the entire United States.

The National Mall hosts a collection of monuments and memorials to past presidents, events, ideas, and veterans. Seen in this sample video are the famous Vietnam Veterans Memorial, completed in 1982, and the Korean War Veterans Memorial, dedicated in 1995.

Ronny Smith is a smooth jazz guitarist who demonstrates eclectic jazz techniques and a diverse mix of styles, including bossa-flavored grooves, funky jams, and smooth ballads. He has released albums since 2001.

Links

Official Tourism Site of Washington, D.C.
United States Capitol
The White House
Ronny Smith at CDBaby.com


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