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SJC2015

 

While sailing into placid blue-green Caribbean waters last January, The Smooth Jazz Cruise encountered a tidal wave of demand for cabins for the 2015 sailing. On just the second day of the 2014 venture, next year’s cruise sailing January 11-18, 2015 showcasing more than twenty of the brightest stars in contemporary jazz and R&B sold out. To make sure that no one would be left stranded ashore, cruise producer Entertainment Cruise Productions, working with cruise line Holland America and the enthusiastic cooperation of the artists and musicians, swiftly put together a solution to rescue the lengthy waiting list of enthusiasts from all over the world eager to be part of the luxurious musical vacation adventure. Six days later, The Smooth Jazz Cruise 15.2 sailing March 1-8, 2015 was conceived.

Spending a week at sea performing, meeting and hanging out with fans aboard Holland America’s m/s Eurodam while visiting exotic Caribbean ports during the traditional January time slot fits nicely into the musicians’ schedules because most don’t tour or release new albums immediately after the holiday season, but rounding up everyone six weeks later in March, including such Grammy winners, legends and chart-toppers as Natalie Cole, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Boney James, Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Joe Sample, Peter White and many others, could have been difficult.

“We called all the artists’ agents and managers and they were happy to hear about the unprecedented demand so everyone was ready and willing to sign up immediately,” said Entertainment Cruise Productions’ Executive Director Michael Lazaroff of the cruise that will depart Fort Lauderdale and visit Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay. “The Smooth Jazz Cruise is simply the best entertainment in the world of smooth jazz. No other festival or event can boast this level and depth of talent, fun and excitement. As it’s affectionately known, it is ‘The Greatest Party at Sea.’”

Capturing the unique spirit of the perennially sold-out cruise that many guests embark upon year after year has been a bit of a challenge as well. Offering live music plus DJ Biz Markie in six different venues large and intimate on top of informative panels, theme parties and autograph sessions with the artists, it is more than a music festival and more than backstage experiences with fan favorites. It is more than a vacation in the Caribbean with a dazzling array of amenities and delectable dining. It is more than a week of pampering during which everyone is treated first class by the Holland America staff. For the past twelve years on 17 full-ship charters, The Smooth Jazz Cruise has delivered unforgettable music and lifestyle experiences. Something special happens when passionate guests devote the entire week to being immersed in the music. A new video clip that provides a glimpse into the magic that occurs on every sailing is as close as one can get without leaving shore. It can be viewed at http://www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com/Videos/PreCruise2015.

To reserve a cabin for The Smooth Jazz Cruise, call toll-free 888.852.9987 in the U.S. and Canada and 800.852.99872 internationally. Additional information is available at http://www.TheSmoothJazzCruise.com.

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

The world leader in full-ship charter music cruises, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (ECP) owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to partner with Time Life for the Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com), Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com), The Country Music Cruise (www.countrymusiccruise.com) and The Signature Jazz Cruise on Seabourn (www.signaturejazzcruise.com). Pleasing guests is Entertainment Cruise Productions’ most important goal and objective while providing luxurious vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective music genres in an extraordinary setting for devoted passengers, many of whom make the fun and exciting cruises an annual affair. Additional information is available at http://www.ecpcruises.com.

Source: Great Scott Productions

Summer Concert

Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy, Healdsburg, California 95448

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Jazzy Nights features Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 – 7:30 pm

Chene Park, 2600 Atwater St, Detroit, Michigan 48207

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All these great artists will be at JJZ’s Endless Summer of Smooth Soul on August 16th at Wiggins Waterfront Park and Marina in Camden, NJ!

Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown, Alex Bugnon, Gerald Veasley, Nick Colionne, Walter Beasley, Jeff Bradshaw, Gail Jhonson and ZOE! Get tix NOW at Ticketmaster or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 12:00 – noon

Wiggins Waterfront Park, Camden, New Jersey 08103  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

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Acclaimed smooth jazz and soul guitarists Norman Brown and Jonathan Butler will join with jazz pianist Alex Bugnon to flood the Red Hat Amphitheater June 28 with pure, smooth, cool. The trio’s performance is part of its “Love & Soul” Tour.

“Bringing in jazz heavyweights Norman Brown, Jonathan Butler and Alex Bugnon furthers our 2014 goal of delivering shows for music lovers of every genre,” said Taylor Traversari of the Red Hat Amphitheater. “This is a big show for jazz enthusiasts and a perfect introduction to the genre for jazz novices.”

For more information about the venues visit

Birchmere

Jazzy Fest West

Red Hat Amphitheater

Hornblower Infinity

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Relax in the beautiful backdrop of Copper Mountain as stars from Smooth Jazz and Fusion to Mainstream Jazz delight your senses. Known for its scenic splendor, internationally renowned talent and diverse wine selection, Genuine Jazz & Wine delivers a one of a kind, fan-based experience that attendees talk about throughout the year. All ticketed performances with national acts are held in the beautiful and spacious Big Horn Ballroom…there is never a rain out. Plus, Genuine Jazz has an outdoor free performance area for showcasing rising stars of the Jazz world that you may not have seen yet. In addition to amazing live jazz music, sample some of the country’s best wines.

Featured artists:

Euge Groove

Jonathan Butler

Peter White

Rick Braun

Bobby Lyle

Joey Sommerville

August 22-23-24 2014

Copper Mountain Resort, 209 10 Mile Cir, Frisco, Colorado 80443  (Vail, Breckenridge)

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Smooth Jazz New York is pleased to announce a star-studded line up for the All New Smooth Cruise series , now in its 17th year. The 2014 season marks a change to a new boat, The Hornblower Infinity, a luxurious 210-foot luxury yacht.

The cruises set sail Thursday evenings, June 12 through August 28. The summer’s roster includes 11 nights featuring 19 of the world’s greatest contemporary jazz acts in a superb, intimate setting with shows at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. The Smooth Cruises depart from Pier 40, located at Houston Street at the West Side Highway and cruise down the Hudson, not only offering exceptional music but breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.

“We’re very excited about our new cruise night and new boat. The Hornblower Infinity is a much larger ship than past years, offering our guests improved sightlines to view an amazing array of acts. It’s a fresh twist to our annual tradition of presenting the world’s best contemporary jazz out on scenic Hudson harbor,” notes Bill Zafiros, co-founder of Smooth Jazz New York.

The 2014 Smooth Cruise Schedule:
June 12: Jazz Attack feat. Peter White, Euge Groove, & Rick Braun
June 26: Patti Austin and Marion Meadows
July 3: Pieces of a Dream
July 10: Najee
July 17: David Sanborn
July 24: Will Downing with special guest talent
July 31: Love & Soul Tour feat. Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown, & Alex Bugnon
August 7: Maysa
August 14: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with special guests Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, & Mindi Abair
August 21: Rachelle Ferrell
August 28: Boney James

Recently remodeled with a bold design, the Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises. The open bow, covered sky deck, and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Smooth Cruise attendees will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks.

The Smooth Cruises offer food and beverage service at an additional charge. A buffet dinner may be purchased for an additional $25, cash bar. Limited Deluxe Packages are available featuring a separate boarding line, a premium buffet on a private dining deck, and a premium open bar.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit SmoothJazzNewYork.com. Tickets are on sale now online at Ticketweb.com and by phone at 1-866-468-7619. Ticket prices range from $45 to $65. See individual show pages on the Smooth Jazz New York web site for ticket details, package pricing, and available limited time discounts. It is recommended that tickets be purchased early because the Smooth Cruises sell out quickly.

Hudson River Park, Pier 40, 353 West St, New York, NY 10014

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Sailing from Fort Lauderdale to:

Costa Rica
Panama
The Cayman Islands

Line-up includes Jonathan Butler; Kirk Whalum; War; Euge Groove; Anthony David; Spyro Gyra; Cameo; Jazz in Pink featuring Gail Jhonson, Karen Briggs, Althea Rene, Lynne Fiddmont & Robin Bramlett; Fourplay; Goapele; Urban Jazz Coalition, Raheem DeVaughn; Ruben Studdard, Naturally 7, Lalah Hathaway, special appearance by Patti LaBelle; special performance by Dallas Black Dance Theatre; special guest Gospel artist Mary Mary; special guest comedian Sinbad; musical hosts Gerald Veasley, Eric Roberson & Joey Sommerville.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 – 4:00 pm

Pier in Fort Lauderdale

Hampton

The 3-day Hampton Jazz Festival features a variety of jazz, pop, blues, soul and R&B.

Friday, Jun 27, 2014 7:30 PM

Friday’s show features the incomparable Charlie Wilson. Since storming back onto the music scene after his departure from the Gap Band, Charlie has turned out one hit after another and is currently one of the finest entertainers working today. Making his festival debut this year will be Jaheim – billed as possibly the next Luther – fans will come to appreciate the true greatness of his voice. Also appearing on Friday will be a super jazz package featuring Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown and Alex Bugnon. This is probably smooth jazz at its best. Friday’s show will open with Jackie Scott & The Housewreckers with special guest William ‘Mobetta’ Ledbetter.

Saturday, Jun 28, 2014 7:00 PM

Saturday’s show features Hampton Jazz Festival’s favorite – The O’Jays – paired with another icon of R&B music – Chaka Khan. Together they are sure to give Festival patrons a once in a lifetime experience. Also appearing will be Morris Day & The Time – a great throwback to music from the 70’s and 80’s. Rounding out Saturday will be one of the true icons of the smooth jazz genre – Spyro Gyra.

Sunday, Jun 29, 2014 2:00 PM

Sunday’s show will feature something truly special. Toni Braxton and Babyface will both appear and perform complete shows – but what will be really exciting for Festival patrons will be that they will perform songs together from their brand new smash album “Love, Marriage & Divorce”. This will surely be one of the highlights of the Festival. Also appearing will be Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns 2014 with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliott. Local Hampton Jazz fans will also delight in this year’s Sunday opener The Now & Then Trio + One, well-known throughout the Tidewater area.

Hampton Coliseum, 1000 Coliseum Dr, Hampton, Virginia 23666

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For an 11th straight season, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh will host his Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor April 3-5, 2014 featuring exceptional musicians and performances, along with unique culinary and wine experiences. Enjoy talent from: 8-Time Grammy nominated saxophonist DAVE KOZ; 4-Time Grammy nominated jazz singer and composer GREGORY PORTER; 5-Time Grammy nominated jazz pianist and composer DAVID BENOIT; 4-Time Grammy nominated soul, jazz & gospel singer/pianist OLETA ADAMS; a ‘Night of Guitars’ featuring your Grammy-winning host EARL KLUGH, Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist, composer and producer CHUCK LOEB, and 2-Time Grammy nominated R&B, jazz and gospel guitarist JONATHAN BUTLER; and more!

The Broadmoor, 1 Lake Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906