Archive for September 8, 2011

St. Louis, Missouri (8 September 2011): Three weeks of sold-out Caribbean cruises showcasing dozens of the biggest stars in contemporary and straight-ahead jazz established Jazz Cruises as the preeminent jazz promoter on water, but a full slate of concert sponsorships on land in 2011 has made the St. Louis-based company one of the world’s top jazz promoters on land and sea.

This year, Jazz Cruises, the largest private music ship charter company in the world, quietly adopted the “Love It Live” manta, a philosophy with a specific purpose. “Our goal is to make sure that jazz continues to be a vital and vibrant part of the national music scene,” said Jazz Cruises executive director Michael Lazaroff.

With that goal in mind, Jazz Cruises aggressively placed themselves wherever jazz music is played live. Either under the company name or their contemporary jazz cruise brand, The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party At Sea, they became the title sponsor of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and three October festivals: Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks. Lazaroff conceived the highly successful summer concert tour by a super group of legends – George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn – that toured under the DMS moniker on a coast-to-coast trek sponsored by Jazz Cruises.

Jazz Cruises also sponsors the Chicago Smooth Jazz Series, St. Louis Smooth Jazz Series, Vail Jazz Festival, Jazz St. Louis, and a land tour by the Vista All-Stars comprised of a collective of musicians who perform on the company’s The Jazz Cruise excursion. On September 15th, The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party At Sea will sponsor an all-star benefit concert in Newport Beach to support guitarist Jeff Golub, the only musician who has performed on every sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise. Golub recently lost his sight, but was given hope by doctors that his vision may be restored through an expensive series of medical tests and procedures.

On sea, Jazz Cruises produced two sold-out sailings of The Smooth Jazz: The Greatest Party At Sea in January followed by a sold-out 10th anniversary sailing of The Jazz Cruise, the latter of which is already sold-out for 2012. The seven-day floating festivals sail in luxury aboard Holland America vessels to exotic Caribbean destinations while featuring stellar live jazz performances in theatre and more intimate club-size venues. The cruises are experiential musical vacations allowing passengers passage behind the velvet rope to interact with the musicians in unique settings. The luminous talent lineups that perform aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise include Grammy winners, legends, chart-toppers as well as rising stars.

For Lazaroff, his passion for jazz came naturally. “I grew up in household where music played all the time, with jazz and the standards reigning supreme. My father was a very good amateur alto saxophonist and my mother (Jazz Cruises founder Anita Berry) was the first person in the world to charter an entire ship for a jazz cruise, so my love for the music and interest in cruising is genuine. ‘Love It Live,’ is how music should be played and heard, and as a company, Jazz Cruises will do anything that we can to insure that live music – particularly jazz – prospers, grows and is heard and understood by as many people as possible.”

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises)

The largest private music ship charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Party: Greatest Party At Sea (www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com) and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to partner with Time Life for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com) and an R&B/soul music cruise to be announced later this month. Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) prides itself on providing first-class musical vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective genres for loyal passengers, many of whom make the cruises an annual affair. With its current slate of excursions, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) will have produced 35 full-ship charter cruises. Additional information is available at http://www.jazzcruises-ecp.com.

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25th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

This three weekend event features 30 different smooth jazz stars performing “Unplugged at Descanso Beach Club” on Thursdays and in the historic Casino Ballroom, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Art Good features the newest and best talent in the smooth jazz genre. For tickets and information call (866) 872-9849.

Fore more information visit http://jazztrax.com/jazz/catalina.html.

Artists Line-Up and Schedule:

Thursday Night Oct. 6th

Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach Mindi Abair

Beach Club Open 6 p.m. Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Night Oct. 13th

Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach Lee Ritenour

Beach Club Open 6 p.m. Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m.

Thursday Night Oct. 20th

Unplugged Under the Stars at Descanso Beach Norman Brown

Beach Club Open 6 p.m. Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Oct. 7th

Avalon Ballroom Uncle Festive plus The Max Weinberg Band

Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Oct. 14th

Avalon Ballroom Willie & Lobo plus Marion Meadows

Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Oct. 21st

Avalon Ballroom Karen Briggs plus Nick Colionne

Doors Open 7 p.m. Concert Begins 7:30 p.m.

Saturday Noon Oct. 8th

Avalon Ballroom ZOÉ plus Spyro Gyra

Saturday Noon Oct. 15th

Avalon Ballroom JONATHAN FRITZEN plus CHIELI MINUCCI and SPECIAL EFX

Saturday Noon Oct. 22nd

Avalon Ballroom Marcus Anderson plus Keiko Matsui

Saturday Night Oct. 8th

Avalon Ballroom Cindy Bradley plus Rippingtons

Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m.

Saturday Night Oct. 15th

Avalon Ballroom Tim Weisberg plus Acoustic Alchemy

Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m.

Saturday Night Oct. 22nd

Avalon Ballroom Chris Standring plus Mindi Abair

Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m.

Sunday Noon Oct. 9th

Avalon Ballroom Dotsero plus Warren Hill

Sunday Noon Oct. 16th

Avalon Ballroom Brooke Alford plus Eric Darius

Sunday Noon Oct. 23rd

Avalon Ballroom Julian Vaughn plus Jackiem Joyner

Sunday Night Oct. 9th

Avalon Ballroom Brian O’Neal plus Richard Elliot

Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m.

Sunday Night Oct. 16th

Avalon Ballroom Johannes Linstead plus Candy Dulfer

Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m.

Sunday Night Oct. 23rd

Avalon Ballroom Brooke Alford plus Rick Braun

Doors Open 6:30 p.m. Concert Begins 7 p.m.

Catalina Island sits 26 miles off the Southern California Coastline.

Catalina Express operates the primary ferry line to the Island with ports in San Pedro and Long Beach, about a half hour from Los Angeles International Airport. Catalina Flyer operates once a day from Newport Beach and another from Marina Del Rey once a day.

Only Catalina Express has return boats to Long Beach after Saturday and Sunday Final Performance around 11:30 p.m.

Google Shuttle Services from your airport to Catalina Express Boat Terminals.

Or Rental Cars. Enterprise Car Rentals has an outlet at Boat Terminal in Long Beach.