Archive for September 18, 2012

As the perennially sold-out sailings of The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea prepares to launch its 10th anniversary excursions in January 2013, parent company Entertainment Cruise Productions is determined to keep the party going strong by creating a West Coast outing from San Diego to exotic Mexican ports in the fall of 2013 with music hosts Brian Culbertson and Boney James.  Grammy winners David Sanborn and Marcus Miller will perform on the new program and continue to serve as the music hosts of the traditional January sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2014 that will embark from Fort Lauderdale to Caribbean paradise as it has done for a decade.  Both 7-day cruises will be held aboard a luxurious Holland America ship and feature performances by legends, hitmakers and fan favorites.

“As we enter the second decade of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, we want to keep things fresh for our loyal family of cruisers that comes back year after year.  Thanks in part to their suggestions, we decided to spread the love by creating a sensational West Coast cruise.  With a cruise on both coasts, we feel that the hosts should reflect the different personalities of each coast.  I cannot imagine a more exciting cruise menu than Brian Culbertson and Boney James hosting a West Coast cruise and David Sanborn and Marcus Miller topping an East Coast cruise.  Brian, Boney, David and Marcus will perform on both cruises as will Jonathan Butler and Candy Dulfer.  We’re going to showcase 22 incredible headliners between the two cruises,” said Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of St. Louis-based Entertainment Cruise Productions.

The first-ever left coast departure for The Smooth Jazz Cruise, the West Coast expedition will make its maiden voyage on the m/s Westerdam October 12-19, 2013 from San Diego and visit Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Baja Coast.  Joining Culbertson, James, Sanborn, Miller, Butler and Dulfer as performers will be Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Kenny Lattimore, Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams, Brian Simpson, DW3, comedian Alonzo Bodden and special guest Tower of Power.

The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2014 will cruise on the m/s Eurodam from Fort Lauderdale January 11-18 with stops in Turks & Caicos, San Juan, St. Maarten and Half Moon Cay.  The parade of performers will consist of Sanborn, Miller, Culbertson, James, Butler, Dulfer, Simpson, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Sheila E, Keb Mo, Keiko Matsui, Maysa Leak, Mindi Abair, DW3, Bodden and special guest Jeffrey Osborne.

Affectionately known amongst passengers as “The Greatest Party at Sea,” The Smooth Jazz Cruise spotlights music icons, Grammy winners and chart-topping contemporary jazz, R&B and adult contemporary artists aboard a first-class, full ship charter.  It is an extraordinary week devoted to live music with the luminous lineups presented in theatre, club and intimate piano bar settings.  The velvet rope is removed allowing cruisers to mix and mingle freely with the musicians at cocktail parties, informative seminars, autograph and Q&A sessions, theme nights, sporting contests and special land excursions while in port.  The magic of The Smooth Jazz Cruise is best understood by first-hand experience.  Nearly 60% of the passengers are repeat guests.  To reserve a cabin, call toll-free in the U.S. and Canada 888.852.9987 and 800.852.99872 from abroad.  For further information, please visit www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com.

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Jazz it up at Valencia Country Club!
Santa Clarita Jazz and Blues Festival

The Santa Clarita Jazz Festival is proud to support the following Santa Clarita charities: The Boys and Girls Club and the Child & Family Center. This year the festival will be held on the majestic grounds of the Valencia Country Club on Saturday September, 29th 2012 – 1 Night ONLY. Doors open at 12 noon, music starts at 1pm and event lasts till 10pm, in Valencia California.

The festival will feature nationally renowned recording artists: Jeff Lorber, Jeff Golub, Ambrosia, Jazzy Boy, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, and Ruben Reza.

Special Guest Just Added “Mindi Abair”!

This will be an outdoor festival, rain or shine, held on the grounds of the Valencia Country Club. It is located within walking distance from Six Flags Magic Mountain and provides the ideal setting for this fabulous day of jazz and dining. Unfortunately, to preserve the integrity of the event and its sponsors, no outside food or beverages will be permitted.

And there’s more:
• Lodging packages from Valencia’s Courtyard Marriott and Hyatt hotels.
• Transportation to the event, provided from the hotels. (Shuttle with paid parking.)
• Food and beverage vendors at the event, plus a full bar.

Don’t miss a great event at the Valencia Country Club, brought to you by Ultimate Promotions!

Valencia Country Club, 27330 Tourney Rd, Valencia, California 91355