Archive for September 4, 2019

Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with “The Rippingtons” in 1989. Jeff performed hundreds of shows worldwide and appeared on many of the band’s recordings. After his decade long tenure with that group, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when he left the group, but he had things to say through his own music. In 2004, Kashiwa founded “The Sax Pack”, a trio of sax headliners, ft. himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group charms audiences with their “Rat Pack style” in tours across the U.S. and abroad. For their 20th Anniversary Tour, Jeff reunited with “The Rippingtons” two years later and continued to record and tour with the group another ten years. In addition to touring with “The Sax Pack” and his own group “Coastal Access”, Kashiwa has also been teaching various music courses.

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Since 2004, The Smooth Jazz Cruise has been the “gold” standard, not only for jazz cruises, but for all theme cruises. Nearly 50,000 guests have sailed on the 25 sailings and nearly 14,000 of those have sailed 4 or more times.

In 2021, the bar is being raised even higher. Our ship, the Celebrity Infinity, is undergoing an $84 million renovation titled “Revolution” (learn more here), and for the first time we are cruising to the exotic ports of Aruba and Curacao. Factor in our amazing lineup for 2021, and the result is truly a “Smooth Revolution.”

Marcus Miller and Boney James are your hosts for this wall-to-wall music event as you cruise “up close and personal” for 7 days and nights with stars of the jazz world, experiencing the sheer joy and fun on what has become “The Greatest Party at Sea.” Join the Revolution!

Hosts:  Marcus Miller & Boney James

Featured Stars:  Vanessa Williams & Jeffrey Osborne
Comic/Host:  Alonzo Bodden

Brian Culbertson, Jonathan Butler
Candy Dulfer, Norman Brown
Euge Groove, Eric Darius
DW3, Eric Marienthal

Featured Musicians:
Cindy Bradley, Patches Stewart,
Chance Howard, Tom Braxton

Three amazing bands and more

2021 Addition: Both Grace Kelly Music and Larry Braggs are joining the already stellar lineup for the 2021 cruises. If you want to sail with Grace and Larry, but have not completed your pre-sale reservation, don’t wait any longer! Signing up for the pre-sale locks in the 2020 pricing and gives you priority to reserve a stateroom when booking opens to non-2020 guests.

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