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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

SJC2015

The feedback we requested about a possible second sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015 has been received … and your support was loud and clear!

We are proud to confirm that The Smooth Jazz Cruise will sail twice in 2015. Our Second-Chance Sailing lineup is patterned after the original SJC ’15 lineup and features Music Hosts Marcus Miller and David Sanborn and Special Event Hosts Boney James and Candy Dulfer, with a special performance by legendary vocalist and multiple Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole. Of course, it wouldn’t be The Greatest Party at Sea without jazz favorites Brian Culbertson, Jonathan Butler, Peter White, Rick Braun and Joe Sample, along with many other amazing smooth-jazz Artists and Musicians that you know and love. Dane Butcher has lots of exciting programming planned, DW3 is ready to keep the party going, and Alonzo Bodden will be there to poke fun at everyone on board.

We will be sailing March 1-8, 2015, on Holland America’s m/s Eurodam, departing from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and visiting Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island of Half Moon Cay.

SPECIAL GUEST:
Natalie Cole

MUSIC HOSTS:
Marcus Miller and David Sanborn

SPECIAL EVENTS HOSTS:
Candy Dulfer and Boney James

PARTY HOST:
Brian Culbertson

ARTISTS:
Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Joe Sample,
Peter White, Brian Simpson and DW3

CRUISE HOSTS:
Alonzo Bodden (comic) and Dane Butcher

FEATURED PERFORMERS:
Patches Stewart and Tom Braxton
Other featured performers will be announced shortly

MUSICIANS:
Andre Berry, Randy Jacobs, Nate Phillips, Dwight Sills, Ron Reinhardt,
Ramon Yslas, Herman Jackson, Gerey Johnson, Arlington Jones,
Nate Kearney, Khari Parker, Third Richardson and Jay Williams

We have already received an overwhelming response during our prebooking period. Many cabin categories have already been filled, but a wide variety of cabins do still remain. On Monday, Feb. 3, we will begin accepting reservations for The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015, Second-Chance Sailing. For online reservations or more information, please go to our website at TheSmoothJazzCruise.com, or call a reservationist anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CST Monday through Friday (toll-free) at 888.852.9987.

We hope to see you on board The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015, Second-Chance Sailing!

Michael Lazaroff
Executive Director
Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

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GRAMMY® Award-Winning guitarist Earl Klugh annually invites jazz and music enthusiasts to a unique, luxurious getaway at the Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond BROADMOOR Resort in Colorado Springs. It’s the perfect destination to enjoy exceptional hospitality, accommodations and world-class music – all among the splendor of the Colorado Rockies. Our community of fans, The Broadmoor and its staff, and performances from the likes of Al Jarreau,

Roberta Flack, Chris Botti, Bob James, Patti Austin, Arturo Sandoval, Chuck Mangione, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra, Joe Sample and many more create this outstanding weekend experience that sells out each year. April 4-6, 2013 marks Klugh’s 10th Annual Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor with Chris Botti, Fourplay, Joe Sample, Take 6 and Earl Klugh.

For a 10th straight season, GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Earl Klugh hosts his Weekend of Jazz at The Broadmoor featuring exceptional musicians and performances, along with unique culinary and wine experiences.

This April 4-6, join Earl Klugh and The Broadmoor to celebrate 10 years of unforgettable Weekend of Jazz memories with talent from Klugh’s first-ever Weekend of Jazz: Multi-platinum selling trumpeter CHRIS BOTTI returns, as well as legendary pianist BOB JAMES – this time with his chart-topping Supergroup FOURPLAY, featuring HARVEY MASON, NATHAN EAST, and CHUCK LOEB; pianist, composer and Crusaders founder JOE SAMPLE; your GRAMMY®-winning host EARL KLUGH, plus for the first time at Weekend of Jazz, 10-Time GRAMMY®-winning vocal group TAKE 6.

Two Night Packages are on sale now! Call 866-837-9520 today to make your reservation, or visit the EVENTS page above for more details!

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

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The 5th Annual “Low Country Jazz Festival” is coming to Charleston SC on August 30- September 1, 2013!

Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns, Clarke/Duke 4 (Stanley Clarke and George Duke), Randy Crawford and Joe Sample… Jazz in Pink featuring Saxophonist Pamela Williams, Flutist Althea Renee, Violinist Karen Briggs and Keyboardist Gail Johnson….

For more information on the festival and those performing, go to www.lowcountryjazzfestival.com.

North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418

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Artists are Jazz Crusaders with Joe Sample, Gerald Albright and Wayne Henderson, Keiko Matsui, vocalist Maysa and Marcus Johnson. Info at 910-672-1381.

Saturday, May 11, 2013 – 4:00 pm

Festival Park, Downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina

August 10-12, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is the hottest event of the summer featuring a stellar lineup of international stars, emerging artists and regional favorites playing straight-ahead jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, and more! It’s not just the biggest live music event in Silicon Valley–it’s the perfect summer experience featuring tasty food, wine and micro-brews; family fun and jazz for kids; and a Club Crawl and other after-hours events for the grown ups.

Featured performers at the 23rd annual festival include Morris Day & The Time, The Jazz Crusaders featuring Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson and Wilton Felder, The Spinners, Dianne Reeves, Terence Blanchard, Boney James, Coco Montoya, Rene Marie, Tia Fuller, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Tony Monaco, Jeff Hamilton Trio, Alessandro Penezzi Quartet, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Marcus L. Miller w/Freedom Jazz Movement, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Yoshiaki Miyanoue Tokyo Quartet, Adam Theis & Subharmonic, John Broadway Tucker, The 5 Tones, BlackMahal, Aaron Lington Quartet Plays the Music of Sting, Allan Harris Band, Joyce Randolph, Laila Smith, Sweet Mama String Bean: ValLimar Jansen as Ethel Waters, Ben Flocks, Kat Parra Latin World Ensemble, Jackeline Rago & the Venezuelan Music Project, Wil Campa y Su Gran Union, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Team Bahia, Yesberger Band, Vitchev/Tamburr New Quartet, Girls Got the Blues, Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Stars Big Band, San Jose Jazz All Stars, and many others.

A place to be for sun, fun, friends, food and most of all, great music! From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening, 1000 musicians and 100,000 music lovers converge on the heart of Silicon Valley to enjoy three days of jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B and many other forms of contemporary music.

San Jose Jazz Festival, Main Stage, Downtown San Jose, San Jose, California

Producers Gerald McCauley and Ben Bove recently completed a documentary film about the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano. They are very proud of this work! The DVD will be available online (mid Sept.) at www.FenderRhodesStory.com.

This is the documented story of the Fender Rhodes Electric Piano: The Inventor, The Musicians, CBS / Fender employees. The movie tells the inside story of how the Rhodes became the most successful Electric Piano of our time.

The introduction of electric instruments mainstream music and Rhodes use. The movie shows different Rhodes models throughout the generations, performances by musicians on Rhodes and interviews with George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Greg Phillinganes, Marcus Miller, Jeff Lorber, Rodney Franklin, George Benson, Joe Sample, Ellis Hall, Jerry Peters, Ronnie Foster, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, Ray Manzarek, John Novello, Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Ramsey Lewis, Maurice White, Larry Dunn, Allee Willis, Lalah Hathaway, Les McCann, Vince Wilburn Jr., Quincy Jones, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Rami Jaffee, Michael Bearden, Eumir Deodato, Onaje Allan Gumbs, David Paich, James Poyer, D’Angelo, Donald Fagen, Robin Lumley, Steve Molitz….

Last year, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) asked their passengers to select the musicians they want to see perform on The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012. Thus it only made sense when an unfortunate logistical situation forced the cancellation of Smokey Robinson’s performance that the St. Louis-based company went back to their guests to ask who should fill the gap. In addition to adding keyboardist Brian Culbertson, saxophonists Kirk Whalum and Euge Groove were the overwhelming fan favorites selected to join an already stellar lineup that will perform aboard the week-long Caribbean cruise sailing January 15-22 and January 22-29, 2012 aboard Holland America’s m/s Westerdam.

“It was fun to enlist the help of our guests to book the lineup for The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012. After all, the cruise is for them, about them and only exists if they are pleased,” said Michael Lazaroff, executive director of Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises), producer of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, which in 2012 will sail from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Barth’s, and the private island of Half Moon Cay.

Grammy winner Whalum and chart-toppers Culbertson and Groove bolster a robust lineup of headliners including David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Boney James, Rick Braun, Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius, DW3, Jeff Golub, Rahsaan Patterson, Patrice Rushen, Joe Sample, Brian Simpson and Peter White. Also added to the list of talent are Larry Braggs, Tom Braxton, Ellis Hall and Patches Stewart. On the heels of a recently premiered Showtime standup comedy special, comedian Alonzo Bodden returns to the ship to keep things light while Dane Butcher and Pat Prescott will be back to serve as cruise hosts of what is billed as “The Greatest Party at Sea.” With this much star power aboard a luxurious musical vacation, it’s no wonder the cruises sell-out each year with more than 60% of the guests being repeat cruisers. Already the cabins for 2012 are over 75% sold.

Not content with presenting the finest jazz musicians with top notch sound and production values on the sea, The Smooth Jazz Cruise will be the title sponsor of the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, which marks its twenty-second year. Jazz Cruises will be the presenting sponsor of the DMS concert tour comprised of George Duke, Miller and Sanborn, a concept that was initially sparked by Lazaroff. Commencing May 28th at the House of Blues near Orlando, DMS will tour the U.S. with dates booked through August 31 concluding at the legendary Hollywood Bowl. Last week (April 13-17), The Smooth Jazz Cruise was the title sponsor of the perennially successful Seabreeze Jazz Festival, which took place in Panama City, Florida.

Lazaroff explained, “Jazz Cruises is dedicated to bringing jazz to our guests throughout the country. Besides our sponsorship of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, The Vista All-Stars Series, Chicago Smooth Jazz Series and St. Louis Smooth Jazz Series, we are proud to be the title sponsor the first DMS tour, featuring George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn, who are frequent collaborators aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise. We are also excited about being the title sponsor of the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival. At Jazz Cruises, our commitment to jazz is second to none.”

The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, like the Seabreeze Jazz Festival, features a number of the artists who appear on The Smooth Jazz Cruise along with other icons from the genre. The Delaware-based event, slated for October 12-16, attracts contemporary jazz fans from the Tri-State area as well as up and down the East Coast. Lineup and ticket information is available at http://www.rehobothjazz.com.

In addition to providing guests with the best musical experiences possible, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, which sailed upon its maiden voyage in 2004, is an experiential vacation that offers passengers a wealth of opportunities to meet and interact with their favorite artists off-stage in an out-of-the-ordinary setting. While sailing in luxury to picturesque ports of call in the Caribbean, guests enjoy nightly headline concerts with unique artist pairings in a large showroom theatre as well as in more intimate lounges that foster spontaneous collaborations. Daytime activities aboard the ship include cocktail parties hosted by the musicians, autograph and question & answer sessions, informative panels, sporting events, and fun contests. Reservations can be made from the U.S. and Canada by calling toll-free 888.8JAZZ.US (888.852.9987) and internationally by placing a toll-free call to 800-8JAZZ.USA (800.852.99872). Further information is available at www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com.