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As the excitement mounts for January’s 10th anniversary sailings, The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea will present soul-jazz sax sensation Boney James in concert August 31st at The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater (The Fred) in Peachtree City, GA.  Opening the show will be eclectic violinist Ken Ford.  Tickets are now on sale and available at The Fred Box office (770.631.0630 www.amphitheater.org) and at Ticket Alternative outlets (877-725-8849 www.Ticketalternative.com).

James is a leading light in the contemporary/smooth jazz realm who has also achieved crossover success in the urban music world.  In his 20-year solo career that spans a dozen albums, he has scored nine #1 Billboard contemporary jazz albums while earning four gold records, three Grammy nominations, a Soul Train Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination.  His music is a soul-drenched mix of R&B grooves, contemporary jazz instrumentals, and romantic ballads.  In addition to his slick originals, James has a knack for delivering sterling renditions of R&B classics – “Sweet Thing,” “Grazin In The Grass” and “Send One Your Love” to name a few.  Touring in support of last year’s hit-filled “Contact” album, which spent a remarkable 11 weeks at #1, his sultry single “Deep Time” is presently heating up the radio airwaves.

The Atlanta-based Ford will make his debut aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2013.  Dispensing a unique fusion of jazz, blues, R&B and hip-hop, the electric violinist pours passion into his exhilarating performances.  His latest recording, “State of Mind,” is a seven-song EP that includes a pair of bonus tracks, fan favorites produced by Grammy winner Colin Morrison (The Temptations, Chante Moore).  Utilizing live instrumentation and adventurous sonicscapes, Ford is a soulful improviser best experienced in a concert setting.

Known as “The Greatest Party at Sea,” The Smooth Jazz Cruise showcases legends, Grammy winners and chart-topping contemporary jazz and urban adult contemporary artists aboard a luxurious full ship Holland American charter that will sail from Fort Lauderdale to Cozumel, Belize City and Key West on January 13-20 and January 20-27, 2013.  It is an extraordinary week devoted to live music with the 2013 lineup consisting of Ford, George Benson, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Brian Culbertson, Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Bob James, Jeff Golub, Angie Stone, Paul Taylor, Steve Cole, Raul Midon, Larry Braggs, DW3, music director Brian Simpson and comedian Alonzo Bodden 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 and even sporting contests.  Perennially sold-out, nearly 60% of the passengers are repeat guests.  For further information or to reserve a cabin, please visit www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com.

Source:  Great Scott Productions

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For 10 years now, excellence in music cruises has been defined by The Smooth Jazz Cruise. Having sailed on one or more of its sailings, you know that. The 10th anniversary sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise will be a week-long celebration of this amazing program.

What makes the 10th anniversary sailing special?

  • This cruise is where the legends of jazz have come to play … there is no other cruise or event that can offer you George Benson, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller and Bob James. Countless Grammys, countless hits and countless memories …
  • Cozumel Sports and Excursion Day: For the first time in the history of the cruise, we will spend an entire 24 hours — closer to 30 hours — in one port. You can enjoy a Rick Braun Golf Tournament, scuba with Richard Elliot, and enter the Smooth Jazz Tennis Tournament, hosted by Entertainment Cruise Production’s Michael Lazaroff.
  • Every night of the cruise will be a celebration of one of the many themes and experiences that have made this cruise so special.
  • There is only one 10th Anniversary of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, but you have two opportunities to partake … Jan. 13-20, 2013, and Jan. 20-27, 2013.

You will not want to miss this nostalgic, touching and loving tribute to 10 years of fun and excitement. Book your cabin online now or call 888.852.9987 to speak with a reservationist.

Michael Lazaroff
Executive Director
Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC and The Smooth Jazz Cruise announced today that George Benson, one of the most influential crossover musicians in contemporary jazz, R&B and pop, will perform at The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater (“The Fred”) in Peachtree City, GA on Friday, June 1, 2012 to help launch The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea 2013.  Tickets will go on sale Friday, March 2, 2012 at 10:00AM EST and are available at The Fred box office, Ticket Alternative outlets, via the Ticket Alternative phone line (800.745.3000) and online at www.ticketalternative.com.

Benson will be the special guest performer on The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party at Sea 2013, which will be his cruise debut.  The 10-time Grammy winner will perform shows over two days when the luxurious 7-day Caribbean cruise is in port at Cozumel.  At various points along the four-decade continuum of Benson’s illustrious career, he has been heralded as a jazz guitarist of unparalleled chops, a vocalist with great emotional range and sophistication or a combination of both.  Benson is presently touring in support of his latest album, “Guitar Man.”  “It’s a very simple equation,” the National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master said of his longevity.  “In the end, it’s about the songs and the stories.  That’s what keeps the music fresh for me.”

Opening the concert at The Fred will be Atlanta-based jazz trumpeter Joey Sommerville, whose musical essence lies in the Baptist church.  “When I was a teenager, I would judge the caliber of my playing by the number of people in the congregation who ‘got happy’.  If you aren’t touching the listener’s soul, then you aren’t really playing music.  Soul communication is the key.”  His latest offering, “The Get Down Club,” is iconic, forward-thinking contemporary jazz featuring funk, gospel and bop influences delivered with pop sensibilities.

 

About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC

The largest private music ship charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC 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 The Soul Train Cruise (www.soultraincruise.com).   Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC 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 will have produced 37 full-ship charter cruises.  Additional information is available at www.ecpcruises.com.

Source:  Great Scott Productions

St. Louis, MO: Jazz Cruises, LLC, the St. Louis-based producer of jazz themed cruise vacation experiences, is proud to announce that it has become the title sponsor of the 2011 Seabreeze Jazz Festival under The Smooth Jazz Cruise brand.  One of the biggest weekend festivals in contemporary jazz in the U.S., the Panama City, Florida event will be held April 15-17, 2011 under the moniker The Smooth Jazz Cruise presents The Seabreeze Jazz Festival.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, which has long been regarded as one of the most prestigious events on the smooth jazz calendar, and The Smooth Jazz Cruise, known as “The Greatest Party at Sea,” share the goal of creating a three-day gathering of stellar live music, comedy, fun and fellowship.  Among the hosts of the thirteenth edition of the land-based festival will be The Smooth Jazz Cruise’s comedian Alonzo BoddenDane Butcher, the cruise director of The Smooth Jazz Cruise, will serve as the primary event announcer.

Held last April in the Florida pan handle, over 22,000 people attended this year’s Seabreeze Jazz Festival, which featured concert performances by such chart-toppers as Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Fourplay, Marc Antoine, The Sax Pack, Nick Colionne and Jackiem Joyner.  The festival, which takes place at the Pier Park Outdoor Amphitheatre in Panama City Beach, also includes a golf tournament and dinner cruise.  The list of performers for 2011 will be announced at a later date.

“We are proud to have The Smooth Jazz Cruise, the premier smooth jazz cruise in the world, as a presenting sponsor,” said Mark Carter who produces The Seabreeze Jazz Festival with Renee Carter, Jeffrey A. Wolfe and Grace Perz.  “We hope that those familiar with their cruise programs who have not yet visited our event will do so.  Our festival strives to deliver the same quality and class as the cruise.”

“The Seabreeze Jazz Festival is a natural partner for us and we are enthused about sponsoring the event,” stated Michael Lazaroff of Jazz Cruises, LLC.  “This festival is one of the elite land-based smooth jazz events of the year and it will be a thrill and an honor to be a part of it.”

The original cruise in the genre, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, which sailed upon its maiden week-long voyage in 2004, showcases nightly concerts by icons including David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Boney James and Peter White.  While sailing to exquisite ports of call in the Caribbean, the cruise presents a wealth of opportunities for guests to meet and get to know the artists personally off-stage in an out-of-the-ordinary setting.  The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2011 marks the first time two sailings are offered: January 16-23 and January 23-30.  Both excursions were sold-out nine months ahead of the departure dates and more than one-third of the cabins have already been reserved for the 2012 sailings, which will include a special performance by Motown legend Smokey Robinson.  The Smooth Jazz Cruise has presented concerts on land by Sanborn, Miller, Braun, Elliot, Butler and Eric Darius.  Additional information is available at www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com.

For further information about the Sea Breeze Jazz Festival, please visit www.seabreezejazzfestival.net.

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