Today we pivot from The Smooth Jazz Cruise ‘20.1 to Blue Note at Sea ’20. Man, this is fun!
Our Take: From Smooth to Blue Note (Week 2 of Music)
An embarrassment of riches marks this Saturday at sea. Having concluded an amazing week of music with many of the most popular musicians in the world of smooth jazz, we are now shifting gears a bit and welcoming our Blue Note at Sea lineup of artists. Between the two sailings, there will be more than 150 performers and nearly 500 hours of programming.
The Smooth Jazz Cruise ‘20.1 was so much fun. Led by hosts Marcus Miller and Boney James, each of whom performed special shows of their own, our headliners were spectacular. Brian Culbertson, Candy Dulfer, Jazz Attack (Rick Braun, Peter White, Euge Groove), Jazz Funk Soul (Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr., Everette Harp), Keiko Matsui, Vincent Ingala and Eric Marienthal (Music Director) lit up every night in the Celebrity Theater. They also joined Damien Escobar, Maysa, Marcus Anderson, Patches Stewart and Tom Braxton to make our lounges exciting venues to enjoy great music. With the support of three great bands, the one and only DW3, and the always fabulous Alonzo Bodden, our Cruise Director and Comic, The Smooth Jazz Cruise ‘20.1 was a giant hit.
With all this talent on the cruise, it may seem difficult to believe that an 84-year-old performer stole the show, but our time with Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights was very special. Ramsey provided a rare combination of talent, humility, humor and grace. His interview with Marcus and his performances will long be remembered as special events on The Smooth Jazz Cruise.
Normally, I would give you more details, but, with another sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise slated for March 14-21, we need to keep much of what transpired under wraps, for now. For those who will be joining us in a few weeks, all we can say is that you are in for a great jazz vacation. For those who missed both sailings, not to worry, as a full presentation of the events of the cruise will be forthcoming.
But, now, we turn our attention to Blue Note at Sea ’20. Marcus, Alonzo and Eric are staying onboard for a second week, and are preparing to greet another bevy of stars — Robert Glasper, Gregory Porter, Christian McBride, Melody Gardot, Kamasi Washington, Cory Henry, Joel Ross and longtime friends of Entertainment Cruise Productions, Kirk Whalum, Joey DeFrancesco, Cyrille Aimée, Niki Haris, Wycliffe Gordon and the iconic David Sanborn. With them will be a host of other musicians and vocalists, as we stretch out a bit in terms of our music.
A number of guests who sailed on The Smooth Jazz Cruise ‘20.1 are also sailing on Blue Note at Sea. They are spending today taking it very easy and getting ready for another week of cruising and great music. All of us made a deal to “forget” what outfits we wore last week so that when we see each other on the ship this week, we can tell each other how good we look!
For those of us pivoting from The Smooth Jazz Cruise to Blue Note at Sea, we have a little “in transit” process that marks the end of one sailing and the start of Week 2. The process is quite easy, actually. We are all led off the ship for a moment, receive a new room card and head back onto the ship. Just that simple.
Well, they just called us for the “in transit” walkabout. Next time we speak will be in between Blue Note at Sea and The Jazz Cruise. Man, this is fun.
Our Take is written by Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director – Jazz of Entertainment Cruise Productions. Feel free to express your views or pose questions to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAVE THE DATES: Open Booking for The Jazz Cruise ’21
& Blue Note at Sea ’21
While today marks the start of Blue Note at Sea ’20 with The Jazz Cruise ’20 immediately to follow, that also means we are now just two weeks away from putting the full spotlight on 2021.
Guests joining us for the 2020 sailings of Blue Note at Sea and The Jazz Cruise have through the second day of their sailings to rebook their current stateroom for 2021. Hundreds of guests already did so via our new early rebooking procedure.
That sets the stage for Open Booking, when all remaining staterooms are made available to general public. SAVE THE DATES:
With hundreds of guests completing Pre-Sale Reservations and even more guests rebooking their current stateroom for next year, those interested in joining us for these sensational jazz programs should make their move as soon as possible when their desired cruises go on sale.
Several of the artists performing on The Jazz Cruise ’20 will be part of a very special concert on February 12 in Toronto featuring the world premiere of Oscar Peterson’s “AFRICA.” The show features Benny Green, Christian McBride, Lewis Nash and a big band conducted by John Clayton on the Koerner Hall stage. This event is part of the Oscar Peterson Jazz Festival, produced by Kelly Peterson with Renee Rosnes as the artistic director.