Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lineups for Jazz Cruises’ 2013 Sailings Coming Together! #jazz

Without a doubt, the most difficult aspect of The Jazz Cruise and The Smooth Jazz Cruise is assembling the lineup of artists and musicians. When we first started our cruises, the pushback from performers was often the driving force as to who sailed with us or not. Many felt that the production level of a cruise performance would not be up to par and that spending a week among Guests would be difficult, given their need for privacy at some point.
Over the years, those issues have faded and almost disappeared, which is good news. The bad news, and it is really not bad news, is that now our potential lineups are almost limitless, making choices all that more difficult!
The Jazz Cruise lineup for its 2013 (12th annual) sailing, which brings the total to an even dozen, is completed, subject to a few last-minute scheduling issues. A complete TJC sales flyer will be mailed out soon to our Guests and can be seen online by going to the website ( and clicking on the sales flyer image. Any cruise that can feature Kurt Elling, Byron Stripling, Phil Woods, Eddie Palmieri, Arturo Sandoval, New York Voices, Joey De Francesco, Karrin Allyson and Ann Hampton Callaway has to be taken very seriously. When you add longtime favorites Wycliffe Gordon, Shelly Berg, Ken Peplowski, Freddy Cole, Clayton Brothers, Houston Person and so many others, the cruise becomes a can’t-miss opportunity.
The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2013, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, has had its lineup set for months now. David Sanborn and Marcus Miller will be welcoming special guest, George Benson, together with a cavalcade of stars, including Jonathan Butler, Candy Dulfer, Brian Culbertson, Bob James, and Angie Stone. Longtime favorites Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Jeff Golub will be there as well, together with newcomers Ken Ford, Steve Cole and Paul Taylor. Singer-guitarist Raul Midon and the ever-present Larry Braggs have just been added to our lounge performing group, which already features Chance Howard, Ellis Hall, Tom Braxton and Patches Stewart. With all- star bands, under the leadership of piano star Brian Simpson, backing up these performers, it will be an amazing array of talent and fun.
Speaking of fun, Alonzo Bodden has become the official comedian of Entertainment Cruise Productions, as he is now the resident funny man on The Jazz Cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise and our newly minted Soul Train Cruise. Though the music genres may be different, Alonzo’s ability to make people laugh at themselves and others is constant. By capturing the pulse of the cruise, Alonzo is able to personalize each and every one of his shows.
Our cruise programs are intended to provide our Guests with the very best in talent, music and production. When you peruse the names set forth above, though they are different in terms of genre or musical category, you cannot help but realize that they represent the very best in their field. That is the mission of Entertainment Cruise Productions and its Jazz Cruises division: to bring the very best to our loyal and amazing Guests!

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