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August 21, 2014    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
New York’s Premier Summer Jazz Series Returns!

New York Smooth Cruises!New York’s Premier Summer Contemporary Jazz Series Returns!

Smooth Jazz New York Announces 2014 Smooth Cruise Schedule… Plus a New Night & New Boat

Smooth Jazz New York is pleased to announce a star-studded line up for the All New Smooth Cruise series, now in its 17th year. The 2014 season marks a change to a new boat, The Hornblower Infinity, a luxurious 210-foot luxury yacht.

The cruises set sail Thursday evenings, June 12 through August 28. The summer’s roster includes 11 nights featuring 19 of the world’s greatest contemporary jazz acts in a superb, intimate setting with shows at 6:30 and 9:30pm. The Smooth Cruises depart from Pier 40, located at Houston Street at the West Side Highway and cruise down the Hudson, not only offering exceptional music but breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.

“We’re very excited about our new cruise night and new boat. The Hornblower Infinity is a much larger ship than past years, offering our guests improved sightlines to view an amazing array of acts. It’s a fresh twist to our annual tradition of presenting the world’s best contemporary jazz out on scenic Hudson harbor,” notes Bill Zafiros, co-founder of Smooth Jazz New York.

THE 2014 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:

June 12: Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Euge Groove & Rick Braun

June 26: Patti Austin and Marion Meadows

July 3: Pieces of a Dream

July 10: Najee

July 17: David Sanborn

July 24: Will Downing with special guest Talent

July 31: Love & Soul Tour feat. Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown & Alex Bugnon

Aug. 7: Maysa

Aug. 14: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with special guests Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot & Mindi Abair

Aug. 21: Rachelle Ferrell

Aug. 28: Boney James

 


 

August 24, 2014    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Marshak, Colionne, Kashiwa, Jazz on the Island!

Kashiwa Marshak Colionne

Jazz on the Island presents Matt Marshak, Nick Colionne, and Jeff Kashiwa!

One of most appealing new faces in contemporary jazz, Marshak has traveled a long way since the CD 101.9 smooth-jazz radio station in New York named him one of the best new smooth-jazz artists. Later came worldwide recognition from JazzTimes magazine, which showered praise on his music and unique style.

Red-hot guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne continues his blazing success into 2012.   BET Jazz has described him as one of the most exceptional performers to come along in a long time. His latest CD FEEL THE HEAT marks his debut on the prestigious Trippin n Rhythm label, and takes his unique combination of jazz, funk, R&B, blues and soul to new heights.  Long known for his dynamic, musically eclectic “live” performances, FEEL THE HEAT demonstrates his dynamic command of the guitar, rich baritone vocals and varied music styles, all of which make this latest CD a reflection of why he is a true force when performing in concert.  His long string of Top 10 hits from his six previous CDs is a testament to his musical talent…FEEL THE HEAT has already added two more to that list.

Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings.

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August 28, 2014    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
New York’s Premier Summer Jazz Series Returns!

New York Smooth Cruises!New York’s Premier Summer Contemporary Jazz Series Returns!

Smooth Jazz New York Announces 2014 Smooth Cruise Schedule… Plus a New Night & New Boat

Smooth Jazz New York is pleased to announce a star-studded line up for the All New Smooth Cruise series, now in its 17th year. The 2014 season marks a change to a new boat, The Hornblower Infinity, a luxurious 210-foot luxury yacht.

The cruises set sail Thursday evenings, June 12 through August 28. The summer’s roster includes 11 nights featuring 19 of the world’s greatest contemporary jazz acts in a superb, intimate setting with shows at 6:30 and 9:30pm. The Smooth Cruises depart from Pier 40, located at Houston Street at the West Side Highway and cruise down the Hudson, not only offering exceptional music but breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.

“We’re very excited about our new cruise night and new boat. The Hornblower Infinity is a much larger ship than past years, offering our guests improved sightlines to view an amazing array of acts. It’s a fresh twist to our annual tradition of presenting the world’s best contemporary jazz out on scenic Hudson harbor,” notes Bill Zafiros, co-founder of Smooth Jazz New York.

THE 2014 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:

June 12: Jazz Attack featuring Peter White, Euge Groove & Rick Braun

June 26: Patti Austin and Marion Meadows

July 3: Pieces of a Dream

July 10: Najee

July 17: David Sanborn

July 24: Will Downing with special guest Talent

July 31: Love & Soul Tour feat. Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown & Alex Bugnon

Aug. 7: Maysa

Aug. 14: Dave Koz & Friends Summer Horns Tour with special guests Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot & Mindi Abair

Aug. 21: Rachelle Ferrell

Aug. 28: Boney James

 


 

September 14, 2014    2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Jazz on the Island Presents Jeff Lorber!

Jeff Lorber

Jazz on the Island Presents Jeff Lorber!

By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms.

In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom.

More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording, Hacienda, set for release August 27, 2013, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his GRAMMY®-nominated CD, Now is the Time, and his 2012 album, Galaxy, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today. Co-produced by Lorber and bassist/composer Jimmy Haslip, Hacienda also features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, a longtime collaborator with Lorber and his collective. Other guests include premier jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl, and an impressive cadre of other stellar players.

Lorber’s music reaches a new level by crystallizing jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms with some killer melodies that will certainly translate to live performance. Obviously, time spent touring together has made Lorber, Haslip and Marienthal into a tight unit, which is evident from this latest recording.

Stretching the envelope has been Lorber’s strategy from the very beginning. Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Lorber began playing piano when he was just four years old. By his teen years, he had hooked up with several local R&B bands, but his tastes trended more toward jazz when he studied at Berklee College of Music.

After college, he relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he formed the Jeff Lorber Fusion. The group released their self-titled debut album in 1977, and quickly became one of the most popular acts in the jazz fusion scene, due in large part to relentless touring and a string of artistically daring and commercially successful recordings.

The entity formerly known as the Jeff Lorber Fusion became Lorber’s solo career with the release of It’s a Fact in 1982. After a brief but prolific stretch culminating with the highly successful Private Passion in 1986, Lorber took a break from recording his own material, opting instead to do session work and produce other artists. He resumed his solo career in 1991 with Worth Waiting For, although he continued to produce for the remainder of the decade.

Lorber has been just as prolific and innovative in the new century as he was in the last, with recordings on Narada (Philly Style, Flip Side), Blue Note (He Had a Hat) and Peak (Heard That).

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