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July 27, 2016    6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
BWB Live at Smooth Cruises NY!

Smooth Jazz New York Presents BWB!

NORMAN BROWN

Picking up a guitar at age 8, Norman Brown was initially inspired by Jimi Hendrix but it was his father’s preference for Wes Montgomery that set Norman on his stylistic journey. After high school, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue music, attending the Musicians Institute where he also taught for a time.

Playing with his own group in local clubs and drawing comparisons to George Benson, he was discovered and signed to the fledgling MoJazz label, a division of Motown. His debut, “Just Between Us” was followed by the gold-certified “After The Storm” and “Better Days Ahead.” Moving to Warner Bros., he released “Celebration,” which first teamed him with producer Paul Brown. The follow-up, “Just Chillin’,” earned him Grammy® recognition in the best pop instrumental category. Next, on “West Coast Coolin’,” Norman tested his skills as a vocalist, a move embraced by the urban Adult Contemporary radio market and found him topping the charts, with a fan base that’s been expanding over the years. His compilation “The Very Best Of Norman Brown” was one of the best-selling smooth jazz albums of 2005 and 2006.
His 2010 release “Sending My Love” with its seamless blend of pop, R&B and jazz marked his 8th solo album. 2012 saw the release of “24/7”, in collaboration with saxophonist Gerald Albright.

KIRK WHALUM

Grammy award winner Kirk Whalum boasts a career spanning the decades, with a sound uniquely his: one that leaves an indelible imprint on his listeners. Soulful, passionate, stirring are words most often used to describe his music. Born of Memphis, TN gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s marked his stepping out of a sideman role to form his own band. This ultimately developed both his “voice” and songwriting on the local club scene.

While in Houston, jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, leading to five successful albums including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. Kirk and Bob also received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration on the album Joined at the Hip. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in-demand session player for top artists including Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, among others. It is his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” He soon followed that career high point with his hit album For You, perhaps the most successful of his 25+ solo recordings to date.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgments including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and won two Stellar Awards, Gospel music’s highest honor. An 11-time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do,” feat. Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters. Kirk’s most current releases include The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 3 (2010), Everything is Everything – the Music of Donny Hathaway (2010), and 2012’s Romance Language, featuring his brother Kevin on vocals.

RICK BRAUN

No one on today’s contemporary urban jazz scene knows more about the power of perfect, timely partnerships (or what it takes to keep the #1 hits coming) than Rick Braun. After launching the millennium with “Shake It Up” with Boney James (sharing a Best Collaboration award for their 2000 hit reigning at #1 on the Billboard chart for 11 weeks) and later hooking up with Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown as BWB, he toured as part of Jazz Attack, then with Peter White and Jonathan Butler in 2005 and 2007. He continued to collaborate in 2007 teaming up with saxman Richard Elliot for RnR. Their duet project immediately hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart and its catchy title track single was an instant smash, holding at #1 on Radio and Records’ (R&R) Contemporary Jazz airplay chart for over two months. A 2008 tour followed.

Though the years Braun has also become a top genre producer, working with Elliot, Antoine, Willie & Lobo, David Benoit, and Jeff Golub, among others. He set a record at the 2002 National Contemporary Jazz Awards in San Diego by winning a total of five trophies, including Best Male Artist, Best Album (“Kisses in the Rain,” which hit #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart), Song of the Year (the title cut) and Best Brass Player. Rick’s recent releases include Sings with Strings (2011) and the 2012 holiday album Swingin’ in the Snow.

The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGE INFO
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Premium Ticket Packages priced at $140 include: separate boarding line,  a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
General Admission tickets are first come, first seated. Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.

If available, limited tickets will be sold on site at our event table on the evening of the show for that night’s show after 4:30pm. However, advance purchase is highly recommended. (Premium Ticket Package sales end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.)
NOTE: We will also sell tickets to UPCOMING SHOWS on the dock from 4:30pm-9:15m on show nights only.

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO
Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:00-5:15pm & 8:50-9pm. Note: Lines form earlier.)
The Hornblower Infinity departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street @ the West Side Highway. (Take 1 train to Houston St. or M8 or M21 bus)
Cruises sail rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

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July 28, 2016    7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Saxman David Davis at Harvest Wine Bar New Haven

Saxman David Davis

David Davis is one of the most promising, young, talented and gifted musicians today. David was born and raised in Connecticut. Davis is a Hartt School Of Music graduate with a degree in Jazz studies and Music Management. For five years he studied with and is a protégé of the late world-renowned, professor and jazz saxophonist, Jackie Mclean.

David has performed at venue’s along with Mary J. Blige, Deborah Cox, LL Cool J, Brian Mcknight, Keith Washington, Sean Puffy Combs, Kid Kapri, Biz Markie, John P. Kee, Karen Clarke, Marion Meadows, Roy Ayers, Donald Harrison, Dave Valentine, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Sherry Winston, Chuck Loeb, Cheryl Hayes and Gloria Lynn to name a few.

Presented by Harvest Wine Bar of New Haven and Blue Plate Radio!


 

July 29, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Django Festival Allstars At Scullers Jazz Club!

Scullers Jazz Club Presents Django Festival Allstars!

DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS with Samson Schmitt-Lead Guitar, Ludovic Beier-Accordian and Accoardina, Pierre Blanchard-Violin, DouDou Cuillerier-Rhythm Guitar and Scat Singing, Antonio Licusati-bass

Django Reinhardt's original jazz inspiration was Louis Armstrong, and his closest American counterpart was Art Tatum. Like both, Reinhardt's greatest gift was turning sheer virtuosity into exuberant showmanship. It wasn't just that he could leave a crowd breathless with a dazzling run along the guitar neck, but that his remarkable sense of composition and context could command an audience's attention. Like Armstrong, Django held the crowd like a magnet; now imagine a stage filled with six contemporary Reinhardt descendants, and you'll get a sense that the collective talent pool on the bandstand is larger than the Arc de Triomphe. - Will Friewald

The DJANGO FESTIVAL ALLSTARS carry on the legacy of the great great 'gypsy' guitarist DJANGO REINHARDT-HOT JAZZ at is best! It's star, DORADO SCHMITT , from the Lorraine region of France, is a gypsy legend in the true style of DJANGO. The Band grew out of the very successful DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL with its home at Birdland in New York City and major tours across the country. Hailed by LEONARDO DICAPRIO as some of the greatest musicians in the world, DICAPRIO has become their greatest fan! - LA Times

Show: $40
Dinner & Show: $80
Show Time: 8 & 10pm

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August 3, 2016    6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Smooth Cruises 2016 Presents Down to The Bone!

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Down to The Bone!

Down to the Bone returns to the Smooth Cruises for the first time in 6 years!

The high energy band returns to the Smooth Cruise with their US edition. Get your dancing shoes on for this show!
Their talented US-based band features:

Rufus Philpot – Bass and MD/band leader
Katisse Buckingham – Sax
Chris Bautista/Gabriel Johnson – Trumpet
Dave Wood – Guitar
Iahji Hampden / Gene Coye – Drums
Quinn Johnson / Lao Tizer – Keyboards

The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGE INFO
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Premium Ticket Packages priced at $140 include: separate boarding line,  a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
General Admission tickets are first come, first seated. Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.

If available, limited tickets will be sold on site at our event table on the evening of the show for that night’s show after 4:30pm. However, advance purchase is highly recommended. (Premium Ticket Package sales end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.)
NOTE: We will also sell tickets to UPCOMING SHOWS on the dock from 4:30pm-9:15m on show nights only.

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO
Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:00-5:15pm & 8:50-9pm. Note: Lines form earlier.)
The Hornblower Infinity departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street @ the West Side Highway. (Take 1 train to Houston St. or M8 or M21 bus)
Cruises sail rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

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August 4, 2016    7:00 pm to 9:00 am
Faye Green & Mike Coppola at Harvest Wine Bar!

Faye And MikeSultry vocals, tireless stage energy and the ability to bring down the house with steamy jazz, blues and R&B. That’s who Faye Green is. She has been entertaining crowds in the New Haven area for over 30 years. During that time she has also been on the road opening for national acts such as The Average White Band, Melba Moore, Tower of Power and Tavaras.You may have also seen her in the city at many New York clubs including The Apollo Theater and Nell Carter's. Faye has been voted Best Jazz Vocalist by The New Haven Advocate numerous times. Her various duos and groups, most notably “Faye and the Funky Allstars” have been voted Best Group several times over the years. These days, Faye Green has been travelling all over Connecticut with guitarist Mike Coppolla and entertaining crowds with everything from Etta James to covers of some of your favorite songs delivered in a way that only Faye Green can!

 

Presented by Harvest Wine Bar and Blue Plate Radio!


 

August 4, 2016    7:00 pm to 9:30 am
Faye Green & Mike Coppola at Harvest Wine Bar!

Sultry vocals, tireless stage energy andGlenn Miller Orchestra Live at The Ridgefield!

Glenn Miller Orchestra

It's The Glenn Miller Orchestra Live at The Ridgefield Playhouse!

Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese & Wine and an art exhibit by a local artist!

A legend lives on! The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra returns to the Playhouse! With its unique jazz sound, the 18-member Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered one of the greatest bands of all time. Under the baton of Music Director/vocalist Nick Hilscher, the consummate entertainers will play and sing selections from the vast Glenn Miller Orchestra library including all of the biggest hits that were the soundtrack of The Greatest Generation — “Moonlight Serenade”, “A String of Pearls”, “Chattanooga Choo-Choo”, “Pennsylvania 6-5000”, “At Last”, “Tuxedo Junction”, “In The Mood”, “Stardust”, “Rhapsody in Blue”, plus some more modern selections arranged and performed in the Miller style.

Tickets:$38

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August 10, 2016    6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Smooth Cruises 2016 Presents Ferrell & Patterson

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Rachelle Ferrell and Rashaan Patterson!

RACHELLE FERRELL:
Rachelle Ferrell began singing at age 6, which may have contributed to the development of her amazing six plus octave range. Her remarkable range also includes the ability to sing her highest notes in the “whistle register.” As a child, she also received classical training in violin and by her teen years she was playing piano at a professional level. While still a teen, she began performing professionally, accompanying herself on piano, singing both pop and jazz songs, and writing much of her material herself. Enrolled in Boston’s Berklee College of Music, she further developed her skills in singing, arrangement and songwriting. Besides her success as a jazz singer, Rachelle is also well respected in pop, R&B, gospel, and classical music in both the US and Japan. As an accomplished pianist, she has worked with Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle, Vanessa Williams, and the late, great George Duke. Known for her unique vocal stylings and no two performances being exactly alike, Rachelle’s live shows are always entertaining and high energy, with skillful improvisation delving far beyond her original recordings.

RASHAAN PATTERSON
Longtime fans have watched Rahsaan Patterson grow from the skinny, wide-eyed boy with the big eyes and bigger voice on the classic children’s show “Kids Incorporated” to one of the most influential yet underrated soul men on the planet. (His career is riddled with paradox and irony.) We’ve watched him sport blonde-streaked hair and cutting edge fashions while strolling through European-set music videos, and then hung on to his every note in clubs and concert halls around the globe as he, shorn of hair and clad in the simplest of gear, bled out in song—joy, pain, longing, despair, ecstasy. We’ve kept track of the Who’s Who of talented folks he’s written and produced for and with (from pop diva Brandy to fellow under-sung MVP Van Hunt), with whom he’s collaborated (Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway) and of the icons who have sung his praises (the awesome Chaka Khan) and ushered him into the hall of the greats.

 

The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGE INFO
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Premium Ticket Packages priced at $140 include: separate boarding line,  a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
General Admission tickets are first come, first seated. Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.

If available, limited tickets will be sold on site at our event table on the evening of the show for that night’s show after 4:30pm. However, advance purchase is highly recommended. (Premium Ticket Package sales end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.)
NOTE: We will also sell tickets to UPCOMING SHOWS on the dock from 4:30pm-9:15m on show nights only.

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO
Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:00-5:15pm & 8:50-9pm. Note: Lines form earlier.)
The Hornblower Infinity departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street @ the West Side Highway. (Take 1 train to Houston St. or M8 or M21 bus)
Cruises sail rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

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August 11, 2016    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Myke Ross and Randy Bost at Harvest Wine Bar!

Myke RossGuitarist Myke Ross blends the styles of Gospel, jazz, R&B, Funk, Blues, West African, and Latin into a style all his own. He's frequently called on to play with numerous Connecticut artists. He has shared the stage with the likes of Tower of Power, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, and many others. Myke Ross is currently working on his first solo CD project.

Randy Bost is THE man when the call goes out for a trumpet, flugelhorn and vocalist. Bost is such a versatile musician that he has played, recorded and toured with artists such as Wood, Brass & Steel who was the recording and touring band at Sugar Hill Records with artists like The Sugar Hill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, and The Furious Five. He's also toured with R&B group Ray, Goodman & Brown who had a Top Ten hit "Special Lady."

Randy Bost has opened for Rick James, Temptations, BB King, Shirley Caesar, and Mighty Clouds of Joy among others. Randy currently plays for several local groups including Le'Mixx - One of Ct's top dance bands, Airborne - a world renowned jazz band, and Psalms 150 - a gospel smooth jazz band.

 
Presented by Harvest Wine Bar and Blue Plate Radio. No Cover!

 

August 17, 2016    6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Smooth Cruises 2016 Presents Najee and Bugnon!

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Rachelle Najee and Alex Bugnon!

NAJEE
Grammy nominated and award-winning international jazz saxophonist and flautist Najee is one of the original innovators of Urban Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz. With two Platinum and four Gold albums, the native New Yorker was nominated for a Grammy in 1988 for “Najee’s Theme” and is the recipient of many other music awards including the Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Artist, NAACP Image Award, and Trumpet Awards. Three decades later, this quadruple threat who is equally adept on soprano, tenor and alto saxophones and flute is still going strong! Throughout his career, he has worked with many greats including Quincy Jones, Will Downing, Patti La Belle, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, Lalah Hathaway, Jeff Lorber, Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz, Lionel Richie, Gerald Veasley, Jonathan Butler, MAYSA, Ledisi, and was part of Prince’s “Hit and Run Tour.”

Najee released his highly anticipated new album “You, Me, and Forever”, on Shanachie Entertainment in July 2015. It marks his 16th studio-album and third release on the Shanachie Entertainment label. With his recent Soul Train Award nominated album, “The Morning After – A Musical Love Journey” (which debuted #1 Contemporary Jazz Album on the U.S. Billboard Charts), Najee considers his new work a culmination of who he is as an artist through his experiences in music.

ALEX BUGNON
Contemporary jazz keyboardist and recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards, Alex Bugnon grew up going to the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. He attended the Paris Conservatory of Music for two years, then moved to the United States to attend the Berklee School of Music, while performing as an accompanist to gospel groups. He spent 4 years working as a session musician in New York, backing urban and jazz performers such as Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, James Ingram, and Keith Sweat.

Signed to Orpheus Records, he released his debut album 1989’s, “Love Season,” which reached the pop charts and the Top 40 of the R&B charts, as did its follow-up, 1990’s “Head Over Heels.” Subsequent releases in 1991, 1993 and 1995 all placed in the R&B charts. He signed to the jazz division of Narada Records, which marketed him as a jazz artist, and his sixth album 2000’s, “Alex Bugnon… As Promised,” reached the contemporary jazz charts. He followed with “Soul Purpose” (2001) and several other albums throughout the decade that have also placed on the top contemporary jazz charts. Alex, who makes NYC’s Harlem his home while maintaining his connection to his beloved Montreux, released the albums “Going Home” in 2010 and “Harlem” in 2013.

The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGE INFO
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Premium Ticket Packages priced at $140 include: separate boarding line,  a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
General Admission tickets are first come, first seated. Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.

If available, limited tickets will be sold on site at our event table on the evening of the show for that night’s show after 4:30pm. However, advance purchase is highly recommended. (Premium Ticket Package sales end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.)
NOTE: We will also sell tickets to UPCOMING SHOWS on the dock from 4:30pm-9:15m on show nights only.

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO
Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:00-5:15pm & 8:50-9pm. Note: Lines form earlier.)
The Hornblower Infinity departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street @ the West Side Highway. (Take 1 train to Houston St. or M8 or M21 bus)
Cruises sail rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

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August 18, 2016    7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Steve Clark at Harvest Wine Bar New Haven!

Steve Clarke“Clarke's free-flowing compositions showcase plenty of fusion chops, but his rich tone and spaced-filled lines steal the show” ...Gregory Isola, BASS PLAYER MAGAZINE. .

Steve Clarke has performed with the two- time Grammy nominated jazz flautist Sherry Winston, R&B innovators The Coasters, The Drifters, Mary Wells, Sam & Dave, and Ben E. King. He has recorded 8 CD's & tours Europe with trumpeter Laco Deczi's Celula NY Band, Toured with Chris Tolfield Blues Band, and has just performed and recorded in Romania with guitarist George Baicea. CD released 4/2005. Plays locally with Steve Clarke Band, Teresa Wright Jazz Quartet, , Walter Duda band, Off The Hook Band, and TNT Jazz Band and others.

Presented by Harvest Wine Bar of New Haven and Blue Plate Radio!


 

August 24, 2016    6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Smooth Cruises 2016 Presents Roy Ayers!

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Roy Ayers!

Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. has a natural affinity for music, as his mother Ruby was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father Roy Sr., was a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist. Roy began to demonstrate his musical aptitude by age 5, playing boogie woogie tunes on the piano. He turned to the steel guitar by 9 years old, had stints during his teens playing flute, trumpet and drums before embracing the vibes as his instrument of choice.
Perhaps Roy’s karmic destiny as a vibraphonist was by his parents’ decision to allow him attend a concert featuring the great Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. During “Hamp’s” customary stroll down the aisle to thank you his audience for attending, he noticed and ecstatic five-year-old boy. Impressed by the child’s ebullience, “Hamp” walked over and presented young Roy with the gift of a lifetime — a pair of vibe mallets. During Roy’s adolescence, although his parents kept schoolwork his primary focus, his mother fit in piano lessons. In addition to Roy’s involvement with various instruments, he also sang in the church choir. At 17, his parents presented him with a set of vibes and the rest, as they say, is history.

He began at first study independently, then eventually discovered that Bobby Hutcherson, a rising vibraphonist, lived in his neighborhood, and subsequently he began to work under Bobby’s tutelage. Their relationships as friends and musicians blossomed, with regular meetings between the two to collaborate and practice. During this time, Roy went on to form very first group of which he was the leader, while a student of Jefferson High school. Appropriately enough, he first named the group the Jefferson Combo, later re-naming the group to the Latin Lyrics. After graduation, Roy attended Los Angeles City College where he studied advanced music theory. By 1961, he had become a well-rounded, full-fledged professional musician.

Roy, began to receive his musical blessings early in his career, as he collaborated and performed with likes of Chico Hamilton, Teddy Edwards, Jack Wilson, Phineas Newborn and Gerald Wilson. Shortly thereafter, Roy made his recording debut with Curtis Amy, a highly regarded saxophonist, with whom he recorded “Way Down” and “Tippin on Through.”The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)

The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGE INFO
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Premium Ticket Packages priced at $140 include: separate boarding line,  a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
General Admission tickets are first come, first seated. Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.

If available, limited tickets will be sold on site at our event table on the evening of the show for that night’s show after 4:30pm. However, advance purchase is highly recommended. (Premium Ticket Package sales end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.)
NOTE: We will also sell tickets to UPCOMING SHOWS on the dock from 4:30pm-9:15m on show nights only.

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO
Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:00-5:15pm & 8:50-9pm. Note: Lines form earlier.)
The Hornblower Infinity departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street @ the West Side Highway. (Take 1 train to Houston St. or M8 or M21 bus)
Cruises sail rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

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August 25, 2016    7:00 pm to 9:00 am
Labor Day Kickoff Weekend @ Harvest Wine Bar!

George Baker DuoDon't miss out on the best way to start your Labor Day Weekend! It's Harvest Wine Bar's Labor Day Weekend Kickoff with "Guitar George" Baker and Willie Moore!

"Guitar George" Baker's career began in his hometown of New Roads, Louisiana, where he picked up a guitar at the age of 17. His first gigs were with local R&B vocalist Roosevelt "Boo" Gautier. He soon joined Earl Davis and the Upsetters and hit the road, touring with The Drifters and other headliners before jumping ship and coming to New York City in 1961. George Baker worked the thriving New York music scene for years where his talent was in high demand before hooking up with Marvin Gaye as his music director in 1968.  Three years later he connected with singer Melba Moore but eventually he settled back back into New York City and more sessions work.

George Baker eventually found himself in New Haven, CT where he became the headliner of the George Baker Experience, working with many outstanding local musicians who would later play a significant part in George's debut CD, "Mojo Lady."  George continues to play and jam and you'll find him most times playing with friend and noted area bassist Willie Moore.

Presented by Harvest Wine Bar of New Haven and Blue Plate Radio!


 

August 31, 2016    6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Smooth Cruises 2016 Presents Freddie Jackson!

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Freddie Jackson!

One of the biggest R&B stars in the 1980s and early 1990s, Grammy-nominated singer Freddie Jackson dominated the R&B charts with well-known hits including “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake),” “Jam Tonight,” “Do Me Again,” and “You are My Lady.”

His 1985 debut album Rock Me Tonight stormed the R&B charts. The Laurence-penned title track stormed the R&B charts, spending six weeks at number one, and made Jackson an instant sensation on urban contemporary radio. “You Are My Lady” gave Freddie a second straight R&B chart-topper, and also proved to be his highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #13. With “He’ll Never Love You (Like I Do)” and “Love Is Just a Touch Away” also hitting the R&B Top Ten, Rock Me Tonight topped the R&B album chart and went platinum. Another platinum seller, Just Like the First Time continued Jackson’s dominance of the R&B singles charts; “Tasty Love,” “Have You Ever Loved Somebody,” and “Jam Tonight” all hit #1, while “I Don’t Want to Lose Your Love” went to #2.

In 1985 he received Grammy nominations for Best New Arts and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “You are My Lady.” He was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist, Soul/R&B in 1986 and won the 1988 American Music Award for Favorite Soul / R&B Single for “Nice ‘N’ Slow.”

Freddie continues to deliver sophisticated, romantic ballads with low-key releases including Live in Concert and soulful covers on Personal Reflections. His late 2010 release, For You, featured the single, “I Don’t Wanna Go”.

 The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGE INFO

- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Premium Ticket Packages priced at $140 include: separate boarding line,  a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
General Admission tickets are first come, first seated. Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.

If available, limited tickets will be sold on site at our event table on the evening of the show for that night’s show after 4:30pm. However, advance purchase is highly recommended. (Premium Ticket Package sales end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.)
NOTE: We will also sell tickets to UPCOMING SHOWS on the dock from 4:30pm-9:15m on show nights only.

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO
Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:00-5:15pm & 8:50-9pm. Note: Lines form earlier.)
The Hornblower Infinity departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street @ the West Side Highway. (Take 1 train to Houston St. or M8 or M21 bus)
Cruises sail rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

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October 15, 2016    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Rippingtons at Madison Theatre NY!

Madison Theatre presents The Rippingtons!

The Rippingtons

After 25 years and 18 studio albums, this Grammy-nominated powerhouse band continues to break new ground.The rippingtons celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2011. Fans that have followed Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc). In recent years, Freeman has noticed that The Rippingtons' fan base has increased exponentially, as the group's longtime admirers transfer their passion for the music to their children. Several Rippingtons albums have been inspired by Freeman's travels, and collectively, they have formed the life soundtrack for hundreds of thousands of contemporary jazz fans worldwide for a quarter century. The titles of each hit Ripps album has often reflected Freeman's deep wanderlust, whether he had actually been to the places he wrote about or was just dreaming of them in musical terms. These include Kilimanjaro, Tourist in Paradise, Welcome to the St. James Club, Weekend In Monaco, Live in L.A., Sahara, Brave New World and Live Across America. In 2006, the band celebrated two decades of instrumental magic with The Rippingtons 20th Anniversary, a remarkable CD/DVD package that included a CD of all new Ripps music and a DVD featuring a colorful retrospective as well as exciting videos from over the years. On their latest Peak Records album, Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons take their lucky fans on a trip of a lifetime to Cote D'Azur. Traveling with them is their trademark jazz cat, by artist Bill Mayer, who again graces the CD cover art.

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November 11, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Acoustic Alchemy at Scullers Jazz Club!

Scullers Jazz Club Presents Acoustic Alchemy!

Acoustic Alchemy

For 25 years, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar’s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond. In the two and a half decades since their earliest recordings – despite a tragic setback in the late 1990s and the inherent challenges of the 21st century music industry – the group has assembled and sustained a vast and loyal following that stretches well beyond their U.K. origins.

Through it all, the overriding mission of Acoustic Alchemy has been to reach the broadest possible audience by pushing the potential of instrumental music to embrace a broad spectrum of styles without being limited to any specific genre.

“For a lot of people, instrumental music is just a sound that plays in the background,” says Greg Carmichael. “But we put a lot into it – not just with this record but with every record we’ve ever made. I’d like to think that after all these years, we’ve learned how to take people on a journey. A lot of our fans have said that we do that for them. As long as they keep coming back, and as long as they want to stay on that journey, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.

Show: $45
Dinner & Show: $85
Show Time: 8 & 10pm

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November 12, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Acoustic Alchemy at Scullers Jazz Club!

Scullers Jazz Club Presents Acoustic Alchemy!

Acoustic Alchemy

For 25 years, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar’s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond. In the two and a half decades since their earliest recordings – despite a tragic setback in the late 1990s and the inherent challenges of the 21st century music industry – the group has assembled and sustained a vast and loyal following that stretches well beyond their U.K. origins.

Through it all, the overriding mission of Acoustic Alchemy has been to reach the broadest possible audience by pushing the potential of instrumental music to embrace a broad spectrum of styles without being limited to any specific genre.

“For a lot of people, instrumental music is just a sound that plays in the background,” says Greg Carmichael. “But we put a lot into it – not just with this record but with every record we’ve ever made. I’d like to think that after all these years, we’ve learned how to take people on a journey. A lot of our fans have said that we do that for them. As long as they keep coming back, and as long as they want to stay on that journey, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.

Show: $45
Dinner & Show: $85
Show Time: 8 & 10pm

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November 17, 2016    8:30 pm to 12:00 am
Acoustic Alchemy at The Iridium NYC!

The Iridium Presents Acoustic Alchemy!

Acoustic Alchemy

For 25 years, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar’s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond. In the two and a half decades since their earliest recordings – despite a tragic setback in the late 1990s and the inherent challenges of the 21st century music industry – the group has assembled and sustained a vast and loyal following that stretches well beyond their U.K. origins.

Through it all, the overriding mission of Acoustic Alchemy has been to reach the broadest possible audience by pushing the potential of instrumental music to embrace a broad spectrum of styles without being limited to any specific genre.

“For a lot of people, instrumental music is just a sound that plays in the background,” says Greg Carmichael. “But we put a lot into it – not just with this record but with every record we’ve ever made. I’d like to think that after all these years, we’ve learned how to take people on a journey. A lot of our fans have said that we do that for them. As long as they keep coming back, and as long as they want to stay on that journey, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.

Show: $35
Show Time: 8:30 & 10:30

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November 18, 2016    8:30 pm to 12:00 am
Acoustic Alchemy at The Iridium NYC!

The Iridium Presents Acoustic Alchemy!

Acoustic Alchemy

For 25 years, Acoustic Alchemy has pushed the limits of the acoustic guitar’s potential by embracing a spectrum of musical styles ranging from straight-ahead jazz to folk to rock to world music and beyond. In the two and a half decades since their earliest recordings – despite a tragic setback in the late 1990s and the inherent challenges of the 21st century music industry – the group has assembled and sustained a vast and loyal following that stretches well beyond their U.K. origins.

Through it all, the overriding mission of Acoustic Alchemy has been to reach the broadest possible audience by pushing the potential of instrumental music to embrace a broad spectrum of styles without being limited to any specific genre.

“For a lot of people, instrumental music is just a sound that plays in the background,” says Greg Carmichael. “But we put a lot into it – not just with this record but with every record we’ve ever made. I’d like to think that after all these years, we’ve learned how to take people on a journey. A lot of our fans have said that we do that for them. As long as they keep coming back, and as long as they want to stay on that journey, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.

Show: $35
Show Time: 8:30 & 10:30

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November 26, 2016    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Gospel According to Jazz with Kirk Whalum!

Madison Theatre Presents A Gospel According to Jazz with Kirk Whalum!

Kirk Whalum

Soulful, passionate, stirring...these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band. It was there that Kirk ultimately developed both his “voice” and songwriting in the crucible of the local club scene––especially at a rooftop club called Cody’s. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. As well, Kirk and Bob received a Grammy nomination for their collaboration album, Joined at the Hip.
After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston, amongst many others.

It’s his sax heard on the mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date; others include his eclectic, and much lauded, Gospel According to Jazz series,(Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4). In addition to his many solo projects, Kirk is a member of the popular soul/jazz group, BWB, which features Kirk as the “W” of the group with Rick Braun (trumpet) and Norman Brown (guitar). An ordained minister, Kirk has earned a Masters of Art in Religion.

It’s in this spirit that he serves his community in various ways when his touring schedule allows. There is also his daily fifteen minute podcast, Bible In Your Ear (BIYE), in which he invites you to listen along as he reads through the Bible in a year. In addition to music and ministry, Kirk has a passion to educate young, aspiring musicians and is currently engaged as a music professor at Visible Music College in his hometown of Memphis. Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. A twelve time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award (2011)for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”––featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted songwriter, Jerry Peters. In a career spanning decades, Kirk has a sound that is uniquely his; it is a sound that leaves an indelible imprint on the listener.

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