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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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September 16, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Ben Wendel Quartet at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents the Ben Wendel Quartet!

Ben Wendel

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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September 23, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents the Taylor Ho Bynum 7-tette!

7-Zette

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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September 30, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Kris Davis and Craig Taborn Duo at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents the Kris Davis and Craig Taborn Duo!

Kris Davis

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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October 7, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
John Raymond - Real Feels at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents John Raymond - Real Feels!

John Raymond

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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October 14, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
John Schott Trio at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents John Schott Trio!

John Schott

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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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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October 21, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
The Claudia Quintet at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents The Claudia Quintet!

Claudia Quintet

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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October 28, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Matt Mitchell Quartet at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents The Matt Mitchell Quartet!

Matt Mitchell

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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November 4, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Brian Adler - SHANKAR Live at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents Brian Adler - SHANKAR!

Brian Adler

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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November 11, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones Quartet!

Firehouse 12 presents Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones Quartet!

Elder Ones

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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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    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Kevin Hays Trio at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents Kevin Hays Trio!

Hays Trio

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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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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December 2, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio!

Tomas Fujiwara

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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December 9, 2016    8:00 pm to 11:30 pm
John Hébert Quartet at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 presents John Hébert Quartet!

John Hebert

First Set: $20

Second Set: $15

Season Pass good for all sets: $210

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