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June 5, 2015    8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 Presents Rudresh Mahanthappa Quintet!

Mahanthappa

Mahanthappa was born in Trieste, Italy, the son of Indian emigrants to the United States. He was born in Italy as a result of his father's job in academia, but spent nearly his entire early life in Boulder, Colorado, graduating from Fairview High School in 1988.

In 1992, Mahanthappa graduated from Berklee College of Music. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree in jazz composition from Chicago's DePaul University in 1998.After moving to New York City in 1998, he quickly teamed up and released an album with pianist Vijay Iyer, Architextures, the first of many collaborations between the two.

As of 2012, he has twelve albums out as a leader or co-leader on labels including Pi Recordings, Savoy Jazz, ACT Music + Vision, and others. Mahanthappa's playing and composing are firmly ensconced in the highest of the New York jazz scene today.

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June 7, 2015    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Euge Groove at Raphael Vineyards!

Jazz On The Island Euge Groove at Raphael Vinyards!

 

Euge Groove

“Fear and creativity can not live in the same room,” declares free-spirited and consummate chart-topping saxophonist, composer, producer and radio host Euge Groove.  “You can’t bring fear into the creative process. It took me a while to get that.”  Euge Groove’s Ying and Yang and ebb and flow approach to his artistry and life have allowed him to enjoy a career longevity that is atypical.  The highly sought after musical chameleon has been called upon for his musical prowess by everyone from Rock `N' Roll Hall of Famer Tina Turner and balladeer Luther Vandross to UK Blues Rocker Joe Cocker, Richard Marx, Tower of Power and Huey Lewis and the News, among countless others. A road warrior, Euge Groove stays at the top of his game by maintaining a busy touring schedule. “I love live performance, which is probably pretty obvious to anyone that has seen me live,” shares the charismatic saxman. “On a sonic level, I try to capture the space of a live performance when I record. Instead of going for a really ‘dry’ soundstage, I try to envision what the sound would be if it was playing on a theater or small venue stage.”  August 19, 2014 Shanachie Entertainment will release GOT 2 BE GROOVIN’, created over a six month period and the latest installment in Euge Groove’s musical evolution. “It was a blessing to take some time off from touring and really be able to focus on the creating this project,” states Euge.  “I’ve built a great studio here at the ‘Groove House’ and it makes me feel good just to sit in it. I’ll light a bunch of candles, incense, warm lighting, and just open the mind to music. It’s an amazing feeling.”

In an industry where artists are consistently put in a box and categorized, Euge Groove remains an artist who chooses to continually push the boundaries and let his music go where his heart leads. “Good music is good music, no matter what.” Euge’s open heart and ears have led him to the top of the charts multiple times resulting in thirteen #1 hits. GOT 2 BE GROOVIN’ is sure to find a home at the top once again.

GOT 2 BE GROOVIN’ is an exhilarating set of nine originals and one cover that opens with Euge’s soaring soprano saxophone on the alluring “Forever And A Day,” giving a nod to Shakespeare in typical Euge tradition.  The album’s title track and first single embodies all the right ingredients for a Euge Groove  smash hit, as he struts his stuff and pulls out all the stops concocting a timeless organic groove of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. “This song came out one morning after I had gone to bed diggin’ on James Brown,” explains Euge. “He always had groove that turned the snare beat around and I wanted to capture that but in a modern studio kind of way.”  Euge nails the track with its freight train guitar, rolling Hammond B 3 and funk horn section that would have done the ‘Godfather of Soul’ proud. In addition to paying homage to musical influences on GOT 2 BE GROOVIN’, Euge gives us insight into some of the people closest to him. A family man, many of the album tracks are inspired by his family, including the irresistibly spunky and sparkling R&B number “Miss Bane,” which highlights Euge’s ethereal soprano and was penned in honor of his wife. Euge also dedicated the album’s one cover, the Doug Edwards and David Richardson song “Wild Flower,” to his wife stating that “every lyric in the song seems like it was written just for her.” Through the years “Wild Flower” has been recorded by everyone from The O’Jays and The Neville Brothers to Johnny Mathis and Blake Shelton. Euge’s rendition features Elliot Yamin of American Idol fame who delivers a warm and moving version.

The sweet and mellifluous ditty “Hey Hey Lil’ Lilah Belle” captures the jubilant and beautiful energy of Euge’s daughter while “Homie Grown” finds him in good company collaborating with some like-minded creative spirits including guitarist Paul Brown, keyboardist and guitarist Jeff Carruthers, and bassist Roberto Vally. A special highlight on GOT 2 BE GROOVIN’ is the introspective and gorgeous gospel-inflected “Rain Down On Me,” featuring Peter White’s impressionistic guitar in a delicate dance with Euge’s robust tenor. “I associate this song with God and it is about asking for a cleansing of the soul. It is something I beg for from time to time,” confides the multi-instrumentalist.

“Groovin Up Hip Street” calls to mind magical vibes of The Blackbyrd’s with its magical groove. Euge shares, “I had an idea to write a song that if it was playing while you were swaggering with confidence on the ‘hip street’ wherever you are and it was playing behind you, this is what it would sound like. It’s four-on-the-floor kick drum is your foot-step and your finger snaps and hand claps push the groove. There is no snare drum on this cut, which is a first for me. Just snaps and claps.” Who wouldn’t want theme a like this?!

Euge Groove pays homage to his West Coast roots with “Tango in Tio.” T.O., being a nickname given to his Thousand Oaks neighborhood. GOT 2 BE GROOVIN’ closes with “In Love with You” featuring vocalist Chanel Haynes from Trin-i-Tee 5:7. Euge explains how he connected with the singer. “My wife happened to be at her sister’s house in Austin for a party and was helping to clean up when she heard someone singing in the next room. She was freaking out over her voice. It turned out to be Chanel. Her voice is ridiculous. At times it’s like listening to Toni Braxton, then she goes all Tina Turner on you!”

Born Steven Eugene Grove in Hagerstown, Maryland, Euge Groove grew up in a musical home. His mother played piano and taught the Cherub choir at Christ Lutheran Church and he began his own musical pursuits at the age of seven, beginning with the piano and adding the saxophone at nine. But for Euge it was in elementary school where he discovered that music was his calling. “In fifth grade I thought I'd be in school band the rest of my life.” He later discovered two saxophonists who had a profound effect on his approach to playing.  “One was French classical player Marcel Mule, who really defined what the sax was supposed to sound like for me and the other was David Sanborn. He took that sound and brought it into the mainstream world,” reminisces the worldly saxophonist. Through the years, Euge’s love of Jazz, R&B, Gospel and Blues have all come together to inform his personalized sound.   He explains, “I've listened to everyone from Grover (Washington Jr.) and (David) Sanborn to (Charlie) Parker and (John) Coltrane as well as (Michael) Brecker, (Stan) Getz, King Curtis, Junior Walker, Richard Elliott and Kirk Whalum. The thing is, the more mature we become the more those influences fuse into something new. I always listened to a lot of R&B growing up, fused that with Pop music, then with the Gospel music. Hopefully all of these influences come through in my music and I am able to create my own unique expression.”

A graduate of the University of Miami's School of Music, Euge launched his professional career in Miami in the mid 80s, playing in Salsa bands, top 40 club bands and doing the occasional high profile session date like Expose's “Seasons Change,” a #1 Billboard AC hit. Not long after he moved to L.A. in 1987, he wrote a track for Richard Elliot's THE POWER OF SUGGESTION album, and Elliot recommended Euge to take over his spot in Tower of Power. Euge toured with TOP for four years, including a year backing Huey Lewis & The News. His resume grew from there to include recording, touring or performing stints with Joe Cocker, The Eurythmics, The Gap Band, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville and Richard Marx. Marx included Euge's horn on “Keep Coming Back,” a #1 AC hit duet he recorded with Luther Vandross.  In 1999, coming off the road after two years of touring with popular Italian singer Eros Ramazotti and Joe Cocker, the saxophonist paved the way for his eventual solo stardom by recording some tracks of his own. Without a record label to distribute the music, Euge put his songs on the now-defunct MP3.com website, dubbing himself “Euge Groove” and downloading started almost immediately and Euge was soon topping the MP3.com Jazz chart.

He signed soon thereafter with Warner Bros. “Vinyl,” his first single from his self-titled Warner Bros. debut, set a record by spending 27 weeks on the R&R charts, eventually ranking at #24 for the year. PLAY DATE kept the trend going with two more #1 radio hits, “Slam Dunk” and “Rewind.” In 2004, Euge Groove's Narada debut, LIVIN' LARGE, spent 68 weeks on the Billboard charts, debuted at #4 and came in at #25 overall for 2004. "Livin' Large," the single, was the #5 most played song for 2004 on the R&R singles chart. "XXL" spent 36 weeks on the radio chart. JUST FEELS RIGHT followed in 2005 and its first single, "Get Em Goin'," was #1 for two months.

BORN TO GROOVE followed in 2007 and featured several chart-topping singles, including “song of the year” for Relgify. His Shanachie debut was in 2009 and included the #1 smash hit title track and the top five single “All For You.” 2011 saw the release of  S7VEN LARGE whose title track scored a #1 hit. 2012 brought the release of HOUSE OF GROOVE, which spawned two #1 hits.

When Euge Groove is not in the studio or on the road he finds comfort in being with his family, cooking, swimming, running, playing with animals and gardening. The saxman who makes his home his sanctuary confides, “It is my prayer that when people hear this new music that they will listen and be relaxed through this new journey.”

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June 11, 2015    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
The Rippingtons Live at Infinity Hall!

Infinity Hall Presents The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman!

After 25 years and 18 studio albums, this Grammy-nominated powerhouse band continues to break new ground…..they define the group’s genre as “Contemporary Jazz” but these guys lay down the funk, blues and fusion equally as well.

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. Next time out, who knows? Freeman's musical passport still has a lot of open space to be stamped, and the journey continues!

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June 12, 2015    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
JJ Sansaverino Live at B.B. King's!

JJ Sansaverino

Blue Note Jazz Festival Presents Contemporary Jazz Guitarist JJ Sansaverino!

Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is an outstanding performer. He has a "take no prisoners" performance attitude and his musical style, is a mix of smooth jazz, R&B and fusion ala Santana meets Benson. He has reached millions with his music, touring the World for the last 25 years. He has worked with the best in the business in a wide range of idioms, both live and in the studio and has appeared on hundreds of recordings Now, with the release of his sophomore album "Waiting For You" on Innervision Records, JJ puts forward a stunning selection of his original compositions, with the help of a stellar array of musicians, producers and special guests. His latest singles "Back Talk" and "Gravy Train" have climbed many of the top radio charts including Billboard. JJ continues to perform with reggae legends Maxi Priest and Shaggy, while simultaneously touring with his own band.

This show will take place in Lucille's Bar & Grill, located inside B.B. King Blues Club

General Admission - Seated
* First Come, First Served
* Full Dinner Menu Available
* $10 Minimum Per Person, For All Tables
* All Ages

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June 12, 2015    8:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Noah Jarrett's Trio Live at Firehouse 12!

Firehouse 12 Presents Noah Jarrett's Trio!

Noah Jarrett

Noah Jarrett was born and raised in New Jersey, as well as New York City. He began study of the electric bass at the age of nine, after five years studying the violin. With initial interests in the many forms of rock, Noah spent most days after school playing music in his basement with his musician friends.

The communal attribute in many musical forms led him into the genres of jazz, reggae, Indian, African, Gnawan music, while also studying the classical traditions. For nine years now, Noah has primarily studied the double bass, while still playing the electric bass quite often.

He plays in a great variety of groups in the New York and Boston areas, including current groups such as FAT LITTLE BASTARD, a dark, groovy guitar trio, THE INBETWEENS, also an electric guitar trio, which is an explosive and dynamic group based out of New York City. Noah accompanies the virtuosic Malian kora player, Mamadou Diabate in many group settings at festivals and events all over the country.
In addition, Noah plays with a 14-piece band, the Brooklyn Qawwali Party, which commemorates the late-great Sufi singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. BQP uses the Pakistani qawwali melodic and propulsive rhythms as a basis of further improvisation.

Noah has also had the pleasure of playing with John Abercrombie, George Garzone, Bob Gulotti, Bill Goodwin, and other NYC musicians.

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June 20, 2015    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
The Jones Factor Live at Town Hall Music!

The Jones Factor

Town Hall Music Presents The Jones Factor!

The Jones Factor is a ten piece 'little' big band founded in 1986 by trombonist and bandleader John Fumasoli.  John was looking for something smaller than a big band but bigger than a traditional trombone septet and, by combining talented musicians from many different places, John created the Jones Factor to fill the gap ... and they have been performing ever since!

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June 24, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015 Presents Boney James!

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, June 24th catch the first Smooth Cruise of the 2015 season with Grammy nominee and Soul Train Award winner saxman Boney James aboard the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you sail the Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

The Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

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July 12, 2015    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Marc Antione and Steve Cole at Raphael Vinyards!

Jazz On The Island presents Marc Antione at Raphael Vineyards!

Marc Antione

Contemporary jazz guitarist Marc Antoine blends his classical training with a multi-cultural urban groove. After studying at the Edouard Paiteron College and the International School of Classical Guitar, he played with a typically varied cast of artists: pop stars like Sting, Basia, and Selena, rappers like Guru's Jazzmatazz project and Queen Latifah, plus acid jazz hipsters the Solsonics and DJ Greyboy. Signed to the New York City subsidiary of GRP Records, Antoine recorded his solo debut Classical Soul in 1994. The album climbed to the top of the contemporary jazz charts, thanks to the single "Unity." Urban Gypsy followed a year later, and in 1998, Antoine resurfaced with Madrid; Universal Language, his first LP for new label Polygram, appeared in early 2000; Cruisin' was released a year later.

The title of Steve Cole's third recording, NY LA, may trip on the East Coast-meets-West Coast hipness factor of his fresh and crackling brand of smooth sax jazz, but the soul in his music definitely has more than a few touches of the R&B/blues influence of his hometown, Chicago. The saxman's trademark sound is a sizzling mix of modern funk textures and neo-soul sensibilities mixed with quick, catchy hooks and feisty horn textures on the choruses. He's primarily a tenor player, but keeps the listener compelled with tracks that cater to his skills on alto and soprano as well. His rise to genre stardom perfectly paralleled smooth jazz's tendency in the latter '90s and beyond to embrace the old and new R&B grooves.

The son of a semi-pro clarinet and sax player, Cole trained classically, first on the clarinet before switching to the sax in high school. He continued his musical studies at Northwestern University and was among the winners of the annual Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Young Artists competition. Even while earning a degree in economics and later an M.B.A., he switched his musical focus to his truer loves, R&B and jazz, and became a staple on Chicago's club scene. He's kept great company over the years, starting with Junior Wells and pianist Bob Mamet. Cole's smooth jazz breakthrough was his several-year side gig with Brian Culbertson, which led to his working with the keyboardist (also a Windy City native) on tracks that evolved into Stay Awhile, one of smooth jazz's biggest sensations of 1998. The success of his debut and its three hit radio singles also ensured Cole's success at the 2000 Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards, where he won the Prism Award for Best New Artist.

In between Stay Awhile and 2002's Between Us (also produced by Culbertson), Cole kept busy playing with his own band and as a sideman with Dave Koz, Marc Antoine and Peter White (on a U.K. tour), Rick Braun, and Larry Carlton. Between Us featured the hit singles "Got It Going On" and "From the Start," as well as a snazzy cover of TLC's "Waterfalls." Cole's most enduring relationship is the one with Culbertson, and his sax graces three of the keyboardist's hit recordings.

Culbertson helms some tracks on NY LA, but Cole expands beyond his usual sonic edges by also working with fellow saxman David Mann and the tandem Sonic Soul, who introduce vocals to the Cole mix for the first time. NY LA was recorded in both cities with top sidemen like bassist Will Lee, guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., percussionist Lenny Castro, and former Miles Davis keyboardist Darren Johnson. Rather than simply repeat the creative ideas of Cole's first two hits, the album effortlessly bridges the gap between instrumental virtuosity, seamless ensemble playing, and a high-caliber creative chemistry that runs the stylistic gamut. Cole subsequently released two albums during the 2000s: Spin in 2005 and True in 2006. In 2011, Cole delivered the orchestral covers album Moonlight, featuring songs by James Taylor, Burt Bacharach, Sarah McLachlan, Paul McCartney, and others. Cole returned in 2013 with the more contemporary funk and smooth jazz-oriented Pulse.

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July 15, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015 presents Norman Brown!

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, July 15 catch jazz guitarist Norman Brown and soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows for an evening to remember on the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you cruise Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

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.

MARION MEADOWS:
Marion Meadows began playing clarinet and studying classical music at age 8. He gravitated to the soprano sax in high school, and his passion for various types of music led him to appreciate numerous jazz musicians, including Stanley Turrentine, Sidney Bichet, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington, and Coleman Hawkins. After studying jazz with Anthony Truglia, he attended Berklee College of Music, majoring in arranging and composition and later attended SUNY Purchase School for the Arts. “I got a lot of sideman jobs in college, and I have always said I got a graduate degree playing clubs,” says Meadows, who perfected his craft studying with Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. Shortly after he finished school, drummer Norman Connors recorded his song “Invitation” and then asked Marion to join his band. Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with For Lovers Only, but his career really began one day in the late ‘80s at NYC’s Grand Central Station. He’d been a sideman with Connors for 3 years, with only vague notions of eventually going solo. While waiting for a train, he pulled out his horn and began playing under Grand Central’s huge dome. He caught the attention of fellow commuter TV composer Jay Chattaway, who was so impressed that he hooked Meadows up with legendary keyboardist Bob James. James signed Meadows to his label, and though Meadows’ first recording went unreleased, the experience put him on the road to his eventual success. Marion became a well known sideman in his own right, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, and Will Downing among others. In the late ‘80s, he stretched his usual pop/jazz boundaries as a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. The ‘90s marked the beginning of his solo career and he became a staple of the smooth jazz format with his subsequent recordings in the 1990s and 2000’s through today.

The Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

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July 18, 2015    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Les Paul's Trio Live at Town Hall Music!

Les Paul's Trio

Town Hall Music presents Les Paul's Trio live!

Celebrate the legacy of the great Les Paul, inventor of the electric guitar and multi-track recording with Les Paul's Trio: Nicki Parrott (bass/vocals), Lou Pallo (guitar) and John Colianni (piano)

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July 22, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise Presents Peter White!

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, July 22nd catch jazz guitarist Peter White and saxman Richard Elliot for an evening to remember on the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you cruise Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

PETER WHITE:
Growing up in 1960s England, Peter White took interest in music while listening to the Beatles on the radio. His parents got him an acoustic guitar around age 8 and he taught himself to play while also taking lessons on the recorder, piano and later, clarinet. One day in 1967 after hearing Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” and never experiencing such sounds from his acoustic, he decided the electric guitar was to be the most important thing in his life. He eventually got one and furiously studied the works of Hendrix, Clapton and Page, but his dreams were put on hold when the guitar was burned in a fire (accidentally) set by his brother Danny. He found solace in his old acoustic guitar, having no idea that this incident, however tragic at the time, would prove a turning point in his life. He developed a love for the acoustic instrument that continues to this day. For over two decades, Peter has a reputation as one of the most versatile and prolific acoustic guitarists on the contemporary jazz landscape. Smooth jazz fans worldwide are enthralled by his spirited melodies, soulful grooves and inviting, instantly recognizable acoustic guitar tone. He’s always enjoyed finding unique ways to bring his modern sensibilities to cherished pop classics — and thanks to the smooth jazz format’s affinity for instrumental covers, two of the amazing thirteen #1 Radio & Records airplay hits he’s had through the years, “The Closer I Get To You” and “Walk On By,” have become enduring staples of the format. Pop music fans were listening to his classic acoustic guitar style even before the advent of the New Adult Contemporary and Smooth Jazz formats, most notably via his collaborations with British folk/pop singer Al Stewart. The Stewart-White partnership, which culminated with the dual live recording Rhymes in Rooms (1992), spanned over 20 years. White played on Stewart’s landmark “Year of the Cat” album, he co-wrote and performed on two of Stewart’s biggest hits, “Time Passages” and “Midnight Rocks.” In the late 1980s, White accompanied Basia on several of her acclaimed albums and in 1996, she was featured on his album Caravan of Dreams, with vocals on the popular single "Just Another Day.” With over a dozen albums, numerous musical collaborations, and his annual A Peter White Christmas shows, Peter is still going strong. His latest release Here We Go (2012), features guest spots from Andrew Neu, Nate Phillips, Phillipe Saisse, David Sanborn, and Kirk Whalum.

RICHARD ELLIOT
With a best-selling discography of over 15 recordings since 1986’s “Initial Approach,” thousands of live dates spanning over two decades, and one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in contemporary urban jazz, it’s incredible to hear Richard Elliot declare: “What I’m doing now, enjoying this upward trend in my career, is seriously the most fun I have ever had.” Then again, the multi-talented tenor saxophonist, composer and producer has been on one of the most incredible rolls since the 2005 release of “Metro Blue,” which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. He has also performed in numerous all-star tours including last summer’s Dave Koz Summer Horns Tour, Groovin’ For Grover, Jazz Attack, Guitars & Saxes, and the RnR tour with Rick Braun.
The Scotland born, L.A.-raised Elliot found his musical voice on tenor as a teen and landed his first professional gig touring with Natalie Cole and The Pointer Sisters while still in high school. Before joining Tower of Power (which began a stretch that he calls the most influential period of his early career) he played in the adventurous fusion band Kittyhawk and did some dream recording sessions with his Motown heroes Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, and The Temptations. He later performed with Melissa Manchester and Yellowjackets, which found him hooking up for the first time with the legendary fusion band’s founding drummer Ricky Lawson.
Elliot was still on the road with TOP when he released his 1986 debut album “Trolltown.” Its success gave him the confidence to leave the band for a solo career, which has been rockin’ steady ever since. Embarking upon one of instrumental music’s most dynamic and multifaceted career, Elliot’s sound played a huge part in pioneering the genre that evolved into today’s contemporary urban jazz. Over the years, he’s had four #1 albums (“On The Town,” “Soul Embrace,” “After Dark” and “Jumpin’ Off”) plus several #1 airplay singles.

The Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

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July 29, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise Presents Gerald Albright

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, July 29th don’t miss highly acclaimed saxophonists Gerald Albright and Mindi Abair aboard the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you sail the Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

GERALD ALBRIGHT:
Jazz and R&B icon Gerald Albright is considered one of the most innovative and successful artists of the last 25 years. One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, he has earned a reputation as a “musician’s musician.”
The Los Angeles born musician began piano lessons at an early age. His love of music flourished when he was given a saxophone that had belonged to his piano teacher. By the time he enrolled at the University of Redlands, he was already a polished saxophonist. He made the switch to bass guitar after seeing Louis Johnson in concert. A few months after graduating from college, jazz pianist/R&B singer Patrice Rushen was forming her own band and he joined her on sax. Later, when the bass player left mid-tour, Albright replaced him, finishing the tour on bass guitar. During the ’80s, Gerald became a highly requested session musician, playing on albums artists including Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations, and Maurice White. He also toured extensively with Les McCann, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Quincy Jones, and Whitney Houston, among others.
He went on to record several successful solo albums for Atlantic Records. Two hit the #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Chart, and were nominated for Grammy Awards in 1989 and 1990. In 1998, Phil Collins asked Gerald to front a Big Band and they toured together. They also recorded one of Albright’s tunes, “Chips N’ Salsa” on Collins’ Big Band Project, entitled “A Hot Night In Paris.” Later that year, Gerald released “Pleasures of the Night” with Will Downing (on Verve Forecast) which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. Most recently, “Sax for Stax” (Peak Records) received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album and “Pushing the Envelope” (Heads Up International) followed suit in the same category in 2010.

MINDI ABAIR:
Mindi Abair shines as one of the contemporary jazz artists who crosses over into the world of pop. Her unique hybrid sound and mix of cool vulnerability and utter conviction gives the likes of John Mayer and Corinne Baily Rae a run for their barrier breaking money. Mindi’s own brand of pop meets jazz adds a refreshingly unique voice to an exciting new generation of crossover artists who, like her, are powerful instrumentalists as well as thought-provoking singer songwriters.
Perhaps John Taylor, famed Duran Duran bassist, says it best about her stunning melodies and heartfelt lyrics, citing her 2008 album Stars, a genre-busting, breathtaking combination of contemporary jazz and Top 40 torch songs. He notes, "It will be love at first listen.” Mindi’s first single from the album, the title track “Stars,” struck genre transcending success, charting number 29 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
Mindi has been producing quality groundbreaking releases like this since her debut album It Just Happens That Way, which debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the Top 10 for 19 consecutive weeks. Her 2006 release Life Less Ordinary debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the top 20 for 45 weeks.

The Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

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August 5, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise Presents Dave Koz!

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, August 5th catch contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz plus Rick Braun on horns along with special guest vocalist Kenny Lattimore for a stellar evening aboard the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you cruise Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

DAVE KOZ:
Over the decades, the saxophone has opened numerous doors for multiple Grammy nominated Dave Koz. He’s played with such artists as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Shelby Lynne, Kenny Loggins, U2, Barry Manilow, Michael McDonald, Luther Vandross and Rod Stewart. He’s become a platinum-selling artist with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.

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.

KENNY LATTIMORE:
Hailed by the New York Times as a “modern soul man,” Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore is climbing the charts once again with another hit in the making: “Love Me Back.” The simple feel-good track is the lead single from Lattimore’s seventh solo album, Anatomy of a Love Song (April 14). In addition to the Grammy-nominated “For You,” Lattimore’s body of work includes his critically acclaimed sophomore album From the Soul of a Man and two top-10 charting duet albums with singer Chanté Moore: Things That Lovers Do and the gospel/R&B double-CD Uncovered/Covered. Lattimore’s last solo project was the 2008 covers album Timeless.
Kenny has garnered Soul Train and Stellar Awards nominations as well as the NAACP Image Award for Best New Artist. His nuanced vocals have graced projects by a diverse array of artists from Musiq Soulchild and Rachelle Ferrell to Nancy Wilson and Brian Culbertson. This prestigious list also includes Kanye West, who sampled Lattimore’s “Lately” for the track “I’m in It” from West’s No. 1 album Yeezus.

The Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

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August 9, 2015    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Matt Marshak and 480East at Raphael Vineyards

Jazz On The Island presents Matt Marshak and Four80East at Raphael Vineyards!

Four80East

Matt Marshak infuses new energy into the golden era of contemporary jazz and R&B – think late 1970s through the 1980s – on Lifestyle, the guitarist’s strongest and most honest release. Mix the old-school, robust sounds of George Benson, Larry Carlton, James Brown, David Sanborn, Prince and BB King with Marshak’s thoroughly modern playing, and you have a CD rooted in the grandest tradition jazz and groove music.

“To me, the ’70s and ’80s were the golden era of instrumental music,” Marshak says. “These natural recordings remain timeless to me. The energy and soul they captured were something so special, and my hope was to revisit the formula used on a lot of those older records.”

The tight trio of bassist Gerald Veasley, keyboardist Benjie Porecki and drummer Carl Anderson complement Marshak’s licks on this organic production with minimal overdubs and absolutely no drum machines or drum loops. The result is nine original songs brimming with a palpable sense of artistry, spontaneity and improvisation. Recorded live at Secret Sound Studios in Baltimore and Marshak’s own Nuance Studios in New York, Lifestyle embodies everything fans and listeners have come to know Matt for both in the studio and during his dynamic live shows.

“We gathered on two chilly winter days at a cozy little studio in Baltimore with engineer John Grant,” Marshak says. “I came in with a rough chord chart for each tune that acted as a mere guide for what would ultimately become the recordings on this album. In the moment, these songs changed, developed, and took us to places we never imagined. We left drum loops, programming, over-editing on the side and just played some live music. This is my vision. This is my belief. Recording it live gives ‘Lifestyle’ an air of freedom you don’t hear a lot today.”

The CD’s first single, "Midtown," is a bright and funky jazz romp and, like the rest of the project, showcases Marshak’s dexterous electric guitar work. “Jumpin’” begins with a James Brown vibe, with Mario Cruz’s brassy horns boosting the energy level. Marshak captures the blues groove of the era with “Hats and Sneakers,” his snaky guitar lines complemented with sexy horns and Porecki’s meaty and nasty organ runs. On “Last Exit,” Marshak lays down a Benson-like groove that slides and grooves like the best songs from the era.

The catchy title track recalls the best of the supergroup Fourplay with its shimmering vibe. "Dreamin' in Dubai" offers a jazzy yet hypnotic groove with Barry Danielian on trumpet, while “One Happy Guy" captures an irresistible melody and a feel-good swing. And "I've Been Down" is an emotional pop ballad that transcends any musical genre, while "Mandela" is a rare acoustic performance that captures the flavor of South African music and is a song to remember.

Lifestyle is Marshak’s eighth CD and follows 2012’s Colors of Me, which featured jazz, R&B, a hint of funk and a dash of world music. It featured the hit “Cadillac Kid,” which was in regular rotation at Sirius/XM's Watercolors. It followed 2001’s Preservation, 2004’s This Time Around, 2006’s Groovosphere, 2008’s On the Rocks (one of JazzTimes’ top jazz albums of the year), 2009’s Family Funktion and 2011’s Urban Folktales.

The guitarist recently toured the world in support of his music as he was invited to play at prestigious events like the Dubai International Jazz Festival and the Mallorca Jazz Festival in Spain. He was a familiar figure on the jazz circuit in the U.S. as well, performing at Jazz on the Vine in Wisconsin (opening for Fourplay), the Rehoboth Jazz Festival in Delaware and the River Raisin Jazz in Detroit. Marshak also toured with Canadian jazz supergroup Four80East on their 2013-2014 world tour and is now featured on their most recent album, “Four 80 East Live.” He’s also teamed up for many live shows with Marcus Anderson (Prince’s saxophonist) this last year, and the duo is bringing a new energy to the format of contemporary jazz.

Marshak also performs at such clubs as Yoshi's in San Francisco, Scullers in Boston, and many other respected venues nationwide. He’ll be headed to the famous Augsburg Jazz Festival in Germany in September 2014.

Four80East is an electro-jazz collective that’s all about the groove. Mixing jazz with soul music and electronic production, the Canadian producer duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace have created a signature bass-propelled sound that entrances listeners of their recordings and enthralls audiences at their live shows.

Since breaking out with their critically acclaimed first release “The Album,” in 1997, Four80East has been a mainstay on contemporary jazz radio and touring circuits with hits like “Eastside” and “Noodle Soup” and five subsequent albums.

Although the “band” was born as a studio project, DeBoer and Grace have been able to transform their layered and captivating sonic productions into a high-energy live show with the help of many world class session musicians who join them on stage. DeBoer, a multi-instrumentalist who plays keyboards, guitar and bass, fronts the band on their live performances.

As a production team and as artists, DeBoer and Grace have had global success. They’ve won every major music award in their native Canada from a Juno to a MuchMusic Award to a Canadian Radio Music Award. Internationally, they’ve achieved commercial success and received critical accolades for their work as remixers, label owners, producers, and artists in the genres of R&B, jazz and dance. They’ve also migrated their talents to film and TV as composers for hit shows, films and commercials.

For 20 years as producers and songwriters and almost as long as Four80East, they’ve reinvented themselves time and time again. Whether pushing the boundaries of musical integration on their recordings or filling the dance floor at their concerts, Four80East is continually putting their unique twist on contemporary jazz’s sound and style. For them music is all about being fresh and exciting and, most importantly, all about the groove.

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August 12, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise Presents Jonathan Butler!

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, August 12th catch jazz guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler with Alex Bugnon on keyboards for an evening to remember on the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you cruise Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

JONATHAN BUTLER:
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Jonathan Butler spent his youth under apartheid, and official government policy of political, legal, and economic discrimination against non-whites. His escape was music. The youngest of twelve children, at age 7, he began singing publicly in South African townships. Not yet in his teens, Butler’s talents as a singer and guitarist were recognized and he soon toured his poverty stricken country in a traveling variety show. In his travels, he could neither comprehend the extreme destitute nor the harsh treatment he endured and bared witness to under the reign of Apartheid. Afrikaans was his native tongue, but he learned English on the road. After signing his first record deal as a teen with British record producer Clive Caulder’s Jive Records, Jonathan’s premier single made him the first black artist to be played on white South African radio stations. The single won a Sarie Award, South Africa’s equivalent to the Grammy. His self-titled debut album also garnered two Grammy nominations; one for the R&B-pop vocal statement “Lies” and the other for “Going Home,” a poignant instrumental. Other releases include Jonathan (2005), Gospel Goes Classical (2006) with Juanita Bynum, Brand New Day (2007), So Strong (2010), and 2012’s Grace and Mercy, filled with the soulful sounds and insightful lyrics fans have come to expect from this veteran performer.

ALEX BUGNON:
Contemporary jazz keyboardist 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 US 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 that also placed on the top contemporary jazz charts. He most recently released Going Home in 2012. Alex is the recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards.

The Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

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August 15, 2015    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
The Guthrie Brothers Live at Town Hall Music!

Guthrie Brothers

Town Hall Music Presents The Guthrie Brothers: Scarborough Fair, a Simon and Garfunkel Experience!

From their mesmerizing rendition of Sound of Silence to their playful version of Cecilia, the Guthrie Brothers take their audience on a journey through the music of one of the world's most recognized folk rock duos.
Through songs, stories and trivia, Jeb and Jock blend their rich voices together to weave an enjoyable tapestry that leaves everyone smiling... and singing along!

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August 19, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise Presents Najee!

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, August 19th catch Grammy nominated jazz saxophonist Najee for an evening to remember on the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you cruise Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

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.”

The Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

Buy Tickets

 


 

August 26, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise Presents Rachelle Ferrell!

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, August 26th catch internationally acclaimed songstress and jazz pianist Rachelle Ferrell for an evening to remember on the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you cruise Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

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.

The Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

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September 2, 2015    6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Smooth Jazz Cruise Presents Freddie Jackson!

Smooth Jazz Cruise 2015!

Wednesday, September 2nd catch soul and R&B sensation Freddie Jackson for the final Smooth Cruise of the summer season on the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you cruise Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.
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 Smooth Cruises are Back for Summer 2015!
Join us WEDNESDAY EVENINGS aboard the fabulous Hornblower Infinity, departing from Pier 40 at Houston Street @ the Hudson River/West Side Highway (North side of pier).
Come aboard WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, JUNE 24 thru SEPT 2 for NINE SIZZLING NIGHTS ABOARD THE SMOOTH CRUISE!
Enjoy a superb night out on the Hudson cruising in style aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a spectacular 210 foot yacht, as you enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz acts in a truly unique, one-of-a-kind setting!

SHOW TIMES: Cruises promptly depart at 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

TICKETING INFORMATION:
Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.
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.
NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.

THE 2015 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:
June 24: Boney James
July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows
July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot
July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair
Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore
Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon
Aug 19: Najee
Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell
Sept 2: Freddie Jackson

CRUISE DEPARTURE & TRAVEL INFO:
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.
Note: The Hornblower Infinity is handicapped accessible.

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & VIP PACKAGE INFO:
- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section. (Please see individual show pages for pricing)

About the Boat:
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.)

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September 13, 2015    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Richard Elliot at Raphael Vineyards!

Jazz On The Island presents Richard Elliot at Raphael Vineyards!

Richard Elliot

Saxophonist Richard Elliot has arrived at a very special anniversary for blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing. 2014 marks 30 years since the release of his debut solo album, Initial Approach (ITI – 1984), on which he stepped out showcasing his tenor sax, soprano sax, Lyricon and writing skills. What does a red-blooded Scottish sax man raised in Los Angeles – now with a wife and five children – do for a 30-year encore? Well, this one-time member of the classic soul band Tower of Power proves he’s “not a young man” and drops the most overtly sensual, romantic and intimate album of his career in collaboration with contemporary jazz production/guitar giant Paul Brown. The title of this 17th solo project is Lip Service (the artist’s first for Heads Up/Concord Music Group).

The 10-song Lip Service features seven all new original compositions with teasing titles such as “Sookie Sookie” and “All the Way,” as well as three choice covers of soul and pop hits from the ’80s (“Shining Star” by The Manhattans), the ’90s (“Anytime” by Brian McKnight) and today (“When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars).

“It’s not a radical departure,” Elliot says with a chuckle, “just a softer edge. The intensity is still there, just channeled in a different way. I’ve been madly in love with my wife Camella for 20 years (courtship and marriage combined). Romance has always been an important part of our relationship. With five children, there’s never a dull moment in our home but we always take time away for us…something we never had to work at. It just gets better every year - and that’s not Lip Service!”

Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning record producer Paul Brown also influenced the dim lights/rising passion direction of Lip Service. “I have to give credit for the seed of that concept to Paul,” Elliot admits. “The first time I ever worked with him on a full project was for my album Jumpin’ Off (Metro Blue – 1997). Prior to that, I was a guest on records he produced by Peter White and others. We maintained a great relationship. Recently we got reacquainted on Dave Koz’s Summer Horns. Toward the end of recording when he found out I was about to start on my next record, Paul threw out the idea of me doing something more romantic. Everything that I do has to apply on a personal level or else I can’t feel connected. So I thought about it, decided this concept worked perfect for me and we had a great time.”

“My records tend to be potluck things,” Elliot continues, “constantly shifting in terms of feel: some hard things, then some soft. Not to say that I haven’t used concepts. Metro Blue (2005) was a Euro-Funk thing. Rock Steady (2009) was a tribute to my influences growing up, which was all about R&B music. Lip Service is a different deal. We definitely slowed it down a bit.”

A Southern Californian to the core, Elliot commuted on L.A.’s notoriously choked 405 Freeway to get this job done. “I feel naked if I don’t have my car. I do a lot of creative thinking when I’m driving – gathering thoughts in terms of direction. I live in San Diego so I would make the pilgrimage to L.A.to work in Paul’s studio – braving the traffic, chilling for a minute then jumping into it. We’d have ‘song starts’ from folks like Jeff Carruthers, then I would put melodies to them using Paul as that all-important sounding board. Together we were literally writing melodies while we were recording.” Another standout is the evening driver “City Lights,” which was brought in by New York-based keyboardist Bob Baldwin. “I’ve known Bob for years and love his music,” Elliot states. “This one had such a nice vibe and is a departure from the rest of the record. It’s got a romantic, night time feel but reminiscent of classic contemporary jazz stuff. It felt really good.”

One point Elliot hopes to get across is that an album soaking in an aura of romance doesn’t have to be solely about sex. “We didn’t want everything sounding like a hot and heavy Minor 7th vibe. Playfulness is good, too. ‘Sweet Spot’ (a warm wave of guitars and sax intoxication) and ‘Givin’ it Up’ (a gentle rock steady groove) have that aspect.” The opening number “Desire” laid the blueprint for what Elliot and Brown sought to capture. “That song morphed through a bunch of iterations. It set the tone of the record with a Latin feel. When you’re searching for a sound, there’s a tendency to throw a lot of stuff at a song from a production standpoint. Instead, we pulled stuff out of ‘Desire.’ Minimalist from an arranging standpoint, the more air and space there was created a better canvas for my saxophone.”

The cover songs are all inspired choices, each challenging in their own way. The Manhattans’ “Shining Star,” which Richard suggested, is given a bluesy feel with a horn arrangement by Tower of Power veteran Greg Adams. Brian McKnight’s “Anytime,” closing the album in lovingly layered afterglow, was suggested by Brown, arranged by keyboardist Tracy Carter and temporarily intimidated Elliot. “I thought to myself, ‘Best not to overanalyze.’ We got the arrangement together, cut the rhythm section then I had a glass of wine, took a deep breath and dived in.”

Poetically, the remaining cover of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” was suggested by Elliot’s wife. “Camella said, ‘You have to listen to this!’ I’ve loved that guy since he started. His roots clearly come from Soul music and bands like I was, and he’s worked hard for years to get to where he is now. So, naturally, I feel an affinity with him. I was already familiar with the song and Camella’s got a really good intuition for songs like that. She reminded me that I recorded ‘Over the Rainbow’ with just sax and piano (from On the Town – 1991) and it was one of the biggest songs on the album. I ended up using acoustic piano with just a bit of B3 organ (both played by Lew Laing). Then I went through a bunch of versions of my performance ’til we got something straddling the fence between sensitive and having some intensity.”

Slow burning intensity has been Richard Elliot’s stock-in-trade since debuting as a member of the novel Chapman Stick-based quartet Kittyhawk in 1979 at the age of 19. With influences ranging from Grover Washington, Jr. to John Klemmer, his broad range of saxual expression knows no bounds. He has topped charts and toured the world as a leader as well as with the innovative groups Guitars & Saxes and Summer Horns (Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Dave Koz), the latter of whom he’ll be on the road with all summer 2014 (debuting a selection or two from Lip Service) before continuing on with his own shows in the fall. It’s the unabashed excitement from concert fans that drives him to this day.

Looking back on the 16 solo projects that led to Lip Service, Elliot concludes, “I’ve never counted my albums. I tend to do a record every year-and-a half or two. It just goes by so quickly. I still love what I do. Recording is a fun yet arduous process… but I never get tired of playing live. I always say I play my concerts for free and get paid for everything else I have to do the other 23 hours of the day! It’s a privilege to play music for a living…and I never take a gig for granted.”

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