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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.)

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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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