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June 3, 2016    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Bob Baldwin and Wynton Marsalis at Lyman!

Wynton and Caldwell

It's Bob Baldwin and Wynton Marsalis live at Lyman Center!

This dynamic DOULE BILL begins with Bob Baldwin composer, jazz keyboardist, producer, arranger, radio host and author. He and his band will raise the roof as they perform from this hot urban jazz keyboardists  extensive catalog of more than 20 records!

Then get prepared for a lesson in jazz from saxophonist, Walter Beasley, who has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “Musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade and the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history! Get ready for some fun because school’s out for the summer!

Tickets: $35 General Public
$30 Series
$30 Faculty/Staff, SCSU Student Guests (Limit 2)
$20 SCSU students with valid ID (Limit 1)

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June 25, 2016    8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Lizz Wright at The Ridgefield Playhouse!

Lizz Wright

It's Lizz Wright at The Ridgefield Playhouse!

Come early, meet new people, and have a beer on us! One free beer compliments of City Steam Brewery for each ticket purchased. Hang out with friends and be one of the first to hear these talented musicians in an intimate venue! Also, enjoy a complimentary wine tasting courtesy of 109 Cheese and Wine and an art exhibit by Rhonda Gentry, Ridgefield Guild of Artists member.

The Jazz musician and Billboard Chart Topper taps into her southern roots, bringing her gospel, jazz, and blues to the stage for one night only! She has been charming music fans worldwide and has received nonstop critical acclaim ever since she appeared on the late pianist and composer Joe Sample’s 2002 disc, The Pecan Tree (Verve). The following year, she gained even wider recognition for her critically acclaimed debut record, Salt (Verve). Produced by the legendary Tommy LiPuma – best known for his award-winning work with George Benson, Diana Krall, and Natalie Cole – the album helped introduce one of the most captivating female vocalists of her generation as it raced to number two on Billboard’s “Top Contemporary Jazz” chart.

Tickets: $55

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July 13, 2016    6:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Smooth Cruises 2016 Butler and Albright Live!

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler!

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. Past releases include “Jonathan” (2005), “Gospel Goes Classical” (2006) with Juanita Bynum, “Brand New Day” (2007), So Strong (2010), and “Grace and Mercy” (2012). The veteran performer most recently released “Living My Dream” in 2014 featuring original contemporary jazz instrumentals and soul-mined R&B vocal cuts.

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, Gerald 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 later switched 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. 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. They toured together and 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 which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. His “Sax for Stax” received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album and “Pushing the Envelope” followed suit in the same category in 2010. Most recently, Gerald received a 2015 Grammy® award nomination for “Slam Dunk” (released in December 2014) in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz New York Presents BWB!

NORMAN BROWN

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

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

KIRK WHALUM

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

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

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

RICK BRAUN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Down to The Bone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 5, 2016    8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Glenn Miller Orchestra Live at The Ridgefield!

Glenn Miller Orchestra

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

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

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

Tickets:$38

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

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Rachelle Ferrell and Rashaan Patterson!

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Rachelle Najee and Alex Bugnon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Roy Ayers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smooth Jazz New York Presents Freddie Jackson!

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

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

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

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

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

OPTIONAL FOOD, BEVERAGE & PREMIUM TICKET PACKAGE INFO

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

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

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

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

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

Madison Theatre presents The Rippingtons!

The Rippingtons

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

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

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

Kirk Whalum

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

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

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

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