Sail Away in August Aboard the Smooth Cruise: New York City’s Longest Running Summer Contemporary Jazz Series Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

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New York City’s original Smooth Cruise returns for its 20th Anniversary summer season with cruises aboard the Hornblower Infinity, departing Pier 40 on August 9, 16, 25, and 30, featuring Peter White, Vincent Ingala, Najee, Alex Bugnon, The Stylistics, and an all-star tribute to Larry Coryell & the Eleventh Hour. Tickets to the evening sailings are on sale now at SmoothJazzNewYork.com.

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The Smooth Cruise returns to the Hornblower Infinity celebrating its 20th Anniversary summer season of presenting world-class contemporary jazz and R&B with spectacular Hudson River views.

We’re excited to be back aboard the Hornblower Infinity for our 20th anniversary summer season. We’ve curated some of the most beloved jazz and R&B acts to perform amidst the stunning harbor views that have come to make the Smooth Cruise so popular...

Smooth Jazz New York in association with Marquee Concerts is pleased to present another star-studded contemporary jazz and R&B line up for New York City’s original Smooth Cruise series. The 20th anniversary season takes place aboard the Hornblower Infinity, a 210-foot luxury yacht.

The Smooth Cruises set sail Wednesday evenings August 9, 16 and 30 and Friday, August 25. The August roster includes some of the world’s most popular contemporary jazz and R&B artists in an intimate and luxurious setting. Departing from Pier 40, located at Houston Street at the West Side Highway, the cruises sail down the Hudson River offering world-class music plus exceptional views of the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and the New York City skyline.

“We’re excited to be back aboard the Hornblower Infinity for our 20th anniversary summer season,” notes Bill Zafiros, co-founder of Marquee Concerts. “We’ve curated some of the most beloved jazz and R&B acts to perform amidst the stunning harbor views that have come to make the Smooth Cruise so popular for the last two decades.”

THE AUGUST 2017 SMOOTH CRUISE SCHEDULE:

Wed., Aug. 9: Peter White & Vincent Ingala, 7pm
Wed., Aug. 16: Najee & Alex Bugnon, 6:30pm & 9:30pm
Fri., Aug. 25: The Stylistics, 6:30pm & 9:30pm
Wed., Aug. 30: Tribute to Larry Coryell & the Eleventh House w/original band members + special guests, 7pm

Fan favorite Peter White with special guest Vincent Ingala perform aboard the Smooth Cruise on Wednesday, August 9 at 7pm. For over two decades, world-renowned acoustic guitarist Peter White has been 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. Since releasing his critically acclaimed debut album, “North End Soul” in 2010, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Vincent Ingala has amassed widespread popularity, was named Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year, and was Sirius XM Watercolors’ 2013 Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

On August 16 at 6:30pm and 9:30pm, NYC-native and Grammy® nominated saxophonist and flautist Najee returns to the Smooth Cruise along with the award-winning Alex Bugnon on keyboards. Najee, one of the original innovators of Urban Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz has garnered two Platinum and four Gold albums, and is the recipient of the Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Artist, NAACP Image Award, and Trumpet Award. NYC transplant and winner of two Soul Train Music Awards, Alex Bugnon grew up attending the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. After moving to the US, he spent 4 years working as a session musician with numerous R&B and jazz performers including Patti Austin, James Ingram, Keith Sweat, and Freddie Jackson.

R&B icons, The Stylistics play a special Friday night Smooth Cruise on August 25, sailing at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. During the early 1970s, leading Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics had a dozen Top 10 hits, including “You Are Everything,” “Break Up to Make Up,” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.”

The Smooth Cruise season finale takes place Wednesday, August 30 at 7pm with a Tribute to Larry Coryell & the Eleventh House. Featuring original band members Randy Brecker, John Lee, and Mike Mandel, with Julian Coryell, Dennis Chambers, Murali Coryell, Lenny White, plus other special guests, the show pays homage to the legendary guitarist dubbed the “Godfather of Fusion” who passed away in February of this year.

The spacious Hornblower Infinity features an open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows that provide endless opportunities to enjoy sights of New York Harbor as guests enjoy the music of world-renowned artists. The yacht offers spacious exterior sun decks and includes climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, enabling the cruises to sail rain or shine.

Food and beverages are available at an additional charge. A buffet dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 and cash bars are located on multiple decks. A limited number of Premium Ticket Packages feature a separate boarding line, a premium buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating.

For information and tickets, visit SmoothJazzNewYork.com. Tickets are ON SALE NOW at Ticketweb.com and by phone at 1-866-468-7619. Tickets are $49 and up. Prices vary based upon show, time of purchase and ticket level. See the web site for complete ticket options, package pricing, and discount parking links. Show times vary; check schedule and web site for details.

About Smooth Jazz New York
Smooth Jazz New York, a subsidiary of Marquee Concerts, has produced the Smooth Cruises for 20 summer seasons. The organization produces and promotes New York’s biggest and best Smooth Jazz shows and serves as the portal for live contemporary jazz shows in the New York Metropolitan area. Learn more at SmoothJazzNewYork.com.

About Marquee Concerts
NYC based Marquee Concerts, one of the premier independent concert promoters in the Northeast, produces hundreds of events across all spectrums and genres. Marquee is constantly researching new music trends, recognizing today's up-and-coming entertainers, and expanding upon existing business relationships to put on the best shows possible and remain a competitive mainstay in the concert promoter’s industry. Learn more at MarqueeConcerts.com.

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