For the past 15 years, Entertainment Cruises Productions (ECP) has produced nearly 40 sold-out Jazz Cruises and Smooth Jazz Cruises. A brand new charter, The Contemporary Jazz Cruise, will set out on its week-long voyage on February 4, 2017.
ECP Executive Director Michael Lazaroff explained that he identified a specific need for a cruise that would satisfy the musical appetites of another segment of the jazz market. In a press release, he stated, "accordingly, and more than a little arbitrarily, we identified musicians and vocalists who are writing their own music, but who have not abandoned their quest for melody and verse. We could have called this "world jazz" or "today's jazz," but we opted for the slightly more inclusive "Contemporary" jazz as the descriptive moniker for the cruise."
Along with the cruise's Musical Director Marcus Miller, 21 other acts will be on board the “Celebrity Summit.” They are the Pat Metheny Trio, Joshua Redman, The Bad Plus, Lalah Hathaway, David Sanborn, Wycliff Gordon, Billy Kilson, Ben Williams, Geoffrey Keezer, Grace Kelly, Reuben Rogers, Greg Hutchinson, Aaron Goldberg, Peter Martin, Alex Han, Terence Blanchard, the Robert Glasper Trio, Aaron Parks, Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves, Chucho Valdés and Ronnie Scott's Jazz All Stars.
The Contemporary Jazz Cruise will be departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and traveling to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic and Haiti.
For more information, visit http://www.thecontemporaryjazzcruise.com/