Where will you find such acts as Marcus Miller, Russell Malone, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Patti Austin, Houston Person, David Benoit and Wayman Tisdale this fall and winter? Performing in the lounges and ballrooms of major cruise ships en route to exotic locales, that’s where.
The concept of bringing recording artists on board to entertain people isn’t new, but in the last three years the jazz-cruise phenomenon has exploded with sold-out sailings to the Caribbean, the Mexican coast and Europe. The coming months will see the straightahead-oriented Jazz Cruise in October, the second annual Dave Koz and Friends at Sea cruise in November, the Brian Culbertson-hosted All Star Smooth Jazz Cruise and the Wayman Tisdale-hosted Smooth Jazz Cruise in Jan. 2007. In addition, bassist Marcus Miller will host the first-ever North Sea Jazz Cruise-to which JazzTimes is a consultant-that’s sailing from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, next July. Each ship will be front-loaded with the top performers in jazz.