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OUR TAKE: Let’s Talk Vocals

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Recently, I checked out the lineup for our very first cruise as Jazz Cruises, The Jazz Cruise 2001. Dee Dee Bridgewater was the headliner vocalist for this landmark event, which infamously sailed just a few weeks after the 9/11 tragedy. Dee Dee will reprise her history of performing on inaugural sailings when she joins Marcus Miller […]

OUR TAKE: David Foster

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David Foster began as a studio musician, arranger, and recording artist. That period was the foundation for when he became one of the most successful songwriters and record producers in the genre.

OUR TAKE: FROM THE ANDREWS SISTERS TO THE SING SONG BOYS — A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE

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As shared before, I am a student of World War II. From my idolization of Winston Churchill to the stories of bravery and sacrifice of soldiers and civilians fighting to save democracy, dignity and decency, I am in awe of the massive scope of the conflict and what was at stake for the world. Though no war is entirely noble, WWII was as clear a case of good versus evil as we have ever seen.

OUR TAKE: SANBORN

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My aim for this note was to talk about seeing Jonathan Butler in St. Louis last weekend and Kamasi Washington in Dallas the other night. For any other week, those stories would have been fun to write and could have provided interesting reading for followers of The Weekender. But, the passing of David Sanborn, just […]

OUR TAKE: KAMASI DOES DALLAS; DALLAS DOES JAZZ

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Kamasi Washington is performing at the House of Blues in Dallas on May 15. Paula and I will be there, so, if you plan on attending the show, check us out and say hello. Due mainly to the pandemic, it has been a while (too long) since we have seen Kamasi perform live. Our anticipation […]

OUR TAKE: HOW ABOUT THEM DRUMS

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Last night, I saw Herlin Riley perform with his band at Jazz St. Louis. Though Herlin has been an almost regular on The Jazz Cruise for the past few years, it has been a while since I saw him as the leader of his own group. He was great, as always. For those who sailed […]

OUR TAKE: TORNADOES AND OTHER TWISTERS

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Did you know that nearly 70% of all tornadoes occur from March through May? Perhaps that is why I have always found this time of the year to be unsettling. There is a rhythm to the Winter Season and Summer plays out according to a plan as well. I think Fall is the best time […]

OUR TAKE: THE ST. LOUIS JAZZ FESTIVAL IS BACK!

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For the past few years, not counting the Pandemic period, Jazz Cruises has presented some form of Jazz Festival in our hometown of St. Louis. Most recently, it was called The Smooth Jazz Cruise on Land in St. Louis. With the addition of new programs, Botti at Sea and Journey of Jazz, we thought that […]

OUR TAKE: BOSCOV’S BERKS JAZZ FEST

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As I have shared before, Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest has been an important part of our jazz reach for many years. The lineup is always a blend of “straight ahead” and “smooth” jazz and many, many of the musicians who perform on our cruise programs also perform at Berks. The success of this festival is […]

OUR TAKE: SPRING FORWARD, MORE MUSIC

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Tonight, actually early tomorrow morning, we will move our clocks forward one hour signaling the beginning of Daylight Savings Time. I imagine that most people look forward to this occurrence as it allows for more outdoor activities after the normal workday, making twilight golf and tennis, concerts, barbecues, and baseball games more available. Yet, I […]

OUR TAKE: DIVINE NINE, DEVINE +2, DE VINE ’25

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Excuse the play on words, but it was too tempting to resist. The first of our “Vine” inspirations is by far the most important. The Divine Nine is the nickname of a group of nine historically Black Greek-letter organizations called the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC). For years, on an informal basis, many of the member groups have gathered […]

OUR TAKE: UNPACKING

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Upon coming home from 33 days at sea, the goals are to catch up and unpack. While at sea, with all the great music, fun events, and wonderful guests to talk to, there is little time to keep up with the personal and business correspondence that occurs during that length of time. Digging out from […]

OUR TAKE: “AT SEA” EDITION #1

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In a few hours, several Jazz Cruises’ staff will be boarding Celebrity Summit for a 5-day cruise during which we will be preparing for our four 7-day programs that begin on January 18, 2024, with The Jazz Cruise ’24. The next four editions of The Weekender will be delivered while we are “At Sea.” Each edition, starting with the January 20 note, will highlight the activities of the cruise then in progress. Hopefully, we can share some of the excitement of the cruises with everyone.

OUR TAKE: WHAT’S IN STORE FOR ’24

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The world of Jazz Cruises reflects the growing interest in live music. The upcoming ’24 Cruises are fully subscribed, and the readership of The Weekender and Jazz Notes is larger than ever. After a one-week holiday, The Weekender returns in its rightful place as the first email you receive on Saturday mornings.

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