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Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012

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 sjc858.jpg sjc651.jpg  St. Thomas
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sjc489.jpg  Bon Appetit    sjc906.jpg  Half Moon Cay
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sjc1200.jpg  Host Marcus MIller

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GRAMMY Winner Marcus Miller closes the 7 day cruise with an informative and rousing show letting his new found fans know his musical history career. Having written all the major hits for David Sanborn such as Muputo and Luther Vandross's Grammy winning "Power Of Love".  The renouned bassist played one of the Beattle's most famous baselines "Come Together" while taking the audience on a journey of Miles Davis "TuTu Revisited".  Born in New York Marcus and with to the famous "FAME" High School. At 19 years of age worked with Grover Washington Jr. on the "Winelight" album.  Gerald Albright joins him on stage to play this single.  Telling the history on how he and Luther Vandross met, he ended up working with Luther to put together his first demo tape which "Never Too Much" became the hit.  Other Luther hits that Marcus helped to write and produce were "Bad Boy," "For You To Love," and "The Night I Fell In Love" just to name a few as Ellis Hall came on stage to play this hit.  Marcus also wrote "Jump To It" for Arthea Franklin,  Being apart of the "Saturday Night Live" band until one day getting a call from Miles Davis which lead him to work with the ledgent for the next 10 years. Closing his show with the lively tune that he wrote for the band EU for the Spike Liee movie "School Daze" was memorable to say the least when David Sanborn began to sing a verse of the song and sounded just like the original.  What a great way to end a great cruise experience.


sjc1053.jpg  Gerald Albright

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A fitting opening song from his 1989 release on Atlantic Records "Bemuda NIghts" Gerald Albright romantically thrilled the audience. Also providing a medley of other romantic and groove tunes from his 15 discography such as; "In The Mood," "So Amazing," and  "My, My, My".  Bringing memories back of Bobby Womack with his version of "Walk On By".  Playing some of his orginal tunes from his latest CD "Pushing The Envelope" "Hwy 70" to the title track from his CD "New Beginning" in which Patrice Rushen comes to join him on stage.  Both classmates growing up in Los Angeles rarely gets to play together due to their busy schedules so fan were treated to a rare pairing. Joe Sample also was a guest has they played "Bossa Nova" from his "Live at Birdland West". Gerald introduced his baby girl Selina to the stage has she performed a James Brown classic "It's A Man's World".  Ending his show with "Georgia On My Mind" and then with a Frankie Beverly and Maze tune Gerald teased the crowd with high pitch one notes and breathing techniques that left eveyone wanting more. 


sjc760.jpg  Boney James featuring  Rick Braun

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Upon joining the ship at St. Thomas on Day 5, Boney thrilled the crowd with a cameo appearance later that evening. But tonight was Boney in rare form as he and Rick Braun performance of "Grazin in the Grass" had everyone up out of their seats.



Euge Groove featuring Peter White and Jeff Golub

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Euge Groove like many of the artists performed in seminars and joined other artists on stage. One of his memorable cameo's for me was him joining Jonathan Butler during the Gospel Hour while playing his song "Pray For Peace".


sjc387.jpg  Jonathan Butler "The Gospel Show"

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Jonathan Butler presents "The Gospel Show" was a worship serviice on water.  With the announcement that along with Johnathan and his daughters, Kirk Whalum will be touring cities with this Gospel Show in 2012. But this morning show which lasted over a hour and a half featured Candy Dulfer, Euge Groove, Tom Braxton, Patches Stewart, Larry Braggs, Ellis Hall, Kirk Whalum and Marcus Miller all giving praise to the packed house.











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