St. Louis, Missouri (8 September 2011): Three weeks of sold-out Caribbean cruises showcasing dozens of the biggest stars in contemporary and straight-ahead jazz established Jazz Cruises as the preeminent jazz promoter on water, but a full slate of concert sponsorships on land in 2011 has made the St. Louis-based company one of the world’s top jazz promoters on land and sea.
This year, Jazz Cruises, the largest private music ship charter company in the world, quietly adopted the “Love It Live” manta, a philosophy with a specific purpose. “Our goal is to make sure that jazz continues to be a vital and vibrant part of the national music scene,” said Jazz Cruises executive director Michael Lazaroff
With that goal in mind, Jazz Cruises aggressively placed themselves wherever jazz music is played live. Either under the company name or their contemporary jazz cruise brand, The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party At Sea, they became the title sponsor of the Seabreeze Jazz Festival and three October festivals: Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks. Lazaroff conceived the highly successful summer concert tour by a super group of legends – George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn – that toured under the DMS moniker on a coast-to-coast trek sponsored by Jazz Cruises.
Jazz Cruises also sponsors the Chicago Smooth Jazz Series, St. Louis Smooth Jazz Series, Vail Jazz Festival, Jazz St. Louis, and a land tour by the Vista All-Stars comprised of a collective of musicians who perform on the company’s The Jazz Cruise excursion. On September 15th, The Smooth Jazz Cruise: The Greatest Party At Sea will sponsor an all-star benefit concert in Newport Beach to support guitarist Jeff Golub, the only musician who has performed on every sailing of The Smooth Jazz Cruise. Golub recently lost his sight, but was given hope by doctors that his vision may be restored through an expensive series of medical tests and procedures.
On sea, Jazz Cruises produced two sold-out sailings of The Smooth Jazz: The Greatest Party At Sea in January followed by a sold-out 10th anniversary sailing of The Jazz Cruise, the latter of which is already sold-out for 2012. The seven-day floating festivals sail in luxury aboard Holland America vessels to exotic Caribbean destinations while featuring stellar live jazz performances in theatre and more intimate club-size venues. The cruises are experiential musical vacations allowing passengers passage behind the velvet rope to interact with the musicians in unique settings. The luminous talent lineups that perform aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise and The Jazz Cruise include Grammy winners, legends, chart-toppers as well as rising stars.
For Lazaroff, his passion for jazz came naturally. “I grew up in household where music played all the time, with jazz and the standards reigning supreme. My father was a very good amateur alto saxophonist and my mother (Jazz Cruises founder Anita Berry) was the first person in the world to charter an entire ship for a jazz cruise, so my love for the music and interest in cruising is genuine. ‘Love It Live,’ is how music should be played and heard, and as a company, Jazz Cruises will do anything that we can to insure that live music - particularly jazz - prospers, grows and is heard and understood by as many people as possible.”
About Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises)
The largest private music ship charter company in the world, St. Louis, Missouri-based Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) owns, produces and promotes The Smooth Jazz Party: Greatest Party At Sea (www.thesmoothjazzcruise.com) and The Jazz Cruise (www.thejazzcruise.com), and is proud to partner with Time Life for The Malt Shop Memories Cruise (www.maltshopcruise.com) and an R&B/soul music cruise to be announced later this month. Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) prides itself on providing first-class musical vacation experiences featuring marquee stars from their respective genres for loyal passengers, many of whom make the cruises an annual affair. With its current slate of excursions, Entertainment Cruise Productions, LLC (Jazz Cruises) will have produced 35 full-ship charter cruises. Additional information is available at www.jazzcruises-ecp.com.
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