Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Entertainment Cruise Productions Announces 10 Year Partnership with Vail Jazz

The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note At Sea Will Serve as the Presenting Sponsors of the 2017 Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series.

Two of North America's preeminent jazz festival producers - the Vail Jazz Foundation and Entertainment Cruise Productions - celebrate 10 years of partnership with the announcement that The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note At Sea will serve as the Presenting Sponsors of the 2017 Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series. The 23rd annual presentation of the Vail Jazz Festival will feature over 70 performances between June 9 - September 4, 2017, and Vail Jazz @ Vail Square serves as the Festival's summer-long, flagship series, showcasing the genre's most prolific talent week after week.

The nine-week series is held in the enchanting Bavarian-inspired village of Lionshead, situated at the base of Vail Mountain. In similar fashion, The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note At Sea will sail on the top-rated luxury cruise ship, Celebrity Summit, to showcase the world's most celebrated jazz musicians in unparalleled venues.

The 2017 Vail Jazz @ Vail Square series is a world tour of jazz music's past and present, kicking off Texas roadhouse-style with Marcia Ball (July 6), then hopping over the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans for a musical gumbo of big band jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues and R&B with Butler, Bernstein & the Hot 9 (July 13). Frank Vignola's Hot Club of France Tribute Band will conjure the intoxicating sounds of Gypsy jazz and the music's patriarch, Django Reinhardt (July 20), punctuated by the Afro-Cuban explosion, Cubanismo! (August 10), and international flair of Brazilian samba delivered by Grammy-winner Eliane Elias (August 17). Other highlights of the series include appearances by Grammy-nominee Rene Marie & Experiment In Truth (August 3), Joey DeFrancesco & the People (August 24) and a specially-curated presentation by Artistic Director Howard Stone: Ella and Louis, Together Again - featuring Carmen Bradford and Byron Stripling. Recounting the seminal recordings of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, the show will celebrate the best-loved duo's most cherished numbers (July 27).

Vail Jazz has found not just a kindred spirit in Entertainment Cruise Productions, but a treasured friend and partner. The organizations share a focus on creating unique listening experiences for passionate jazz fans, as well as a similar taste in artistic excellence (Vail Jazz Party House Band members John Clayton, Jeff Clayton, Terell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Cunliffe and Lewis Nash all appeared as featured performers on the 2017 Jazz Cruise). Jazz fans from coast to coast appreciate the alignment between the organizations. "Every year, I bump into more and more Vail Jazz Festival goers on The Jazz Cruise," says Vail Jazz Development Director Owen Hutchinson, "and likewise for seafarers coming to the mountains in the summer!"

Blue Note At Sea, sailing January 27 - February 3, 2018, features living legends of jazz including Chick Corea, Marcus Miiller and David Sanborn alongside the hottest of the new generation of greats like Robert Glasper and Leslie Odom, Jr. Ports of call include Labadee, Haiti, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I, San Juan, Puerto Rico and CocoCay, Bahamas. The Jazz Cruise, sailing February 3 - February 10, 2018 is dedicated to the very best straight-ahead jazz around including Monty Alexander, Kurt Elling, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Arturo Sandoval, Niki Haris and so many more. Ports of call include a special 24-hour stopover in New Orleans, LA and Cozumel, Mexico.

Vail Jazz is honored to partner with The Jazz Cruise and Blue Note At Sea in celebration and perpetuation of the jazz tradition.

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