Blue Note at Sea features highly respected and renowned jazz performers who are continuing to define what is new and hip in the world of jazz while retaining and respecting those elements of the genre that have made jazz one of the most enduring music genres throughout the world
By the age of 15 Pat Metheny was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in his home town of Kansas City. He burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974 with his soon-to-become trademarked playing style, which blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility—a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life (1975), he reinvented the traditional "jazz guitar" sound for a new generation of players. Throughout his career, Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utiliziing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.
Marcus Miller, winner of two Grammy® Awards, the 2013 Edison Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz (Holland), the 2010 Victoire du Jazz (France) and appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2013, is not only an exceptional musician – a multi-instrumentalist and world-renowned bassist – but also a highly gifted composer and producer. The legendary album “Tutu,” written and produced for Miles Davis, sealed his international fame when Marcus was only 25. Over the course of his career, has collaborated with artists as varied and talented as Eric Clapton, George Benson, Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, George Duke, Wayne Shorter, Lalah Hathaway and Herbie Hancock. He also has produced his own genre-defying albums, among them The Sun Don’t Lie, Tales, M2, Silver Rain, Free, A Night in Monte Carlo (with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra), and Renaissance. Along with international tours, Marcus Miller hosts a weekly program on SiriusXM radio show, “Miller Time.”
New Orleans-born and-based Terence Blanchard has traveled many paths musically, including delivering adventurous and provocative acoustic jazz outings of original material, composing over 50 soundtracks and even, in 2013, debuting Champion: An Opera in Jazz. As a leader and co-leader (significantly four albums early in his career with fellow Crescent City artist, saxophonist Donald Harrison), Blanchard has recorded more than 30 albums that often defied genres, yet were still critically acclaimed. On his latest Blue Note Records album, Breathless, Blanchard powerfully and playfully journeys into another jazz realm with his new quintet, The E-Collective—an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colors.
Ten years after making his Blue Note debut—and following two GRAMMY-winning volumes of his critically and commercially successful R&B-oriented Black Radio albums—Robert Glasper has returned to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio with bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Damion Reid, who formed the original trio featured on Glasper’s first two Blue Note albums: Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007). “A star for his R&B and hip-hop work, Robert Glasper here applies his elegant jazz skills with an all-acoustic trio to an inviting tracklist that was mostly written to be sung,” wrote The Guardian in a glowing 4-star review of their latest recording.
An artist whose music is at once timeless yet utterly of its time, Gregory Porter solidified his standing as his generation’s most soulful jazz singer-songwriter with the 2016 release of Take Me to the Alley (Blue Note). The acclaimed album was the follow-up to his Grammy-winning, million-selling 2013 Blue Note debut Liquid Spirit, which led both ESQUIRE and NPR to declare him “America’s Next Great Jazz Singer.” Raised in California, Porter’s mother was a minister, and he cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound, as well as his mother’s Nat King Cole record collection, as fundamental influences on his own sound. Porter began singing in small jazz clubs in San Diego while attending San Diego State University on a football scholarship. Eventually it was music that Porter chose to pursue full-time at the encouragement of his mentor Kamau Kenyatta. After a sting in the Tony Award nominated musical It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Porter moved to Brooklyn and released two Grammy-nominated albums: Water (Motéma Music, 2010) and Be Good (Motéma Music, 2012). He currently lives with his family in Bakersfield, California.
Four-time Grammy® winner and celebrated jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves’ unrivaled voice has commanded prominent roles in the soundtrack of the Academy Award-nominated film “Good Night, and Good Luck;” recordings of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; performances with the Berlin Philharmonic; and state dinners at the White House. The first creative chair for jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the songstress’s distinctive jazz and R&B stylings have earned her a unique place in music history with Best Jazz Vocal Performance nods on three consecutive recordings. Her latest endeavor, “Beautiful Life,” is a true testament to her virtuosity, bringing R&B, Latin and pop influences to 21st century jazz.
Dionisio Jesús 'Chucho' Valdés Rodríguez was born in a family of musicians in Havana, Cuba, and by the age of three already played at the piano, using both hands, in any key, melodies he heard on the radio. At 15 he formed his first jazz trio. In 1973, he formed Irakere, a small, Cuban-style big band that played an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical music and traditional Cuban music, including Afro-Cuban religious music and instruments.The group went on to create an extraordinary body of work over the next 25 years, at which point Valdes started a parallel career as a solo player and quartet leader. In total, Chucho has won five Grammys and three Latin Grammys. His most recent production, Border-Free, is yet another expression of the continuing musical search and evolution of Chucho Valdés as a pianist, composer, arranger and director.
The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. Based in New York City, the intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The Bad Plus' 10th studio recording, Inevitable Western, sees bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King further honing the same conceptual base that fired their inception, creating an album where pop, blues, and folk meld with classic melodies and rhythmic innovation into that rarest of hybrids: intelligent music for the masses.
Joshua Redman is one of the most acclaimed and charismatic jazz artists to have emerged in the decade of the 1990s. In 1991 Redman graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Social Studies. He had already been accepted by Yale Law School, but deferred entrance for what he believed was only going to be one year, but almost immediately he found himself immersed in the New York jazz scene. Redman was quickly signed by Warner Bros. Records and issued his first, self-titled album in the spring of 1993, which subsequently earned Redman his first Grammy nomination. Redman has channeled his jazz sensibilities through such diverse projects as The Elastic Band, a flexible, electrified, groove-based trio, and the SFJAZZ Collective, an ensemble distinguished both by the creativity of its members and a unique primary emphasis on composition.
Born into musical legacy, the offspring of musicians Donny Hathaway and Eulaulah Hathaway, Lalah Hathaway’s career was never a choice. Proof of Hathaway’s musical prowess is evident in her work, operating as performer, musician, writer and producer. Revered by some of the greatest musicians of the last century, a myriad of collaborations and international performances signpost Hathaway’s 25-year success. Enamoured with colour, space and the evolution of music, Hathaway’s six studio albums chronicles an emotive journey through R&B, Jazz, and Soul. The inflections of Blues, Funk, Gospel, Classical, Country, Rock and Folk cited in her work, is a reflection of this virtuoso’s versatility, with Grammy® wins for Best R&B and Best Traditional R&B Performances in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
In his three-and-a-half decade career, David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. Having contracted polio at the age of three, Dave was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton, later playing with The Rolling Stones and touring with David Bowie with whom he recorded the famous solo heard on “Young Americans”. At the same time, Dave was touring and recording with the great Gil Evans. Dave’s solo release of Taking Off in 1975—still considered a classic—further solidified his career. Later albums have included guest artists such as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell, Charlie Hayden, Wallace Roney, Luther Vandross, Kenny Barron, Christian McBride, and Eric Clapton.Dave hosted the television show, Night Music from 1988 to 1990.
One of the top trombonists of his generation, both an accomplished soloist and leader of his eponymous quartet, WycliffeGordon tours the globe performing for audiences of every caliber, from elementary school students to heads of state. In 2014, for the third year in a row, he received Downbeat Magazine’s Critics Poll “Best in Trombone” award. Wycliffe also has been recognized eight times – most recently in 2013 – by the Jazz Journalists Association as “Trombonist of the Year.” A veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, the musician has 16 solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs under his belt. Adept at the tuba, trumpet and soprano trombone plus an accomplished composer and arranger, Wycliffe currently serves as artist-in-residence at Georgia Regents University where he is developing a jazz studies program, teaches courses and works with music majors.
In the span of almost 4 decades Renowned Grammy Award®-winning Drummer Billy Kilson has set a standard all his own. Constantly evolving his craft, philosophy & approach, Kilson hits the mark every time. As a side man with Chris Botti over the last decade, Billy has shared the stage with some of the most prolific icons of our generation—Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Steven Tyler, John Mayer, just to name a few. With Botti, Kilson has toured the world and entertained millions with his infectious grooves, standing ovation drum solos and charismatic charm. As a leader of his own group, BK Groove, Billy has released three highly acclaimed albums and elevated what it means to be a drummer in the post modern music industry. When not touring, Billy is teaching and passing down the timeless wisdomand knowledge handed to him by his friend and mentor Alan Dawson.
Ben Williams is one of the youngest and brightest musicians on the scene today who is helping to push the legacy of jazz forward through the reflection of his own distinct sound and flavor of hip hop, gospel, and rhythm & blues. He is highly recognized as a national and international acclaimed bassist, bandleader, performer, music educator, and composer having performed with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Pat Metheny, Chaka Kahn, Dee Bridgewater, Terrence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Benny Golson, Stefon Harris and an endless list of others. Williams became a “Rising Star” when he won the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz BassCompetition Award, and was named the 2011 Itunes Breakthrough Artist of the Year in the category of jazz. He won his first Grammy Award with the Pat Metheny Unity Band for Best Jazz Instrumental Album of 2012. His first two albums, State of Art and Coming of Age, both reached #1 on the iTunes charts.
With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. Whether recording with jazzy chanteuses Diana Krall or Dianne Reeves, touring with trumpet king Chris Botti, or collaborating with pop icon Sting, sax legend Wayne Shorter, guitar wizard Jim Hall, star bassist Christian McBride or vibes master Joe Locke, Geoffrey “has more than enough virtuosity and sheer musical wit and intelligence to weave all of his apparently disparate strands of influence into an original and compelling whole" (Time Magazine). On a mission to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, Keezer’s latest solo release Heart of the Piano is his most direct and focused artistry to date. From solo to duo to quartet, from bandleader to big band, from post bop jazz to electronica to global fusion, from composer to arranger, Geoffrey delivers music from the heart of the piano to the ear—and heart—of the listener.
Reuben R. Rogers' ability to transport the emotion of a piece into his accompaniment is akin to that of a fine woven tapestry, creating a blanket of rhythm and harmony that is welcomed by vocalists and instrumentalists alike. His own musical narration, often shaded in a palette of blue, has reached a point in its development where a leading flight is inevitable. This can be heard on Rogers' debut solo project, "The Things I Am," co-produced by renowned saxophonist Ron Blake.
Born November 15, 1974, and raised in the Virgin Islands, Rogers was exposed to varieties of music that included Calypso, Reggae, Gospel and Jazz. Rogers' command of both the electric and acoustic bass has aided him in adapting to various musical genres. This versatility in addition to the creative energy that Rogers brings to the stage and recording studio has led him to be one of the most sought after bassists of his generation. He has enjoyed the opportunity of intense musical relationships with jazz artists of world-renown, such as Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Marcus Roberts, Nicholas Payton, Mulgrew Miller, Jackie McLean, Charles Lloyd and Dianne Reeves, amongst others. He has toured extensively all over the globe, and has recorded on over 70 CDs. His musical endeavors come full circle during performances with Ron Blake and Dion Parson in the Caribbean jazz group "21st Century.”
Jazz Magazine describes him as “the drummer of his generation” and indeed, Gregory Hutchinson is one of the most highly respected musicians of our time. His mastery of timing and expression of rhythms is at the core of his personal style. He is a musician’s drummer, soundly rooted in the jazz tradition he is able to approach all styles of music with supreme accuracy and imagination, decorating compositions with his natural feel and mind blowing innovation.
The Brooklyn native began to nurture his passion for playing at the very young age of 3. He recalls his first drum set lasting a total of 5 minutes, “I proceeded to put the sticks through the drumhead and not on top of it. I didn’t know about Ted Reed stick control” he muses, “and now fast forward many years, here I am.”
His professional career began right out of high school, when he was introduced to Red Rodney after playing in a Big Band for a year. He quickly became known as a young phenom in the jazz community sharing the stage with the likes of not only Rodney, but Betty Carter, and Ray Brown while still in his early twenties. He is one of the few musicians today who had the opportunity to collaborate with some of the great orginators of jazz music. Since then he has worked with a virtual who’s who of the jazz world including: Dianne Reeves, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Roy Hargrove, Charles Lloyd, Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride and Maria Schneider as well as many other's. His time signatures and beat compositions have won him praise from the hip hop community as well leading him to work with powerhouses Common, Super producer Kareem Riggins and Questlove of the Roots.
To Hutch, his goal is to play the drums like Charlie Parker plays the horns, “I want to sing on the drums the way he sings on the horn.” If history is any indication, Gregory Hutchinson will indeed continue to be a formidable presence in the musical community.
Hailed by Down Beat magazine for his “quick-witted harmonic reflexes, fluid command of line and cut-to-the- chase sense of narrative logic,” Aaron Goldberg has made his name as one of jazz’s most compelling pianists, both as a bandleader and frequent collaborator with Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein and many more. On his new release The Now, Goldberg reunites with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, the virtuoso rhythm team going all the way back to his 1998 debut Turning Point. On their fifth outing together, the trio foregrounds a central truth about the art of playing jazz: that no two performances will be the same because the music is created, in Goldberg’s words, “in the dynamic plane of the present.” In every idiomatic zone from Brazilian ballads to roaring bebop, Goldberg and the trio have a way of spontaneously sculpting every bar as it flows by, like a wave on a river. That Rogers and Harland have also spent the last few years working with master saxophonist Charles Lloyd has deepened their communication and subtlety beyond measure. With Goldberg, they revel in the lesser-explored corners of jazz repertoire, bringing wit, explosive chops and also keen understatement to bear on the music at hand.
Goldberg became a jazz devotee in Boston during high school. After spending a year in New York City at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he enrolled at Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a concentration in Mind, Brain and Behavior. A founding member of Betty Carter’s famed and indispensable Jazz Ahead program, he continued his ascent performing in bands led by Al Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Nicholas Payton, Stefon Harris and Mark Turner among others. By the late 1990s, he was garnering wider attention, and an incessant touring schedule found him both inspired by music from around the world yet appreciative of the zen creativity that only jazz demands.
Peter Martin is an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator. His touring career has taken him to six continents numerous times. In January 2011 Peter performed with a select group of jazz artists at the White House for a State Dinner hosted by President Obama, and he returned to perform for the Governor’s Dinner in February 2012 for the first family and other guests. Peter performed on and arranged Dianne Reeves’ Grammy® winning release A Little Moonlight.
He also appeared in George Clooney’s 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck as well as being the featured pianist and an arranger on the Grammy® winning soundtrack. Peter has performed, toured and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Betty Carter, Christian McBride and Joshua Redman as well as the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In 2014 Peter was selected to tour with “Newport Now 60”, an all-star ensemble that toured nationwide in celebration of the iconic festival’s 60th anniversary.
Saxophonist Alex Han is steadily gaining attention as one of the “Young Jazz Lions” of his generation. With numerous performances at internationally recognized venues, musical awards, and a refreshingly original sound, he continues to expand his reputation as a talented and versatile musician. By age twelve, he was one of two national recipients of the VSA arts Young Soloists Award; by 14, Han was a recipient of the 25th Annual Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards, and at 15 was selected as a semi-finalist for the White Foundation World Saxophone Competition at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival. By age 17, Han won the 17th Annual Yamaha Young Performing Artists (YYPA) Competition for saxophone, and at age 20 embarked upon a 16 city, European tour as saxophonist for two-time, GRAMMY award winning musician, producer and composer, Marcus Miller. In the years to follow, he would go on to perform with such Jazz luminaries as Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Joey DeFrancesco, George Benson, Poncho Sanchez, James Moody, Kirk Whalum, Oscar Peterson, Diane Reeves, Ken Peplowski, Shelly Berg, Walt Weiskopf and many others. Today, Han continues to tour internationally with Marcus Miller.
While a current Grace Kelly concert might delight jazz purists with Great American Songbook standards, it could just as easily inspire mainstream listeners with Gracei-fied takes on the likes of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, Coldplay’s Magic or Sia’s Chandelier. In Dec 2015 Jon Batiste snagged Grace as a regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Stay Human, playing multiple reeds and singing. But whatever the style, the 23-year-old seven-time winner of the Downbeat critics poll (as a rising star in the alto sax category) spices up the sound with the lyrical and soulful phrasing of her instrument. For Kelly, who recorded her first album, Dreaming, when she was 12, evolution is part of the jazz artist’s credo. Drawn to jazz by melodic players like Stan Getz and Paul Desmond, Kelly also found in the music a freedom to express herself that she had not found in her classical piano lessons. 'I'm a very strong believer that jazz is about improvisation and about creating and spontaneity,' Kelly once said in an interview. 'That's what really drew me to it, but I think there's plenty of music that can fuse elements of jazz withits own type of sound whether it's rock or pop. I'm not into 'No, this isn't jazz.' I like everything that's good and I encourage people to think that way.'
The classic Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars line-up is a quintet led by the ebullient and highly acclaimed pianist James Pearson. Joining James is bassist Sam Burgess, drummer Chris Higginbottom, saxophonist Alex Garnett and young talented trumpetist Freddie Gavita. A versatile combo, the All-Stars have an array of repertoire ranging from classic jazz standards such as Caravan, A Train, through composers including Cole Porter, Oscar Peterson, all the way up to more modern classics from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell.
Artistic Director at Ronnie Scott’s and the owner of a ferocious piano technique coupled with a sense of musicality rarely heard, James Pearson is one of the most exciting musicians to have emerged from the UK in the last 25 years. After working with him, the late jazz legend Sir John Dankworth declared, ‘James Pearson is an exceptionally gifted artist. His masterful playing makes him head and shoulders above the rest of his contemporaries. He shows signs of true greatness’.
Double bass player Sam Burgess is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as appearing on numerous film soundtracks such as 'Bridget Jones's Diary' and 'Hannibal'. Sam’s thumping, pounding, relentlessly driving bass lines have been heard accompanying the likes of Bob James, Billy Kilson, Gary Novak, Joe Lock, Dave Kekowski, Guy Barker, Dave O'Higgins, Pete King, Gareth Williams, Claire Martin, Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Tim Whitehead, John Horler, Gwyneth Herbert, John Dankworth, The BBC Big Band and Robbie Williams.
Alex Garnett has been one of the leading tenor sax men in the UK and mainland Europe for nearly two decades being instantly recognisable by his deep husky sound. Since emerging from the bands of legendary blues man Buddy Guy, Ray Gelato, Jim Mullen, Dick Morrissey, Jools Holland and others, tenor and alto-sax player Garnett has taken the jazz world by storm. He regularly leads bands under his own name and accompanies visiting US stars such as Joel Frahm, Alex is in constant demand.
A Royal Academy of Music graduate, Chris lived in New York for eight years where he played with many of the biggest names in jazz including Mark Murphy and Seamus Blake. He has performed all over the world including the Blue Note Tokyo, Birdland in New York, the House of Blues in Chicago, The Roxy in LA, Montreal Jazz Festival and countless other venues. Since relocating to London in 2010 Chris has also performed/toured with Kyle Eastwood, Westlife, Marti Pellow, Georgie Fame, Carleen Anderson and Omar. He has released two albums as a leader - 'One' (2005, Basho records), and ‘Where Land Ends’ (2013, F-IRE)
Having been described as "a cross between Kenny Wheeler and Freddie Hubbard" during the Norwich Students' Jazz Orchestra performance at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2002, Freddie Gavita went on to gain a place on the inaugural Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz program. He then graduated from the degree course in 2008 with first class honours in Jazz Trumpet, having studied under Gerard Presencer, Pat White, Martin Speake, Mike Lovatt, Noel Langley, Nick Smart and Tim Garland.d Robbie Williams.
In demand vocalist Natalie Williams has been a veteran of the British jazz and soul scenes for over a decade. Her Ronnie Scott’s residency, Soul Family Sundays has sold out every month for over 8 years. Her two year stint as a lead vocalist in Incognito brought her world wide acclaim and saw her perform at Festivals throughout the globe. As a lead artist in her own right, Natalie has performed to large audiences at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival and the London Jazz Festival in recent years.
Harold López-Nussa is a child of two worlds. Born into a musical household in Cuba and educated by his French grandparents, López-Nussa took an early interest in classical piano before shifting his focus at age 20 to the fiery Cuban jazz of his homeland. He was part of projects such as the Cuba volume of Rhythms del Mundo, which paired him with veterans from Buena Vista Social Club, and he spent three years in the touring band of singer Omara Portuondo, an opportunity he calls “a blessing,” before winning the esteemed Solo Piano Contest at the 2005 Montreux Jazz Festival, and recording his first solo piano album, “Sobre el Atelier.” He has distilled all those experiences not only into a rich, personal style, as a player and composer, but it infused him with an engaging attitude about making and sharing music.
He has performed at world-renowned venues and festivals such as the Olympia Theater and the anthological New Moring in Paris, Monterey Jazz Festival, Wien Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Marciac Jazz Festival, Oslo World Music Festival, Barcelona Jazz International Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Martinique Jazz Festival, Verona Jazz Festival, Oloron Jazz Festival, Jazz à Viennes, Jazz Standard in New York, SF Jazz, Kennedy Center in DC, Cotton Club in Tokyo among many others.
With his last album, NEW DAY, the rising star refines his style and adds color to his artistic palette; asserting himself as a stylish composer whose technical abilities are matched only by his powerful playing.
López-Nussa is currently touring as a superlative trio comprised of himself on piano and keyboard, his younger brother the phenomenal drummer and percussionist Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, and Senegalese vocalist and bass virtuoso Alune Wade. Combining astonishing gifts and dazzling technique spanning the jazz continuum, the Harold López-Nussa Trio brings an abundance of soul.
Season 3 winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Alonzo Bodden keeps the boat rolling—in laughter, rest assured—as comedian-in-residence for The Smooth Jazz Cruise. With a resumé that includes numerous appearances on the late-night circuit (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien Show, The Late Show with Craig Kilborn, The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, and Comedy Central among others), television hosting gigs, voice-over roles and film credits, Alonzo entertains an audience masterfully. His talent has earned him international acclaim and presented the New York native with opportunities to perform in Canada, Ireland, Australia and the U.K., along with stops in Iraq and other places around the world where U.S. troops are stationed.