SHOW STYLE PRESENTATION
Main Shows each Evening. Music on Blue Note at Sea is presented “show style”, meaning that each night there will be two main shows in the largest venue on the ship. Half of our guests will attend the first show and then will proceed to the Main Dining seating for dinner and the other half of our guests will go to 1st Dining for dinner and then attend the 2nd Show. Of course, guests may dine at any of the specialty restaurants on the ship as they wish and at any times that they wish. Nonetheless, they will be assigned a time for the shows, one being at 6 pm (1st Show) and one being at 9 pm (2nd Show). The nightly Main Shows are not necessarily the same show. If not, then the show that is performed at the 1st Show one night is performed at the 2nd Show another night, insuring that every guest has the ability to see all of the Main Shows.
Cruising After Dark. One of ECP’s most recognized programs is our ability to create unique and fun programming during the late night portion of the evening. Around 10:30 pm or so each night, all guests have had dinner and have seen the main show. On an ECP cruise, that signals the commencement of Cruising After Dark, where we present various forms of entertainment in multiple venues. We will discuss the various shows in greater detail in a few weeks, but we can discuss now the shows that will be part of our Late Night in the Main Lounge.
- Night Music with David Sanborn. We are very excited to be able to recreate Night Music on Blue Note at Sea Blue Note at Sea. “Michelob Presents Night Music”, initially named Sunday Night , was a late-night television show which aired for two seasons between 1988 and 1990 as a showcase for jazz and eclectic musical artists. It was hosted by Jools Holland and our very own David Sanborn, and featured Marcus Miller as musical director. Guests included acts such as Sonny Rollins, Shinehead, Sister Carol, Sonic Youth, Richard Thompson, Jo-El Sonnier, Joe Sample, Slim Gaillard, Elliott Sharp, Pere Ubu, Pharoah Sanders, and many others. In addition, vintage clips of jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday were also featured. The show also featured a house band of Omar Hakim (drums), Marcus Miller (bass), Philippe Saisse (keys), David Sanborn (sax), Hiram Bullock (guitar), and Jools Holland (piano). The show often allowed its guests ample time to explain the origins of their sound, meaning of songs, etc. It also provided a national audience for lesser known acts (like Arto Lindsay’s band The Ambitious Lovers). Hal Willner was the music coordinator, responsible for the interesting musical mix-and-matching that took place on the show. Lorne Michaels was the producer of the show and, as such, Night Music became a predecessor of Saturday Night Live.On the cruise, David will lead the Blue Note At Sea House Band, comprised of Billy Kilson (drums), Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Ben Williams (bass) and Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) for four nights of amazing music featuring them as well as pop-in performances by the stars of the cruise on the ship at that time. There will be a lot of set tunes, but there will be a lot of jamming as well. David will also take some time to speak with our special guests, share insights and provide our guests with a behind the scenes view into the world of jazz from the days of Night Music through today.
- The Comedy of Alonzo Bodden. Alonzo Bodden, a past winner of Last Comic Standing and the Comedian-in-Chief of ECP’s Cruises, will perform his hilarious show for an additional two nights of Cruising After Dark in the Main Lounge. Besides Alonzo’s humorous and pointed comments and observations about today’s events and the various humorous ways of the public, Alonzo is always able to comment (a polite word for roast) upon the ups and downs of the cruise itself. Famous for taking the performers to task, some of the very best people watching can be found during an Alonzo Bodden comedy show.
In addition to the abundance of music presentations during the week, Blue Note at Sea takes the opportunity of having so many amazing and interesting jazz musicians onboard to feature interview and Q & A sessions throughout the week. There are three sessions of Marcus Miller’s Conversations with the Stars, where Marcus interviews groups of performers who share a common thread and there are other folks who host and participate in one on one conversation, typically delving into both interesting jazz topics and the careers of our prominent players.
The events are not always serious, as Name That Tune games and other events highlighting the less serious side of jazz are also presented. Musicians frequently interact with guests in informal settings during the cruise as well. In fact, virtually all of the musicians freely spend time with the guests in the dining rooms, pool side and at events like our Cigars Under The Stars.