One of Entertainment Cruise Productions’ most recognized programs is their ability to create unique and fun programming during the late night portion of the evening. Around 10:30 pm or so each night, once all guests have had dinner and have seen the main show, the festivities continue with Cruising After Dark, which features various forms of entertainment in multiple venues. When Blue Note At Sea sets sail in February, 2017, legendary saxophonist David Sanborn will bring his acclaimed 1980s show Night Music to life on board the Celebrity Summit, providing passengers with the rare opportunity to gain insights into the music of a new generation of contemporary jazz artists.
Musical acts have appeared on television practically as long as television has been in existence. From Looking In, which debuted on the BBC in 1933, through the likes of the Ed Sullivan Show (which aired for 23 years,) American Bandstand, Soul Train, Night Tracks, Friday Night Videos, and the emergence of MTV in the 1980s, television has provided musicians the world over with the opportunity to reach millions of fans with a single performance. One program which served as a showcase for an eclectic assortment of popular artists and also provided a national audience for lesser known acts was Night Music on NBC. Beginning in 1988, Night Music, from Saturday Night Live Executive Producer Lorne Michaels, offered up two seasons’ worth of some of the most diverse musical programming to be seen on television. Hosted by saxophonist David Sanborn, with Marcus Miller as musical director, Night Music featured performances from such wide ranging artists as Sonny Rollins, Sonic Youth, James Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Al Jarreau, Carlos Santana, George Duke, and Lou Reed.
Sanborn will lead the Blue Note At Sea Cruise House Band, comprised of Billy Kilson (drums), Geoffrey Keezer (piano), Ben Williams (bass) and Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) for four nights of amazing music. There will also be pop-in performances by the stars of the cruise who are on the ship at that time, and while the performances will feature set tunes, there is sure to be a lot of jamming as well. Just as he did on the original Night Music, which often allowed its guests ample time to explain the origins of their sound and the meaning of their songs, Sanborn will also take some time to speak with Blue Note’s At Sea special guests, and will also provide his audience with a behind the scenes view of the music industry, gleaned throughout his nearly 50 year-long career.
Watch a video of a 1989 episode of Night Music with Miles Davis, David Sanborn and Marcus Miller!