Easter weekend, exciting information about our 2019 jazz cruises, and Tom Conrad reviews The Jazz Cruise. Learn more...
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Our Take: Sacred Weekend
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I toyed with the notion of skipping The Weekender today, as most of our readers are celebrating Easter or Passover, two very sacred and meaningful holidays. Somehow talking about jazz seemed to be somewhere between tacky and rude. On the other hand, I did not want you to think that we forgot about you. Plus, I wanted to share some special brochures with you which you may find enjoyable to peruse during the holidays.

So, at the risk of being blasphemous or tempting eternal damnation, below are two links that will take you to the Cruise Brochures for The Jazz Cruise ’19 and Blue Note at Sea ’19. These brochures will be permanently placed on the websites, but I wanted to give you a special advance look.  

As you can see The Jazz Cruise ’19 will sail from January 19 – 26, 2019 on Celebrity Infinity and Blue Note at Sea ’19 follows the next week (January 26 – February 2, 2019) on the same ship. More than 200 people sailed on both cruises this year. Doing so in 2019 provides the opportunity to see and hear 170 different jazz musicians, enjoy over 300 hours of jazz, visit 8 different ports of call and enjoy a spectacular 14-day jazz vacation. I will be there for both, but you knew that!

In no way should reviewing these brochures interfere with your worship this weekend or with hunting for Easter eggs or the matzoh, a remarkably similar ritual for both Easter and Passover. The other famously overlapping event is that the Last Supper was a Seder (the Passover meal). That information exhausts my knowledge of the holidays, so I will go back to writing about jazz, something that I love, even if my knowledge there is limited as well.
On behalf of all at Entertainment Cruise Productions, we wish each of you good health and happiness in this very special holiday season.

Our Take is written by Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions. Feel free to express your views or pose questions to him at michael@ecpcruises.com.
Learn More About Our 2019 Sailings
The Jazz Cruise Brochure
Not Just A Cruise. A Legend.

Since 2001, The Jazz Cruise has presented the very best straight-ahead jazz in the world in a setting like no other. 2019 will set the bar even higher, with nearly 100 jazz musicians on the ship, combining exciting new talent with longtime favorites. Discover why The Jazz Cruise is rightly known as "The Greatest Jazz Festival at Sea."
Blue Note at Sea Brochure
The Hippest & Coolest Jazz Event of the SEASon

Blue Note at Sea is a collaboration among the legendary Blue Note Jazz ClubsBlue Note Records and the world leader in jazz cruises, Entertainment Cruise Productions and features the most renowned contemporary jazz performers in the world.
Thomas Conrad Reviews The Jazz Cruise
Over the years we’ve been fortunate to have many jazz journalists and authors sail with us. This year was no exception. The esteemed writer and critic Thomas Conrad joined us on The Jazz Cruise and reported on the music and the experience for the New York City Jazz Record.

A longtime contributor to Stereophile and JazzTimes, Conrad took in much of the music on board and wrote: “The whole point of this cruise was the breadth and depth of talent on offer.” Read his insightful review here.
Terence Blanchard's E-Collective Debuts New Blue Note Album Live | Saturday, April 21 at SFJAZZ
GRAMMY-nominated trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard and his E-Collective band perform new music from his new Blue Note album Live, which addresses the staggering cyclical epidemic of gun violence in this country. This powerful concert will reflect the bitter frustration of the conscious masses while also providing a balm of emotional healing. Click here to purchase tickets. 
The Jazz Cruise
Blue Note At Sea