The Jazz Cruise ~ Jan 6-13, 2023
The Jazz Cruise is the first and only full-ship cruise charter dedicated to “straight-ahead” jazz. After more than two decades of producing the best jazz-only festival in the world, The Jazz Cruise is hailed by both the musicians and guests as Jazz Heaven.
For those of us who have experienced this 7-day, 7-night presentation of jazz magic, we simply call it…The Jazz Cruise!
The Jazz Cruise lineups are comprised of Performing Groups, The Jazz Cruise Leaders and Musicians who perform as members of Anita’s Big Band and in All-Star settings. With sidemen, the Performing Groups account for nearly 65 jazz musicians. There are roughly 10 more outstanding artists who serve as The Jazz Cruise Leaders. The remaining 25 musicians are Big Band members and All-Stars.
WYNTON MARSALIS Special Guest DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE MONTY ALEXANDER KURT ELLING JOEY DEFRANCESCO JOHN PIZZARELLI ETIENNE CHARLES TIERNEY SUTTON ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY BILL CHARLAP HOUSTON PERSON JEFF HAMILTON STEVE TYRELL CHRISTIAN SANDS SAMARA JOY
THE JAZZ CRUISE LEADERS
SHELLY BERG Music Director JOHN CLAYTON Big Band Director EMMET COHEN RANDY BRECKER WYCLIFFE GORDON NIKI HARIS KEN PEPLOWSKI ALONZO BODDEN Comedian
ALL-STARS & BIG BAND
JOHN ALLRED PATRICK BARTLEY BILLY CHILDS JOHN FEDCHOCK ERIC HARLAND JAMES MORRISON LEWIS NASH JAVIER NERO DICK OATTS NICKI PARROTT RENEE ROSNES ADA ROVATTI BRIA SKONBERG GARY SMULYAN TERELL STAFFORD BIJON WATSON JENNIFER WHARTON RODNEY WHITAKER MATT WILSON RICKEY WOODARD
MORE THAN 100 MUSICIANS
This lineup does not include the band members for the Performing Groups, many of whom are leaders and soloists. When announced, there will be more than 100 of the world’s very best “straight-ahead” jazz stars on the cruise. At this time, we can share the names of a few of the band members: