THZ Exclusive- 2016 Smooth Cruise Featuring Roy Ayers and Nick Colionne

Lady Liberty at sunset

Lady Liberty at sunset

This Wednesday I heard smooth jazz and had smooth sailing on a hot summer night with the sun going down behind lady liberty. Does the end of summer need anything more?

THZ got front row seats to The 2016 Smooth Cruise. The Smooth Cruise really does a great job of catering a wonderful buffet dinner with plenty of bars available with cocktails flowing. We dined on roast chicken, baked tilapia and penne marinara. All of the dishes were top notch. Marquee Concerts really knows how to get the job done with style. They provide excellent hospitality while giving you a great cruise down the Hudson River from Pier 40 where you immediately get a view almost from the base of the Freedom Tower.

Lady Liberty at sunset

Lady Liberty at sunset

The cruise then rounds the island and gives you a glimpse of the Brooklyn Bridge before turning around and cruising up to the Statue Of Liberty just as the sun sets. The views and the food aren’t the real attractions though. The smooth jazz is what most of the people on this boat came to see.

This cruise featured two great jazz artists. From the city of Chicago, Nick Colionne really started the night off right coming right out and revving up the crowd with a ripping version of “Love Is Gonna Get You.” Nick really had the ladies popping up out of their seats to snap his picture as he worked his guitar to magic with a classic that everybody could groove to. Nick slowed it down with “A Rainy Night In Georgia” indeed it felt like it was summer all over the world when I went out on deck.

After his set I got to meet Nick, who made himself available on the upper deck of the Hornblower Infinity. Nick was a real personable guy and he posed for pictures with anyone who asked. I asked him about being in New York at this time of year and he said he loved it. “It’s great. I’m in today and out tomorrow to Syracuse, though.” Nick said as we stood on the upper deck and watched Brooklyn slip into twilight as the sun went down in the west.

Nick Colionne

Nick Colionne

The second set of the night was the legendary Roy Ayers who started out with his legendary hit “Searchin.” Roy played the vibraphone like the virtuoso that he is and he and the drummer really went back and forth with the piano and an electric synthesizer that lit up the crowd. By the end of Roy Ayers set almost the entire place was up on it’s feat grooving to the smooth sounds. Roy Ayers even gave the crowd an encore that was unexpected and very well received.

There is only one cruise left this summer and it promises to be a great one. many thanks to Marquee Concerts for giving THZ the VIP treatment. Next week, Freddy jackson and Eric Darius take the stage to round out the season.  Cruises leave from Pier 40 at 6:30 and 9:30 on Wednesday night August 31st. Get your tickets on sale now at smoothjazznewyork.com.

You don’t want to miss this last Smooth Cruise of the summer!

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