May 6 – May 11, 2016
San Francisco to Vancouver on Crystal Serenity
One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who’s who of artists, including Al Jarreau (Paulo’s longest term touring association), James Ingram, No. 1 Smooth Jazz Trumpeter and guitarist Rick Braun and Peter White, Oleta Adams, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Carl Anderson, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis and more. Paulo grew up in a musical family (his father a pianist, his mother a singer, his siblings all playing instruments) and though he came upon the sax relatively late at age 15, he quickly became first horn player in his high school band and was playing professional gigs around the islands within a few years. Rather than accept a scholarship to North Texas State, he chose a more adventurous road by joining Hawaiian pop/rock band Kalapana, which had some success on the mainland but was most popular in Japan. After playing regularly and recording on all four of Kalapana’s albums from 1975 through 1979, Paulo recorded a solo album for Japanese release on Trio records. In addition to exposing him to the Japanese jazz audience, Tats in the Rainbow gave him the opportunity to work with legendary pianist Herbie Hancock… Read More.
Grammy winning keyboardist/composer and Gregg Karukas is enjoying the rare accomplishment of 2 consecutive #1 hit songs from his stellar CD release “Soul Secrets”. His current single, “Rio Drive” sits at top spot on the The Billboard and Smooth Jazz Top 20 charts which monitor the national airplay on radio and internet stations. It follows “Elegant Nights” which hit the top of the charts in January of this year. Gregg will bring his melodic grooves to the Catalina Jazztrax Festival for his 4th headline show on October 18 at noon.
One of urban contemporary jazz’s most versatile and acclaimed artists for over 25 years, Gregg won the Grammy for producing, composing, arranging, playing all keyboards and engineering Echoes of Love (a collaboration with Omar Akram), which won Best New Age Album at the 55th Grammy Awards in February 2013. He has had a diverse career in music with a long list of credits in all media; Gregg arranged and played all keyboards on the theme songs to Disney’s Ducktales and Chip and Dale’s Rescue Rangers and is a veteran of lots of TV/Film music sessions, (Cheers, Stand and Deliver, Life Goes On, Mr. Wrong)… Read More.
Ray Parker Jr.
Ray Parker, Jr. is an American guitarists, songwriter, producer and recording artist. Parker is known for writing and performing the song Ghostbusters, his band Raydio, and his work with the R&B legend Barry White. He has written songs and recorded with numerous artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Steve Wonder, Diana Ross, The spinners, Temptations, Tina Turner, Herbie Hancock, Gladys Knight, Bill Withers, and more. He was the most sought-after session guitarists in the 70’s and 80’s, and he has also had numerous hit songs as an artist such as: Jack and Jill, You Can’t Change That, A Woman Needs Love, and Two Places At The Same Time. He has also had several cameo appearances on TV and Film. Last year, Ray was awarded his own Star on the Hollywood walk of fame. He continues to tour the world showcasing his unique rhythmic and melodic style. We are fortunate to have him as one of our guest performers. Learn more.
Kiki Ebsen has been described as a stunning vocalist and accomplished musician, who brings a fresh perspective and her own style to beloved songs that span several decades of favorites. Ebsen’s songwriting talents are similarly respected, and her compositions are included on artists’ works like Boney James, Eric Marienthal and Jessy J. After touring with Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs, Belinda Carlisle, Tracy Chapman, Al Jarreau, James Ingram and more, Kiki stands out vocally, even when blending with others to create classic hits so well known to audiences around the world… Read More.
The Divine Jazz Cruise is a unique and intimate jazz experience. The number of passengers is limited allowing one to one interaction between our guest and musicians. Each onboard performance is available only to guests of Divine Jazz Cruise
San Francisco, CA