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Smooth Cruises 2016: Freddie Jackson & Eric Darius


Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:30PM

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:30PM


2016 Smooth Cruises: Freddie Jackson + Eric Darius

The Smooth Cruises are back for summer ’16… On Wednesday, August 31 the Smooth Cruise summer season finale features Grammy nominated R&B hitmaker Freddie Jackson. New Act Just Announced: Also on the evening’s bill, saxophonist Eric Darius.

Enjoy the sights and sounds aboard the stunning Hornblower Infinity… as you cruise the Hudson River and take in amazing views of New York Harbor. Enjoy great music in an intimate setting plus the glorious NYC skyline!


Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.

General Admission tickets are first come, first seated. Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.

If available, limited tickets will be sold on site at our event table on the evening of the show for that night’s show after 4:30pm. However, advance purchase is highly recommended. (Premium Ticket Package sales end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.)

NOTE: We will also sell tickets to UPCOMING SHOWS on the dock from 4:30pm-9:15m on show nights only.


Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:00-5:15pm & 8:50-9pm. Note: Lines form earlier.)

The Hornblower Infinity departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street @ the West Side Highway. (Take 1 train to Houston St. or M8 or M21 bus)

Cruises sail rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.

Click here for driving directions, public transportation details, and parking information.

A NOTE ABOUT PARKING: We are NOT connected with the expensive on site event parking and recommend looking for pre-paid area parking deals at SpotHero.com, ParkWhiz.com, ParkingPanda.com and SparkPassNYC.com. Search parking for: Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 40


- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Premium Ticket Packages priced at $140 include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section.

Click here for buffet menus.


General Admission tickets are first come, first seated.
Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.


The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)



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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 6:30PM

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:30PM


The 2016 Smooth Cruises set sail once again this July and August!

Get ready for top contemporary jazz and R&B acts plus amazing NYC skyline views. Choose from two sailings: 6:30pm and 9:30pm.

Now in our 19th season, NYC’s original Smooth Cruise brings you great music with the stunning backdrop of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty, the Freedom Tower, and more. Enjoy the sights and sounds aboard the stunning Hornblower Infinity!

The 2016 line up features…

Wed., July 13: Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright

Wed., July 27: BWB with Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum & Rick Braun

Wed., August 3: The return of Down to the Bone

Wed., August 10: Rachelle Ferrell & Rashaan Patterson

Wed., August 17: Najee & Alex Bugnon

Wed., August 24: Roy Ayers + Nick Colionne

Wed., August 31: Freddie Jackson & Eric Darius



Aretha Tears It Up... & Prez Tears Up


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

We¹ve had the privilege of working with Aretha Franklin a few times over
the years. Spectacular performance here at this year’s Kennedy Center
honors. We love that she did it on the piano!

The one and only Aretha Franklin dazzled audience members, honoree Carol King,the Obamas, and millions of TV viewers at the Kennedy Center Honors. The December 6 presentation aired on CBS on December 29, 2016.

Watch the video with Ms. Franklin’s amazing, standing ovation performance of “Natural Woman.”


'The Wiz Live!' bridges past with present as Shanice Williams and Stephanie Mills duet


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

From the LA TImes November 11, 2015 – By Jevon Phillips

NBC’s “The Wiz Live!” won’t come out until Dec. 3, but to tide fans over, the network has released a practice session of one of the musical’s show-stopping songs. Try not to faint as Stephanie Mills, the original Dorothy, duets with Shanice Williams, the current Dorothy, on the song “Home.”


New York’s Premier Summer Contemporary Jazz Series Returns!


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Smooth Jazz New York in association with Marquee Concerts is pleased to announce another star-studded line up for the Smooth Cruise series, now in its 18th year. The 2015 season takes place aboard The Hornblower Infinity, a 210-foot luxury yacht.

The cruises set sail Wednesday evenings, June 24 through September 2. The summer’s roster includes 9 nights featuring 15 of the world’s greatest contemporary jazz and R&B acts in a stunning, intimate setting with shows at 6:30 and 9:30pm. The Smooth Cruises depart from Pier 40, located at Houston Street at the West Side Highway and cruise down the Hudson, offering both world-class musical acts as well as breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.

“It’s great to be back on The Hornblower Infinity with the 2015 Smooth Cruises,” notes Bill Zafiros, co-founder of Smooth Jazz New York. “Our guests really appreciated last year’s move to the larger, more upscale ship featuring improved sight-lines. Now they can enjoy watching the world’s best contemporary jazz acts more than ever before out on the scenic Hudson River.”


June 24: Boney James

July 15: Norman Brown & Marion Meadows

July 22: Peter White & Richard Elliot

July 29: Gerald Albright & Mindi Abair

Aug 5: Dave Koz & Rick Braun with Special Guest Kenny Lattimore

Aug 12: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon

Aug 19: Najee

Aug 26: Rachelle Ferrell

Sept 2: Freddie Jackson


Behold, Brooklyn's Magnificently Restored Kings Theatre


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

From Curbed.com | By Spencer Peterson

Two years ago to the day that New York City embarked on a $94 million restoration of the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush, the institution reopened its doors and reclaimed its standing as Brooklyn’s largest theater. The restoration was painstaking: when it began in 2013, the theater had already been sitting vacant for four decades, a time during which looters plundered everything that wasn’t bolted down (and most of the things that were), and nature found its way into the neglected structure. “The carpets used to kind of squish when you walked around,” Jeff Greene of EverGreene Architectural Arts said recalling the building in its pre-restoration state, when, during inclement weather, water would gush through the ceiling, down the balconies, and pool amidst the theater seats.

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