Yamaha Artist, bassist, producer, composer and voice-over artist, Nathan has collaborated with hundreds of iconic artists in his illustrious career, from Phil Collins and Kenny Loggins to Eric Clapton and Anita Baker. With more than 2,000 recordings, he is considered one of the most recorded bass players in the history of music. That combined with his illuminating personality and world-class smile is why we call him the "Host with the Most"!
SAILING WITH MUSIC ROYALTY
Bassist, Nathan East and DJ, Sandy Shore have invited distinguished musicians* to join them in paradise for their week-long, Jazz Weekender South Pacific Cruise including the first reunion performance for the jazz supergroup Fourplay since the ensemble lost guitarist Chuck Loeb to cancer in 2017. For the first time in the band’s history, they will play together with jazz/blues great Robben Ford taking the guitar seat.
In addition to musical icons and superstars, this special week of music sailing in one of the most pristine corners of the planet, we will feature exploding rising stars and incredibly gifted musicians in a variety of on-board venues, from Poolside to mainstage in the beautiful Le Grand Salon theater, and from the intimacy of the Piano Bar to the luxe life in La Palette where The World’s Most Dangerous After Parties will offer the opportunity to dance under the stars!
Contemporary Jazz Supergroup with a 40-Year Legacy
The Contemporary Jazz super group celebrates a 30-year recording history featuring founding/current members Bob James, Nathan East and Harvey Mason. In 1997 the band’s original guitarist Lee Ritenour was replaced by Larry Carlton, who was replaced in 2010 by Chuck Loeb. The band has not officially reassembled, however, they are rebooting and reuniting for the Jazz Weekender cruise with jazz/blues guitar great, Robben Ford!
Fourplay Member, Renowned Pianist, Arranger, Producer
Born on Christmas Day, this iconic jazz keyboardist, arranger, and record producer started playing the piano at the age of four! Discovered by Quincy Jones, Bob has created some 60 albums in his 6-decade career. In addition to founding Fourplay, he wrote "Angela," the Theme from Taxi and has been sampled numerous times, contributing to the formation of hip hop.
Fourplay Member, Legendary Drummer, Record Producer
One of the world's premier drummers, and founding member of Fourplay, Mase has earned 7 Grammy nominations. A first-call studio musician, he has played on more gold & platinum jazz crossover records than any other drummer. He has performed on some 200 motion picture soundtracks and immortalized on pop megahits the likes of Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose,” and John Legend’s “Save Room.”
Blues, Jazz, Rock Guitarist - Former Member of LA Express & Yellowjackets
One of today’s premier electric guitarists, known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A 5-time Grammy nominee, Robben has played with Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, Larry Carlton and many others. He was also a member of the L.A. Express and Yellowjackets!
Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist & Songwriter
Beginning with his early days in Memphis, veteran saxophonist Kirk Whalum has drawn inspiration from gospel, R&B, blues and jazz, and often compared to Coltrane and Grover. The Chart-topping recording artist has toured with megastars including Whitney Houston, Babyface, Barbra Streisand, Al Green, and many more. His sax soloing is emblazoned on Houston's popular hit, "I Will Always Love You," from The Bodyguard.
Grammy Nominee & Soul Train's Centric Award Winning Vocalist
With an unmistakable, honey-smooth voice and extraordinary command of song, the Baltimore-based Jazz-soul singer & songwriter, performer and record producer has made an indelible imprint on music with her remarkable solo recording catalog featuring countless chart-topping hits, as well as with her beloved collaborations with the iconic UK supergroup, Incognito and as a member of Wonderlove, Stevie Wonder’s all-female vocal accompaniment.
RAY PARKER JR
Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Producer
This million-selling pop star wrote chart-topping hits of the 80’s including the theme song Ghostbusters. Ray started out as a teenaged session guitarist in Detroit, MI. In 1972 Stevie Wonder called him to play on an upcoming tour with the Rolling Stones, thinking it was a crank call, he hung up. Wonder called back and convinced him by singing "Superstition.”
Guitarist & Songwriter, Studio Session Legend
From film scores to first rate rockers, MT has to divide his discography into two pages. A four-decade session & touring guitarist of the highest order, Michael attended Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Pat Metheny. Initially with Geffen Records, Michael Thompson Band continues to release music and celebrate new successes in the streaming generation.
JUSTIN LEE SCHULTZ experience
Teenage Musical Prodigy
The teenage piano prodigy and multi-instrumentalist from South Africa who lives in the U.S. has a band with his unbelievably skilled older sister on drums, Jamie-Leigh, and their dad Julius Schultz on bass. Together they are the Justin Lee Shultz Experience. Following in the footsteps of his idols Steve Wonder and Herbie Hancock, JLS is a masterful musician whose joy in performing is contagious.
BAD BOYS OF BUDAPEST PLAY POP, JAZZ + FUNK
This Hungarian Pop Funk Jazz fivesome hosts “The World’s Most Dangerous After Party” with world-class musicianship, addictive originals, and killer covers. We call it “dangerous” because their license to thrill and surprise nightly guests will keep you in suspense. The driving force behind the Project is violinist/vocalist Peter “Peet” Ferencz who tours w/the band extensively throughout Europe and the U.S.
DJ, Composer, Music Producer
Gary B is well known for his work producing music and DJ'ing for the famous brand Cafe Del Mar (Ibiza). His contributions to their compilation albums either under his own name or that of Luminous has established him as one of the leading music producers in the Chillout genre. He is now living in Melbourne producing music from his studio. His unique, eclectic style of music consists of electronic, chillwave, soul, jazz and world music influences.
Rising Start Pianist, Singer/Songwriter
This young woman was born fo music. The recent graduate of Bruce Hornsby’s Creative American Music program at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has been writing and performing since the age of 12. With nearly 1 million Spotify listens, the Dallas, TX singer brings a fresh approach to her jazzy pop songwriting style.
Grammy Nominated Singer - Toured with Lionel Hampton
Born in Italy, this Grammy-nominated singer started her career in cabaret after moving to Miami in the 70’s. She even dabbled in Disco! It wasn’t until legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton introduced her to jazz and invited her to tour with him that Sylvia found her calling. Today she has a catalog of popular international releases on her own Out of Sight Music label.
*Lineup Subject to Change.