JAZZ WEEKENDER HOUSE BAND

NATHAN EAST

NATHAN EAST

HOST / BASSIST

Yamaha Artist, bassist, producer and songwriter, 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, which is why we call him the ‘Host with the Most’!

STEPHEN FERRONE

STEPHEN FERRONE

DRUMMER

Celebrated English drummer known for his work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers from 1994 to 2017. He was also part of the classic lineup of the Average White Band in the 1970s and keeps the beat for great company including Dire Straits, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Duran Duran, Eric Clapton and of course Nathan’s Band of Brothers band!

GREG PHILLINGANES

GREG PHILLINGANES

KEYBOARDIST

A prolific session & touring musician, this Emmy-winning musical director, keyboardist, singer-songwriter, and composer has contributed to numerous iconic recordings over his illustrious career. Greg started playing professionally with Stevie Wonder at the age of 18 and has played on a broad array of projects from Michael Jackson and Beyonce to Ray Charles and Phil Collins!

MICHAEL THOMPSON

MICHAEL THOMPSON

GUITARIST

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.

ARTIST LINEUP

FOURPLAY

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 Robben Ford!

BOB JAMES

BOB JAMES

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.

NATHAN EAST

NATHAN EAST

Fourplay Member, Grammy Member, Bassist on over 2000 Recordings

Yamaha Artist, bassist, producer and songwriter, 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, which is why we call him the ‘Host with the Most’!

HARVEY MASON

HARVEY MASON

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.”

ROBBEN FORD

ROBBEN FORD

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!

RAY PARKER JR

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.”

KIRK WHALUM

KIRK WHALUM

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.

JUSTIN LEE SCHULTZ

JUSTIN LEE SCHULTZ

13 Year Old Child Piano 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.

PEET PROJECT

PEET PROJECT

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.

M’LYNN

M’LYNN

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.

SYLVIA BENNETT

SYLVIA BENNETT

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.