May 27, 2005

Smooth Jazz Books Its First Cruise To Alaska

Who needs the heat? You can sail to Alaska with Michael Paulo and friends this summer.

image002.jpgThere are several smooth jazz cruises options these days, and they all take you to sunny climes such as Mexico and the Caribbean. But now there’s an option for those who want to see killer whales and snow-capped mountains.

Saxophonist Michael Paulo is the music director for the first-ever Alaskan Smooth Jazz Cruise, which will depart from Seattle on August 27, returning on September 3. Paulo, who organizes the annual Temecula Jazz Festival in Southern California, has secured 200 cabins aboard Holland America’s Oosterdam cruise ship. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same ship that will hold the inaugural Dave Koz & Friends cruise in November.

Artists confirmed for the cruise – which will make ports of call in Victoria, British Columbia, and the Alaskan towns of Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan – include saxophonist Everette Harp, pianist Dan Siegel, guitarist Ray Fuller and vocalists Kenny Rankin and Pauline Wilson.

For more information, you can call 888-891-8385 or 951-296-5300 or log on to www.choicevacations.com. Of course, you can of course be sure that Paulo will be on the cruise. He’ll be playing songs from his upcoming album called “Beautiful.”

Posted by Brian Soergel at May 27, 2005 4:41 AM