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Podcast #48 Ramsey Lewis with Marcus Miller

The legendary pianist Ramsey Lewis turned 85 last week, and although he had retired from touring, he did make the trip to Ft. Lauderdale to sail and perform on The Smooth Jazz Cruise in 2020. Ramsey sat down with bassist and cruise host Marcus Miller to talk about his storied career, from his early … [Read More]

Podcast #47 Chris & Dan Brubeck with Eulis Cathey

Two of Dave Brubeck’s sons, Chris and Dan, sat down with Sirius XM host Eulis Cathey during The Jazz Cruise in 2020 to discuss their father’s legacy in jazz and American culture.  Chris and Dan lead the Brubeck Brothers Quartet who performed on the cruise. This year marks the centennial of Dave … [Read More]

Podcast #46 Marcus Miller with Alonzo Bodden

In this freewheeling conversation Alonzo Bodden, comedian-in-residence for The Smooth Jazz Cruise, interviews his friend, the bassist and bandleader Marcus Miller about everything from what instruments he plays to how he almost replaced Jaco Pastorius in Weather Report. This episode is sponsored by … [Read More]

Podcast #45 Catherine Russell with Eulis Cathey

The noted jazz and pop vocalist Catherine Russell talks with Eulis Cathey from SiriusXM about her evolution as a singer in this conversation from The Jazz Cruise ’20. Catherine has had a unique double career both as an accomplished backing singer for pop stars and as a leader of her own performing … [Read More]

Podcast #44 Kamasi Washington with David Sanborn

In this conversation from Blue Note at Sea ’20, Kamasi Washington talks with fellow saxophonist David Sanborn about growing up in South Central LA and how the jazz and music community there shaped him as an artist. Kamasi also discusses the influence of his father, saxophonist Ricky Washington, who … [Read More]