Jazz Cruises 2018
Cruise season is always a fun time for us. Every year we hand-select Yamaha pianos to go aboard a luxury cruise ship. We also bring on an assistant piano technician to help keep up with the multiple sets and performances, some occuring at the same time. This year marked our 10th anniversary of working with Entertainment Cruise Productions and being a part of this unique family of musicians and jazz enthusiasts. See below for what Michael Lazaroff, Executive Director of Entertainment Cruise Productions, has to say about our work.
"For a decade Justin Elliott has provided Entertainment Cruise Productions with first class piano service for the many, many cruise programs that we provide. The challenges of providing piano service for our needs is both unique and intense. Our cruises feature many different types of music genres, multiple performers and multiple instruments. With the down time between shows often around 30 minutes long, the need to perform the piano services quickly, as well as perfectly, heightens the intensity of the work and the skills needed to complete the tasks. "Justin has met and surpassed those goals cruise after cruise, year after cruise. Watching him tune a piano for a straight ahead jazz player and then for a completely different player on a completely different music cruise is amazing. Justin has become and will continue to be a special member of our cruise production team." Michael Lazaroff
The artist roster from the Blue Note at Sea: Chick Corea, Marcus Miller, Robert Glasper, Vicente Archer, Damion Reid, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lalah Hathaway, Leslie Odom Jr., David Sanborn, Wycliffe Gordon, Geoffrey Keezer, Ben Williams, Billy Kilson, Charles Lloyd & The Marvels, Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lionel Loueke, Ambrosia Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland, Kendrick Scott, Derrick Hodge