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By Glenn Arnette, lll

 Photography by John

by the one and only, Wayman Tisdale, made it the 6 annual sailing of America’s greatest jazz event on the high seas! Wayman Tisdale is without a doubt a man with a heart of gold and one who is willing to give his audiences the very best in music and a smile that will make anyone warm. What a trouper! When he stepped on the stage of the Holland American w/s Westerdam as the Host for 2008 Smooth Jazz Cruise, you knew that his talented friends would be the best in the Jazz world. Born June 9, 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wayman Tisdale was raised in a 

Christian home and later became an All American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association and now is ranked as one of the best smooth jazzbass guitarist in the country. As a center and power forward, Tisdale had a 12-season professional career with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. In March 2007, Tisdale underwent treatment for cancer in his knee after a fall in his home. In August 2008, Tisdale had part of his right leg amputated because of the bone cancer. On his Web site, Tisdale said removing a portion of the leg would be the best way to ensure that the cancer would not return. It was removed and now he is back in action playing his jazz music and recording spectacular new CD’s for all to hear including one of his best and latest recorded CD’s, Rebound. To read the latest on this top personality, Google: Wayman Tisdale!

SPECIAL NOTE: Wayman Tisdale passed away this year, 2009 with complications of cancer.

For the Jazz Cruise this year, Wayman Tisdale brought along Gerald Albright, Tom Braxton, Peabo Bryson, Jonathan Butler, DW3, Jeff Golub, Everett Harp, Jeff Lorber, Marcus Miller, Brian Simpson, Jonathan Slocumb, John Stoddart, Jody Watley, Kirk Whalum, Peter White and Willie &Lobo and finally special guest Rufus and Chaka Khan. How could this not be the number one party ship on the high seas? There were concerts in the morning, afternoon and evening. When time permitted, you were invited to autograph sessions with the artists. 

There were no “attitudes of stardom” with the performers as they were enjoying the cruise just like each guest. They were roaming the ship and enjoying the guest and meeting new friends. I have never seen anything like it!

Each performance was better than the last. After the second night at the Gospel Show featuring Jonathan Butler, I told my new friends that nothing could top that evening. What a joke, I looked like a fool! That was only the beginning of the very best time I have ever had on any ship anywhere in the world. Believe me, I was impressed and Michael Lazaroff, the Executive Director for the entire project certainly knows how to plan an event in Jazz. Kudos and more Kudos to Michael!

Jonathan Butler is something else. What a showman! What energy! Born October 1961 in Cape Town, South Africa he is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is often classified as R&B, jazz fusion or smooth jazz. He had his audience up on their feet, clapping and singing everything he could throw at them. By-the-way, his Gospel Goes Classical is one of his best CD’s and I highly recommend that you rush and order this one. For all of his work, Google: Jonathan Butler. You will be glad you did!

To talk about each one of the performers for the week would be impossible in this article. Remember I have more coming in the next release.

A real rocking jazz moment came when Jeff Golub graced the stage. He was born April 15, 1955 in Akron, Ohio and is an Americanjazzguitarist. He's probably best known for his work with Rod Stewart, who he played with from 1988 until 1995 performing on 4 albums and 5 world tours as well as recording the live DVD "One Night Only" live at Royal Albert Hall. This man is an explosion on the stage, a real rocker with the greatest moves and sounds that had his audience wild. Fantastic! What else can I say? To read all of the latest about Jeff , Google: Jeff Golub. Get his music and keep it with you on your MP3.

My final artist for the day would be the classy and styled sounds of Gerald Albright. Born in Los Angeles on August 30, 1957 he is considered to be one of America’s best jazzsaxophonist. He can do it all! His latest release Sax for Stax is one of his best ever. He is polished, personable and perfect. You can also Google: Gerald Albright for more information. 

There are only so many ways to tell you that this would be one of the best values you will ever find for your travel adventures. The space is always limited, but for those who act now, you will be able to secure a place on next year’s Jazz Cruises. Contact as soon as possible WWW.THESMOOTHJAZZCRUISE.COM or call direct : 888-852-9987

Until next time when I continue taking you on my Jazz Cruise, start shopping for some of the jazz music of some of the artists listed above. For other travel adventures, you can Google: Glenn Arnette, lll