Summer 2017 Newsletter
Wow, my song Rio Drive from Soul Secrets was named the #1 most played song of 2015 on Alan Kepler's Smooth Jazz Top 20! (#2 on Billboard's 2015 airplay chart). This has been quite a year - first: Elegant Nights #1, and now Rio Drive. I'm so thankful for the response, especially after 4+ years between solo releases.
The best part of this milestone in my 28 year journey as a solo artist is being able to see that the priorities I've chosen: Music (original, no covers), Relationships (over money), Entrepreneurship (maintaining ownership) have stayed the same. And I'm lucky to have such long term relationships with people who share the same goals. If you look at the credits on my CD's, or my tour history, you will see many of the same people over decades. They are all great artists in their own right, and most of them are on this chart too.
So, I'd like to thank all the radio programmers, my fans, and give a big shout out to my friends, bandmates and collaborators. Ron Boustead, Shelby Flint, Ricardo Silveira , Dave Koz, Eric Marienthal, Eric Baines, Eric Valentine, Michael Paulo, Michael O'Neill, Peter White, Rick Braun, Nathaniel Phillips, Ernest Tibbs, John Lewis, Jay Dulaney, Brad Roxanne Collins, Gary Meek, Boney James, Larry Carlton, Melissa Manchester, Lee Thornburg, Jerry Peterson, Jeffrey Pescetto, Craig Safan, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Al Evers, Tim Eyermann, Bud Harner, Adam Hawley, James Harrah, Euge Groove, Vincent Ingala, Charlie Bisharat, Luis Conte, Dave Hooper, Pat Kelley, Lon Price, Lee Ritenour, Brenda Russell, Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Jeff Kashiwa, Sergio Gonzalez, Paul Brown, Joel Taylor, John Leftwich, Steve Samuel, Bruce Atkinson, Donnell Spencer Jr, Dwayne Smitty Smith, Jacques Voyemant, Steven Madaio, Jessy J., Joe Dougherty, Gary Grainger, Gary Grainger, Melvin Lee Davis, Oscar Seaton, Thom Rotella, Jervonny Collier, Andy Suzuki, Richard Elliot, Ramon Stagnaro.
The popularity of cruising with our music has soared, evidenced by the fact that all the well known Smooth Jazz cruises such as the great Dave Koz and Friends at Sea Cruise, which I helped launch as Musical Director 2011-2013, are sold out for the next year or 2.
I am happy to announce that I'm part of a new, West Coast music cruise hosted by my friend Michael Paulo, featuring Michael, Ray Parker Jr., Ira Nepus, myself and more TBA. The Divine Jazz Cruise is a unique and intimate experience, the number of passengers is limited, allowing more one to one interaction between guests and musicians, and the onboard all-star performances are available only to our guests. It sails next May 6-11, 2016 from San Francisco to Vancouver with stops in Astoria, OR, Seattle, WA, Victoria, BC and Vancouver, BC.
This ship is the Crystal Serenity, a true luxury ship with only 1000 passengers and 650 crew. You might have heard about Crystal Cruise Lines. For more than a decade, Crystal has won an unprecedented number of top awards across multiple categories including being voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, more than any other cruise line, hotel or resort in history.
The other distinguishing factor about this cruise is that it is ALL-INCLUSIVE! Six Star Service, food, all drinks, gratuities and more are included in the price.
If you are interested, there is an early booking discount offered and space is limited, but act soon. Tell them I sent you.
Port Highlight: San Francisco
Our cruise begins in San Francisco, one of the world's most scenic cities — with the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Chinatown, pastel Victorian Houses, steep hills, and extraordinary restaurants. See the white-capped waters of San Francisco Bay, eat crab cakes along Fisherman's Wharf, and experience the roller-coaster landscape of hilly streets and the spectacular setting on San Francisco Bay.
It's strongly recommended to arrive in San Francisco at least one day prior to our cruise. Even better is to arrive several days ahead to fully explore this great city. Tours can be arranged to suit a wide variety of interests, including: City Sightseeing, Sausalito & Muir Woods, a Sunset Cruise, Alcatraz Island, and the Napa Valley Wine Train. For those who would like to golf, we are in the process of organizing a morning of golf on May 6th, before embarkation. We will pass along details as our trip gets closer.
For those that like to tour independently, you may want to consider purchasing tickets on the Hop On Hop Off bus, a wonderful means to get to many of the key city sights. San Francisco offers outstanding restaurants, fun shopping, world-class museums and a Japanese tea garden.
Crystal Serenity is scheduled to set sail at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6th, however we'll be kicking off our cruise early with our Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party and Performance. Please plan to be onboard by 4:00 p.m., giving you a chance to settle in before the fun begins.
Don’t forget to grab your camera for the spectacular view as we sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Alcatraz and Angel Island!
Here are some highlights to consider during your time in the City by the Bay:
Sights—The Golden Gate Bridge; a cable-car ride over Nob Hill; Golden Gate Park; Fisherman's Wharf; a ferry ride to Sausalito; the postcard row of Victorian homes at Alamo Square; gourmet goods at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in the Ferry Building; Lombard Street, the crookedest street in the U.S.
Museums—The Asian Art Museum; the Legion of Honor; the de Young Museum; the Cable Car Museum; San Francisco Art Institute; Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD); Seymour Pioneer Museum; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Memorable Meals—Vegetarian lunch at Greens; dim sum at Ton Kiang; sushi at Ozumo; dinner, dancing and great city views at Top of the Mark; Irish coffee at the historic Buena Vista Cafe while watching the sun set.
Late Night—An evening with Jazz at Yoshi's; Cocktails and film noir at Lone Palm; Beach Blanket Babylon at Club Fugazi; dancing at Harry Denton's Starlight Room atop the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
Walks—Hiking across the Golden Gate Bridge; strolling anywhere along the 10-mi/15-km coastline from the Embarcadero through the Golden Gate Promenade (in the Presidio); shopping around Union Square; exploring the smaller streets and alleys of Chinatown; climbing the garden-lined stairway to Coit Tower.
- Crystal Cruises Early Full Payment Savings -
Crystal Cruises offers an Early Pay Discount of 2.5% for reservations paid in full by Friday, November 6th. If you would like to take advantage of this additional savings, please contact Lynn prior to this date.
Phone: (855) 854-5299
Important Reservation Details
- Online Check-in is Now Available -
Please take a moment to access your reservation through Crystal Cruise’s Priority Check-in & Planning Center. Once there, you can kick-start the boarding process by checking in now. If you need assistance checking in or finding your reservation number, contact Lynn - she's always more than happy to help! Through the Priority Check-in & Planning Center, you will also be able to pre-reserve any Crystal shore excursions. Lastly, as soon as your reservation is paid in full, you will be able to book your specialty dining reservations, spa appointments and more. Crystal provides one complimentary reservation in each specialty restaurant per guest, so be sure to take advantage of this delicious benefit!
Click here to access your online check-in.
Crystal Serenity's All-Inclusive Highlights
Crystal's expansive host of complimentary services includes free fine wines, champagne and premium spirits, open bar service, and prepaid gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff.
Included throughout the ship:
All gratuities for housekeeping (all stateroom attendants and Penthouse Butlers), bar and dining staff (including specialty restaurants)
Fine wines, premium spirits and champagne in all restaurants, including specialty venues Prego, and Silk Road and The Sushi Bar by Nobu Matsuhisa
Open bar service
All nonalcoholic beverages including bottled water, soft drinks and fresh juices
In-stateroom satellite TV and movies on your flat-panel television
Concierge services for personal arrangements ashore
In the coming months we'll let you know of more highlights that Crystal Serenity has to offer.
Click here to get a glimpse of the Crystal experience!
Important Passport Information!
Passports are needed for this cruise. The name on your passport needs to match your reservation exactly. If your first and last names do not match, please let us know so we can adjust your reservation details. If your passport contains a middle name, please add this when completing your online check-in.
If you still need to order or renew your passport, please don’t delay. You will not be able to complete the online check-in without providing passport details. In addition, you will not be able to reserve shore excursions or specialty dining reservations.
Your passport should be valid until November 11, 2016.
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Gregg Karukas' 2nd consecutive #1 single, "Rio Drive" from Soul Secrets is in the air all Summer..