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SMOOTH CRUISE ENCORE: The Angela Bofill Experience
Spirit of New York, Pier 61/Chelsea Piers
October 4th, 6:30PM
October 4th, 9:30PM
Tickets: $55 (thru day of show)
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Join us for a very special Smooth Cruise Encore aboard the Spirit of New York featuring the Angela Bofill Experience on* Friday, October 4, 2013* at 6:30pm and 9:30pm
The evening will be narrated by Miss Angela Bofill with performances by
Maysa, Kim Waters, and just added to the line up, ALEX BUGNON!
As most fans know, longtime Jazz/R&B music great Angela Bofill suffered a stroke in early 2006. Later that year she received the SoulTracks Lifetime Achievement Award and appeared to be on her way to recovery but in July 2007, she suffered another massive stroke and was in critical condition for quite some time. Fortunately, in the last few years Angela has enjoyed a return to the stage with the Angela Bofill Experience. The acclaimed show is a narrative and musical presentation of the songs most relevant to her career – songs including Angel of the Night, Break it to me Gently, This Time I’ll Be Sweeter, I’ll Try, and many more. Angela will take the stage to narrate this star studded jazz evening of her life in and out of music, featuring performances by Maysa, Kim Waters, and longtime friend and confidente, Grammy award winner Dave Valentin.
About Angela Bofill:
Bronx native Angela Bofill sang with Ricardo Morrero & the Group and the Dance Theater of Harlem chorus before her 1978 debut. With her strong, distinctive alto, she has carved a niche as an outstanding interpreter of soul ballads. Between 1978 and 1984, Bofill had consistent success on the R&B charts, with six albums making the Top 40 (five of which made the Top 100 on the pop charts as well), including two, Angel of the Night (1979) and Too Tough (1983), that made the Top Ten. During this period, she also placed seven singles in the R&B Top 40, with “Too Tough” making the Top Ten. Bofill’s career cooled off after 1984, but she returned to the R&B charts with Intuition (1988), I Wanna Love Somebody (1993), and Love in Slow Motion (1996).
While Maysa is no newcomer to the music scene, her ninth solo release, 2011’s “Motions of Love” that boasts cameos by the legendary Stevie Wonder and neo-soul crooner Dwele, has brought the veteran soul and smooth jazz vocalist to the widest audience of her career. First gaining fame as the featured voice on British acid jazz band Incognito’s defining `90s hits including “Don’t You Worry About A Thing”, “Still A Friend of Mine” and “Deep Waters,” she then launched a concurrent solo career with the hits “Am I Wrong (For Lovin’ You),” “Friendly Pressure” and “Hypnotic Love.” With a sultry alto on par with Phyllis Hyman and Patti Austin and worthy of an urban mainstream following, Maysa has earned a loyal underground audience.
In 1995, she recorded her self-titled debut, followed by 2000’s “All My Life”, “Out of The Blue” in 2002, “Smooth Sailing” in 2004, “Sweet Classic Soul” in 2006, and “Feel The Fire” in 2007. In 2008, Maysa’s “Metamorphosis” peaked at No.1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz top 100 chart and no.13 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In 2010, “A Woman in Love”, debuted at No.1 on the Contemporary Jazz Charts.
She has also collaborated with well-known jazz performers like Gerald Veasley, Rick Braun, Will Downing, Jason Miles’ Soul Summit, Rhythm Logic, Jonathan Butler, and Pieces of a Dream. During the past few years, Maysa was also featured in The Angela Bofill Experience with an array of top artists including Dave Valentin, Phil Perry, Marion Meadows, and Kim Waters.
About Kim Waters
Kim Waters has been heralded as “simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists” by JazzTimes Magazine and touted as a “romantic pied piper” by The Washington Post. Inspired by such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, George Benson, Cannonball and Grover Washington, saxophonist Kim Waters was born into a musical family. The Maryland native picked up his first instrument, the violin when he was just 8 years old and later, at age 13 he found his calling on the alto and soprano saxophones. Soon after, he began playing in a band with his brothers, James (who he still performs with) and Eric, and his old friend, pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Over the years, Kim has been called on to perform with or open shows for top artists including Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Riley and Guy, and Gerald Albright to name a few. Recently, he relocated to Sacramento, CA from his longtime home in Aberdeen, MD.
Garnering praise from critics and fans alike, Kim is one of the top five best-selling jazz instrumentalists. His winning combination of sensitivity and brawn, intellect and emotion, coupled with his technique and soulfulness have helped him to score over thirteen #1 hits and over 20 Top 10 hits. Never one to rest on his laurels, the prolific saxophonist is constantly creating. For this talented multi-instrumentalist, music is simply a way of life.
In 2011, Kim released his 17th album, “This Heart of Mine” which artfully showcases why he has long held the throne as the King of Smooth Urban Jazz. The album finds the saxophonist doing what he does best — creating dreamy melodies, sultry ballads, reinventing timeless R&B hits and playing funky dance-inspired and hot stepper originals. Waters brings to life a tapestry of love songs that explores the full range of emotions that love sparks. Kim is a one-man band and plays virtually every instrument heard on the album from the saxophones to keyboards, guitar, drums, bass and vocals.
About Alex Bugnon
Contemporary jazz keyboard player Alex Bugnon grew up going to the Montreux Jazz Festival in his hometown in Switzerland. He attended the Paris Conservatory of Music for two years, then moved to the US to attend the Berklee School of Music, while performing as an accompanist to gospel groups. He spent 4 years working as a session musician in New York, backing urban and jazz performers such as Patti Austin, Freddie Jackson, James Ingram, and Keith Sweat.
Signed to Orpheus Records, he released his debut album, Love Season, in 1989 which reached the pop charts and the Top 40 of the R&B charts, as did its follow-up, 1990’s Head Over Heels. Subsequent releases 107 Degrees in the Shade_(1991), This Time Around (1993), and Tales From the Bright Side (1995) all placed in the R&B charts. He signed to the jazz division of Narada Records, which marketed him as a jazz artist, and his sixth album 2000’s, Alex Bugnon… As Promised, reached the contemporary jazz charts. He followed with Soul Purpose (2001) and several other albums that also placed on the top contemporary jazz charts. He most recently released Going Home in 2012. Alex is the recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards.
Please Note: Dave Valentin was originally scheduled to be on the show, and will not be performing. Ticket holders interested in being refunded, MUST email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Spirit Cruises at 866-211-3812 PRIOR to the show to receive one. Refunds will not be honored after the show plays on 10/4/13.
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