Smooth Cruises 2015: Jonathan Butler & Alex Bugnon

Hornblower Infinity
Pier 40, Houston St @ West Side Hwy

August 12th, 6:30PM
August 12th, 9:30PM


$55 / Show w/Buffet: $85 / Deluxe Ticket: $140

The Smooth Cruises Return for Summer 2015!

Wednesday, August 12th catch jazz guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler with Alex Bugnon on keyboards for an evening to remember on the stunning Hornblower Infinity as you cruise Hudson and take in the sights of New York Harbor.

Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:30pm & 9pm. Note: Lines form earlier)


Tickets are ONLY available online or by phone. There are no advance ticket sales or pick ups at Hornblower’s offices.

If available, Limited Tickets will be sold on site at our event table on the evening of the show for that night’s show after 4:30pm.

NOTE: Deluxe Ticket sales (if still available) end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.


The Hornblower Infinity departs from Pier 40, located at Houston Street @ the West Side Highway. (Take 1 train to Houston St. or M8 or M21 bus)

Cruises sail rain or shine. No refunds or exchanges.
Click here":http://hornblowernewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Pier40-Directions.pdf for driving directions, public transportation details, and parking information.


- Buffet Dinner may be purchased for an additional $30 in advance or at venue.
- Cash Bar available.
- Limited Number of Deluxe Packages priced at $140 include: separate boarding line, a Premium Buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and reserved seating section.


Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Jonathan Butler spent his youth under apartheid, and official government policy of political, legal, and economic discrimination against non-whites. His escape was music. The youngest of twelve children, at age 7, he began singing publicly in South African townships. Not yet in his teens, Butler’s talents as a singer and guitarist were recognized and he soon toured his poverty stricken country in a traveling variety show. In his travels, he could neither comprehend the extreme destitute nor the harsh treatment he endured and bared witness to under the reign of Apartheid. Afrikaans was his native tongue, but he learned English on the road. After signing his first record deal as a teen with British record producer Clive Caulder’s Jive Records, Jonathan’s premier single made him the first black artist to be played on white South African radio stations. The single won a Sarie Award, South Africa’s equivalent to the Grammy. His self-titled debut album also garnered two Grammy nominations; one for the R&B-pop vocal statement “Lies” and the other for “Going Home,” a poignant instrumental. Past releases include “Jonathan” (2005), “Gospel Goes Classical” (2006) with Juanita Bynum, “Brand New Day” (2007), So Strong (2010), and “Grace and Mercy” (2012). The veteran performer most recently released “Living My Dream” in 2014 featuring original contemporary jazz instrumentals and soul-mined R&B vocal cuts.


Alex Bugnon, contemporary jazz keyboardist and recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards, 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 United States 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 1989’s, “Love Season,” 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 in 1991, 1993 and 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 throughout the decade that have also placed on the top contemporary jazz charts. Alex, who makes NYC’s Harlem his home while maintaining his connection to his beloved Montreux, released the albums “Going Home” in 2010 and “Harlem” in 2013.

The Hornblower Infinity matches the uniqueness of New York — and the Smooth Cruises! The open bow, covered sky deck and over-sized windows provide endless opportunities to enjoy the countless sites in NY Harbor as guests kick back with the best jazz artists in the business. Guests will enjoy the world’s finest contemporary jazz on climate controlled interior decks with multiple dance floors, and can take in the sights outdoors on spacious exterior sundecks. (The yacht is handicapped accessible.)

Note: Line-ups may be subject to change