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Guitars & Saxes 2010 Smooth Cruise recap August 12, 2010

Posted by Mike C. in Jazz, Music, Photography, Travel, Weather.

8/18 UPDATE: I’ve added more pictures of Arlington Jones, Braylon Lacy, and Eric Valentine.

Yesterday, I went to my second Smooth Cruise in a row; this time, for Guitars & Saxes 2010.  As usual, I took the sunset cruise aboard the Spirit of New York.  As with RnR, the last time I saw G&S before yesterday was in 2008 at IMAC.

The ship left Chelsea Piers’ Pier 61 at 6:37.  The set began at 6:50.

A sold out crowd saw Peter White on guitar #1:

Jeff Golub on guitar #2:

Gerald Albright on the alto sax:

And Kirk Whalum on the tenor sax:

They were backed up by Arlington Jones on the keyboards:

Braylon Lacy on bass:

And Eric Valentine on drums:

1. Intro Medley: Promenade (PW)/Roundtrip (KW)/Dangerous Curves (JG)/To the Max (GA)
2. Bright (PW)
3. All I Do (KW)
4. Shuffleboard (JG)
5. My, My, My (GA)
6. Influences: Oh Happy Day/The Thrill Is Gone/Mercy, Mercy, Mercy/Day Tripper/In The Mood
7. Medley: No Two Ways About It/Cold Duck Time/Goin’ On (JG)
8. Georgia On My Mind (GA)
9. You Are Everything (KW)
10. Bueno Funk (PW)
11. When the Saints Go Marching In

Now for a photographic journey through the Guitars & Saxes sunset Smooth Cruise:

The next three pics were taken from a closed-circuit TV on the deck below the stage:

I hung out on the dance floor for the rest of the set, beginning in the middle of “Georgia On My Mind”:

Echoing notes at the end of “Georgia…”:

Kirk making his way through the audience:

The James Bond sunglasses bit during “Bueno Funk”:

A wild drum solo from Eric:

We leave you with pictures taken outside before the set began.  First, a look at Chelsea Piers shortly after embarking:


Lackawanna Park:

Jersey City:

And finally, Lower Manhattan:

Thank you for reading and viewing.

UPDATE: Hello to author Katherine Gilraine, who was among the sold out crowd last night.  Check out her recap here.



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