Smooth Cruises 2016: Najee & Alex Bugnon

Hornblower Infinity
Pier 40, Houston St @ West Side Hwy

August 17th, 6:30PM
August 17th, 9:30PM


Standard: $55 | Standard w/ Buffet: $85 | Premium Ticket Package: $140



2016 Smooth Cruises: Najee & Alex Bugnon

The Smooth Cruises are back for summer ’16… On Wednesday, August 17th the Smooth Cruise summer season continues with two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist Najee and two-time Soul Train Music award winning pianist Alex Bugnon.

Enjoy the sights and sounds aboard the stunning Hornblower Infinity… as you cruise the Hudson River and take in amazing views of New York Harbor. Enjoy great music in an intimate setting plus the glorious NYC skyline!


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

General Admission tickets are first come, first seated. Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.

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. However, advance purchase is highly recommended. (Premium Ticket Package sales end at 3pm on the day of the show and are NOT available at the dock.)

NOTE: We will also sell tickets to UPCOMING SHOWS on the dock from 4:30pm-9:15m on show nights only.


Cruises depart promptly at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. (Boarding begins: approx. 5:00-5:15pm & 8:50-9pm. Note: Lines form earlier.)

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 for driving directions, public transportation details, and parking information.

A NOTE ABOUT PARKING: We are NOT connected with the expensive on site event parking and recommend looking for pre-paid area parking deals at SpotHero.com, ParkWhiz.com, ParkingPanda.com and SparkPassNYC.com. Search parking for: Hornblower Cruises & Events Pier 40


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

Click here for buffet menus.


General Admission tickets are first come, first seated.
Only Premium Ticket Packages feature a reserved seating section.


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.)


Grammy nominated and award-winning international jazz saxophonist and flautist Najee is one of the original innovators of Urban Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz. With two Platinum and four Gold albums, the native New Yorker was nominated for a Grammy in 1988 for “Najee’s Theme” and is the recipient of many other music awards including the Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Artist, NAACP Image Award, and Trumpet Awards. Three decades later, this quadruple threat who is equally adept on soprano, tenor and alto saxophones and flute is still going strong! Throughout his career, he has worked with many greats including Quincy Jones, Will Downing, Patti La Belle, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller, Joe Sample, Lalah Hathaway, Jeff Lorber, Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz, Lionel Richie, Gerald Veasley, Jonathan Butler, MAYSA, Ledisi, and was part of Prince’s “Hit and Run Tour.”

Najee released his highly anticipated new album “You, Me, and Forever”, on Shanachie Entertainment in July 2015. It marks his 16th studio-album and third release on the Shanachie Entertainment label. With his recent Soul Train Award nominated album, “The Morning After – A Musical Love Journey” (which debuted #1 Contemporary Jazz Album on the U.S. Billboard Charts), Najee considers his new work a culmination of who he is as an artist through his experiences in music.

Contemporary jazz keyboardist and recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards, 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 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.

Note: Line-ups may be subject to change