Smooth Cruises 2016: Roy Ayers & Nick Colionne

Hornblower Infinity
Pier 40 Houston St @ West Side Hwy

August 24th, 6:30PM
August 24th, 9:30PM


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



2016 Smooth Cruises: Roy Ayers + Nick Colionne

The Smooth Cruises are back for summer ’16… On Wednesday, August 24th the Smooth Cruise features the legendary Roy Ayers. New Act Just Announced: Also on the evening’s bill, guitarist Nick Colionne!


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.)



Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. has a natural affinity for music, as his mother Ruby was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father Roy Sr., was a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist. Roy began to demonstrate his musical aptitude by age 5, playing boogie woogie tunes on the piano. He turned to the steel guitar by 9 years old, had stints during his teens playing flute, trumpet and drums before embracing the vibes as his instrument of choice.

Perhaps Roy’s karmic destiny as a vibraphonist was by his parents’ decision to allow him attend a concert featuring the great Lionel Hampton’s Big Band. During “Hamp’s” customary stroll down the aisle to thank you his audience for attending, he noticed and ecstatic five-year-old boy. Impressed by the child’s ebullience, “Hamp” walked over and presented young Roy with the gift of a lifetime — a pair of vibe mallets. During Roy’s adolescence, although his parents kept schoolwork his primary focus, his mother fit in piano lessons. In addition to Roy’s involvement with various instruments, he also sang in the church choir. At 17, his parents presented him with a set of vibes and the rest, as they say, is history.

He began at first study independently, then eventually discovered that Bobby Hutcherson, a rising vibraphonist, lived in his neighborhood, and subsequently he began to work under Bobby’s tutelage. Their relationships as friends and musicians blossomed, with regular meetings between the two to collaborate and practice. During this time, Roy went on to form very first group of which he was the leader, while a student of Jefferson High school. Appropriately enough, he first named the group the Jefferson Combo, later re-naming the group to the Latin Lyrics. After graduation, Roy attended Los Angeles City College where he studied advanced music theory. By 1961, he had become a well-rounded, full-fledged professional musician. Roy, began to receive his musical blessings early in his career, as he collaborated and performed with likes of Chico Hamilton, Teddy Edwards, Jack Wilson, Phineas Newborn and Gerald Wilson. Shortly thereafter, Roy made his recording debut with Curtis Amy, a highly regarded saxophonist, with whom he recorded “Way Down” and “Tippin on Through.”


Well into his third decade of making the strings sing with his very own sweet Chicago soul, it’s no surprise Nick Colionne has sustained chart-topping radio history.

Nick was twice named “Best Live Performance” at the JazzTrax Catalina Island Jazz festival, is the recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian award, was a nominee for 2010 American Smooth Jazz Guitarist of the Year, received the 2007 International Instrumentalist of the Year award, and has been described by BET Jazz as, “one of the most exceptional performers to come along the jazz scene in a long time.”

Nick’s incredible live performances, infused with his unique and souful styling of jazz, funk, R&B, and blues, along with his rich vocals and engaging stage personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with.

His newest CD, “INFLUENCES” a musical journey of self re-discovery, offers a palate of moods and flavors born of life experiences, challenges, and the effect of the people past and present who have helped shape and mold his sound, and promises to give fans more of what they expect from the talented Colionne.

Line-ups may be subject to change.