Smooth Cruises 2017: Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright

Hornblower Infinity

July 19th, 6:30PM
July 19th, 9:30PM


Standard: $59 | Standard w/ Buffet: $89 | Premium Ticket Package: $140



2017 Smooth Cruises: Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright!

The Smooth Cruises are back for summer ’17… On Wednesday, July 19th the Smooth Cruise summer season kicks off with two talented, Grammy nominated fan favorites! Catch jazz guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Butler and saxophonist extraordinaire Gerald Albright.

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 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


- 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.


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.)


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.

Jazz and R&B icon Gerald Albright is considered one of the most innovative and successful artists of the last 25+ years. One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald has earned a reputation as a “musician’s musician.” The Los Angeles born musician began piano lessons at an early age. His love of music flourished when he was given a saxophone that had belonged to his piano teacher. By the time he enrolled at the University of Redlands, he was already a polished saxophonist. He later switched to bass guitar after seeing Louis Johnson in concert. A few months after graduating from college, jazz pianist/R&B singer Patrice Rushen was forming her own band and he joined her on sax. When the bass player left mid-tour, Albright replaced him, finishing the tour on bass guitar. During the ’80s, Gerald became a highly requested session musician, playing on albums artists including Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations, and Maurice White. He also toured extensively with Les McCann, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Quincy Jones, and Whitney Houston, among others. He went on to record several successful solo albums for Atlantic Records. Two hit the #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Chart, and were nominated for Grammy Awards in 1989 and 1990. In 1998, Phil Collins asked Gerald to front a Big Band. They toured together and also recorded one of Albright’s tunes, “Chips N’ Salsa” on Collins’ Big Band Project, entitled “A Hot Night In Paris.” Later that year, Gerald released “Pleasures of the Night” with Will Downing which hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. His “Sax for Stax” received a 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album and “Pushing the Envelope” followed suit in the same category in 2010. Most recently, Gerald received a 2015 Grammy® award nomination for “Slam Dunk” (released in December 2014) in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category.

Note: lineups may be subject to change.