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The 2014 Smooth Cruise Encore Featuring Spryo Gyra’s “Morning Dance” 35th Anniversary Show Hits New York Harbor Friday, October 3, 2014

August 11, 2014 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Smooth Jazz New York is pleased to announce a special fall Smooth Cruise Encore performance to top off their successful 17th annual Smooth Cruise summer season featuring the Dave Koz & Friends’ Summer Horns Tour, Rachelle Ferrell, Boney James, and more acclaimed contemporary jazz acts.

Spyro Gyra performs their Morning Dance 35th Anniversary Show in NYC aboard the Smooth Cruise Encore, Fri., October 3, 2014

This Friday, October 3, 2014, the Smooth Cruise Encore features smooth jazz icons, Spyro Gyra, performing aboard The Hornblower Infinity cruise ship. To mark the 35th anniversary of the release of their breakthrough “Morning Dance” album, Spyro Gyra will be performing it start to finish at the New York City show, and will continue the show with highlights of more of their memorable music. The 7 p.m. Smooth Cruise Encore departs from Pier 40 located at Houston Street at the West Side Highway, and cruises down the Hudson, not only offering exceptional music, but breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline.

“We are proud to bring the legendary Spyro Gyra back to New York City for this very special performance of their ‘Morning Dance’ 35th Anniversary show,” notes Bill Zafiros, co-founder of Marquee Concerts and Smooth Jazz New York.

For three and a half decades, Spyro Gyra has maintained a strong position at the forefront of the modern jazz world. The band’s debut album “Morning Dance,” released in 1979, included the title track that became a Top 40 single and proved to be the band’s breakout single. To this day, the Calypso-inspired track is still in heavy rotation on contemporary jazz stations across the country. Soon after the first album’s release, the band initiated a heavy touring schedule that has been in perpetual motion ever since.

Spyro Gyra signed with Heads Up International in 2001 and recorded “In Modern Times,” an album that spent 64 weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, peaking at the number two position. Two years later, the band released “Original Cinema,” followed by “The Deep End” in 2004, and both albums spent a considerable amount of time on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. 2006’s “Wrapped in a Dream” cemented the band’s position as heavyweight contenders in the contemporary jazz arena, earning a GRAMMY nomination and wide critical acclaim. Spyro Gyra continued this momentum into 2007, releasing “Good To Go-Go,” an album that captures a more live groove with the help of new drummer Bonny B. “Good To Go-Go” scored two GRAMMY nominations in December 2007: Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance (the latter nomination for the track “Simple Pleasures”). In 2009, Spyro Gyra added the album, “Down the Wire” to its voluminous discography and earned the group a GRAMMY nod for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Spyro Gyra has continued to remain an exciting and dynamic instrumental group, constantly pushing and exploring the boundaries of contemporary jazz. Their most recent album, “The Rhinebeck Sessions,” was released in the fall of 2013.

For information and to purchase tickets, visit Early Bird Tickets are $45 and are ON SALE NOW for a limited time only online at and by phone at 1-866-468-7619. Standard tickets are priced at $55. The Smooth Cruise Encore offers food and beverage service at an additional charge. A buffet dinner may be purchased for an additional $25 in advance (and on site); cash bar. Limited Deluxe Packages are available, featuring preferential boarding, a premium buffet on a private dining deck, premium open bar, and a reserved seating section. It is recommended that tickets be purchased early as the Smooth Cruises tend to sell out.

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