Since 2010, Marcus Miller has been a driving force behind The Smooth Jazz Cruise, the most successful music cruise ever produced. Founded in 2004, the cruise has had several hosts and leaders over the years, but once Marcus Miller and, a year later, David Sanborn became the named hosts of the cruise, the format went from one successful sailing per year to two sailings and now is clearly one of, if not the most important and recognized contemporary jazz events in the world. Marcus not only performs on the cruise, but also serves as the host of several events and holds the unique position of being the jazz educator for the cruise, imparting a history of jazz that enhances the experience of every guest. Boney James is now Marcus Miller's co-host for The Smooth Jazz Cruise '17 and The Smooth Jazz Cruise will be celebrating its 15th Anniversary and 20th Sailing in 2018.
Since 2013, Marcus Miller has been a performer and event host on The Jazz Cruise, the first and only full ship charter in the world dedicated to “straight ahead” jazz. Marcus has curated his own performances with his band and has participated in several special shows, being paired with Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Shelly Berg, Christian McBride and Wylciffe Gordon. Marcus also serves as the host of Conversation with the Stars, a cruise event which involves panel discussions among top jazz artists sailing on The Jazz Cruise. These interviews are wildly popular on the ship in no small part due to Marcus’ insightful direction and selfless presentation. The Jazz Cruise began in 2001 and is the longest running jazz cruise in the world.
The first edition of this amazing land based event took place in March 2016. Marcus Miller served as the host of this very exclusive and very high end private tour of the Jazz Clubs of New York City. This four day, three night event provided guests with a rare opportunity to experience the famous and legendary New York City Jazz world in as private and luxurious manner as possible. The tour was a hit through its private shows in famous venues (Waldorf Astoria, Apollo Theater, BB Kings, Diamond Horseshoe, Dizzy's Coca Cola Club at Lincoln Center, Blue Note and Birdland), plus amazing insights and history from a man who knows it all, Marcus Miller.
The latest and most ambitious jazz cruise program that Entertainment Cruise Productions has initiated is The Contemporary Jazz Cruise which sails for the first time February 4 - 11, 2017. Marcus Miller not only will host this cruise, but he was instrumental in the creation of the lineup, the onboard events and will serve as the Music Director as well. This cruise will feature such jazz stars as Pat Metheny, Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves, Lalah Hathaway and more will be the first time that the iconic Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club has participated in a cruise program. The spirit of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club will prevail throughout the cruise as the goal of this program is to produce the hippest jazz scene ever presented at sea.