Jam Cruise is an annual five-day, music cruise, featuring jam, funk, rock, jazz, and electronic performances, as well as musical workshops, activities and other programs. Produced by Cloud 9 Adventures, Jam Cruise has dispatched fifteen cruises since 2004. The cruise departs from PortMiami, Florida and stops in ports throughout the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Jam Cruise features musical collaborations and musician-led jam sessions throughout the event. The schedule is designed to allow participants to collaborate with performing artists in venues such as the “Jam Room” and “Jazz Lounge,” where the musicians rotate in and out of live stage sessions.
During days at sea, music begins playing at noon and continues on until the early hours of the morning. Days when the ship is stopped at a port, the music typically begins around 5pm as the ship departs from that port. Jam Cruise also runs theme nights, artist activities, and autograph signings on the ship.
- 1 History
- 2 See also
- 3 References
The first Jam Cruise was organized by Mark Brown and Cloud 9 Adventures. Held on the MS Regal Empress from January 6 to 10, 2004, the cruise sailed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, Florida. While the first Jam Cruise (known as Jam Cruise 1) carried 800 cruisers and featured 18 bands and artists, the event has grown to accommodate over 3,000 and more than 40 bands and artists.
Jam Cruise 15
Jam Cruise 15 was held on the Norwegian Pearl from January 20-25, 2017
Leaving from Miami, FL, ports of call included Ochos Rios, Jamaica, and Grand Cayman Island.
Lineup: The Original Meters, Griz, Galactic, Big Something, Moe., Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Motet, Break Science, Dopapod, Turkuaz, Percy Hill, The Hip Abduction, and more
Jam Cruise 14
Jam Cruise 14 was held on the MSC Divina from January 6-11, 2016
Leaving from Miami, FL, ports of call included Cozumel, Mexico and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Lineup: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • Joe Russo's Almost Dead • Galactic • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • Lotus • Lettuce • JJ Grey & Mofro • Soulive • Snarky Puppy • Keller Williams (Solo + w/ More Than a Little) • The New Mastersounds • Dumpstaphunk • Anders Osborne • Electron • ALO • Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers • Southern Soul Assembly • The Werks • The Floozies • TAUK • Twiddle • Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath • Marco Benevento • Cabinet • Everyone Orchestra • Roosevelt Collier's Super Jam • Zach Deputy • Worship My Organ • Stanton Moore Trio • Rayland Baxter • Con Brio • Nathan Moore • DJ Logic • Motion Potion • Special Guests: Fred Wesley, Leo Nocentelli, Mike Dillon, Col. Bruce Hampton, Amy Helm, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Paul Hoffman, Anders Beck, Eric McFadden, Joel Cummins, Will Bernard, Ron Holloway, Jans Ingber, Weedie Braimah, Cris Jacobs, Scott Pemberton, Johnny Sansone, Holly Bowling • Masters Camp at Sea: Vernon Reid, Stanley Jordan, Oteil Burbridge, Melvin Seals, Johnny Vidacovich, Daniel Lamb, Congo Sanchez, Ashish "Hash" Vyas
Jam Cruise 13
Jam Cruise 13 was held on the MSC Divina from January 6-11, 2015.
Leaving from Miami, FL, ports of call included Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Lineup: Pretty Lights w/Live Band • Umphrey’s McGee • The Word • Galactic • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe • G Love & Special Sauce • Lettuce • Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires • John Scofield Uberjam Band • Snarky Puppy • A JC13 Tribute to Jerry Garcia feat Steve Kimock • Bobby Vega • Jeff Chimenti • Bill Bitt • Dan Lebowitz & John Kimock • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • The Motet • Break Science • The Revivalists • Elephant Revival • The Nth Power • M&Ms • Dragon Smoke • Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds • Kung Fu • Fruition • The London Souls • The California Honeydrops • New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars • Everyone Orchestra • Eric Krasno Super Jam • Nathan Moore • Mark Farina • Nutritious • Brownie DJ Set • David Murphy of Seven Arrows Special Guests: George Porter, Jr., Ike Stubblefield, Mike Dillon, Roosevelt Collier, John “Papa” Gros, Anders Beck, Robert Walter, Skerik, Jennifer Hartswick, Ryan Montbleau, Tim Carbone, Paul Hoffman, Jason Hann, Carly Meyers, Farnell “Neutron” Netwton, Congo Sanchez, Kim Dawson. Masters Camp At Sea: Vernon Reid, Oteil Burbridge, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Col. Bruce Hampton, Grant Green Jr., Mike Clark
Jam Cruise 12
Jam Cruise 12 was held on the MSC Divina from January 4-9, 2014
Leaving from Miami, FL, ports of call included Falmouth, Jamaica and Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.
Lineup: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang • Thievery Corporation • Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band • Warren Haynes (private island show) • Galactic • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe • Robert Randolph & The Family Band • Lotus • The Wailers • Keller Williams • Keller & the Kimocks • Gigantic Underground Conspiracy • Conspirator • Lettuce • Dumpstaphunk • John Popper & DJ Logic w/ George Porter Jr. • Stanley Jordan and Adam Deitch • The New Mastersounds • The Infamous Stringdusters • ALO • Rob Garza Solo DJ Sets • Anders Osborne • MarchFourth Marching Band • Orgone, Pork Tornado, Bonerama • Robert Walter’s 20th Congress • The Revivalists • Monophonics • Mike Dillon Band • Eric Krasno Band • Everyone Orchestra • Alan Evans Super Jam • DJ Logic • Luke the Knife • Beard-o-Bees • D-Hastie • Skerik’s Bandalabra Special Guests: Cyril Neville, Bill Evans, Will Bernard, Alecia Chakour, Allie Kral, Jennifer Hartswick, Chris Chew, Roosevelt Collier, Joel Cummins, Tom Hamilton, Zach Deputy, Dela, Paul Hoffman, Anders Beck, Billy Iuso, Terry McDermott, Jans Ingber. Masters Camp At Sea: Victor Wooten, Butch Trucks, Luther Dickinson & Cody Dickinson, Col. Bruce Hampton, Kofi Burbridge
Jam Cruise 11
Jam Cruise 11 was held on the MSC Poesia from January 7-12, 2013
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call included Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, and Coco Cay, Bahamas.
Lineup: Moe. • Medeski Scofield Martin & Wood • funky METERs • Galactic • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe • Femi Kuti & The Positive Force • Steel Pulse • JJ Grey & Mofro • Lettuce • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk • Steve Kimock with Bernie Worrell • Wally Ingram and Andy Hess • ALO • Tea Leaf Green • Breakestra • Medeski Skerik Deitch • The Soul Rebels • W R D (Walter, Roberts, & Deitch) • Greensky Bluegrass • Hot Buttered Rum • The Motet • Funk is Dead! • Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers • The Pimps of Joytime • MarchFourth Marching Band • BoomBox • Zoogma • Magic Gravy • Wyllys & The New York Huster Ensemble • Orchard Lounge • Kraz • Eddie Roberts Super Jam • Everyone Orchestra • Nathan Moore • Brock Butler Special Guests: Jeff Coffin, Mike Dillon, Col. Bruce Hampton
Jam Cruise 10
Jam Cruise 10 was held on the MSC Poesia from January 9-14, 2012
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call included Labadee, Haiti and Falmouth, Jamaica.
Lineup: Umphrey's McGee • Galactic • Keller & the Keels • Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers • Toots & the Maytals • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • Soulive • Railroad Earth • Ozomatli • The New Deal • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • EOTO • 7 Walkers feat. Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, Matt Hubbard and George Porter Jr. w/ Steve Kimock • The New Mastersounds • Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set) • Garage A Trois • Perpetual Groove • Dirty Dozen Brass Band • Toubab Krewe • Zach Deputy • Break Science w/ Chali 2na • George Porter & the Runnin' Pardners • Orgone • Omega Moos • Dr. Klaw • Surprise Me Mr. Davis • Dead Kenny G's • The Heavy Pets • That 1 Guy • A set of Sly and the Family Stone feat. Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Ian Neville, Adam Deitch, Nick Daniels & Nigel Hall • Tony Hall Superjam • Everyone Orchestra • Paper Diamond • DJ Logic • Kraz • Ryan Montbleau • Brock Butler • Nathan Moore Special Guests: Steve Kimock, Anders Osborne, Robert Walter, Col. Bruce Hampton, Big Sam, Kyle Hollingsworth, Chali 2na, John Oates, Jessica Lurie, and Anders Beck 
Jam Cruise 9
Jam Cruise 9 was held on the MSC Poesia from January 4-9, 2011.
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call were Roatan, Honduras and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Lineup: Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Children • Rhythm Devils feat. Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart • Robert Randolph & The Family Band • Galactic • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • God Street Wine • Stockholm Syndrome • Lotus • JoJo's Mardi Gras Band • ALO • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk • Easy Star All-Stars • Lettuce • Garage A Trois • The New Mastersounds • Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars • Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears • Anders Osborne feat. sets w/ Stanton Moore & Carl Dufrene and w/ George Porter, Jr. & Johnny Vidacovich • Big Sam's Funky Nation • Cornmeal • Some Cat From Japan feat. Ron Johnson, Will Bernard, Scott Metzger, Eric Bolivar & Nigel Hall • Greensky Bluegrass • Big Gigantic • Zach Deputy • Pimps of Joytime • Maceo Parker Super Jam • Everyone Orchestra • Nathan Moore • Brock Butler • David Gans Special Guests: Steve Kimock, Leo Nocentelli, Fred Wesley, Robert Walter, Taylor Hicks, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jennifer Hartswick, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Joel Cummins Late Night Disco: Jeff Bujak, Nutritious, Wyllys, Gypsyphonic Disko
Jam Cruise 8
Jam Cruise 8 was held on the MSC Poesia from January 3-8, 2010.
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call were Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Cayman Islands.
Lineup: STS9 • The Word feat. John Medeski, North Mississippi Allstars & Robert Randolph • Zappa plays Zappa • Galactic • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • Maceo Parker • Dark Star Orchestra • JJ Grey & Mofro • Railroad Earth • Steve Kimock's Crazy Engine • Lotus • Fantastic 4 feat. Robert Walter, Adam Deitch, Eric Krasno & Cheme Gastelum • Toubab Krewe • Eric Krasno & Chapter 2 • The Motet plays the Talking Heads • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • Hot Buttered Rum • John Brown's Body • Kyle Hollingsworth Band • Mike Dillon's Go Go Jungle • The Mother Hips • Break Science feat. Adam Deitch • Dragon Smoke feat. Robert Mercurio, Ivan Neville, Stanton Moore & Eric Lindell • Johnny Sketch & The Dirty Notes • George Porter Jr.'s Super Jam • DJ Logic • Pretty Lights Special Guests: Col. Bruce Hampton, Skerik, Will Bernard
Jam Cruise 7
Jam Cruise 7 was held on the MSC Orchestra from January 4-9, 2009.
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call were Belize City, Belize and Costa Maya, Mexico.
Lineup: Les Claypool • Medeski, Martin & Wood • Galactic • Michael Franti, featuring Carl Young & J Bowman • Leftover Salmon • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • Martin Sexton • The New Deal • Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk • Garage A Trois • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals • Tea Leaf Green • ALO • Emmitt-Nershi Band • Lettuce • Porter Batiste Stoltz • The New Mastersounds • Bonerama • The Lee Boys • The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker • Bustle in your Hedgerow • Brock Butler • Robert Walter • DJ Rekha • DJ Roots Vs. Murphy • Yacht Rock Featuring Dan Lebowitz, Jamie Shields and Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik & Kris Myers from Umphrey's McGee • Jackie Greene • Cyro Baptista
Jam Cruise 6
Jam Cruise 6 was held on the MSC Lirica from January 4-9, 2008.
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call included Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico.
Lineup: Warren Haynes • Michael Franti & Spearhead • funky METERS featuring Art Neville, George Porter Jr., Russell Batiste & Ian Neville • Yonder Mountain String Band • Galactic • Dark Star Orchestra • Soulive • Toots & the Maytals • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings • The Everyone Orchestra featuring Kimock, Fishman, Coffin & Janover • Perpetual Groove • Grace Potter and the Nocturnals • Lotus • New Monsoon • Toubab Krewe • The Motet • Brock Butler Solo • Vote the Boat Winners! The Bridge • DJ Harry • DJ Roots Special Guests: Karl Denson, Al Schnier, Ivan Neville, Mike Dillon, Skerik, Robert Walter, Dan Lebowitz, Col. Bruce Hampton, Grant Green Jr.
Jam Cruise 5
Jam Cruise 5 was held on the MSC Opera from January 2-7, 2007.
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call were Turks & Caicos and Cayo Levantado, Dominican Republic.
Lineup: The Derek Trucks Band • Umphrey's McGee • The Disco Biscuits • Galactic • The Greyboy Allstars • Garage a Benevento featuring Stanton Moore, Skerik, Mike Dillon & Marco Benevento • Burning Spear • Zero • Dirty Dozen Brass Band • Railroad Earth • Deep Banana Blackout • Perpetual Groove • Tea Leaf Green • Los Amigos Invisibles • Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk • ALO • Hot Buttered Rum • New Mastersounds • Yonrico Scott Band • Scrapomatic • The Stanton Moore Trio featuring Will Bernard and Robert Walter • DJ Logic • DJ Le Spam • DJ Afro • Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band • Additional Artists: Luther Dickson of the North Mississippi Allstars • JJ Grey of Mofro • Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers • Eric Krasno of Soulive • George Porter Jr. of the Meters • Fuzz and Carrie of Rolla • Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band • Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers • Brock of Perpetual Groove
Jam Cruise 4
Jam Cruise 4 was held on the MSC Lirica from January 7-13, 2006.
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, the ports of call were Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands, and Costa Maya, Mexico
Lineup: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones • Galactic • Les Claypool • Keller Williams • Michael Franti and Spearhead • Gomez • Umphrey's McGee • Digable Planets • Steve Kimock Band • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • Kang vs. Bassnectar • Honkytonk Homeslice • Remarkable Elba Kramer • Zilla • Critters Buggin • Hairy Apes BMX • Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra • Fantastic 4 • New Monsoon • The Lee Boys • Gabby La La • Scott Law • The Brain Damaged Eggmen featuring Marc, Aron, Jake & Kris • Everyone Orchestra • Diplo • Boom Bip • Lorin • Kim Manning • Souleye & Sleepyhead • Papa Mali • Similak Chyld
Jam Cruise 3
Jam Cruise 3 was held on the Carnival Celebration from January 6-10, 2005.
Leaving from Jacksonville, FL, the ship made a stop in Freeport, Bahamas.
Lineup: Galactic • Les Claypool's Frog Brigade • STS9 • Keller Williams • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • Col. Bruce Hampton & The Aquarium Rescue Unit • Zilla • Jazz Mandalin Project • Aron Magner & Marc Brownstein (of the Disco Biscuits) • Remarkable Elba Kramer • Ozomatli • North Mississippi Allstars • Robert Walters 20th Congress • Peter Rowan and Tony Rice • Garaj Mahal • Umphrey's McGee • Benveneto/Russo Duo • Mofro • Perpetual Groove • Tishamingo • DJ Medi4 • DJ Harry • DJ Omen • DJ Logic • Leslie Helpert
Jam Cruise 2
Jam Cruise 2 was held on the MS Regal Empress from January 10-14, 2004.
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call included Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, FL.
Lineup: Galactic • Les Claypool's Frog Brigade • STS9 • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • The Disco Biscuits • Yonder Mountain String Band • Michael Franti and Spearhead • Rebirth Brass Band • Particle • The Codetalkers featuring Col. Bruce Hampton • Hackensaw Boys • RAQ • New Monsoon • DJ Motion Potion • DJ Medi4 • Mark Karan • Rob Wasserman
Jam Cruise 1
Jam Cruise 1 was held on the MS Regal Empress from January 10-14, 2004.
Leaving from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, ports of call included Nassau, Bahamas and Key West, FL.
Lineup: Galactic • Karl Denson's Tiny Universe • Keller Williams • The Disco Biscuits • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band • Particle • Rebirth Brass Band • Particle • Peter Rowan's Crucial Reggae • Umphrey's McGee • Mofro • Bill Nershi & Liza Oxnard • Jerry Joseph Solo • DJ Z-Trip • Ming + FS • Tishamingo • Rob Wasserman
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