April in Paris - Paris Jazz Cruise

KJazz is embarking on another exceptional musical adventure to Paris and Normandy! We've privately chartered the 1st class, MS Amadeus Diamond just for jazz-loving public radio supporters.

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April in Paris - Paris Jazz Cruise

April in Paris - Paris Jazz Cruise


Exclusive River Journey * Jazz Performances* D-Day Beaches * Norman Villages * Giverny
April 14 - 24, 2020

Reserve your space today. Call 800-723-8454 or visit www.earthboundexpeditions.com

Join Fellow Globetrotting Jazz Lovers for a Paris Jazz Cruise in April of 2020!

KJazz is embarking on another exceptional musical adventure to Paris and Normandy! We've privately chartered the 1st class, MS Amadeus Diamond just for jazz-loving public radio supporters. You'll be treated to several onboard concerts featuring outstanding European musicians playing straight ahead jazz, a little Django Reinhardt-style gypsy jazz, plus we'll throw one of our famous Latin jazz dance parties!

We will board the Paris Jazz Cruise in the City of Light and sail directly north to experience Claude Monet's Giverny Gardens, the spectacular Mont St Michel, the D-Day Beaches of WWII and delightful Norman villages and historic towns. And of course we will savor the local culinary specialties the French are so famous for: creamy cheeses, crisp cider and other local delights. For the grand finale, we disembark and spend two exciting nights in Paris; the ideal place to witness the enduring legacy of the many American jazz performers, writers, artists and musicians who loved this city well. A good time is guaranteed – we hope you'll join our floating jazz festival from Paris to Normandy!

Our past two jazz cruises have sold out quickly--so don't wait too long to reserve your space on this exclusive Paris Jazz Cruise!

See you in France!

David Benoit, Jose Rizo and Bubba Jackson

Expedition Highlights

  • With KJazz hosts David Benoit, Jose Rizo and Bubba Jackson
  • Four jazz performances on board, including several with David Benoit, and one in Paris
  • All shore excursions
  • Gardens and home of Claude Monet in Giverny
  • D-Day Beaches and Le Mont St Michel
  • Historical walks in Paris, Rouen and Honfleur
  • Tastings of regional cuisine and beverages
  • Entrances to all activities listed in itinerary
  • All meals included on board, plus a lunch in Paris
  • Private transfers while in France (for group flight guests)
  • Gratuities for your guides and drivers (excluding ship staff)
  • Earthbound Expeditions makes a contribution to the respected Carbonfund annually
  • A group of like-minded friends of public radio

Trip Facts

10 Days/9 Nights
Depart USA on April 14, 2020
Arrive / Board ship in Paris on April 15
Journey ends on April 24

Discounts apply for all KJAZZ and Earthbound travel alumni. If your deposit is made by November 15, 2019 and/or you make your final payment by check, you will receive the additional discounts. See brochure for details.

Exclusive Air Rate from LAX
$999 per person - Air France non-stop round-trip. Airfare is in economy class and allows for no deviations or upgrades. Seat assignments are subject to the discretion of the airline, specific requests cannot be guaranteed.

Your KJazz host and on-board jazz musicians

David Benoit
KJazz on air host and GRAMMY nominated pianist/composer

A five-time GRAMMY nominee for his seminal contributions to the genre of contemporary jazz, Benoit has also embarked on a multi-faceted journey into the classical music world. This has led to guest pianist and conductor spots with numerous top orchestras, four performances at Carnegie Hall (including one with Leonard Bernstein at the podium) and a performance on the steps of the Capitol Building with the National Symphony for the annual PBS July 4th event.

Bubba Jackson
KJazz on air host

Bubba Jackson was born in Harlem, New York. Bubba has been a concert producer, promoter, talent coordinator and master of ceremonies. His festival experience includes the Prince Hall Shriners' Concert in Los Angeles, New Orleans and St. Louis, The Millennium Music Festival (Los Angeles), the Doheny Blues Festival, Big Time Blues Festival, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival and many others.

Jose Rizo
KJazz on air host

Jose Rizo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Oxnard, California. In the late 70s, Jose was the founder of "Radio Chicano", a student and community broadcasting organization at KCSB, where he served as program director for two years. Rizo be- gan hosting "Jazz on the Latin Side" on KLON (now KJazz) in early 1990. He served as a member of the Grammy's Screening committee for Latin Jazz.

Franck Amsallem
Jazz Artist and Programmer

Algerian-born, Franck grew up in Nice, France. He studied in the US at Berklee College of Music and Manhattan School of Music. In 2002, Franck returned to France and settled in Paris. He has performed in countless jazz festivals around the world and has received high praise from the critics for his numerous recordings, both piano and vocal. Franck has composed pieces for big band and for string and chamber orchestra.

Matthew Brumley
Earthbound Expeditions

Matthew Brumley is the founder of Earthbound Expeditions and has been leading and creating public radio and museum adventures worldwide for 25 plus years. After completing his undergraduate studies at the universities of Copen- hagen and Moscow, he went on to attend the graduate program at the London School of Economics. He has lived in Copenhagen, Paris, London, Tel Aviv and San Jose, Costa Rica. Listen to Matthew's travel segment at KNKX – NPR Public Radio, Seattle.

Denise King

Vocalist Denise King was born and raised in Philadelphia where she was exposed to R&B as a child and discovered jazz at twelve years old. Denise spent many hours listening to her favorite jazz musicians and singers learning lyrics and phrasing. After a lengthy career in the medical field and working as a family-planning counselor, King started singing at club gigs around Philadelphia and eventually switched careers. In 2008, King relocated to Paris and began touring extensively in Europe.

Gustave Lundgren

Gustav Lundgren is one of Sweden's most prominent jazz guitarists right now. He was born in Stockholm 1980, started to play guitar at age 12 and studied music in Stockholm, Bollnäs and Svalöv between 1996-2000. Between 2000-2012 Gustav toured worldwide with different jazz groups. He has recorded over 60 albums as a side man and 22 as a leader. Gustav Lundgren has been working with names like: Jimmy Rosenberg, Chris Cheek, Jorge Rossy, Doug Weiss, Antoine Boyer, Bill McHenry, among others.

Hermon Mehari

Trumpeter Hermon Mehari is a Missouri native, who is currently based in Paris. In 2010, Mehari graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance where, as a student, he earned early acclaim as one of the founders of Diverse whose debut album reached the Top 40 on the Jazzweek Radio Charts. Mehari released his own debut album, "Bleu," in 2017. In addition to performing, Mehari works as an educator, participates in clinics around the world and maintains an active touring schedule.

Peter Horsfall

Peter Horsfall is an acclaimed trumpet player, vocalist and songwriter based in the UK. A vibrant and formidable presence on the London jazz scene, Peter has developed a reputation as a consummate bandleader and an innovative producer. Peter's latest album Nighthawks received critical acclaim, including a four star review in the Guardian. In addition to his solo projects, Peter is also a member of the Kansas Smitty's House Band and leads the traditional jazz ensemble Basin Street Brawlers.

Reserve your space today. Call 800-723-8454 or visit www.earthboundexpeditions.com

YOUR Jazz Journey Begins...

DAY 0: APRIL 14, 2020 – DEPART USA
Your Jazz Adventure begins! An optional group flight departs from Los Angeles for the City of Light – Paris!

Arrive in Paris and in the afternoon, board the MS Amadeus Diamond. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner, hosted by Jose Rizo and Bubba Jackson, and your Earthbound Expeditions guide. Sleep on board the MS Diamond. (D)

Famous for its many famous visiting painters (Cézanne, Daubigny, Pissarro, Corot, Van Gogh), and also as being the burial place of Vincent Van Gogh and his brother, Theo, Auvers-sur-Oise is located just 25km north of Paris. Enjoy a stroll to view landscapes found in Camille Pissaro's paintings and see the cathedral. Then return to the ship for lunch. After lunch, join the excursion to Chateau de Malmaison, the former residence of Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoléon Bonaparte. Your local guide will regale you with stories about the history of the estate and the famously passionate and stormy relationship of Joséphine and Napoléon. Return to our ship for dinner and a welcome concert on board. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

The city of Rouen, which stretches along the Seine, is Normandy's cultural, historic and gastronomic capital. Monet's canvases of the cathedral have made it the best-loved building in town, but many other sights stand out, including fine museums and the church dedicated to tragic visitor Joan of Arc. Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of Rouen, followed by a special jazz concert. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

Honfleur, a town of painters and Impressionism, possesses that something extra that makes it irresistible. The changing light on the Seine estuary inspired Courbet, Monet, Boudin and many others. Enjoy a guided walk in this delightful seaside town and optional free time for lunch before returning to the ship. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

Today's visit includes the major historic WWII sites of Normandy: see Gold Beach, Courseulles sur Mer and Juno Beach on your way to visit the World War landmarks of Omaha Beach, the deeply moving American Military Cemetery and the Debarkation Museum in Arromanches. Return for dinner on board. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)*

Today's full-day excursion is to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Mont St Michel. Perched on a rocky island, having withstood the powerful tides of Normandy and Brittany for ten centuries, this Gothic style Benedictine Abbey is a wonder to behold. Reaching the summit is for sturdy pilgrims, so be prepared to make the climb to the very top of the abbey for a spectacular view of the vast and surrounding bay. Return for dinner on board. Sleep on board. (B,L,D)*

Enjoy a free morning to rest and relax. After an early lunch, we'll depart for Giverny, the village where Claude Monet lived and created the gorgeous gardens which inspired his Water Lilies. After the garden visit, you may wish to see the exhibit at the Museum of Impressionism or take a stroll in the delightful village. Return on board for a "Roaring 20s" Gala for our last night on the ship! (Period attire optional) Sleep on board. (B,L,D)

After breakfast on board the ship we say "Au revoir" to the Amadeus Diamond and transfer to our centrally-located hotel in Paris. Over the course of the next two days, you'll enjoy an in-depth look into France's past by visiting the historic center of Paris, including the Ile de la Cité, Notre Dame and the Left Bank. You'll also learn about the history of jazz in Paris: a city that continues to be closely associated with the music that was introduced by American troops stationed in Paris during WWI. Soldiers started playing in casual groups around the city and after the war, African American musicians in particular were drawn to Paris due to the more accepting racial attitudes of the French. The love affair continues today, as we plan to attend a jazz concert at a fantastic local club while we're in the "City of Light." Sleep in the heart of Paris. (Both breakfasts, one lunch on 4/22 and dinner on 4/23).

Tour ends in Paris this morning. The optional group flight departs today. Bon Voyage! (B)


Entirely reserved for our music-loving group, the Amadeus Diamond is a jewel on the French waterways. This cruise ship departs from Paris and travels exclusively along the Seine allowing guests to experience the charm of northern France in an unforgettable way. You will feel at home from the moment you board. The ship's stylish design meets the highest levels of comfort, inviting you to relax and enjoy the exceptional ambience of the KJazz community on board.

The ship offers countless options for your leisure time, from golf on the Sun Deck, to a fitness studio, to massage facilities, ensuring that every taste is catered for. Your accommodation on board is both elegant and comfortable. All 8 suites (237 sq. feet) and the majority of the 68 cabins (167 sq. feet) have French balconies, as well as modern bathrooms. Your culinary needs will be taken care of by the Panorama Restaurant, where you can dine in style, enjoying the luxurious ambience and delightful company of fellow jazz music enthusiasts. Our friendly crew will cater to your every wish with our famous hospitality.

Reserve your space today. Call 800-723-8454 or visit www.earthboundexpeditions.com


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