Jazz Tropicale Cruise!

Finally…the WDCB Radio Jazz Tropicale Cruise took place last evening. The ten piece Marshall Vente Jazz Tropicale band sailed onboard the Tall Ship Windy from beautiful Navy Pier in Chicago.

When we boarded at about 5:00 p.m. the sun was shining brightly and though the temperature was in the low 60’s it felt quite comfortable. However, being a veteran at this, I thought that it would be cold once we were out on the lake and the sun went down. So I wore a fur poncho, leather pants, my motorcycle boots and a hat. I also brought gloves, just in case.

Well…everyone laughed at me as I boarded the ship. People were pointing and whispering. I just ignored their snickering, because I knew that later in the evening they would be wishing that they were dressed as I was.

Dill, who is one of the singers, had her midriff exposed. She looked fantastic, but I was thinking oh-oh! Marie the other singer, had on a lovely sleeveless dress, with a sweater over her arm. I was concerned for both of them, as I knew that we were in for a chilly and damp experience.

I must say that the cruise was beautiful and that all of the passengers as well as the band members had a wonderful time. The music kept everyone moving so that it didn’t get too cold for anyone.

However, I was very glad to have been dressed as I was. By the end of the evening, no one was laughing at me. They all thought that I was very smart to have worn my fur poncho. The owner of the Tall Ship Windy came up to me after the cruise and commended me on my clothing choice.

It’s particularly important for singers to take every precaution to assure that the voice and body are protected from the elements. I have several important performances this week and didn’t want to chance the possibility of vocal problems.

It was a great night. My husband, son and I enjoyed a lovely after cruise dinner at Riva on Navy Pier.

It is officially autumn. We bid adieu to Summer 2013.

Jazz Tropicale Cruise Sept. 22, 2013

About gretapope

Dr. Greta Pope has enjoyed a three decade career as an in-demand entertainer for corporate events, as well as public and private events of all types. She has performed throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as in the United States and Canada. Dr. Pope is a published author. Her book is entitled Music, Money & You; Managing the Business. It is used in the Chicago Public Schools and is available at booksellers nationwide. Dr. Pope is President/CEO of Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. since January 1991. The company is in the business of Entertainment Production, Publishing, Recording and Educating. Greta Pope Entertainment products include the shows Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, American Songbook, American Jazz in Paris and International Intourlude. The most recent Greta Pope Entertainment, Inc. production is the very popular MOTOWN...Pride of the Motor City! show. For more info visit www.gretapope.com Dr. Greta Pope is the founder of the PrivateMusicStudio.net, where she offers Business Education products for Singers, including Business Courses, Business Consultations, Voice Lessons and Piano Lessons. She also hosts The Business Savvy Singer Podcast. For more information or to join the "tribe" of Business Savvy Singers, visit www.privatemusicstudio.net
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