Watch 5 Memorable Jam Cruise Collaborations

The list includes members of UM, tDB, moe. and more.

By Nate Todd Jan 23, 2022 8:06 am PST

Jam Cruise will aim to set sail once again in 2023 following the last voyage in 2020 on Jam Cruise 18 before the 2021 and 2022 excursions were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As January has been when the longrunning and beloved seafaring festival has been held in the past, JamBase takes a look at five memorable Jam Cruise collaborations from the past decade. The pro-shot, officially shared videos are the subject of this week’s Sunday Cinema.

Umphrey’s McGee With Marc Brownstein | Jam Cruise 13

The list begins with a team-up representing two of the jam scene’s biggest acts. On January 10, 2015, The Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein joined Umphrey’s McGee for the latter’s “In The Kitchen” at the Pantheon Theater aboard the MSC Divina. Brownie stepped in for Umphrey’s bassist Ryan Stasik on the UM classic.


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Umphrey’s McGee (See 766 videos) and Marc Brownstein (See 14 videos)

moe. With Turkuaz | Jam Cruise 15

Jump ahead two years to Jam Cruise 15 on the Norwegian Pearl. On January 20, 2017 members of Turkuaz joined jam vets moe. for a rendition of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody).” Bassist Rob Derhak (sans bass) led the ensemble through the Speaking In Tongues favorite.


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moe. (See 258 videos) and Turkuaz (See 91 videos)

Galactic With Leo Nocentelli, Ivan Neville, Mike Dillon & Ron Holloway | Jam Cruise 14

Jam Crusie 14 in 2016, also on the Divina, boasted a funk excursion New Orleans style when The Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli, Dumpstaphunk keyboardist Ivan Neville, renowned saxophonist Ron Holloway and percussionist Mike Dillon joined NOLA funk purveyors Galactic. Leo led the all-star cast through The Meters’ “You’ve Got to Change (You’ve Got to Reform)” out on the pool deck.


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Galactic (See 79 videos) , Leo Nocentelli (See 5 videos) , Ivan Neville (See 46 videos) , Mike Dillon (See 21 videos) and Ron Holloway (See 20 videos)

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe With Anders Osborne | Jam Cruise 10

NOLA was also well-represented by way of London when Crescent City residents Karl Denson and Anders Osborne teamed up for a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Sway” on Jam Cruise 10 in 2012. While Denson had yet to become the touring saxophonist for The Stones, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe still incorporated the Sticky Fingers cut into their sets. Anders added guitar and teamed up with Karl D. to sing the chorus.


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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe (See 53 videos) and Anders Osborne (See 83 videos)

Keller Williams With Steve & John Kimock | Jam Cruise 12

The list ends where jam all began, with a Grateful Dead tune. 2014’s Jam Cruise 12 saw one-man-band Keller Williams expanding to a trio with longtime Dead collaborator guitarist Steve Kimock and his son John Kimock on drums. Keller looped out the opening rhythm of “Eyes Of The World” on acoustic guitar before switching to bass on the GD classic.


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Keller Williams (See 126 videos) , Steve Kimock (See 99 videos) and John Kimock (See 39 videos)
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