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Jazz Cruise of the Mediterranean with Mark Elton, Nina Ferro et al

Mark Elton

Mark Elton

JUST as I was shaking the mothhballs off the winter woollies in preparation for the icy blasts of Melbourne in the depths, this lovely email came from Mark Elton. What could be more divine than a couple of weeks cruising the Mediterranean in luxury, surrounded by world class jazz. And as an added thrill for Australian fans of Nina Ferro (of whom there are many who remember her back in the old days at the Fountain Inn and elsewhere when she was still Noreen), Nina will be singing along with Mark and the Peter Meijers Quartet.

Hi Jane
You leapt to mind just now & I wanted to let you know about a fantastic overseas cruise that I have coming up with a trad band, featuring Nina Ferro. I thought that it may be of interest to some of the people on your mailing list, particularly the Nina Ferro fans!

Nina & I will be performing on a Holland America ‘jazz’ cruise later this year. Departing from Barcelona on 29th August, we’ll be cruising around the Mediterranean, playing 2 sets per night for 11 nights, with stopovers in Sicily, Greece, Montenegro and Croatia (to name a few) & docking back in Barcelona on 9 September. We already have a small Aussie contingent (including my parents & Kristilee’s parents) which is why I thought that it may appeal to some other local jazz lovers.

If you know of anyone that may be interested in coming along, Kristilee & I have all the details, so feel free to pass our email addresses to them. Kristilee may be a bit easier to catch on the phone than I am, her number is 0417 103 080 if anyone wants to call or email


Mark x

Here’s the ship – MS Ryndam …..

and the route:


From the wonders of Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia and Montenegro, this itinerary with its out of the way ports is one of the most interesting trips you can take. In addition you will be able to listen to three of the hottest bands on the jazz scene today.

The Bands:
CORNET CHOP SUEY:  This band has a unique sound with co-leaders Brian Casserly and Tom Tucker on trumpet. The band is known for its variety of styles and they will switch from traditional jazz to swing, blues and big production numbers. Their high energy performances are always memorable for their audience.
TOM RIGNEY and FLAMBEAU:  Tom Rigney leads a band that generates enough heat and energy to ignite a dance floor. The band’s charismatic stage presence and wonderful repertoire, from Cajun, Zydeco to Boogie Woogie by Caroline Dahl and lovely ballads by Tom, usually leads to standing room only.
PIETER MEIJERS QUARTET: Pieter Meijers on clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, with Randy Morris, piano; Dick Maley, drums; Mark Elton on bass, and featuring Ms Nina Ferro

Since relocating to the UK in 2005 Nina is fast establishing her mark as one of the hottest young Soul-Jazz vocalists on the UK scene. She is a multi award-winning vocalist, songwriter, session and recording artist whose powerful yet sensuous voice and stunning vocal range have done much to establish her enviable international reputation. Here Nina sings with Irish singer/songwriter Niamh McNally at London Pizza Express’s The Pheasantry on 7th Oct 2011.

Mark Elton

In addition to Mark’s prolific jazz career, he has worked alongside actor Max Gillies as a part of the Melbourne Theatre Company’s 2009 production of The Man from Mukinupin. Mark has performed live, on radio & television and recorded with artists as diverse as C.W. Stoneking, Joe Camilleri, John Butler Trio, The Red Eyes, Nina Ferro, Julie O’Hara, Bob Barnard, James Morrison, Tom Baker, Dan Barrett, Rebecca Kilgore, Eddie Erickson, Randy Reinhardt, Scott Robinson, Abe Most, Leroy Jones, Jon Erik Kelso, The Blue Grassy Knoll, and The Syncopators.