Back On Bass, James Hill standing tall

September 26th, 2011

On July 13th at 10pm, James Allen Hill passed away in the company of his family, at age 49.  For those of you that knew him, you knew how talented a bass player he was.  I interviewed James personally around 1988 and rated him a 5/5 at the time.  His kind of talent is exactly what we seek, so Proship hired James on his first cruise ship gig with Chandris Fantasy Cruises.  Subsequently James Allen Hill became a regular ship musician working for Celebrity, Carnival, Crystal, Disney, Norwegian Caribbean, Princess and Regent Seven Sea Cruises.

I’d like to share his talent with you so his memory lives on:

 

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Time Of My Life

May 23rd, 2011

Throughout my career as founder of Proship Entertainment, I’ve been asked countless of times: “Did you ever worked on ships yourself?”  The answer is: yes and I had the time of my life.  In fact I had so much fun, I started this company whilst onboard my first vessel, in cabin CW-8 of the SS Amerikanis.  During the two-day crossings between New York City and St-Georges in Bermuda, I was able to borrow the purser’s typewriter to put together our company’s first agreements, procedures and correspondence. Read the rest of this entry »

From the subway to the sea

March 21st, 2011

In 1986, I was a struggling saxophone player in New York City, going from audition to audition, joining every rehearsal big band I could find, willing to perform any kind of gig from weddings to jazz gigs, from salsa to rock and roll.  I was a sax mercenary, trying to establish myself.  My first job in the Big Apple was literally underground, part of an eight-piece blues band performing for donations in the Union Square subway station.  To make ends meet I was also selling Christmas trees at my neighbourhood kiosk.   Not exactly the glamorous life I had envisioned. Read the rest of this entry »