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:
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 »
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 »