Cunard’s ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will host jazz great Gregory Porter on a roundtrip transatlantic voyage departing from New York on Oct. 25, 2016 and visiting England and Belgium. Porter will headline the ship’s third Blue Note Jazz at Sea themed sailing and perform for guests in QM2’s Royal Court Theater.
Porter signed to Blue Note Records in 2013 and recently took home his second Jazz FM award for “International Jazz Artist of the Year.” His third studio album, Liquid Spirit, won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and reached top 10 on the UK album chart.
“Having sailed across the Atlantic with Cunard for the first time, I realize what a unique and exciting travel experience the transatlantic crossing was and I’m thrilled to headline one of the Jazz at Sea voyages next year,” says Porter. “It was inspiring to be on board Queen Mary 2 with some of the greatest minds and musicians in jazz and to meet music fans from around the world.”
Cunard and Blue Note Records’ first “Jazz at Sea” Transatlantic Crossing included performances by a star-studded roster of fellow Blue Note musicians, featuring: Grammy® Award-winning jazz pianist and record producer Robert Glasper, trumpet player Keyon Harrold, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott.
“The Jazz at Sea experience was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” says Don Was, president, Blue Note Records. “Matching up Blue Note Records and Cunard was a stroke of genius. Market research shows that both brands are continually recognized for excellence and integrity, and the Blue Note brand offers a ‘cool’ vibe as well.”
During earlier Blue Note Jazz at Sea cruises, lounges and public spaces were transformed to jazz destinations in the evenings where Blue Note artists were met to packed houses in the Chart Room, G32 and Illuminations. Q&A sessions provided a more intimate and informal setting for guests to learn more about the artists, their influences and backgrounds.
“We are delighted that Gregory Porter will join us again in 2016,” said Richard Meadows, president, Cunard, North America. “Cunard and Blue Note Records share a deep connection with over 200 combined years of experience in our respective industries, and we are excited to continue to deliver stimulating, celebrated and significant entertainment for our guests.”
This special Transatlantic Crossing will also feature other noteworthy jazz musicians, who will be announced soon. Fares for the 18-night Porter cruise start at $3,398 per person.