Gregory Porter, the Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter, will sail aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 ocean liner during the U.K.-based line’s first Blue Note jazz theme cruise Oct. 29. Other Blue Note musicians will join him, including 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.
Porter, who signed with Blue Note Records in 2013, recently took home his second Jazz FM award for “International Jazz Artist of the Year”, and is most known for his third album, “Liquid Spirit,” which won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and reached top 10 on the UK album chart.
“We are so very pleased to include Gregory Porter in what is an all-star list of venerable jazz musicians and world-class entertainers,” says Richard Meadows, president, Cunard, North America. “This collaboration with Blue Note will be truly memorable for our guests and will give them a preview of more to come with Blue Note in 2016.”
In addition to these celebrated musicians, Don Was, president of Blue Note Records, who himself is a celebrated musician and Grammy® Award winning producer, will conduct special “Behind the Music” interviews and Q&As for guests traveling on the transatlantic crossing from New York to Southampton, England.
Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise ship operating scheduled transatlantic service. Christened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004, the Cunard liner has welcomed many famous guests over the years, including President George H.W. Bush, Desmond Tutu, James Taylor, Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, George Takei, Kim Novak, Uma Thurman, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cleese and Angela Bassett.
Stateroom fares for this cruise are $739 per person for an inside cabin and $899 for a balcony cabin. Also on this cruise will be special speaker Dr. Robert Thirsk, who has flown two space missions as a member of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut corps. He was aboard the space shuttle Columbia in 1996, and undertook a six-month expedition on the International Space Station in 2009 when he and five international crewmates performed research, robotic operations and maintenance of station systems and payloads. One of his talks considers the preparations behind every space flight, from selecting new astronauts to the meticulous planning for every task in orbit. Another talk casts light onto the International Space Station, from daily life on board to the logistics of getting there and back.