Passengers aboard Cunard Lines Queen Mary 2, on Oct. 29, 2015. Cole will get an opportunity to see singing sensation Natalie Cole who will be headlining the jazz-themed Blue Note cruise for the ship’s Transatlantic Crossing. Cole will be joined by award-winning jazz pianist and record producer Robert Glasper, acclaimed trumpet player Keyon Harrold, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott. “Cunard released the information today, June 25 in a press release. “Cunard is very pleased to host Natalie Cole on board Queen Mary 2. Her presence, together with Blue Note Records’ talented musicians, will be a real treat for our guests,” states Richard Meadows, president, Cunard, North America. “We believe this collaboration with Blue Note will be truly unforgettable.”
Natalie Cole, who began her career as a jazz singer when she was a child in the 1950s, is the daughter of the late great vocal legend and trailblazer Nat King Cole. Throughout her celebrated career, Natalie has paid tribute to the Latin American, R&B and Jazz genres, as well as to her father through posthumous pairings and renditions of his most popular songs.
In addition to headliner Natalie Cole, this special Transatlantic Crossing will feature a catalog of several celebrated jazz musicians such as Grammy® Award-winning jazz pianist and record producer Robert Glasper, who has returned to his acclaimed acoustic jazz trio for his new album, Covered (The Robert Glasper Trio recorded live at Capitol Studios), which will be released in June 2015. Alan Hampton, who attended the Thelonious Monk Institute in LA, where he studied bass with jazz and performed with Ron Carter, Charlie Haden, and John Clayton and performed internationally with Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard and Wayne Shorter. Piano prodigy and Grammy® Award-nominated Fredrico Peña, who was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) and raised in Buenos Aires (Argentina), where his piano training began under the tutelage of world renowned classical pianist Antonio de Raco.
The Blue Note Jazz at Sea cruise will also feature intimate jazz performances by Blue Note’s 75th anniversary super group, Our Point of View, as well as a Q&A with Grammy® Award-winning producer and President of Blue Note, Don Was. Cunard is famous for bringing top musicians and entertainers on board its ship and has hosted such greats as Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, who sailed on the beloved Queen Mary, to James Taylor, Carly Simon, and the late jazz legend Dave Brubeck.
For more information about this remarkable voyage call Cunard toll free at 1-800-728-6273, or click here.