Jazz great Herbie Hancock has been announced as the headline act for the next Cunard Blue Note “jazz at sea” crossing on board the Queen Mary 2 in August next year. The multiple Grammy winner will perform three shows of 45 minutes each in the Royal Court Theatre during the eight-night crossing from Southampton to New York on 1-8 August, 2016.
“Some members of my band sailed on the first Queen Mary 2 Blue Note voyage in November this year,” says the great pianist, “and had an amazing time. I am really looking forward to sailing across the Atlantic on such an iconic ship and sharing some great music with everyone on board.”
As the ship sails west next summer, Hancock’s band will feature drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist James Genus and guitarist Lionel Loueke. “It is a huge honour to welcome arguably one of the greatest jazz musicians in history on board Queen Mary 2 as part of our ongoing partnership with Blue Note Records,” says Cunard marketing director, Angus Struthers.
“Having Herbie perform on board Queen Mary 2 demonstrates how Cunard continues to attract world leaders in the field of entertainment.”
Hancock, now 75, also has shows with a fellow giant of jazz, Wayne Shorter, booked for next April, in Orlando (20) and Austin (21).
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