Marcus Miller, Chick Corea and Charles Lloyd top Blue Note at Sea cruise 2018

Following the success of the inaugural Blue Note at Sea cruise which took place earlier this year, dates have just been announced for the 2018 cruise which will sail from Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 27 January to 3 February featuring a world class roster of jazz names, including headliners Marcus Miller (above), Chick Corea, Charles Lloyd and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Blue Note at Sea was conceived as a 'nautical musical collaboration' between the Blue Note record label, Blue Note Jazz Clubs and Entertainment Cruise Productions, who have been producing jazz cruises for 17 years: a combination that Blue Note President and record producer Don Was called, "the dream team of jazz at sea." The 2018 event on board the Celebrity Summit cruise ship will depart from Ft. Lauderdale and sail around the Caribbean Islands, stopping off at Labadee in Haiti; St Thomas in the Virgin Islands; San Juan island and Coco Cay in the Bahamas, with full opportunities to visit each destination.

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The host and musical director once again will be Marcus Miller who will also perform, and artists booked so far include Chick Corea, Charles Lloyd and The Marvels featuring Bill Frisell, Dee Dee Bridgewater and her band, David Sanborn (above) with the house band featuring Wycliffe Gordon, Geoff Keezer, Ben Williams and Billy Kilson, Hammond organ king-pin Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lalah Hathaway and her band, singer Leslie Odom Jr. and Robert Glasper, who will also be appearing with the Blue Note All Stars, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Marcus Strickland, Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott. Performances will take place each afternoon and evening in the ship's main theatre, the open-air stage, late night shows and jam sessions in the Blue Note jazz club and shows at other intimate venues throughout the ship.

In addition, Don Was will introduce many events and, alongside Marcus Miller, will host interview sessions with a number of the main performers, while Steve Bensusan of Blue Note Jazz Clubs will host the club's late night performances and comedian Alonzo Bodden will bring his hilarious and highly topical show to the ship's Main Lounge. The organisers point out that the Blue Note cruise is more than a series of jazz concerts at sea and will give guests a unique opportunity to see the musicians play in relaxed informal settings, and provide opportunities to meet and hang with them when available throughout the week. Entertainment Cruise Productions have come up with an exclusive package of special offers for Jazzwise readers on the Blue Note at Sea cruise, as well as ECP's other event, Jazz Cruise: All our Jazz and a Taste of New Orleans, which runs from Fort Lauderdale from 3-10 February.

– Jon Newey

Visit www.bluenoteatsea.com/jazzwise for booking details including prices inclusive of top quality dining, all concerts, itineraries, services and special offers, together with photo galleries of the previous cruise.

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