Jazz Notes Is Back with The Jazz Cruise’s Shortlist for Greatness
It’s time to talk about The Jazz Cruise ’22!
JAZZ NOTES: Your Monthly Cruise Update
It’s time to talk about The Jazz Cruise ’22! Though hurdles remain, there is enough clarity and optimism about January of ’22 to justify excitement and anticipation.
Reviving our monthly Jazz Notes correspondence seems to be an appropriate starting point. Each month, from now through our sailing dates, January 17 – 24, 2022, you will receive your copy of Jazz Notes via email. In each edition, we will do three things:
Share insights and tidbits about the amazing musicians that will be sailing on The Jazz Cruise ’22.
Update important information about the cruise and special opportunities for both guests with reservations and guests seeking reservations.
A new section titled “What Will Be New in ’22?”
We hope you enjoy our monthly, memorable, musical musings! Sharing information about our music and the cruises is always fun. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
Sailing With Greatness: Who Is Next?
Last month, we went into great detail about four of the NEA Jazz Masters who are sailing with us on The Jazz Cruise ’22 (Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila Jordan, Kenny Barron and Paquito D’Rivera), as well as some of the jazz greats who’ve been part of our programs in the past.
But what about future honorees? We firmly believe that we have several artists sailing with us in ’22 who are or should be on the shortlist to be named an NEA Jazz Master in the next few years. We humbly submit to you (and the NEA) the following five individuals sailing on The Jazz Cruise ’22 who meet and exceed the stringent criteria for that prestigious award.
We don’t need to run down their qualifications because we know that you well know their work and careers. But we want to remind you of the necessary attributes for the honor, originally created in 1982:
Having a long and productive career (Although there is nothing mentioned about age, we should remember that very few have been honored who were under the age of 60.)
Making an important contribution to the music
Having a major influence on other musicians
Establishing their own unique voice
We know Monty Alexander, Randy Brecker, John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton and Houston Person measure up to those criteria and you can see and hear their greatness for yourself aboard The Jazz Cruise ’22.
What many people don’t know is that all of us can in fact submit Jazz Master nominations of deserving artists, whether one of these or one of your own choosing. In fact, the NEA encourages members of the jazz community to recommend worthy candidates. Click here to see the nomination form.
Please let us and the NEA know whom you think should be recognized sooner rather than later for their contributions to the music. In the next edition of Jazz Notes we’ll talk about some younger artists on The Jazz Cruise ’22 who perhaps will be in line for such a prestigious honor in future years.
Now Is a Great Time to Reserve Your Place on The Jazz Cruise ’22: Here’s Why
The Jazz Cruise ’22 sails in 15 months. Not a moment too soon for most of us. In fact, we have revved up our efforts to make sure that The Jazz Cruise ’22 is the best ever. The lineup is amazing. We will continue to share a lot of exciting information about our lineup in the next few months. Most of you know how special these musicians are, but we will take the time to clearly present the depth of talent on the cruise.
We cannot overstate how nice it will be to sail on a “Revolution-ized” ship. Our Celebrity Cruise ships have always had the very best venues, but now we have completely new staterooms, a revamped Ocean View Café and new furnishings and treatments throughout the ship. Our extra time will also be spent working through dining, beverage, spa and excursion opportunities. We will make accessing the amenities of the ship simpler and less costly than ever before.
Finally, with 15 months between now and sailing, if you wish, you can s-t-r-e-t-c-h your payments making it easier than ever to reserve your stateroom. Please know that The Jazz Cruise ’22 is already 75% reserved. This program always sells out, but reservations have never been higher this far before sailing. Acting now is the prudent choice.
One positive outcome from not sailing in ’21 is that we have time to thoroughly review, dissect and reassemble all aspects of The Jazz Cruise. Every year, we do this to a certain extent, but with the extra time we have, we are digging deeper than ever before.
We have broken down the cruise experience into several categories. In each instance, we will identify what we are doing currently, what we like, what we do not like and how we intend to improve that aspect of the cruise program. We will share our thoughts with you on a monthly basis and invite your responses. After all, The Jazz Cruise belongs to you. Here is the schedule we are proposing:
November: What to expect on Celebrity Summit (Revolution)
August: Rebooking Procedure for The Jazz Cruise ’23
September: Start to Get Ready for The Jazz Cruise ’22
October: Cruise Update – Sharing the News
November: What’s Next?
December: Final Recommendations
That is a full lineup of information and updates headed your way. Can you tell that we are ready to head back to sea? And, if there are aspects of The Jazz Cruise that you’d like us to consider, please send your comments to email@example.com. We will carefully review all requests.