The Jazz Cruise ’22 is proud to present a stunning lineup of amazing pianists.
JAZZ NOTES: Your Monthly Update for The Jazz Cruise ’22
The history of jazz is enriched by the legacy of pianists who have shaped the music through innovation and creativity. From Fats Waller and James P. Johnson to Count Basie and Duke Ellington … from Art Tatum and Thelonious Monk to McCoy Tyner and Oscar Peterson and to Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. The lineage of amazing jazz pianists continues to this day and The Jazz Cruise ’22 is proud to present a stunning lineup of pianists.
For starters, we welcome back NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron, who is one of the most influential and prolific pianists on today’s scene. A perennial jazz poll winner, Kenny has not only played and recorded with a who’s who of jazz musicians, but also released dozens of albums as a leader, which has netted him 11 Grammy nominations. His collaboration with Stan Getz on “People Time” was recently named by JazzTimes as one of the 50 Greatest Albums of the last 50 years.
Perhaps the most requested pianist on The Jazz Cruise is Monty Alexander, who came to the U.S. from Jamaica as a swinging pianist like Oscar Peterson, but over the years Monty has developed a signature sound that draws on a host of influences including reggae and ska from his native land. Joining us for the first time is Fred Hersch, who has been nominated for 15 Grammy awards and who is recognized as one of the music’s outstanding composers. Like many of our pianists, Fred is equally comfortable in both the solo and trio format.
When it comes to piano trios, perennial favorites Tamir Hendelman, Gerald Clayton and Emmet Cohen have made a name for themselves in the groups of Jeff Hamilton, the Clayton Brothers and Christian McBride, respectively, as well as their own trios. Tamir will also direct The Jazz Cruise’s famous Keyboard Capers show in 2022 and Gerald will pop up in several configurations displaying his amazing versatility. Emmet’s participation has a sentimental element, since The Jazz Cruise provided the venue for his first professional performances.
Ted Rosenthal returns to both accompany Ann Hampton Callaway and perform on his own. An accomplished composer, Ted has even written an opera. We’re pleased that the very gifted Sullivan Fortner, a true first-call musician who has collaborated with Cécile McLorin Salvant, Roy Hargrove, Etienne Charles, Donald Harrison and so many others, will be onboard. Sullivan’s recordings have brought him much critical acclaim over the last 10 years.
And making it all come together is our Music Director, Shelly Berg, who from his piano seat hosts, performs and directs all sorts of special events and shows. We’re fortunate to have this “Divine 9” group of jazz pianists sailing on The Jazz Cruise ’22. This number should increase once our Performing Groups announce their full rosters. You never know what jazz star may appear on The Jazz Cruise. We love surprises!
Reserving a Stateroom on The Jazz Cruise
The Jazz Cruise ’22 sails in 432 days, yet the cruise is already 80% reserved. Never in the history of The Jazz Cruise have so many staterooms been reserved this far out. Having said that, other than Suites and Singles, there are staterooms remaining in almost every category. And, if you complete your reservation soon, you will have more than a year to comfortably complete your no-interest payment schedule.
Rates posted on our website (www.thejazzcruise.com) reflect New Guest pricing. Past Guests should contact the office at 888.852.9987 to learn the rates that apply to them. The New Guest rate on the website is valid through January 15, 2021, at which time we will announce the rates for whatever staterooms remain available. The post-January 15, 2021 rates will be higher and the stateroom selection will be more limited. Acting now is the prudent path to joining us on The Jazz Cruise ’22.
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What to Expect on Celebrity Summit
The Jazz Cruise ’22 will sail on Celebrity Cruises’ Summit. We have sailed on Celebrity Summit before. In fact, our first sailing on Celebrity Cruises in 2017 was on this ship. Since that time, we sailed on Celebrity Infinity, which is the sister ship of Summit. Our move to Summit is exciting as it will be our first sailing on a Celebrity ship that has completed the “Revolution” upgrade. Infinity was to have completed this process this fall, but that process was delayed due to the pandemic. We are grateful to Celebrity Cruises for rearranging the deployment of Summit so that our guests could enjoy these fabulous upgrades.
Celebrity Summit was “Revolutionized” in 2019 and some of our ECP Staff sailed on its maiden voyage. The modifications were significant. Most importantly, every stateroom was replaced entirely. The walls, floors, bathrooms, etc. of each stateroom are all completely different. So, too, are the electronics, including the television and electrical outlets. Those improvements would be the most exciting renovations if it were not for the fact that the old beds and bedding have been replaced with top-of-the-line bedroom furniture and materials. The resulting improvement in the sleeping experience is dramatic.
In completing the renovations, Celebrity Cruises chose a modern, almost Scandinavian motif. That design standard is repeated throughout the ship. The most successful incarnation of that design can be seen in the Main Dining Room, which is called The Cosmopolitan Restaurant (…as opposed to The Trellis Restaurant on Infinity). The functionality of the Oceanview Cafe has been dramatically improved as well. Cafeteria-style food displays have been replaced with food and beverage stations that can be accessed easier and provide augmented offerings, such as a more complete salad bar and more fresh food options. The seating in the Oceanview Cafe has been improved, too.
Thankfully, our key venues — Celebrity Theater, Rendezvous Lounge, Sky Lounge (was called Constellations on Celebrity Infinity) and the Grand Foyer — have been refurbished but have not been altered to affect our programming. The one exception was the inclusion of a small bar extension in the Rendezvous Lounge. It does not reduce seating, but it moves some of the seating a bit. We asked Celebrity to remove it for our sailings, but they said it could not be done. When you see it, you will ask the same question we did … namely, “why?”
Massive changes were also made to the Spa, Fitness and Beauty facilities. The workout area is a bit smaller, but the rest of the modifications are solid improvements. A new semi-private cabana area has been added to the area near the Rooftop Terrace, which has also undergone several upgrades.
Though the “Revolution” upgrades will benefit our cruise programs and our guests in a significant way, the process was not perfect, at least in our estimation. Applying the new modern motif to Michael’s Club, which has been renamed as the Retreat Lounge, may have been an error in judgment. That room was perfect for meetings, small events and other gatherings in a low-key, sophisticated manner. The Tuscan Grille has been downsized a bit, mainly by eliminating the Wine Room table. The entrance has been moved as well and takes some careful planning to find it.
We know that no cruise ship has been built or modified with our cruise programs in mind. For more than 20 years we have chartered cruise ships and worked hard to utilize the venues and facilities to make our cruise programs amazing. Without any doubt, Celebrity Summit, after completing the Revolution upgrades, is the best cruise ship we have ever chartered. We cannot wait to see you on The Jazz Cruise.
Thanksgiving Message from
Entertainment Cruise Productions
With all that we have been through this year, it would be easy to approach Thanksgiving cynically. The loss of life, livelihoods, entertainment and freedoms has been significant. The level of stress, strife and suffering has surpassed any point in most of our lives. Our country is deeply divided. Our world is suffering at an unprecedented scale.
Yet, with all that going on, the sun still rises in the morning and sets in the evening. Our loved ones remain in our hearts. Our spirit, though challenged, is strong. There is a growing sense that people of goodwill and great intentions will prevail and that this too shall pass.
Your Thanksgiving celebration may look different, perhaps vastly different, than past years, but however you spend your Thanksgiving, take a moment to be grateful, to refresh your spirit and to renew your commitment to being the best person that you can be and to caring about the fates of others. Thanksgiving stands for sharing. None of us are always right and none of us are always wrong. We must learn to share our ideas, goals, principles and lives in a way that makes room for everyone.
All of us at Entertainment Cruise Productions wish all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving — full of hope, cheer, family and sharing. That includes sharing some great music. Play on!