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Herbie Hancock To Headline Queen Mary 2 Jazz At Sea Transatlantic Crossing

Herbie Hancock, hailed as one of the greatest jazz musicians in modern history, will headline the latest in a series of Cunard Blue Note jazz at sea-themed Transatlantic Crossings onboard Queen Mary 2 in 2016.

The multi Grammy Award winning star will perform three, 45-minute intimate shows in The Royal Court Theatre on board Queen Mary 2’s 8-night crossing from Southampton to New York on August 1-9, 2016.

Herbie’s career spans over five decades, writing the very first jazz album ever to go platinum and winning 14 Grammy® Awards, including Album of the Year for River: The Joni Letters. Miles Davis, one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century once described Herbie as, “the step after Bud Powell and TheIonious Monk, and I haven't heard anybody yet who has come after him."

During the westbound Transatlantic Crossing Herbie will be joined by band members, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist James Genus and guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Queen Mary 2’s westbound transatlantic can be viewed on our website by clicking here.

Cunard’s Blue Note Jazz at Sea themed voyages launched this year and proved to be very popular. In October 2015, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Gregory Porter performed onboard Queen Mary 2 as part of Cunard Line’s first-ever Blue Note jazz-themed cruise. Porter, who signed with Blue Note Records in 2013, embarked on the 29 October cruise with fellow Blue Note musicians. They included Grammy 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. They were also joined by Natalie Cole who was the headline act on the voyage.

For more information on Cunard’s Blue Note Jazz Festival at Sea voyages, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.