Have you ever dreamed of vacationing with your favorite jazz artists? From The Jazz Cruise to the Catalina Island Jazz festival, a jazz-themed vacation can be an enjoyable experience.
Pianist Ted Rosenthal will be a musical guest in 2012 for The Jazz Cruise, performing as an “all star” and as an accompanist for Ann Hampton Callaway. According to The Jazz Cruise website, the cruise is “sold out.”
“The Jazz Cruise is always a fantastic combination of music, friends, fans and pleasures of the sea and shore. I've had many memorable musical experiences cruising - playing with Gerry Mulligan's quartet, piano duets with Bill Charlap, performing with Ann Hampton Callaway, and jamming with many of my other musical friends along the way,” said Rosenthal.
He also added, “Being on the ship has also provided me the opportunity for informal ‘hangs’ with some of my musical heroes [like] breakfast on deck with Ahmad Jamal, lunch with Slide Hampton … what fun to spend time with so many of my musician friends in beautiful settings … It's also nice to meet and greet the enthusiastic fans who put a smile on my face by letting me know they like my latest CD or remember details of a gig from 10 years ago …”
How do you book your next musical vacation? Start by narrowing down the type of music you’d enjoy and where you would like to go. If you want to go on a cruise, good place to start is www.cruisecritic.com, which provides cruise reviews, along with an online forum with opinions and questions by consumers. A list of jazz festivals and events can be found online at the JazzTimes. By doing a little research, you will be able to find the right fit for your musical palate and your budget.