Truly can’t wait…


…to get on CapJazz Cruise again.


Seriously, though. I need to be on the water.

Look. What happened last year has happened, and if there’s anything I can say about CapJazz is that it’s the one production that has always been resilient. So far, I’m seeing good signs. CapJazz’s Cuba cruise seems to have gone off without a hitch (jealous a fair bit, wish I could’ve gone, but tax season comes before adventuring). The lineup for the Fest is astoundingly good, but I am not sure if I’ll be able to go – many reasons. But the lineup for the cruise has remained fairly static since they announced Gladys Knight and Robert Glasper after the initial offerings of Will Downing, Jeffrey Osborne, and India Arie.

I’ve already seen people complain, and again – I get it. I’ve seen them call it a disaster already, but on this I’m raising my eyebrows.

People. I love you all, but again: please take a step back and look at this from the other side. Perspective goes a long way here, and first thing to accept is that this isn’t going to happen on our schedule. The production took a major hit last year, and they’re doing all they can to ensure this doesn’t happen again, and that. takes. time. and. effort. So if the lineup is slow on the reveal, then that’s what it’s going to be. We control exactly none of how this comes together, apart from the annual surveys of whom we’d like to see on the cruise.

What’s really important as far as this cruise is concerned? To me, it’s being able to see the artists I want, and I think the same applies to a lot of everyone attending. It’s also the systems behind the scenes running as they should. And after last year, that’s extra important. If they’re going to take their time and set things right, it’s best to wait.

Some wondered if the cruise will even take place. I say that concern is likely unfounded. The contract for the NCL charter has been signed for three years; I have every confidence that the ship is going to sail as scheduled. Who else is going to be on it… no bloody idea.

And frankly, at this point, I can tell you this: even if the artists on the lineup are just what we have so far, I am still going to have a great time. That’s why I go on these cruises in the first place: to work my photo magic, to enjoy the music, to enjoy my friends’ company, and to just enjoy being away from the rest of the world for a week.

I don’t know what’s going to happen after this year; I don’t work for CapJazz, and even though my theories are proven right about 90% of the time, I am not going to speculate on this. I want Cap to succeed; I want them to stick around, I want to see many, many more cruises and events out of them, and attend as many as possible. This has always been a fantastic production that jives right with my love of music and zest for life and adventure, and the six amazing years I had on board that boat carry more weight than the one questionable year.

For myself, I just want to be able to sit on my balcony and watch my hometown of NYC sail past me as we pull out of the port.