For 18 years straight the summer European jazz festival circuit was my playground ; hitting the North Sea, Montreux, Nice, Copenhagen, Juan Les Pins and a few others. After mulling over the 3 day North Sea lineup and schedule every year; my mentor, the incomparable, knowledgeable and distinguished Dr. Wesley Johnson (rip) would say, “Kat, it’s not who we are going to see but who we are going to see that may not be here next year”. Yes, so true. Yesterday as I cleaned out the garage I came across photos of me with old timers, the old school jazz musicians from the bebop era, the ones the youngsters these days have learned from: Dizzy, Lionel Hampton, Harry Sweets Edison, Kenny Baron, etc….what memories! Well a lot has changed. Rotterdam is not THE HAGUE, but it’s still good, and it’s still an unforgettable experience.
That Rotterdam Hotel, across from the Central Rail Station was once the Westin, then the Manhattan and now the Marriott —- yes the one everyone wants to stay at. For 2015 in order to secure it, we started and locked in 18 months ahead. Well, we have it again and just like then, those that wanted to join us had to produce a “Good faith “ deposit. So if you are not really serious or one that cannot plan that far in advance, then you should remove yourself from the list. The max for this tour is 36. The good faith is $300pp which will be deducted from the final tour cost. On the interested list with first choice to confirm: Joyce, Dessie, LaVerne, Cheryl E, Juanita, Lucille, Billie, Mitzi, Briana, Maurice, Janet, Wilemma, Carol, Anita, Shonda, Janice, Kellea, Trina, Sybil, Joyce B, Gloria, Diva, Sharon, Imelda, Geralyn, Gerie, Audrey, Anna, and Fatina. What further excites me about this tour is Iceland and the Blue Lagoon with its geo-thermal waters. Our hotel there has also been secured. It is on the hip and trendy popular shopping street, Iceland’s single, coolest street, “Laugavegur”, which means “wash road”, was once the route to the hot springs where many Icelanders took their clothes to launder. Now this hyper-cool thoroughfare is a place where you shoppers can easily drop hundreds of dollars on clothes and accessories. All night long? Or all day long? In the summer, the sun only sets for around 3 hrs. Are you in or are you out? I know, “What’s the cost”? Rates are forthcoming!