January 6, 2014 marked the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, the most-respected and longest-running Jazz label in the world. It was founded when a German immigrant and passionate Jazz fan named Alfred Lion produced his first recording session on January 6, 1939 in New York City. Blue Note has gone on to represent high quality American jazz, tracing the nation’s jazz history.
The label’s stars from the early years include Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill, Ornette Coleman.
Click here to check on the neat “thank you” gifts on Blue Note the station has for their current pledge drive. The Blue Note gifts include various artists on CD’s, a DVD, and a “phat pack.” The pledge drive is going on now, through Tuesday 2/4.
Blue Note went dormant for a few years in ’79 on an EMI purchase, but was relaunched in ’84 by Bruce Lundvall of EMI. Bruce put on a strong reissue program along with ongoing new recordings. Artists from this era included Lovano, Scofield, Osby, Moran, Belden and (Norah) Jones.
Blue Note is celebrating its 75th Anniversary throughout 2014 with a series of live events. This began with a concert on January 8 as part of NYC Winter Jazzfest at The Town Hall in New York featuring two of the label’s leading artists: Robert Glasper and Jason Moran. The label will be honored with a GRAMMY Museum exhibition, book releases, and various vinyl, CD, and digital catalog initiatives, as well as new releases from the label’s current artists. Blue Note has also launched a Facebook app that allows fans to put their own face into classic Blue Note cover artwork designs by Reid Miles.