January 27 2016
GoGo Penguin—the UK trio of drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth—have announced additional U.S. tour dates in April surrounding their performance at the 2016 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. The tour will include a return to NYC’s (le) poisson rouge on April 27, as well as debut performances in San Francisco, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Boston. Their Blue Note debut is Man Made Object.
January 20 2016
The New York Times has described Ambrose Akinmusire’s music as existing in “the realm of poignant possibility & artful implication, & not a small amount of beauty.” The trumpeter has announced an European & U.S. tour dates for February & March including his first-ever headline appearances at the famed Village Vanguard in NYC.
January 15 2016
On February 26, Blue Note Records will release Shift, the assured label debut from saxophonist and composer Logan Richardson. For the momentous occasion Richardson assembled an impressive band of musical visionaries including guitarist Pat Metheny, pianist Jason Moran, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Nasheet Waits. Shift is available for pre-order now on CD or digital download. Fans who pre-order the download will immediately receive the lead track “Mind Free,” which is also available today as a single on streaming services.
January 8 2016
Dr. Lonnie Smith is set to sit-in with The Roots on NBC The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on January 12 to celebrate the release of Evolution, his first album for Blue Note Records since 1970. The album, which comes out January 29, marks the return of the legendary Hammond B-3 organ master to the iconic jazz label where he first made a name for himself in the late 1960s, first as a sideman with saxophonist Lou Donaldson on albums including Alligator Bogaloo, and soon after as a leader with his own soul-jazz classics such as Think! and Turning Point. Evolution is available for pre-order now on CD or digital download. Fans who pre-order the download will immediately receive the single “Straight No Chaser,” which is also available today as a single on streaming services.