January 23 2015
Acclaimed vocalist José James has announced a March 31, 2015 release for his new album Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday, a tribute to the legendary singer in honor of Holiday’s 100th birthday. James celebrates the woman he refers to as his “musical mother” with this stunning set of 9 songs written or popularized by Holiday. The album, which was produced by Blue Note president Don Was, features a stellar band including pianist Jason Moran, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Eric Harland. Watch the album trailer.
January 15 2015
Singer and keyboardist Kandace Springs has premiered a new video for “West Coast,” one of the four songs on her self-titled debut EP out now on Blue Note Records. Springs will perform “West Coast” and the EP’s lead single “Love Got In The Way” tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tune in to ABC at 11:35/10:35c tonight to watch the performance. The Kandace Springs EP is available now to stream or download.
January 14 2015
Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have announced an April 7 release date for Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, the debut recording from their co-led quintet Sound Prints featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. The album features the debut of two new compositions written for the band by the band’s primary inspiration: Wayne Shorter.
December 17 2014
As we come to the end of the Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary celebrations, we wanted to take a moment to reflect back upon this incredible year. From iTunes to indie record stores. From vinyl to internet radio. From Washington DC to Paris. From 1939 to 2014, the legacy of Blue Note Records was celebrated far and wide this year. Most of all we want to say a big thank you to you, the fans, who are every bit as important as the artists in keeping Blue Note alive and vibrant as we head into 2015 with much more great music to come!