June 14 2016
The legendary organist Dr. Lonnie Smith has been named one of the National Endowment for the Arts 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Fellows, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. Smith will be honored at a tribute concert on Monday, April 3, 2017, produced in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
June 8 2016
Nels Cline makes his Blue Note debut with the Aug. 5 release of Lovers, an expansive double-album that the guitarist had dreamed of making for over 25 years. Inspired by the likes of Bill Evans, Jim Hall, Gil Evans, Johnny Mandel, Henry Mancini and others, Cline finally realized his ambitious “mood music” project with an ensemble of 23 stellar musicians conducted and arranged by Michael Leonhart.
May 24 2016
Following an extensive UK tour opening for label mate Gregory Porter last month, singer-pianist Kandace Springs has announced that she will support Porter once again next month in her hometown of Nashville (June 4), and along his run of West Coast tour dates including shows in Portland (June 16), Seattle (June 17) and Oakland (June 18). Kandace will celebrate the June 24 release of her debut album Soul Eyes (Blue Note) with shows June 23 at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and June 27 at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City.
May 10 2016
Gregory Porter’s Take Me to the Alley was released on May 6 and is currently the #1 Jazz Album on Apple Music in dozens of countries across six continents including the U.S., U.K., Japan, Canada, Germany, France, Australia, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, The Netherlands, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, South Africa, Austria, Norway, Denmark, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Ireland and Hong Kong. Apple Music is currently featuring exclusive live videos of Porter performing “Holding On” and “Take Me to the Alley” at the famed Capitol Studios, in addition to specially curated playlists by Gregory including Memories of Mom, Gregory’s Essential Nate King Cole, Praise & Positivity, and Relaxing on the Road.