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March 14 2014

From May 3 to May 11, 2014, the Kennedy Center presents Blue Note at 75, marking the Diamond Anniversary of Blue Note Records. Hosted by Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz and Blue Note Records artist, Jason Moran, the salute features performances by some of the iconic label’s most notable musicians from past and present.

March 7 2014

Cassandra Wilson's landmark album 'Blue Light ‘Til Dawn' helped to define a new style of jazz when it was released two decades ago. It went on to garner both critical and commerical success and began a remarkable run of records for Blue Note that eventually earned Cassandra the title of “America’s Best Singer” from Time Magazine. On April 29, Blue Note/UMe will release an expanded 20th anniversary edition of 'Blue Light ‘Til Dawn,' adding three previously unreleased live recordings from Wilson's 1994 European tour to the digitally remastered album.

March 3 2014

On March 11, trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire returns with the release of the imagined savior is far easier to paint, an impressive and expansive new album that broadens the palette of his quintet with the addition of guitarist Charles Altura, the OSSO String Quartet, and vocalists Becca StevensTheo Bleckmann, and Cold Specks. Akinmusire’s quintet features saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown—a close-knit group of longtime friends and frequent collaborators that breathes a remarkable collective identity.

the imagined savior is far easier to paint is now streaming in its entirety as part of the NPR Music First Listen series! Check out Ambrose featured on the April cover of DownBeat Magazine!

February 27 2014

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band will return to Blue Note Records for the release of Landmarks, the stunning fourth album from the remarkable collective which is led by acclaimed drummer and composer Brian Blade. Listen to the lead track “He Died Fighting" which features Blade on drums, Jon Cowherd on piano, Myron Walden on alto saxophone, Melvin Butler on tenor saxophone, Chris Thomas on bass, and Marvin Sewell on guitar. The album will be given an early release on vinyl April 15 ahead of its official April 29 digital and CD release. Pre-order Landmarks now on iTunes and get a download of “He Died Fighting” right away.