January 28 2014
Cuban-born American pianist and composer Fabian Almazan is set to release his new album Rhizome through Blue Note/ArtistShare on March 18. Almazan will celebrate the release with an engagement at Jazz Standard in New York City March 27-30, as well as a May 7 performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as part of their Blue Note Records 75th Anniversary celebrations. Rhizome features Almazan’s trio with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Henry Cole with the addition of vocals from Chilean singer/guitarist Camila Meza, and a string quartet comprised of violinists Sara Caswell and Tomoko Omura, violist Karen Waltuch, and cellist Noah Hoffeld. The recording project is being funded directly by Almazan’s fan base through ArtistShare, the internet’s first fan-funding platform who pioneered the crowdfunding movement. Fans who participated in Almazan’s project were given access to his entire creative process behind the making of the recording.
January 23 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. Landmarks – which is being released in cooperation with the Shreveport, Louisiana based label Mid-City Records – will be given an exclusive early release on vinyl for Record Store Day ahead of its official release on April 29.
January 13 2014
Rosanne Cash will support her new album, The River & The Thread – due out tomorrow on Blue Note Records – with a series of high profile media appearances and performances, including “Late Show with David Letterman” (Thursday, January 16), “CBS Sunday Morning” (January 19) and “The Katie Couric Show” (Friday, January 24) plus a North American tour.
January 6 2014
January 6, 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records, the most-respected and longest-running Jazz label in the world, which 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 The Finest In Jazz, tracing the entire history of the music from Hot Jazz, Boogie Woogie, and Swing, through Bebop, Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion, and into Jazz’s numerous modern day incarnations under the leadership of Bruce Lundvall, who revived Blue Note in 1984, and the label’s current President Don Was, who took the helm in 2012.
Blue Note will celebrate its 75th Anniversary throughout 2014 with a series of live events beginning 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 also 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.