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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.

December 18 2013

Multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Aaron Neville will be making a special appearance on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report on Wednesday, December 18th. Aaron will join host Stephen Colbert in singing the Christmas favorite “Silent Night” along side the MusiCorps band. Aaron will be promoting his “Holiday Blessings” fundraising campaign to benefit Children’s Health Fund. For over 25 years, Children’s Health Fund has been providing the highest quality healthcare to some of this country’s most vulnerable children. On Saturday, December 21st Aaron Neville will appear on CBS This Morning – Saturday, spreading the holiday cheer with an intimate performance of Christmas classics from the CBS studio in New York City. This will cap off a great year for Neville, whose latest critically acclaimed album My True Story was released earlier this year.

December 17 2013

Rosanne Cash’s new album, The River & The Thread, comes out January 14 on Blue Note Records and she will be celebrating with a series of high profile media appearances and performances. Week of release, she will perform on “Late Show with David Letterman” (Thursday, January 16), NPR’s “Morning Edition” will profile the album and Cash will be doing an in-store performance and signing at the Barnes & Noble in NYC’s Union Square. Other release week activities include a special live hour-long broadcast on New York station WFUV (January 13th at 8 PM) and appearances on NPR’s “World Café,” the syndicated show “Acoustic Café” and the talk radio institution “Imus in the Morning.”

December 16 2013

Blue Note Records will release the debut solo album from Benmont TenchYou Should Be So Luckyon February 18, 2014. Produced by legendary producer Glyn Johns, the album was recorded to tape at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and features Tench handling lead vocals, piano and organs, joined by a team of collaborators including a core band of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey and contributions by Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Joel Jerome, Tom Petty and Ringo StarrRollingStone.com has premiered the lead track “Blonde Girl, Blue Dress” today, click here to listen.