Blue Note Records: The Finest in Jazz
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On March 25, 2014, The GRAMMY Museum unveiled Blue Note Records: The Finest In Jazz. Located in the Mike Curb Gallery on the Museum’s fourth floor, this one-of-a-kind exhibit offers visitors an in-depth look at the legendary record label, who are currently celebrating their 75th anniversary.
On display through October 2014, the exhibit features:
- A baby grand piano, belonging to Thelonius Monk;
- original tape box from Rudy Van Gelder’s recording sessions;
- handwritten lyrics & sheet music from various Blue Note artists, past and present;
- original concert posters, handbills and other ephemera;
- Francis Wolff’s classic photographs
- Blue Note album artwork
- and much more…
Blue Note Records, one of the most-respected and longest-running Jazz labels in the world, 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.
In addition to the GRAMMY Museum exhibition, Blue Note is its 75th Anniversary throughout 2014 with a series of exciting live events, which began 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 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.
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