Happy Birthday, Blue Note Records

Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and his band, and Mickey Raphael perform January 12 and 13, 2007 at Jazz at Lincoln Center the Rose Center in NYC .   The concerts resulted in production of the album, ‘Two Men With the Blues,’ which has been on top ten music lists all over the world.  By popular demand, the group will again perform two shows on February 9 and 10th.  It has been reported that Norah Jones will join them for a few songs; there’ symmetry there,  Norah has her own country/jazz crossover style.   I think the shows are all sold out, except for some single tickets, but I hope they put out another record and dvd from the shows.   ‘Two Men With the Blues’ was put out by Blue Note Records, which is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, with spe ial events all over the country.
www.brooklynvegan.com wrote this:

In 2009, Blue Note Records-one of the world’s most legendary labels-will celebrate two milestones when it commemorates both the 70th anniversary of the label’s founding by Alfred Lion, as well as the 25th anniversary of its re-launch in 1984 under current President Bruce Lundvall, with a global celebration. In events befitting a label known for offering The Finest In Jazz Since 1939, the coming year will feature the music, imagery and legend of Blue Note with a range of multi-media offerings, including live concerts, special digital and physical re-issues and new releases, The Blue Note 7; an all-star tribute band of current jazz luminaries, book releases, festival honors, merchandise and much more. 

Since its very first recording session on January 6, 1939, Blue Note has grown from a small independent label to become the world’s premiere and longest-running Jazz label. Today, Blue Note boasts a legendary catalog that includes such Jazz icons as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill and Ornette Coleman. The label’s current Jazz roster keeps the tradition going, and includes many of today’s most important voices such as Patricia Barber, Terence Blanchard, Bill Charlap Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Aaron Parks, Dianne Reeves, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Cassandra Wilson. And under Lundvall’s watch, Blue Note has tastefully broadened its music pallet beyond jazz to include such acclaimed artists as Priscilla Ahn, Anita Baker, Al Green, Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson and the bird and the bee.

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