Blue Note Records - 75 year Anniversary!

The legendary Blue Note Records have reached their 75 year Anniversary!
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7 ways to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note Records
The legendary Blue Note Records, which has brought us some of the world’s finest jazz past and present, reached a mighty milestone at the start of the year. 6th January 2014 marked 75 years since Alfred Lion and Max Margulis founded the label in New York. The rest, as they say, is history 75 years later Blue Note is still releasing the hottest jazz around.

Here’s our 7 ways to celebrate their 75th anniversary.

1. Explore Blue Note with their Spotify app

The Blue Note Spotify app allows you to explore and discover their extensive catalogue of music. You can listen to your favourites or find something new by searching by artist, album, song, style, year or instrument. What’s more the rather fabulous ‘Blue Break Beats’ section answers the question ‘haven’t I heard that before?’ with a list of original Blue Note recordings and tracks that have since sampled them – all lined up to the exact second for your convenience. Because, yes Usher, A Tribe Called Quest, Ludacris, Will Smith, Nas, Jay-Z, Beastie Boys and Destiny’s Child have all felt the Blue Note love.

2. Buy the 100 Essential Jazz reissues on vinyl

The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Initiative sees Blue Note release five albums from its library every month for this year and next on vinyl complete with authentic reproductions of the iconic packaging. Next up for release of 25th March 2014 are Art Blakey’s ‘Free For All’; Wayne Shorter’s ‘Speak No Evil’; John Coltrane’s ‘Blue Train’; Eric Dolphys ‘Out To Lunch’ and Larry Young’s ‘Unity’. But as Blue Note President, Don Was, explains “Although this program begins in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary, our catalogue runs so deep that we will faithfully be reissuing five albums a month for many years to come!”

3. Visit the Blue Note exhibition at the GRAMMY Museum

On 25th March 2014, the GRAMMY Museum in California will open the doors to its Blue Note: The Finest in Jazz exhibition as well as the expected artwork and photos. The exhibition promises to feature handwritten lyrics and sheet music from various Blue Note artists past and present plus a baby grand piano belonging to Thelonious Monk!

4. See the Blue Note Sessions at Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

The Blue Note Sessions are a monthly occurrence at Pizza Express Jazz Club, featuring UK and US artists exploring the Blue Note Catalogue for the evening. The shows began in January but there are still plenty of chances to get involved in the fun including a show by our very own James Tormé on 8th April.

Confirmed shows:

30th March: Quentin Collins/Brandon Allen Quarter: Wayne Shorter’s Speak No Evil.

8th April: James Tormé Sings Blue Note

21st May: Martin Hathaway & Tom Challenger Quarter: Ornette Coleman’s New York Is Now

More information and tickets avalibale at

5. Listen to the Blue Print with Chris Philips this weekend for a Blue Note Special

This Saturday from midnight Chris Philips presents the third of his monthly hour long specials celebrating 75 years of Blue Note Records. His Guest Selector is Jazzwise editor Jon Newey, who is an ardent collector and authority on Blue Note. Expect irresistible beat and grooves on a journey through some of the greatest sessions ever recorded.

6. See Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on their world tour

Jazz icon Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are playing a host of stops across the United Kingdom this summer. Catch them in London, Cambridge, Harrorgate, Basingstoke. Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Bristol.

7. Make your Blue Note debut

They have been busy bees at Blue Note, alongside its wonderful Spotify app, the company has recently launched a Facebook app, which allows fans to insert their faces into classic Blue Note covers.


just bought Paul Chambers - Bass On Top at FOPP for £3


two more:

Chick Corea - Now He Sings, Now He Sobs
Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell Vol.2


The vinyl represses have started!

two more:

Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell Vol.1
Tony Williams - Spring

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Herbie HANCOCK - Maiden Voyage

finally got on vinyl!

Which are the best shops for digital downloads of jazz from Blue Note and other classics? I'm looking for the best shops for Jazz and Classical music. 320 kbps MP3s would be splendid.

you can probably get this sort of stuff from Amazon, can't you?

(16th December 2017, 07:50)Statto Wrote: you can probably get this sort of stuff from Amazon, can't you?

I had a look and they do sell MP3 versions of albums such as A Love Supreme, however, I've never purchased anything off Amazon. There must be specialized shops carrying these classics. Blue Note sells Vinyl and CDs.

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