As the culminating event of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, artists from the iconic label's present and past roster perform: Norah Jones, Jason Moran, Wayne Shorter, and other guests.
As the culminating event of a celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, artists from the iconic label's present and past roster perform, including, vocalists Norah Jones and Dianne Reeves, saxophonist Joe Lovano, current Blue Note recording artist and Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Wayne Shorter and his Quartet of pianist Danilo Pérez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade; Dr. Lonnie Smith, organist;NEA Jazz Masters Bobby Hutcherson, vibraphonist; Lou Donaldson, saxophonist; and McCoy Tyner, pianist; plus unannounced guests.
As part of the Kennedy Center's celebration of Blue Note Records' 75th anniversary, NPR Music is presenting a live video webcast of this concert. The evening of performances by Blue Note Records artists will be available to watch at NPR Music on Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m. EST.
Blue Note at 75 Celebration The Kennedy Center celebrates the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, the Finest in Jazz Since 1939, with some of the iconic label's most notable musicians in this jazz extravaganza featuring a week of mainstage concerts as well as some of its newest artists in free Millennium Stage performances. Related lectures, film screenings, photo exhibits, and more will be held at other locations in Washington, D.C., in collaborative events hosted by the Library of Congress, the Goethe-Institut, and the German Historical Institute. For a full schedule, visit the Blue Note at 75 website.
Performance Timing: Part One - 55 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 55 min.
NEA Jazz Masters Live is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest that celebrates the living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.
WPFW 89.3 FM is a media partner of Kennedy Center Jazz.