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Blue Note at 75

Blue Note at 75 May 3-11, 2014 Washington, D.C.
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Seventy-five years in the making, Blue Note Records celebrates its ‘Diamond Anniversary' with Blue Note at 75 (May 3–May 11, 2014) featuring incredible jazz music, lectures from legendary performers, and art exhibits at the Kennedy Center, on the Millennium Stage, and all around town. Hosted by Jason Moran, the Kennedy Center's Artistic Advisor for Jazz, this once-in-a-lifetime salute features seminal performances from such iconic jazz artists as: Terence Blanchard, Robert Glasper, Lou Donaldson, Bobby Hutcherson, Norah Jones, Wayne Shorter, Dr. Lonnie Smith, McCoy Tyner and many, many more!

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Performances

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Blue Note at 75: GRAMMY Museum Exhibit

 The GRAMMY(r) Museum presents a special exhibit of album covers highlighting the art and style of designer Reid Miles and photographer Frank Wolff, who greatly influenced the label's notable visual aesthetic.

  • May 7 - 21, 2014
  • Hall of States
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The Terence Blanchard Group
with special guest Lionel Loueke

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, multi-Grammy Award-winning trumpeter and Blue Note artist Terence Blanchard returns to the Center with his ensemble for the first time in three years.

  • Fri., May 9, 2014
  • Terrace Theater
  • $38.00
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The Crossroads Club: Robert Glasper Experiment

Grammy-winning hip-hop jazz pianist Robert Glasper brings his spontaneous spirit of adventure and experimentation to the Kennedy Center in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

  • Sat., May 10, 2014
  • Atrium
  • $30.00
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Blue Note at 75, The Concert

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.

  • Sun., May 11, 2014, 7:00 PM
  • Concert Hall
  • $20.00 - $95.00
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Listening Party: Blue Note at 75

Jason Moran and Terence Blanchard mark the 75th year of Blue Note Records chatting about their all-time favorite Blue Note Records albums.

  • Sat., May 10, 2014, 4:00 PM
  • African Lounge
  • $12.00
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Millennium Stage

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Marlena Shaw

One of the first female vocalists signed by Blue Note Records, Marlena Shaw has never strayed far from her jazz roots. A former singer with the Count Basie Orchestra, she has the ability to highlight the dramatic possibilities of the simplest lyric, while her sassy, humorous onstage presence is as entertaining as her singing. She performs with pianist Andrew Adair, bassist James King, and drummer Lennie Robinson. Part of Blue Note at 75.

Sun., May 4, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

Members of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra—the big band orchestra in residence at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History—perform repertoire from the storied 75-year history of the iconic label, Blue Note Records. Part of Blue Note at 75.

Tue., May 6, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Fabian Almazan, Rhizome

Cuban-born American pianist Fabian Almazan performs selections from his newest album Rhizome (released March 2014 on Blue Note/ArtistShare), complete with string quartet (Megan Gould, violin; Tomoko Omura, violin; Karen Waltuch, viola; Noah Hoffield, cello) and jazz trio (Linda Oh, bass; Henry Cole, drums). “Fabian pushes the envelope in ways that excite people,” says trumpeter Terence Blanchard. “He’s someone who takes all of his experiences around the world in different forms of music, and uses them to create something special.” Part of Blue Note at 75.

Wed., May 7, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Lionel Loueke

Benin-native guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke--a current Blue Note Records artist whose most recent release Heritage was produced by labelmate Robert Glasper—performs with bassist Massimo Biolcati and drummer Ferenc Nemeth. Loueke stands out in a crowded field of musicians with his trademark sound which “fuses traditional African music with modern jazz harmonies, unique vocal inflections, and complex time signatures” (NPR). Part of Blue Note at 75.

Thu., May 8, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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DC Celebrates Blue Note Records

An all-star group of Washington, DC-based musicians—Elijah Jamal Balbed, tenor/soprano saxophones, Musical Director, Lyle Link, alto saxophone/flute, Kenny Rittenhouse, trumpet, Raynel Frazier, trombone, Tim Whalen, piano, Eliot Seppa, bass, and Harold Summey, drums—plays a variety of compositions recorded on the legendary record label. The compositions are from various Blue Note records and are arranged by several members of the band, including a special tribute to Butch Warren (house bass player for Blue Note Records 1960-64, and Washington, DC legend). Part of Blue Note at 75.

Fri., May 9, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Derrick Hodge

Bassist and composer Derrick Hodge performs selections from his debut Blue Note Records recording, Live Today, with Federico Peña, keyboards, Michael Aaberg, keyboards, Keyon Harrold, trumpet, and Mark Colenburg, drums. Having served as sideman to the likes of Terence Blanchard and Robert Glasper, Hodge firmly steps out as leader as the New York Times states, “with roots in gospel, jazz and R&B….bearing earnest intentions and a glow of transparent optimism.” Part of Blue Note at 75.

Sat., May 10, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band

Drummer and bandleader Brian Blade brings his group, The Fellowship Band, to perform selections from their just-released recording, Landmarks (Blue Note). Blade, a Blue Note Records artist and Louisiana native, is joined by pianist Jon Cowherd, saxophonist Myron Walden, saxophonist Melvin Butler, and bassist Chris Thomas. Part of Blue Note at 75.

Sun., May 11, 2014, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Around DC

Image from Offsite Event--<i>Blue Note at 75:</i> Film: <i>Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz</i>

Offsite Event--Film: Blue Note - A Story of Modern Jazz

Screened at the Goethe-Institut, this film traces the history of the famed Blue Note Records label from its infancy in 1939 to the late 1980s, with first-hand interviews, concert film footage, and photographs. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Mon., May 5, 2014, 6:30 PM
  • Other Venue
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Offsite Event--Concert: Lennie Cuje Band

Vibraphonist Lennie Cuje has played with the likes of Larry Coryell, Dave Amram, and others, having made a name for himself in the New York jazz scene and D.C.'s U Street corridor in the '60s. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Mon., May 5, 2014, 8:30 PM
  • Other Venue
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Image from Offsite Event--<i>Blue Note at 75:</i> Concert: The Allyn Johnson Trio: A Tribute to the Music of Jutta Hipp

Offsite Event--Concert: The Allyn Johnson Trio: A Tribute to the Music of Jutta Hipp

Pianist Allyn Johnson pays homage to German jazz pianist Jutta Hipp in a concert with bassist James King and drummer Nasar Abadey. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Tue., May 6, 2014, 8:30 PM
  • Other Venue
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Offsite Event--Panel Discussion: Blue Note at 75: A Jazz Conversation

This discussion with Mosaic Records founder Michael Cuscuna and pianist Jason Moran examines the legacy of Blue Note Records, and the impact of the label and its 75-year history on American music and culture. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Sat., May 10, 2014, 2:00 PM
  • Other Venue
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Offsite Event--Film: One Night with Blue Note: The Historic All-Star Reunion Concert

This film captures a reunion concert in New York's Town Hall in February 1985, at the start of Blue Note's reinvigorated period under the leadership of Bruce Lundvall. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Mon., May 12, 2014, 6:30 PM
  • Other Venue
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Offsite Event--Film: As Time Goes By in Shanghai

This 2013 film by German filmmaker Uli Gaulke follows the seven musicians of the Chinese ensemble "Peace Old Jazz Band" on an adventurous appearance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Mon., May 19, 2014, 6:30 PM
  • Other Venue
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Offsite Event--Concert Lecture: Jazz - the Classical Music of Globalization

The German Historical Institute and the Austrian Cultural Forum of Washington, D.C. present a concert lecture with historian Reinhold Wagnleitner and jazz pianist Tom McDermott. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Wed., May 21, 2014, 6:00 PM
  • Other Venue
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Image from Offsite Event--<i>Blue Note at 75:</i> Panel Discussion: <i>The Role of Music in Cultural Diplomacy</i>

Offsite Event--Panel Discussion: The Role of Music in Cultural Diplomacy

Panelists discuss how from 1956 through the late 1970s, America dispatched its finest jazz musicians to the far corners of the earth in order to win hearts and minds and to counter perceptions of American racism. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Wed., May 28, 2014, 6:30 PM
  • Other Venue
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Image from Offsite Event--<i>Blue Note at 75:</i> Concert: Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Quintet: A Tribute to Curtis Fuller and Hank Mobley on Blue Note

Offsite Event--Concert: Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Quintet: A Tribute to Curtis Fuller and Hank Mobley on Blue Note

Trombonist Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Quintet perform a retrospective of Blue Note recordings by trombonist Curtis Fuller and sax man Hank Mobley, including music from their collaborations. This event is NOT at the Kennedy Center.

  • Wed., May 28, 2014, 8:30 PM
  • Other Venue
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Album Cover Art Challenge

The Blue Note Experiment

The Blue Note Experiment challenges youth in selected cities to engage with and extend the visual aesthetic of Blue Note Records, developed notably by designer Reid Miles and photographer Frank Wolff. Established by ARTSEDGE – the Kennedy Center's digital learning program – in collaboration with the Digital Youth Network, The Blue Note Experiment program selects print and 3D works for inclusion in the Blue Note at 75 Grammy® Museum exhibit in the Kennedy Center Hall of States, which displays examples of Blue Note album cover art from the label's 75-year history. Reviewers include Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz Jason Moran, and Vans Senior Creative Director for Lifestyle Jon Warren, among others. For more information visit the ARTSEDGE: The Blue Note Experiment.

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About Blue Note Records

For 75 years, the Blue Note Records catalog has traced the entire history of jazz from Hot Jazz, Boogie Woogie and Swing; through Bebop, Hard Bop and Post Bop; to Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, Fusion, and onward. The label's beginnings start with childhood friends Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, who, as adults, separately left their native Germany and settled in New York City in the 1930s. Once in the U.S. , Lion became an original founder of Blue Note Records (est. 1939), with Wolff joining the company soon thereafter. With Lion and Wolff at the helm over the next few decades – supported by the talents of many others including the likes of commercial designer Reid Miles and recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder – Blue Note Records became noted for its consistently transcendent music, elegant and insightful photography, sterling sound quality, and strikingly original cover artwork.

After a brief dormancy from 1981-1984 during which producer/historian Michael Cuscuna kept the label's legacy alive with a series of reissues on EMI, Blue Note returned reinvigorated by the leadership of Bruce Lundvall, who broadened the label's horizon to include quality music in other genres as well as jazz. In 2011, veteran record producer and musician Don Was joined Blue Note, eventually becoming President, with Lundvall continuing to provide guidance as Chairman Emeritus.

Artists from the 75-year history of the label are too numerous to fully list, but include household names from the jazz and non-jazz realms, including: Cannonball Adderley, Ambrose Akinmusire, Anita Baker, Art Blakey, Terence Blanchard, Ornette Coleman, Donald Byrd, John Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, Elvis Costello, Miles Davis, Lou Donaldson, Robert Glasper, Al Green, Herbie Hancock, Stefon Harris, Joe Henderson, Andrew Hill, Freddie Hubbard, Norah Jones, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Thelonious Monk, Willie Nelson, Greg Osby, Bud Powell, Gregory Porter, Dianne Reeves, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver, Jimmy Smith, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jacky Terrasson, McCoy Tyner, Chucho Valdés, and Cassandra Wilson.

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