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Blue Note Records celebrates 80th anniversary

The jazz label marks its birthday with a new record, documentary and special live events

2019 marks 80 years since German immigrant Alfred Lion produced his first Blue Note recording session in New York City. Relaunched by Bruce Lundvall in 1984, Blue Note Records has remained one of the world’s leading labels dedicated to jazz. Don Was became its president in 2012.

Artists who have recorded on Blue Note include Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Dr Lonnie Smith, Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor.

To commemorate the year, 2019 will see a Blue Note 80 vinyl reissue series, a dedicated Spotify playlist called Jazz Classics Blue Note Edition, the documentary Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes, an anniversary tour kicking off in autumn, prints of Blue Note artwork, and more to be announced throughout the year. Full details can be found on their website.