From Blue Note: March News Letter – Some Great Jazz

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CANNONBALL ADDERLEY SOMETHIN’ ELSE 60TH ANNIVERSARY
60 years ago on March 9, 1958, the great alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley recorded his timeless classic Somethin’ Else featuring trumpeter Miles Davis in a rare sideman role, as well as pianist Hank Jones, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Art Blakey. Produced by Alfred Lion, recorded by Rudy Van Gelder, and given an iconic cover design by Reid Miles, it was the sole album that Cannonball made as a leader for Blue Note and it stands as one of the pinnacles our catalog, a perfect representation of the Blue Note aesthetic. Get it on vinyl or CD, download it or stream it now.

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BEYOND THE NOTES – NEW BLUE NOTE DOCUMENTARY
Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes, a new documentary directed and written by Sophie Huber, will be premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April. The film presents the enthralling musical story of the greatest label in jazz history from our founding by Alfred Lion in 1939 to the vibrant present day. Featured interviews in the documentary include Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lou Donaldson, Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, Don Was, Michael Cuscuna, and more. Watch the trailer.

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HERBIE HANCOCK SPEAK LIKE A CHILD 50TH ANNIVERSARY
50 years ago on March 6 & 9, 1968, the legendary pianist Herbie Hancock was in Van Gelder Studio recording his seminal album Speak Like a Child, which found Herbie painting with a new musical palette by adorning his trio featuring bassist Ron Carter & drummer Mickey Roker with imaginative arrangements using Thad Jones’ flugelhorn, Peter Phillips’ bass trombone & Jerry Dodgion’s alto flute. In Speak Like a Child Herbie sought to recapture the innocence and spontaneity of childhood in the midst of the social turmoil of the late 1960s which he acknowledged with the opening track Riot.

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DR. LONNIE SMITH TRIO CAPTURED LIVE AT THE JAZZ STANDARD
Hammond B-3 organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith is still at the top of his game on All in My Mind, a spirited live trio album recorded during his 75th birthday celebration at the Jazz Standard in NYC. Hear the NEA Jazz Master put his spin on tunes by Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, and Paul Simon with guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Johnathan Blake. The album finds Doc back home on Blue Note Records where he first made his name in the late 1960s. Hear his greatest Blue Note tracks on our spotlight playlist Dr. Lonnie Smith: The Finest. The trio is currently on tour, see where they’ll be at drlonniesmith.com.

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GOGO PENGUIN RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM A HUMDRUM STAR
Different sonic worlds have always collided in the sound of GoGo Penguin. The UK trio’s vivid new album A Humdrum Star conjures richly atmospheric music that draws from their shared love of electronica, their grounding in classical conservatoires & jazz ensembles alongside indie bands. Over the past few years, it has earned them rapturous responses all over the world and proved that they’re just as at home playing to muddy festival goers as jazz fans. The band is currently on tour in Europe and will come to the U.S. for a run of dates in May. See where they’ll be at gogopenguin.co.uk.

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Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00PM


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