Enter to Win Tickets To The Best of Blue Note Festival at JALC + Blue Note Albums

 

Jazz at Lincoln Center hosts the Best of Blue Note Festival November 13-18 in New York City. Giant Step is giving one lucky winner a pair of tickets to the Joe Henderson 75th Birthday performance on Saturday, November 17th at 7:30pm in The Allen Room ($130 value) and 10 CDs from the label’s catalog.

There isn’t a major-league saxophonist under 50 who hasn’t incorporated Joe Henderson’s singular language—his flexible sound across the registers, laid-back phrasing, cat-like approach to rhythm, and clarity of intention. One such is Chris Potter, who will inhabit the tenor chair on a 75th birthday celebration of Henderson’s career (and his illustrious Blue Note discography) led by musical director and pianist Renee Rosnes, herself an alumna of several Henderson units. Joining the fray is NEA Jazz Master and long-time Henderson collaborator and Blue Note labelmate Bobby Hutcherson on vibraphone, Robert Hurst on bass, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, plus drum giant Lewis Nash and rising star trombonist-arranger Michael Dease.

The CDs in the giveaway include albums featured in the Best of Blue Note Festival at JALC:

The Real McCoy (McCoy Tyner)
Mode for Joe (Joe Henderson)
Speak No Evil (Wayne Shorter)
Cool Strettin’ (Sonny Clark)
Uno Mas (Kenny Dorham)
Cornbread (Lee Morgan)
Blues Walk (Lou Donaldson)
Free For All (Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers)
Investions and Dimensions (Herbie Hancock)
6 Pieces of Silver (Horace Silver)

The winner of the contest will be contacted on Monday, November 12th. Please note, the contest only includes the above items for one winner. Transportation and additional expenses are not provided.

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*In your tweet above, tell us your favorite record or why you want to go the show.

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Interview: Gilles Peterson Talks New Projects, Radio 6, & NYC Night @ LPR on 10/25

 

October 25 will mark another unforgettable NYC night with the return of Gilles Peterson to NYC! We checked in with the legendary wearer of many hats before the much anticipated gig. More details on the event after the jump. Dig into the interview below!

Giant Step: How’s the transition been going moving from BBC Radio 1 over to Radio 6? How’s the new experience?

Gilles Peterson: Apart from missing my Saturday afternoons watching my team (the mighty ArsenalFC) play its been a perfect transition for me. Still being on the BBC network and in particular on a network that ‘gets’ what I do is special. I really appreciate the freedom I’ve always had as a broadcaster, especially when you see what little else in radio there is about. being able to play music as diverse as Philip Cohran or Roland Kirk alongside Daphne and Angel Haze is a great place to be and I appreciate every minute!

GS: Looks like you’ve got a lot going on with the festival circuit. Any highlights to share?

GP: The festival in France that I’ve been hosting for the last seven years has definitely become my favourite time of the year. It takes place over a week every July in the town of Sete near Montpellier in the south of France and has become a magnet for a great multinational crowd of music fans. The Portico Quartet and Machinedrum were particular highs at this year’s event.

GS: We see that you recently released the Black Jazz Radio in Japan. Can you tell us more about the idea behind that project and when we can expect it in the US?

GP: To be asked to make a compilation album of the legendary black jazz catalogue was something I couldn’t turn down. I have all their releases from the Doug and Jean Carne stuff to the Calvin Keys and Rudolph Johnson albums. It’s a label a little like Impulse or Strata East – conscious Jazz music. In fact, you should check the book Freedom Rhythm and Sound I released 2 years ago with Stuart Baker from Soul Jazz to see how passionate I am about this music! Black Jazz Radio should be in stores now – in fact, it’s been out in Japan since before the summer – I was quite surprised to see it already in the record shops of Tokyo when I was there recently.

Rest of the interview and event details after the jump

New Release: Jose James – ‘It’s All Over Your Body’ EP + “Trouble” Free iTunes Single of the Week

 

The anticipation of Jose James’ upcoming album has been steady brewing for a nice little minute now. If you read our interview a few months back, you know that Jose has been signed to the legendary Blue Note Records. If you heard the recent DJ Spinna mix of Jose amazingness, you know that it’s getting pretty damn hard to wait for that album already.

No Beginning No End, Jose’s Blue Note debut, is set to release January 22. But fret not! Fans can stock up on some sweet tunes with today’s release of the It’s All Over Your Body EP. You also may indulge in the pleasure that is “Trouble” being the iTunes free Single of the Week.

Finally, our lovely man will be performing at the iTunes Festival 2012 on September 23 along with none other than label mate Robert Glasper. Using the iTunes Festival App, music lovers far and wide will be able to watch the happenings.

Jose James – “Trouble” [MP3 on iTunes]

Purchase It’s All Over Your Body EP on iTunes

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Explore Blue Note Records’ New Spotify App – Launched Today

 

The legendary Blue Note Records today releases their brand new Spotify app! Journey the label’s entire catalog from 1939 to present, spanning everything from “Jazz to Jay-Z.” Christmas might have come early, if we do say so ourselves. And we are so excited to share the scoop on this one with y’all.

The app allows you to traverse the historic evolution of Blue Note in a profound way:

“from the early jazz of Sidney Bechet to the trailblazing bebop of Thelonious Monk, from Art Blakey’s quintessential hardbop thru Ornette Coleman’s avant-garde flights, from Jimmy Smith’s grinding organ soul jazz leading to Donald Byrd’s funky R&B fusion and on into today’s modern explorations such as Robert Glasper’s unique blend of jazz with hip hop, and beyond.”

Explore the Blue Note catalog using your choice of filter (musical style, era, or instrument), a timeline, or styles (traditions, groove, voices). The app also offers the ability to see who sampled each Blue Note record. Users can purchase Blue Note merch using the app as well. Below, Rolling Stone breaks down the limitless playground that is the sample tracking portal:

“Blue Note partnered with the hip-hop sample database WhoSampled.com for a feature that shows how its catalog has also been matriculated into pop, providing side-by-side examples of the original Blue Note recording and the way it was used. For instance, a drum break from bebop saxophonist Lou Donaldson’s 1969 take on the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” found its way onto Madonna’s 1994 cut “I’d Rather Be Your Lover,” as well as tracks by De La Soul, Joe and Puff Daddy; in the app, you can listen to them all instantly.”

The screen shots of the app in action are a great way to wrap your head around the richness of the app. Check ‘em after the jump – pretty freakin’ incredible it all is.

After peeping the screen shots, pick up a few more details on our release page and the Rolling Stone article.

Download the app for free and get to diggin!

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Screen shots of the Blue Note Spotify app after the jump

Blue Note Reissues Classic Albums by Kenny Burrell and Lee Morgan in Hi-Def Audio

 

Following up their reissue of six history making albums, Blue Note has now just released two more pivotal works in high definition audio.

Kenny Burrell’s Midnight Blue and Lee Morgan’s The Sidewinder are now available as a completely upgraded sonic experience and are bundled with original sleeve notes as well as new photos and package essays.

And yes, you can expect more where that came from.

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