Founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion, Blue Note is loved, respected, and revered as one of the most important record labels in the history of music.
Blue Note is unquestionably the most iconic jazz label there's ever been. Here are 50 highlights from the legendary imprint.
On January 7, 1967, saxophone player-bandleader Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley surprised everyone by entering the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.'
A musically-diverse collection of 29 singles and albums made the cut.
On her Grammy-winning album, ‘How Glad I Am,’ Nancy Wilson established herself as a singular storyteller able to switch effortlessly between pop, jazz and R&B
The saxophonist's name isn't as known as among non-jazz fans these days, but he should be remembered as a pioneer and innovator.
The Grammy Award-winning bandleader is the latest guest on ‘Craft Recordings Presents: Shoplifting’
From country to rock, jazz to hip-hop, these personas embody a specific moment in an artist’s development.
Recorded on 9 March 1958, Somethin’ Else features interplay between Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis and everyone with a love of jazz should own it.
Recorded live at Capitol Studios, in front of family and friends, ‘Mercy, Mercy, Mercy’ transformed “the new Charlie Parker” into an unlikely 60s pop star.
Gil Evans was one of the most important arrangers in the history of jazz.
Including career-defining sessions that continue to make their influence felt, the best jazz albums of all time offer a wealth of stunning, must-hear music.
The vocalist recorded more than 70 albums, hosted her own TV series and was a fearless campaigner in the civil rights movement.
Revered jazz drummer Louis Hayes has signed with Blue Note, and will release a tribute album to Horace Silver, with whom he played in the 1950s, in May.
Norman Granz and the Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts made Jazz, Black AND White and changed the face of modern music