On 7 January 1967, saxophone player-bandleader Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley surprised everyone by entering the Billboard Hot 100 with 'Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.'
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
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.
From country to rock, jazz to hip-hop, these personas embody a specific moment in an artist’s development.
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.
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.
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.
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
Venerable jazz trombonist George “Buster” Cooper, who played with Duke Ellington and for numerous US presidents in a distinguished career, died on 13 May.
A Big Star tribute was filmed in LA for the planned Concord DVD release ‘Thank You, Friends’ .
Storied saxophone player Charles Lloyd has signed with Blue Note, and will have his first album for the label in more than 30 years released in April.