Don Was is a widely-respected artist, record label boss and hugely in-demand A-list producer.
From Robert Glasper to Kandace Springs, Gregory Porter and GoGo Penguin, there are many Blue Note musicians keeping jazz relevant as the label turns 80.
With ‘Lean On Me’, musical shape-shifter José James pays tribute to soul legend Bill Withers, “to celebrate his life and what he means to us”.
Burt Bacharach, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Macy Gray are also among the big names who have already been announced for the event.
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.
'Lovely Day' is taken from James' new Bill Withers tribute album 'Lean On Me', released by Blue Note on 28 September.
The Blue Note vocal stylist will release a collection of Withers' celebrated songs on 28 September 2018.
Blue Note jazz stylist José James is recast as a powerful contemporary R&B figurehead on Love in a Time of Madness, to be released on 24 February, 2017.
It's proved to be a great year for new jazz releases, one of the best in a long, long, time. Time to round up a list of 20 essential jazz albums from...
Named as “The Best Jazz Festival on The Planet” with over 2,000 artists, over 50 venues and over 300 gigs, it's also one of the biggest.
“Somehow when I listen to other singers of that era, I’m very much aware that it’s the 40s or the 50s. But with Billie, I never get that feeling.”
Billie Holiday’s centenary, on 7 April, was the impetus for Universal Japan’s jazz team to conceive an album with an exciting jazz talent – José James.
Jazz trumpeter Takuya Kuroda is one of the most forward-thinking musicians around today.
José James’ musical blend features jazz, soul, hip-hop, rock & his many other influences, all displayed on his Blue Note album ‘While You Were Sleeping.’