To coincide with the opening of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2019, Blue Note Records has today opened its first ever UK pop-up store at Kiosk 108 (opposite Spiritland) in Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. There will be a special live set from Steam Down at 5pm this evening.
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes, the critically acclaimed documentary from director Sophie Huber released through Eagle Rock earlier this year, also gets its UK television premiere tonight on BBC Four at 9.30pm.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, The Blue Note London store will offer a one-stop shop for music fans to see and experience the iconic label. It will feature exclusive framed canvas artwork, Blue Note 80 prints, audio & visual installations, exclusive merchandise (T-shirts & Tote-bags), plus vinyl, CDs, DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the recent highly acclaimed film Blue Note Records Beyond The Notes (Director; Sophie Huber), and a special revised 80th anniversary edition of the celebrated book; Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression: The Finest in Jazz Since 1939 by the late Richard Havers (Thames & Hudson).
An array of additional events at the store will be announced across the week with special guest artists, music, cultural speakers and label representatives.
Today, Blue Note is regarded as one of the most iconic jazz record labels in the world and its music legacy has paved the way not just in jazz, but for music and culture in general. The unique and striking album cover art that the LPs display is often imitated but never equalled.
The highly respected and much-loved artists that have recorded for Blue Note over the past eight decades includes John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, and hundreds of others. Today the label is still going strong under the watchful eyes and ears of its President Don Was, who still maintains the label’s 80-year-old philosophy of allowing artistic freedom for all the label’s musicians.