Thursday, June 7, 2012

Blue Note Jazz Festival June 10 - 30 2012 in New York City

From a media release:

Blue Note Jazz Festival
Various Venues in New York City
June 10 - 30, 2012

After an extraordinarily successful first year, the Blue Note Jazz Festival will return from June 10 – 30, 2012 with over fifty shows throughout New York City.

The 2012 Festival will feature numerous high-profile international and local acts such as McCoy Tyner, Bela Fleck, Soulive, Buika, Kathleen Battle, Groove Theory, Stanley Clarke & George Duke, Michel Camilo, Cassandra Wilson, ?questlove, Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Scott, Black Thought & Rahzel with Strings and many more.

About the Blue Note: Blue Note Entertainment Group was founded in 1981 by Danny Bensusan with the opening of the legendary Blue Note jazz club in New York's Greenwich Village. The Blue Note quickly became one of the first venues in the country to present jazz in an intimate, upscale setting, and Mr. Bensusan has been credited with revitalizing jazz in New York City. Over the years, legendary jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton and Ray Charles, as well as contemporary jazz masters Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and Chris Botti have all graced the Blue Note stage. Mr. Bensusan led the expansion of the Blue Note brand overseas by spearheading the opening of Blue Note jazz clubs in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, as well as in Milan, Italy. In celebration of the Blue Note's 30th Anniversary in 2011, Blue Note Entertainment hosted the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival which featured over 80 performances in 15 venues throughout New York City during the month of June.

In 2000, Blue Note Entertainment Group opened B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square, NY, which continues to feature some of the biggest names in blues, rock, hip-hop and pop music. 2007 marked the opening of the Highline Ballroom, a state-of-the-art venue located in the heart of Chelsea that has hosted marquee artists from Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana to Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Amy Winehouse. In April, 2012, Blue Note Entertainment Group will re-open the famed Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C. which has been closed for thirty years. The Howard once launched the careers of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, and The Supremes, among others, and Blue Note Entertainment Group is dedicated to presenting music legends, cultivating new talent and revitalizing the music-loving community of Washington, D.C. and its surrounding areas.

In addition to owning and operating the Blue Note, B.B. King Blues Club, the Highline Ballroom and the Howard Theatre, Blue Note Entertainment Group currently books talent for the Regattabar in Boston, MA, Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA, and the Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore, MD. Subsidiaries of Blue Note Entertainment Group include the Grammy-nominated record label Half Note Records, whose catalogue includes over fifty titles recorded live at the Blue Note, as well as Blue Note Management Group, which boasts jazz legend McCoy Tyner as a client.

Check the Schedule for full Details


Bela Fleck with Marcus Roberts Trio (pictured above)

Blue Note - June 10   

Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def
Apollo Theatre - June 14
Groove Theory / Soulive / Black Thought & Rahzel with Strings & DJ Questlove
Central Park Summerstage June 17    

McCoy Tyner & Charles Tolliver Big Band Africa Brass
Blue Note - June 21-24

Buika (pictured right)
Highline Ballroom - June 24   
Stanley Clarke & George Duke
BB King Blues Club - June 26   

Highline Ballroom - June 10
Savion Glover with Special Guests McCoy Tyner, Jack Dejohnette & Roy Haynes
Blue Note - June 12-17   

Bootsy Collins
BB King Blues Club - June 13

Little Richard
BB King Blues Club - June 14

The Commodores

BB King Blues Club - June 16   

The Manhattan Transfer
BB King Blues Club - June 19

Jason Moran & Herlin Riley Duet
Blue Note  - June 20   

Average White Band
BB King Blues Club - June 20   

Nolafunk Summer Solstice Party: Tab Benoit & Eric Lindell
Henry Street Playhouse at the Abrons Arts Center - June 20 & 21
The Rolling Stones Project ft. Tim Ries with Bernard Fowler & Darryl Jones of the Rolling Stones (pictured left)
Highline Ballroom  - June 22

Stephanie Mills
BB King Blues Club - June 23

Leon Redbone
Henry Street Playhouse at the Abrons Arts Center - June 23
Afro Blue
BB King Blues Club - June 24

Meshell Ndegeocello (pictured below)
Highline Ballroom - June 28
Cassandra Wilson
Blue Note - June 28 - 30

Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars
Highline Ballroom - June 29

Spectrum Road featuring Jack Bruce, John Medeski, Vernon Reid & Cindy Blackman-Santana
BB King Blues Club - June 29

Sunday Gospel Brunch with the HARLEM GOSPEL CHOIR
BB King Blues Club - June 10, 17 & 24

Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Blue Note
June 10 - Kate Davis
June 17 - Julian Lage
June 24 - Judi Silvano

Late Night Groove Series at the Blue Note
June 15 - Kung Fu
June 16 - EMEFE
June 22 - Toussaint
June 23 - Vladimir Cetkar
June 30 - Adam Deitch Project

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