Tri-C Hosts Tour Celebrating Blue Note Records’ 80th Anniversary

Wed 11/13 @ 7:30PM

From its early days of releasing traditional jazz to its later incarnation as the home of such artists as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Art Blakey, Blue Note Records has been synonymous with high-quality jazz since its founding in 1939. In the book Ninth Street Women, about the women who drove the abstract expressionist art scene in New York in the mid 20th century, Dutch emigre painter Piet Mondrian’s passion for jazz is show by the “stack of Blue Note records to which he danced barefoot in his studio.”

The label was dormant for a period of around a decade in the late ’70s and early ’80s, but its revival has included many contemporary artists. Its catalog has also been widely sampled on hip-hop records, especially among “Native Tongues” and other progressive hip-hop artists.

Honoring its 80th birthday, the label has mounted a tour featuring jazz.soul vocalist and pianist Kandace Springs, reeds player James Carter and keyboardist James Francies, each of whom will do a separate set. The tour will stop at the John P. Murphy Foundation Theatre on the Tri-C Metro campus. Tickets are $35, $27.50 for Tri-C JazzFest pass holders and members, and $5 for students with valid ID.

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