Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Smith, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Betty Carter, Cecil Taylor, Cassandra Wilson, Jason Moran - the history of Blue Note Records is the history of jazz.
Now, on the 70th anniversary of the label's first recording, Gary Giddins brings together Blue Note's current president, Bruce Lundvall, and one of its brightest talents, world-renowned saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano, for a conversation about the history of jazz, the label's unparalleled success and legacy, and the state of the recording industry.
Gary Giddins is a jazz critic, author, and director, best known for his longtime work with The Village Voice. Giddins has received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award, and the Bell Atlantic Award for Visions of Jazz: The First Century in 1998. His other books include Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams—The Early Years, 1903–1940, which won the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award and the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Sound Research; Weatherbird: Jazz at the Dawn of Its Second Century; Faces in the Crowd; Natural Selection; and biographies of Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. He has won an unparalleled six ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Peabody Award in Broadcasting.
Joe Lovano is a post bop jazz saxophonist, alto clarinetist, flautist, and drummer.
Since the late 1980s, Lovano has been one of the world's premiere tenor saxophone players, earning a Grammy award and several nods on Down Beat magazine's critics' and readers' polls.
Bruce Lundvall is the President of Blue Note Records, a jazz music label.
Blue Note CEO Bruce Lundvall remembers signing Norah Jones to his record label. Lundvall says Jones’ first album was never released because it was "overproduced." After finding a new producer, her subsequent album went on to sell 23 million copies.