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Celebrating 75 Years of Blue Note Records

Jez Nelson presents a celebration of 75 years of Blue Note, one of jazz's most famous record labels, with a band featuring pianist Robert Glasper and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

A celebration of one of jazz's most iconic record labels, with a band featuring Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire in concert at the 2014 EFG London Jazz Festival.

Blue Note Records has sat at the beating heart of jazz history for the past 75 years, from their very first boogie woogie recording in 1939 to its championing of artists at the forefront of the scene today. Pianist Robert Glasper and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire are two names that represent Blue Note's flourishing new generation, and are part of the celebrations at the Royal Festival Hall in a band of Blue Note leaders. Bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Kendrick Scott, guitarist Lionel Loueke and saxophonist Marcus Strickland complete an all-star line-up in one of the most hotly anticipated moments of the festival.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe

First broadcast 15/12/2014.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Lee Morgan

    Sidewinder

    • Sidewinder.
    • Blue Note.
  • Our Point Of View in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 23 November 2014

    • Marcus Strickland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge & Kendrick Scott

      Witch Hunt

      Composer: Wayne Shorter

    • Marcus Strickland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge & Kendrick Scott

      Cycling Through Reality

      Composer: Kendrick Scott

  • Jez and Kevin Le Gendre explore the Blue Note legacy

    • Jackie McLean

      Old Gospel

      Composer: Ornette Coleman

      • New and Old Gospel.
      • Blue Note.
    • Art Blakey

      Toffi

      Composer: Art Blakey

      • Orgy in Rhythm.
      • Blue Note.
    • Greg Osby

      Repay in Kind

      Jason Moran

      • Symbols of Light - A Solution.
      • Blue Note.
    • Bobby Hutcherson

      Ghetto Lights

      Composer: Andrew Hill

      • Dialogue.
      • Blue Note.
    • Donald Byrd

      Think Twice

      Larry Mizell / Sigidi Abdullah / Bradlet Ridgell

      • Stepping into Tomorrow.
      • Blue Note.
  • Our Point Of View in concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on 23 November 2014

    • Marcus Strickland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge & Kendrick Scott

      Freedom Dance

      Composer: Lionel Loueke

    • Marcus Strickland, Ambrose Akinmusire, Lionel Loueke, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge & Kendrick Scott

      Message Of Hope

      Composer: Derrick Hodge

Line up:

Marcus Strickland (tenor sax); Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet); Lionel Loueke (guitar); Robert Glasper (piano); Derrick Hodge (bass); Kendrick Scott (drums)

Jez's copy of Art Blakey's Orgy In Rhythm

Jez's copy of Art Blakey's Orgy In Rhythm

Back Cover signed by Carlos "Patato" Valdés

Back Cover signed by Carlos "Patato" Valdés

Blue Note Band

Blue Note Band
Photo by Andy Sheppard for Serious at EFG London Jazz Festival © 2014

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