Blue Note Records is celebrating its 85th Anniversary with a U.S. Tour. In honor of the eight-and-a-half-decade milestone, the Blue Note Quintet will perform at St. Cecilia Music Center Thursday, Jan. 18.
The record label that brought blues into the homes and hearts of the masses will pay tribute to the numerous famous artists it has signed and promoted over its eight- and-a-half decades in show business. John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Lena Horne, Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, and Herbie Hancock are just a few of the many musicians who became household names thanks to the efforts of the iconic recording company.
The Blue Note Quintet was brought together specifically for the occasion of honoring the label’s rich history with this unique tour. Six-time Grammy Award nominee Gerald Clayton leads the band as musical director and pianist. Rounding out the group is vibraphonist Joel Ross, Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, Drummer Kendrick Scott, and Bassist Matt Brewer.
“Gerald Clayton is one of the most accomplished, distinctive and innovative pianists performing today” said Don Was, Blue Note label’s President since 2012. Listen to an interview with Was here.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m., with a post-concert reception at 9 p.m. Only a few tickets remain. Purchase them here.