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Blue Note at 80: Pop-up to Celebrate Iconic Music Label

Blue Note, the legendary jazz record label is celebrating its 80th anniversary with its first-ever pop-up store in the UK. The shop will open at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross on Friday 15 November to coincide with the opening night of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2019 with special performances at some west London venues. 

The store will also offer a one-stop shop for music fans to experience the iconic label. It will feature exclusive framed canvas artwork, Blue Note 80 prints, audio & visual installations, exclusive merchandise (T-shirts & Tote-bags), plus vinyl, CDs, DVD and Blu-Ray copies of the recent highly acclaimed film Blue Note Records Beyond The Notes (Director; Sophie Huber), and a special revised 80th anniversary edition of the celebrated book; Blue Note: Uncompromising Expression: The Finest in Jazz Since 1939 by the late Richard Havers (Thames & Hudson).

Many more events at the store will be announced across the week with special guest artists, music, cultural speakers and label representatives.

Iconic Record Label

Iconic label: Blue Note’s heritage will be celebrated at London Jazz Festival

In 1939, two jazz artists, Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis entered a rented studio in New York to make a recording for a German Jewish immigrant; Alfred Lion. The recordings were funded by an American artist, music teacher and writer named Max Margulis, and with the help of Lion’s childhood friend Francis Wolff, the three of them established one of the most important record labels in jazz history – Blue Note Records.

Today, Blue Note is regarded as one of the most iconic jazz record labels in the world and its music legacy has paved the way not just in jazz, but for music and culture in general. The unique and striking album cover art that the LPs display is often imitated but never equalled. The highly respected and much-loved artists that have recorded for Blue Note over the past eight decades reads like a who’s who of jazz royalty; John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, and many more. The label is still going strong under the watchful eyes and ears of its President Don Was, who still maintains the label’s 80-year-old philosophy of allowing artistic freedom for the musicians in its stable. 

Blue Note 80 store kiosk 108, Lower Stable Street, Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross, London N1C

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