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The Blue Note Jazz Club Announces its 2nd Annual Jazz Festival
The Blue Note, a legendary jazz club and cultural institution located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, has announced the festival they will be sponsoring this summer. The 2012 Blue Jazz Festival will be their second rendition of educating the masses about rock and roll’s older brother, jazz. Last year, they organized the festival in order to celebrate the thirty years of rich musical history that has occurred at the Blue Note. Blue Note President Steven Bensusan said, “Last year, we used the festival as a way to look back on our illustrious 30 year history in Greenwich Village and celebrate with the people of New York. With the 2012 Blue Note Jazz Festival, we are looking forward, both musically and developmentally.” It will include over fifty performances throughout the city.
In order to provide knowledge and entertainment to the NYC public, Blue Note has partnered up with NYU and JazzReach, a nonprofit company. There will be educational programs and faculty shows that will bring about a host of new listeners to the jazz scene. The Blue Note will also host to the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards on June 20 which will celebrate the accomplishments of jazz musicians and individuals in the music industry.
The festival will take place from June 10th to June 30th at various locations such as the Highline Ballroom, B.B. King Blues Club, Central Park Summerstage, and the Apollo Theatre. If you’re not a huge jazz fan, don’t worry. There’s a little something for everyone’s taste. “This year’s performances go beyond jazz to include everything from flamenco, soul and Latin to tap, blues and R&B, all with the common thread of improvisation.” The festival’s roster includes performances by jazz masters, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, and Jack DeJohnette. There will be international acts such as Buika, Bela Fleck (watch Bela Fleck and the Flecktones preform Sinister Minister below), Michel Camilo, and the Flamenco Soul Project and mainstream hip hop artists such as Soulive, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Questlove, Black Thought and Rhzael. The list in extensive and includes many more talented musicians.
Ticket information and full schedule of events can be found at the official website, www.BlueNoteJazzFestival.com.
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