First Ever UK Blue Note Records Pop Up Store04 November 2019 - Press release
First Ever UK Blue Note Records Pop Up Store To Open In London As Part Of Label’s 80th Anniversary Celebrations
*Taking Place Friday 15th November 1pm Until Saturday 23rd November 2019
Blue Note Records 80th Anniversary Pop Up Store At Coal Drops Yard:
BLUE NOTE 80 STORE
KIOSK 108, LOWER STABLE STREET, COAL DROPS YARD, KING’S CROSS CENTRAL, LONDON N1C
[Opposite Spiritland Kings Cross]
To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the legendary jazz record label, Blue Note Records will open its first ever UK pop up store at Coal Drops Yard, Kings Cross on Friday 15th November to coincide with the opening night of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2019.
The store will offer a one-stop shop for music fans to see and 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).
An array of additional events at the store will be announced across the week with special guest artists, music, cultural speakers and label representatives.
About Blue Note Records:
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 includes John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Art Blakey, Donald Byrd, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, and hundreds of others. Today 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 that record for the company.
Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes (Dir. Sophie Huber) will be broadcast on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer on Friday 15th November at 21:30.
Blue Note Records’ events during the EFG London Jazz Festival 2019
Total Refreshment Centre and Blue Note: Artists & Repertoire
Friday 15 November 2019, 7:15pm
at LONDON Southbank Centre / Queen Elizabeth Hall
Blue Note Special: "It Must Schwing!"
Émile Parisien, Theo Croker, Glenn Ferris, Yaron Herman, Joe Martin and Gerald Cleaver
Monday 18 November 2019, 7:30pm
at LONDON Cadogan Hall
Denys Baptiste: Celebrating Joe Henderson
The Blue Note Years
Saturday 23 November 2019, 9:30pm
at LONDON 606 Club