(June) To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its inception in 1981, Blue Note New York organized the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival in 2011. The festival showcased the upper of upper echelons of jazz and pop musicians in the very best small-to-medium venues in the city. Performers included the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Chaka Khan, Dave Brubeck. Nancy Wilson, Chris Botti, and Madeleine Peyroux. Venues included the world famous Blue Note itself, Joe’s Pub, B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill, the Highline Ballroom, Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, Terminal 5, (Le) Poisson Rouge and Lincoln Center.
Apart from an incredible schedule of concerts, Blue Note Jazz Festival also showcased emerging artists at Mercury Lounge and sponsored a massive program at the Highline Ballroom focusing on the music of Duke Ellington for New York City public school students over three days. Ticket prices ranged from the absurdly inexpensive to the somewhat overpriced (we’re looking at you, Brian Wilson’s “reimagining” of Gershwin classics). We hope Blue Note continues this fantastic month-long event for years to come. While New York City is a hub of jazz activity throughout the year, it’s hard not to be excited (and to keep your wallet closed) for a frenzied month of jazz heaven.
Blue Note Jazz Festival Information
- Other Venues: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street); B.B. Kings Blues Club & Grill (237 West 42nd Street); Highline Ballroom (431 West 16th Street); Beacon Theatre (2124 Broadway); Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street); Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street); (Le) Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street); Lincoln Center (70 Lincoln Center Plaza)
- Public Transportation: All venues are easily accessible by bus and subway
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue
- Performances: 100-120
- Ticket Prices: $20–$125 depending on venue and performer.