Blue Note Entertainment hosted the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival as a result of celebration of the Blue Note’s 30th Anniversary in 2011.

The festival featured over 80 performances in 15 venues throughout New York City.

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Blue Note Jazz Festival

Blue Note Jazz Club was opened on September 30, 1981, by owner and founder Danny Bensusan, with the Nat Adderley Quintet being the featured performers for the night.

Bensusan’s belief was that if he brought big acts into a comfortable environment with great food, he could pack the house night after night.

The Blue Note quickly became one of the first venues in the country to present jazz in an intimate and upscale setting.

Due to to this achievement Mr. Bensusan has been credited with revitalizing jazz in New York City.

In that time legendary jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton and Ray Charles performed their magic on a regularly basis.

Contemporary jazz masters for example Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and Chris Botti have also graced the Blue Note stage.

Mr. Bensusan led the expansion of the Blue Note brand overseas by spearheading the opening of Blue Note jazz clubs in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, as well as in Milan, Italy.

The Howard once launched the careers of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes

Blue Note Entertainment Group re-opened the famed Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C., in April 2012. By that time the theater had been closed for thirty years.

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Blue Note in China in 2017

In 2015, Blue Note opened its first location in Hawaii.

The organization also announced the opening of Blue Note Napa Valley in 2016 as well as three Blue Notes in China by 2017 (beginning with Beijing in 2016).

In addition to owning and operating the Blue Note, B.B. King Blues Club, Highline Ballroom, The Howard Theatre, and Subrosa (its latest venue located in New York City’s Meatpacking District), Blue Note Entertainment Group currently books talent for Regattabar in Boston, MA.

Blue Note is located at 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY 10012, United States.

With over 100 events in ten venues throughout New York City the 2016 Blue Note Jazz Festival was a must attend event. It featured artist like Al Jarreau, Kamasi Washington, Bilal and Avishai Cohen Trio.

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