Jazz at Harvard: Blue Note’s Record Year
Founded over 70 years ago, Blue Note Records, the label of note for such jazz pioneers as Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie—and now releasing the likes of Norah Jones, Amos Lee and Wynton Marsalis—is the focus of “Blue Note Records, Then and Now,” a year-long celebration sponsored by the Office for the Arts and the Harvard Jazz Bands. Blue Note artists Curtis Fuller (trombone) and Sam Rivers (composer and multi-instrumentalist) will participate in October and November, with Rivers returning in April for the premiere of a newly commissioned work. In addition to concerts on November 12 and April 14, programming will include public conversations, open rehearsals, and exhibitions of artist photographs by the label’s co-founder, Francis Wolff, and Blue Note’s distinctive cover art by graphic artist Reid Miles.
In other jazz news, Wynton Marsalis, the trumpeter/composer and founder of Jazz at Lincoln Center, returned for the second in his series of “Music as Metaphor” lecture-performances presented by the Office of the President in cooperation with the Office of the Provost, Office for the Arts, Department of Music, Office of the Dean for the Arts and Humanities and Harvard Public Affairs and Communications. “The Double Crossing of a Pair of Heels: The Dynamics of Social Dance and American Popular Musics” featured Marsalis with six dancers on Thursday, September 15 at 7 pm in Sanders Theatre.