Blue Note Records: A Spring 'Schwing!'

by Tom Lee

Saxophonist/composer Joe Lovano has been on Harvard's campus this week to rehearse with members of the Harvard Jazz Bands for a concert 8 p.m. Saturday, April 14 at Sanders Theatre, "Blue Note Records, Then and Now: It Must Schwing!" It's the culmination of the Office for the Arts' year-long celebration of the pioneering jazz record label, which will also feature fellow saxophonist/composer—and Blue Note recording artist—Greg Osby.

Also on hand is Michael Cuscuna, a record producer and leading Blue Note discographer whose own label, Mosaic Records, has reissued many classic Blue Note recordings. This week Cuscuna introduced a screening of the documentary Blue Note: a Story of Modern Jazz at the Brattle Theatre; and he and Lovano participated in a panel discussion with Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music, and Michael Heller, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Music.

In the parlance of Blue Note's German emigre founder Alfred Lion, "It must schwing!" And the schwingin' continues on Saturday night!

For tickets to "Blue Note Records, Then and Now: It Must Schwing!", visit the Harvard Box Office or call 617.496.2222. Tickets also available at the door.

[Caption: Joe Lovano in rehearsal with the Harvard Jazz Band (photo by Mark Olson).]

[Caption: Record producer and Blue Note discographer Michael Cuscuna (left) in conversation with Joe Lovano (photo by Mark Olson).]