The famed Blue Note record label is being featured in an exhibit at the Grammy Museum at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles. It is the 75th anniversary of the jazz record label and the exhibit will be on display until October of 2014. The Blue Note label began in 1939 in New York City and the exhibit will include historical artifacts plus a baby grand piano owned by the legendary Thelonious Monk. The Blue Note Records website is http://www.bluenote.com.
The viewing area of the exhibit is in the Mike Curb Gallery on the museum's fourth floor through October of this year. The exhibit also features audio and video recordings from Blue Note artists available for viewing and listening. Also on display are handwritten lyrics and sheet music from various Blue Note artists from the past and present, original concert posters, handbills, album art work and so much more. Blue Note is one of the longest running jazz labels in the world. The label has covered Swing, Bebop, Avant-Garde, Boogie Woogie, Soul Jazz, Fusion and more in its history.
The museum hours are 11:30 am to 7:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday, the museum hours are 10:00 am to 7:30 pm. There were so many great artists who were on the Blue Note label at one time or another. They include: The 3 Sounds featuring Gene Harris on piano, Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums. The great Bud Powell, Kenny Burrell, Cannonball Adderley, trumpeter LeeMorgan, the Horace Silver Quintet, Sonny Clark, saxophonist Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, organist Jimmy Smith, the Lou Donaldson Quintet and trumpeter Miles Davis performed on the label.
Indeed there is so much history and great music on the Blue Note label. There are other artists who were part of bands on the label that were major influences in jazz including: Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, Percy Heath, Donald Byrd, Paul Chambers and Art Farmer. You can visit the Grammy Museum website at http://www.grammymuseum.org to get more information.