The Legendary Blue Note
Celebrates 25th Anniversary With  
Etta James / Taj Mahal Trio, /
Chick Corea /
McCoy Tyner /
Pharoah Sanders / Andre Previn /
Toots Thielemans /  Jane Monheit
/ Dr. John /
Jimmy Heath w/ Bill
Cosby  and much more

New York, NY  September 25, 2006 - Throughout the fall
and winter of 2006, the
Blue Note Jazz Club will
celebrate its 25th Anniversary with the friends and
artists who have helped maintain the venue’s status
as the world’s finest jazz club and restaurant.  

For the last 25 years,  the
Blue Note name has been
synonymous with top-notch jazz, an inviting
atmosphere, and fantastic food.  Boasting clubs in
Milan, Italy; Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka in Japan; and
in Manhattan’s historic Greenwich Village, Blue Note
has played host to the music’s greatest names and
continues to carry the torch for jazz into the 21st
century.

When Blue Note opened back in 1981, jazz was
considered a dying art form, as clubs were
disappearing all over New York City.  To describe
restaurateur and businessman
Danny Bensusan’s
idea to open a
jazz club in the West Village of
Manhattan at that time as “audacious” would have
been an understatement.  The major acts that had
once filled clubs on 52nd St. and elsewhere during
jazz’s hey-day opted to play at festivals and concert
halls over the jazz clubs, which were quickly
becoming obsolete.

Enter Blue Note – where the concept was different
than any other club in the city.  Blue Note’s primary
goal was to bring the
big names back into a jazz club
with an intimate setting where interaction between
the artist and the crowd was close and comfortable.  

In addition, Blue Note sought to replace the typical
underground, dingy jazz clubs of the time with a
modern, supper-club style venue.  From the start, the
likes of Oscar Peterson,
Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy
Gillespie, Johnny Hartman, Billy Eckstine, Tito
Puente,
Lionel Hampton, Ray Brown, George
Benson, and countless other legends flocked to Blue
Note’s stage, many of them returning to a club for the
first time in decades.         

There’s an indescribable, almost magical feeling
when one sees a show at Blue Note.  What makes
Blue Note so special  beyond its historical
significance to the music and New York City comes
from the notion that on a given night, anything can
happen.  

Over the years, patrons have witnessed the likes of
Stevie Wonder come on stage for an impromptu
serenade,
Bill Cosby run up to announce the band,
and
Tony Bennett sit in the audience to watch his
favorite performers, and so much more.  It’s been a
hang out for legends like
Dizzy Gillespie and Ray
Charles.  Pop legends such as
Sting and Billy Joel
have come to pay their respects to
Blue Note to join
their favorite jazz musicians on stage.  The result is
an entire audience who could say “I was at Blue Note
when…” and patrons keep coming back to see what
might happen on any given night.

After 25 years, Blue Note has become a cultural
institution of New York City, and has supported and
educated the community since its inception.

In 2004, the venue furthered its commitment to enrich
and educate by initiating its Master Classes. Master
Classes allow the public to engage and interact with
a master artist and learn from that artist about his or
her own music as well as about composition, artistry
and musicianship.  

Blue Note’s worldwide presence has contributed to
the city’s tourism, bringing in jazz fans from Asia,
Europe and South America.  

Its success can be attributed to
Danny Bensusan,
who has worked tirelessly with his family and staff to
build jazz’s most famous franchise, Blue Note
International.   

During Blue Note New York’s 7th anniversary year,
the dream of a Blue Note in Tokyo came to fruition
through Blue Note International, with legendary
vocalist Tony Bennett as the first week’s act.  
Following Tokyo’s success, Blue Note Osaka was
opened in 1990 followed by Blue Note Nagoya in
2002, satisfying the need for jazz clubs in Japan.  
Blue Note added a list of festivals in Japan and
cruises around the world to its growing list of
accomplishments.  

In 2003, the franchise opened Blue Note Milan in Italy,
bringing the Blue Note name to an astonishing total
of three continents.  

In addition to the big names the Blue Note has
opened its doors to emerging jazz artists of New York
City with the
Monday Night series.  Jazz has changed
shape and form since its inception, taking on
elements of rock, funk, dance, and hip-hop music
over the years.  

To remain on the cutting edge,
Blue Note launched
the
Late Night Groove Series, featuring soul, hip-hop,
R&B, and funk artists twice a week.  While the series
has remained true to jazz tradition by ensuring
improvisation, the house is always packed with fans
of all genres of music.  

Sept 25-27
MICHEL CAMILO + TOMATITO DUO  
ONLY US APPEARANCE

Sept 28-29
FOURPLAY

Sept 30-Oct 1
ANDRÉ PREVIN & DAVID FINCK
produced by Jill Newman productions

October 2
JABANE ENSEMBLE with special guest TALIB KWELI
featuring Robert Glasper, Chris Dave, Derrick Hodge
& TALIB KWELI
produced by
Jill Newman Prodcutions

October 3-8
THE RAY BROWN TRIBUTE BAND featuring
Christian McBride, Benny Green and Greg
Hutchinson + Special Guest
DEE DEE
BRIDGEWATER

October 9
PABLO ZIEGLER QUARTET + EDMAR CASTANEDA

October 10
ETTA JAMES & THE ROOTS BAND in her Blue Note
Debut (8pm)

October 11-15
JIMMY HEATH:  LITTLE MAN BIG BAND
80th Birthday Celebration with special guests:
BILL COSBY (10/11-12), CLARK TERRY (10/13-14),
JAMES MOODY (10/15)

October 16
ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY

October 17-22
THE DIZZY GILLESPIE ALUMNI ALL-STARS
featuring Slide Hampton,
Roy Hargrove, James
Moody, Benny Green, Roberta Gambarini, John Lee,
Dennis Mackrel,
Paquito D'Rivera  

October 23-27
MILTON NASCIMENTO

October 28
DR. JOHN       ONE NIGHT ONLY!

October 29
JO THOMPSON & THE J.C. HEARD JAZZ
ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY WALT SZYMANSKI

October 30-31
KD3: KARL DENSON TRIO

Nov 1-6
TOOTS THIELEMANS & KENNY WERNER with
OSCAR CASTRO-NEVES & AIRTO
Special guests each night TBA except:
OLETA ADAMS  (Nov. 1-2)
MADELEINE PEYROUX (Nov. 5)

Nov 7-12
CHICK COREA ELEKTRIC BAND
featuring Victor Wooten, Frank Gambale, Eric
Marienthal & Dave Weckl

Nov 13
JANE MONHEIT  ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Nov 14-19
CHICK COREA FOREVER AND BEYOND – featuring:
Steve Gadd, Anthony Jackson, Kenny Garrett, Frank
Gambale

The music from classic albums: The Leprechaun, My
Spanish Heart, the Mad Hatter & Friends


Nov 20
AMEL LARRIEUX
produced by Jill Newman Productions

Nov 21-26
DAVID SANBORN

Nov 27
Another Side Series:
GARY BARTZ / MULGREW MILLER DUET
produced by
Jill Newman Productions

Nov 28-30
OTTMAR LIEBERT

Dec 1 – 3
CACHAO

Dec 4
FREDDIE HUBBARD and the NEW JAZZ
COMPOSERS OCTET  ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Dec 5-10
GAL COSTA

Dec 11-13
TAJ MAHAL TRIO

Dec 14-17
THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER

Dec 19-24
CHRIS BOTTI

SUNDAY BRUNCH***
All Brunches at 12:30pm & 2:30pm
unless otherwise noted

October 1
JEAN-MICHEL PILC & THE NYU FACULTY QUARTET

October 8
MANNY DURAN SEXTET

October 15
JAY LEONHART, WYCLIFFE GORDON, ERIC REED

October 22
JAY LEONHART, WYCLIFFE GORDON, ERIC REED

October 29
TED CURSON QUARTET

Nov 5
JIM McNEELY & THE NYU FACULTY QUARTET

Nov 12
JUNIOR MANCE TRIO

Nov 19
JAY LEONHART, WYCLIFFE GORDON, ERIC REED

Nov 26
JAY LEONHART & WYCLIFFE GORDON DUO

Dec 10
BENNY POWELL TRIO

Dec 17
FRANK WESS QUARTET

LATE NIGHT GROOVE SERIES***
All Shows begin at 12:30am


Sept. 29
NEIL ALEXANDER & NAIL featuring keyboardist from
THE MACHINE

October 6
DJ LOGIC & FRIENDS

October 7
DJ LOGIC & FRIENDS

October 13
GORDON STONE BAND

October 20
ADAM DEITCH PROJECT

October 21
ADAM DEITCH PROJECT

October 27
VIRGINIA COALITION

October 28
SKERIK’S SYNCOPATED TAINT SEPTET

Nov 10
HENRY BUTLER

Nov 11
LIQUID SOUL

Nov 18
WILL CALHOUN & FRIENDS

Nov 24
JOHN ELLIS + GUESTS

Nov 25
JOHN ELLIS + GUESTS

Dec 1
VINX

Dec 2
FRANK & JOE SHOW w/ FAREED HAQUE

Dec 8
JACOB FRED JAZZ ODDESY

Dec 9
JACOB FRED JAZZ ODDESY

Dec 16
CHRIS ROB

Dec 22-23
MIKE CLARK, DONALD HARRISON & JERRY Z

Dec 29
SAM KININGER & GUESTS

Dec 30
SAM KININGER & GUESTS