Celebrating 75 years of Blue Note Records

Blue Note Records – established in 1939 – celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

Founded in New York by record executive Alfred Lion and art director Francis Wolff, Blue Note fast became a renowned jazz label producing John Coltrane’s “Blue Train” and other classic albums from iconic artists such as Herbie Hancock, Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and many others.

Blue Note albums are famous for their cover art. In 1956 Blue Note employed Reid Miles, an artist who worked for Esquire magazine. The cover art produced by Miles, often featuring Wolff’s photographs of musicians in the studio, was as influential in the world of graphic design as the music within would be in the world of jazz.

Blue Note continues to discover and launch impressive talents to a new level.

Library members can Stream Blue Note Records free  by going to Naxos Music Library Jazz  and clicking on Labels. Select “Blue Note” from the A-Z list to view the full list of albums.


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