Today Blue Note Records celebrates its 70th birthday. The label was born on January 6, 1939 when a young jazz fan named Alfred Lion recorded two of his favorite boogie-woogie pianists at a New York studio. That first session (Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis - The First Day) proved to be the start of an illustrious history that continues to this day.

Over the course of its seven decades in business, Blue Note has recorded virtually every major figure i
Uber songwriter / producer and 15-time Grammy winner David Foster assembled an all-star lineup for Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, released this November via 143 / Reprise (Warner Bros.).

The stunning collection of artists performed a one-night only show in Las Vegas last spring, which honored his hugely successful four-decade career. The result is the CD / DVD Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, with stand-out performances by Kenny G
A cappella 10-piece Straight No Chaser have just released their Atlantic Records debut, Holiday Spirits, a captivating collection of 14 classic and original Christmas songs. The group is offering fans a free mp3 featuring two new tracks from the album.

Originally formed a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon after their 1998 performance of "The 12 Days of Christmas" became a Y
Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott’s 2-disc CD/DVD Live At Newport hit stores this week on Concord Jazz. The new live album is available to stream in its entirety at AOL Music: http://music.aol.com/songs/new_releases_full_cds

Filmed at the 2008 Newport Jazz Festival, the DVD features the performance, plus a behind-the-scenes look at his preparation for the festival. Christian assembled an all-star band for this performance, which i
Concord Jazz have released an mp3 of a brand new track from the upcoming Christian Scott live CD/DVD Live At Newport, which is due out next week (11.4).

You can download the new track "Died In Love" from the upcoming 2 disc CD/DVD for free here: http://www.otmg.net/mp3/ChristianScott-DiedInLove.mp3

Live At Newport is Christian’s third release and features songs from his two previous albums, Anthem and Rewind That, rel
On November 4, 2008, Concord Jazz will release Christian Scott: Live at Newport, the first-ever live album and DVD from the critically acclaimed and Grammy-nominated 24-year-old trumpeter Christian Scott.

Recorded on August 9, 2008 at the JVC Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, RI, Live at Newport is the follow up to Christian’s sophomore release, Anthem, and his Grammy-nominated debut Rewind That. Both albums received rave rev
Pioneering composer, producer and contemporary Jazz keyboard legend Jeff Lorber makes his Peak Records debut this week with his new album Heard That.

Over three decades after breaking ground as leader of the pioneering Jeff Lorber Fusion, the Philly-born and bred musician keeps the soulful momentum going, collaborating brilliantly on pop, jazz, R&B and blues-influenced tracks and even harkening back a bit to his early Fusion heyday with one of urban
Jeff Lorber is set to make his Peak Records debut with Heard That on September 30th. Heard That is highlighted by the first single, a swinging, bluesy-brass twist on Amy Winehouse’s Grammy winning "Rehab."

Lorber called upon his famous friends during the recording of Heard That; collaborating with the likes of Rex Rideout, trumpet great Rick Braun and Peak label mate and sax icon Gerald Albright.

Rapidly rising Jazz pianist Aaron ParksBlue Note Records debut Invisible Cinema hits stores this week; the whole album is available to stream now at AOL.

Invisible Cinema is a stunning concept record conceived entirely by the 24-year-old, and with his technically involved, melodic and sensitive playing, Parks is setting a new standard for Jazz piano expression. Available now, Invisible Cinema is an acoustic jazz record that evokes sonic
Set for release next week (8.19) Invisible Cinema marks the Blue Note Records debut of up-and-coming pianist/composer Aaron Parks. The album is 10 tracks of classic piano Jazz that also touches on some rock, hip-hop and groove influences, creating a pioneering yet authentic Jazz sound.

Parks came to the attention of Blue Note following a five-year tenure with Terence Blanchard, appearing on three of his acclaimed Blue Note albums (Bounce, Flow
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