New York City is a beacon, a magnet, an oasis of culture. To many, it is The Center Of It All.
For tourists; it’s the Statue Of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the sad ghostly space of the World Trade Center. For artists and art fans it’s the Guggenheim, the Museum Of Modern Art, the allure of the streets that Andy Warhol walked. For lovers of literature it’s the Strand Book Store, the New York Public Library, the Algonquin Hotel. Oh, but for music fans it might be the best place of all: for classical buffs it’s Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Opera; for popular music fans it’s Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden; for rockers the sadly defunct Bottom Line and CBGB’s, now replaced by the Living Room and The Kitchen; and maybe best of all, for the jazz aficionado there is The Blue Note.
Although The Blue Note first opened its doors at the dawn of the 1980’s it carries the resonance of a longtime fixture of the New York City jazz scene. As one of the Blue Note’s managers says simply of what is arguably the world’s most popular jazz club, "This is it." This is it, indeed. Jazz legends that had left clubs behind for the concert stage decades before Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown soon rediscovered a home at The Blue Note; delighting in its intimacy, honoring and valuing the performer’s proximity to the true jazz fan. More recent additions to the rich tapestry of America’s music that have trod that stage, literally following in the footsteps of those legends of jazz include Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Lee Ritenour and John Scofield.
Now jazz legend Carmen Lundy makes her first appearance ever at The Blue Note on September 21 & 22, 2010. Ms. Lundy will bring her show "The Carmen Lundy Songbook Experience" east from California to the streets and thoroughfares of New York City. Ms. Lundy will be featured on vocals and joining her for the Blue Note engagement will be a trio consisting of Anthony Wonsey on piano, Darryl Hall on bass, and Jamison Ross on drums. Ms. Lundy says of the engagement, "I am very excited about my upcoming dates at The Blue Note. It’s always been a dream of mine to play The Blue Note because it provides one of the most intimate settings for both vocalist and music lover."
About Carmen Lundy and Afrasia ProductionsMs. Lundy is a diverse and eclectic artist, having dabbled in everything from Broadway theatre to teaching to painting in addition to her career as a composer and jazz vocalist. She has recorded 11 CDs renowned for their innovative spin on new and classical jazz tunes. For over three decades Carmen Lundy has been delighting those who appreciate her soulful vocalizations and creative arrangements. A collection of over 40 original compositions can be found in Ms. Lundy’s Jazz Songbook, available through Afrasia Productions. Afrasia Productions is a collaborative effort between Ms. Lundy and producer Elisabeth Oei. This new label is aimed at not only showcasing the artist and composer’s works, but those of up-and-coming musicians and vocalists. Afrasia’s goal is to bring scores melding the best of new music with traditional jazz roots to listeners who enjoy the genre and those who are just beginning to develop an appreciation.
$25 for table reservations + $5 minimum, or a $20 cover at the bar. Show times are 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm
Address: 131 W 3rd St
New York NY 10012+1208
Telephone: (212) 475-8592
Web Site: www.bluenote.net