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In 2009, Blue Note Records-one of the world’s most legendary labels-will celebrate two milestones when it commemorates both the 70th anniversary of the label’s founding by Alfred Lion, as well as the 25th anniversary of its re-launch in 1984 under current President Bruce Lundvall, with a global celebration. In events befitting a label known for offering The Finest In Jazz Since 1939, the coming year will feature the music, imagery and legend of Blue Note with a range of multi-media offerings, including live concerts, special digital and physical re-issues and new releases, The Blue Note 7; an all-star tribute band of current jazz luminaries, book releases, festival honors, merchandise and much more.

Since its very first recording session on January 6, 1939, Blue Note has grown from a small independent label to become the world’s premiere and longest-running Jazz label. Today, Blue Note boasts a legendary catalog that includes such Jazz icons as Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill and Ornette Coleman. The label’s current Jazz roster keeps the tradition going, and includes many of today’s most important voices such as Patricia Barber, Terence Blanchard, Bill Charlap Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke, Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Moran, Aaron Parks, Dianne Reeves, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Cassandra Wilson. And under Lundvall’s watch, Blue Note has tastefully broadened its music pallet beyond jazz to include such acclaimed artists as Priscilla Ahn, Anita Baker, Al Green, Norah Jones, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson and the bird and the bee.

The Bird and The Bee have a show scheduled at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on March 7th. Tickets are already on sale. One day earlier the band is also playing a show in Brooklyn. Tickets are also already on sale for that.

The Bird and the Bee‘s new album Ray Guns Are Not Just The Future will be released by Blue Note Records on January 27, 2009. You can hear a track from that at MySpace. Grab their non-album, new cover of Rihanna‘s “Don’t Stop the Music” above. All dates below…

The Bird & The Bee – 2009 Tour Dates
Feb 5 – Casbah San Diego, California
Feb 6 – Museum of Natural History Los Angeles, California
Feb 7 – Soho Santa Barbara, California
Feb 9 – The Independent San Francisco, California
Feb 11 – Doug Fir Lounge Portland, Oregon
Feb 12 – Chop Suey Seattle, Washington
Mar 3 – Stage One Fairfield, Connecticut
Mar 4 – Barnes at Wolf Trap Vienna, Virginia
Mar 5 – Tin Angel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mar 6 – The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
Mar 7 – Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall New York, New York

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