Blue Note’s High Notes: The Jazz Label Celebrates 80 Years

January 9, 2019

In 1939, a German-Jewish immigrant (Alfred Lion) and a writer-musician-activist (Max Margulis) founded Blue Note Records, a jazz label, in New York. 2019 marks its 80th anniversary, making it among the oldest American record labels as well as home to some jazz’s most iconic albums — and most relevant contemporary artists, including Robert Glasper, Norah Jones, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

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