Jazz Septet “The Blue Note 7″ Gives Tribute To Blue Note Records: Releases new album “Mosaic, A Celebration of Blue Note Records”

On January 13, 2009, Blue Note Records will commemorate the label’s 70th anniversary with the release of Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records. It is an eight-song collection of classic Blue Note repertoire re-envisioned by jazz septet The Blue Note 7.

They are an all-star septet comprising pianist, musical director, and current Blue Note recording artist Bill Charlap with trumpeter Nicholas Payton, tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, alto saxophonist/flutist Steve Wilson, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash.

The album is produced by Charlap, Michael Cuscuna and Eli Wolf, and executive produced by Danny Melnick, founder of the event production company Absolutely Live Entertainment, which will be producing The Blue Note 7′s extensive 51-city North American tour launching January 7.

Producer Charlap added that each tune on Mosaic is arranged by a band member with the exception of two tracks arranged by pianist Renee Rosnes: McCoy Tyner’s “Search for Peace” and Herbie Hancock’s “Dolphin Dance.” Other tracks include Cedar Walton’s “Mosaic,” written for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and arranged by Nash; Joe Henderson’s “Inner Urge,” arranged by Payton; Bobby Hutcherson’s “Little B’s Poem” and Thelonious Monk’s “Criss Cross,” both arranged by Wilson; Duke Pearson’s “Idle Moments,” written for guitarist Grant Green and arranged by Bernstein; and Horace Silver’s “The Outlaw,” arranged by Charlap.

Charlap points out that song choice was determined by the band’s desire to cover diverse tunes with different moods and arranging approaches. Although each member stands out as a star and leader on their own, it is their cohesiveness as one unit that makes the band.

2009 Tour Dates & Information:

1/7 Yakima, WA Seasons Performance Hall
1/8 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
1/10 Eugene, OR The Shedd
1/11 Klamath Falls, OR Ross Ragland Theatre
1/13 Davis, CA UC Davis/Mondavi Center/Jackson Hall
1/14 Napa, CA Napa Valley Opera House
1/15 Berkeley, CA UC Berkeley/Zellerbach Hall
1/16 Beaver Creek, CO Vilar Center for the Arts
1/17 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
1/19 Santa Cruz, CA Kuumbwa Jazz
1/21 Santa Barbara, CA UCSB/Campbell Hall
1/22 Los Angeles, CA UCLA/Royce Hall
1/23-24 Costa Mesa, CA Orange Co. Performing Arts Center
1/27 San Diego, CA Anthology Club
1/28 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center
1/29 Wickenburg, AZ Del E. Webb Center
1/30 Tucson, AZ University of Arizona/Centennial Hall
2/17 Boone, NC Appalachian State Univ./Farthing Auditorium
2/18 Nashville, TN Vanderbilt University/Langford Auditorium
2/20 Kansas City, MO The Gem Theater
2/21 Omaha, NE Holland Performing Arts Center/Kiewit Hall
2/22 St Louis, MO Sheldon Concert Hall
2/24 Meridian, MS Mississippi State University/Riley Center
2/26 Baton Rouge, LA Shaw Center for the Arts/Manship Theatre
2/27 Lafayette, LA Heymann Performing Arts Center
2/28 Birmingham, AL Alys Stevens Center/Jemison Concert Hall
3/1 Germantown, TN Germantown Performing Arts Centre
3/13 Detroit, MI Orchestra Hall/ Max M. Fisher Music Center
3/14 Lexington, KY Singletary Center for the Arts
3/15 Louisville, KY Kentucky Center for Performing Arts
3/16 Chicago, IL Columbia College Chicago (Private Event)
3/18 Norman, OK Sooner Theatre
3/19 Columbia, MO Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts
3/20 Chicago, IL Chicago Symphony Center/Orchestra Hall
3/21 Appleton, WI Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
3/23 Sheboygan, WI Lakeland College/ Bradley Fine Arts Building
3/25 Sioux Falls, SD Orpheum Theater
3/26 Lincoln, NE University of Nebraska/Lied Center
3/27 Ames, IA Iowa State University/ Stephens Auditorium
3/28 Milwaukee, WI Wilson Center for the Arts
3/29 Minneapolis, MN Orchestra Hall
4/1 Worcester, MA Mechanics Hall
4/2 Hanover, NH Dartmouth College/Spaulding Auditorium
4/3 Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
4/4 Pittsburgh, PA Manchester Craftmen’s Guild
4/5 Washington, DC Kennedy Center/ Terrace Theater
4/6 Princeton, NJ McCarter Theatre Center/ Matthews Theatre
4/8 University Park, PA Penn State University/Eisenhower Auditorium
4/9 Schenectady, NY Proctor’s Theatre
4/14-19 New York, NY Birdland

More arrangements of songs from the Blue Note library will be created for The Blue Note 7 tour, which begins on January 7 in Yakima, Washington and continues with concerts at universities and concert halls in 50 cities across North America. The tour will culminate in a six-night run in mid-April at Birdland in New York. European dates will also be announced for Fall 2009.

[Source: www.ejazznews.com]

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