Iconic NYC haunt Blue Note Jazz Club will become one of the first Manhattan venues to welcome back live audiences this September with its annual Blue Note Jazz Festival, set to take place from June 15th through August 15th. The festival will feature in-person concerts both indoors at the famed Greenwich Village club and outdoors at SummerStage in Central Park.
The festival’s all-star lineup features SummerStage in Central Park concerts from Chris Botti, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and Galactic with special guest MonoNeon, as well as Blue Note Jazz Club concerts from Robert Glasper, Jacob Collier, Brasstracks, Ron Carter, Talib Kweli, Eddie Palmieri, John Scofield, Digable Planets, Keyon Harrold, Ms. Lisa Fischer, Ravi Coltrane, Michel Camilo, Al Di Meola, Eric Krasno, Ghost-Note, and more.
Notably, four of the artists performing in the 10th anniversary Blue Note Jazz Festival also appeared in its inaugural edition: Chris Botti, Eddie Palmieri, Ron Carter, and Eric Krasno. The festival also welcomes artists making their Blue Note debuts including Brasstracks, Ghost-Note, and Digable Planets.
“Reopening the Blue Note and re-establishing the Festival in 2021 is a significant and important step toward restoring the vibrant music community of New York City,” says Steven Bensusan, president of Blue Note Entertainment Group, in a statement. “The reopening will also allow us to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Festival this year as well as the 40th anniversary of the Blue Note New York.”
“We feel immense gratitude and appreciation for the artists performing at the Blue Note as we reopen,” said Alex Kurland, Blue Note’s director of programming and talent buyer. “The legacy and legendary quality the Blue Note represents results from the greatness and magic the artists bring to the stage. We are grateful to get back to presenting special and intimate live shows at Blue Note with such extraordinary artists.”
While ticketed events were cleared to resume in April, strict capacity limits made it financially untenable for most New York venues—including Blue Note—to resume operation. Upon reopening, Blue Note Jazz Club will adhere to the reopening guidelines as set forth by the City of New York, New York State, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Click below to check out the full lineup and schedule for the Blue Note’s grand reopening as part of the 2021 Blue Note Jazz Festival. To purchase tickets to any of the shows, head here.
Blue Note Jazz Festival 2021 Schedule
SummerStage in Central Park:
Sunday, June 20 – Chris Botti
Sunday, June 27 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic
Sunday, July 11 – Galactic feat. Anjelika ‘Jelly’ Joseph & MonoNeon
Blue Note (Greenwich Village):
Tuesday, June 15 – Sunday, June 20 – Robert Glasper
Monday, June 21 – Jacob Collier and Friends
Tuesday, June 22 – Wednesday, June 23 – Ghost-Note
Thursday, June 24 – Sunday, June 27 – Ravi Coltrane w/ Orrin Evans, Dezron Douglas, Johnathan Blake
Monday, June 28 – Joel Ross
Tuesday, June 29 – Thursday, July 1 – Eric Krasno Trio (E3 FT Eric Kalb & Eric Finland)
Friday, July 2 – Saturday, June 3 – Brasstracks
Sunday, July 4 – Monday, July 5 – Eddie Palmieri Residency
Tuesday, July 6 – Wednesday, July 7 – Maurice “Mobetta” Brown
Thursday, July 8 – Sunday, July 11 – John Scofield
Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 15 – Keyon Harrold
Friday, July 16 – Sunday, July 18 – Talib Kweli with Live Band
Monday, July 19 – Eddie Palmieri Residency
Tuesday, July 20 – Wednesday, July 21 – James Carter Quartet w/ James Hurt, Gerald Cannon, Kahlil Kwame Bell
Thursday, July 22 – Saturday, July 24 – Ms. Lisa Fischer
Monday, July 26 – Michel Camilo
Tuesday, July 27 – Judith Hill
Wednesday, July 28 – Thursday, July 29 – Joe Lovano Quartet
Friday, July 30 – Sunday, Aug 1 – Al Di Meola
Monday, Aug 2 – Eddie Palmieri Residency
Wednesday, Aug 4 – Sunday, Aug 8 – Ron Carter Quartet w/ Renee Rosnes, Jimmy Greene, Payton Crossley
Monday, Aug 9 – Tuesday, Aug 10 – Isaiah Sharkey
Wednesday, Aug 11 – Thursday, Aug 12 – Digable Planets
Friday Aug 13 – Sunday, Aug 15 – John Pizzarelli Better Days Ahead (Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny)
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