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Blue Note Announces In-Person Reopening with Blue Note Jazz Festival from June 15 to August 15

Frank Hammel • News • May 11, 2021

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NEW YORK – The Blue Note Jazz Club, one of the first NYC music venues to welcome back audiences, is reopening with the Sony Presents Blue Note Jazz Festival. The in-person performances will run from June 15 to August 15, 2021.

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One of the first New York City music venues to welcome back audiences, Blue Note Jazz Club will celebrate its reopening with its annual Sony Presents Blue Note Jazz Festival from June 15 – August 15, 2021. The Festival will feature in-person concerts both indoors at the storied Greenwich Village venue and outdoors at SummerStage in Central Park. Performances at the Blue Note Jazz Club mark the return of a legendary stage following its closure in March 2020.

“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 Blue Note Entertainment Group. “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.”

The festival’s all-star lineup features SummerStage in Central Park concerts from Chris Botti, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic and Galactic with special guests 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. Set times for Blue Note Jazz Club concerts will remain at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

“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, 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.”

Notably, four of the artists performing in the 10th anniversary Blue Note Jazz Festival appeared in its inaugural edition: Chris Botti, Eddie Palmieri, Ron Carter, and Eric Krasno.

The festival also welcomes artists making their Blue Note debuts: Brasstracks, Ghost-Note, and Digable Planets.

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).

Tickets can be purchased at

Blue Note Jazz Festival 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)

About Blue Note Jazz Club:

Since 1981, Blue Note Jazz Club has been a cultural institution in New York City and one of the premiere jazz clubs in the world. Blue Note strives to preserve the history of jazz, and the club is a place where progression and innovation – the foundations of jazz – are encouraged and practiced on a nightly basis. In addition to the main acts that feature the likes of Robert Glasper, Pat Metheny, Christain McBride, Joshua Redman, Ron Carter and Chris Botti, Blue Note regularly showcases up-and-coming jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B and funk artists. After 40 years of success, Blue Note continues to carry the torch for jazz into the 21st century in the cultural heart of New York, Greenwich Village.

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