Blue Note Jazz Club

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Blue Note Jazz Club
The Blue Note Jazz Club, August, 2012
Address 131 W. 3rd St
Location New York City
Coordinates 40°43′51″N 74°0′4″W / 40.73083°N 74.00111°W / 40.73083; -74.00111Coordinates: 40°43′51″N 74°0′4″W / 40.73083°N 74.00111°W / 40.73083; -74.00111
Type jazz club
Opened September 30, 1981 (1981-09-30)

Blue Note Jazz Club is a jazz club and restaurant located at 131 West 3rd Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, The club was opened on September 30, 1981 by owner and founder Danny Bensusan with the Nat Adderley Quintet being the featured performers for the night.[1] It is still considered one of the world’s most famous jazz venues and one of the best known and most expensive in New York.[2] The club’s performance schedule features shows every evening at 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm and a Sunday jazz brunch with performances at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. The venue has also started a bi-weekly Late Night Groove Series giving New York's up-and-coming jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B and funk artists an opportunity to showcase their talents on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 12:30 am. The club currently maintains locations in Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan and in Milan, Italy.

Blue Note Jazz Club, New Years Day, 2006

On the 30th anniversary of its founding the Blue Note Entertainment Group hosted the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival in June 2011 which featured over 80 performances in 15 venues throughout New York City. The annual, month-long event features artists who have been integral to the club’s history, including Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Nancy Wilson, and many others.

Half Note Records[edit]

Half Note Records is the Blue Note's live record label, founded in 2001.[3] Numerous musicians have recorded live albums at the Blue Note and released them on this label, including James Carter, Avishai Cohen, Elvin Jones, Odean Pope, Charles Tolliver, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Kenny Werner, and others. Since its founding in 1998, the label has also expanded its scope to include studio releases, including McCoy Tyner's 2008 album Guitars and Kenny Werner's 2010 release, No Beginning, No End.


  1. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 24 November 2001. p. 44. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Otis, Ginger Adams; Greenfield, Beth (1 August 2010). New York City. Lonely Planet. p. 308. ISBN 978-1-74179-591-2. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 21 February 2004. p. 40. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 3 November 2012.