The Return Of Blue Note Jazz Festival

In its seventh year, New York’s Blue Note Jazz Festival is one of the most anticipated and respected jazz events on the US East Coast. This June 1-30, the city will host over 100 jazz events in 10 different venues across the city. The annual festival, which draws thousands of tourists to New York City, will feature jazz legends like The Isley Brothers, Kool & The Gang, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, to name a few. Breakout talents will also share the event’s stages, including Jacob Collier and Laura Mvula.

Blue Note Jazz Festival launched in 2011 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Greenwich Village’s celebrated Blue Note Jazz Club. The 30-day event, New York’s largest jazz festival, was established by Blue Note Entertainment Group. The festival was founded in 1981 by Danny Bensusan, who is credited with reinvigorating New York City’s downtown jazz scene. A musical campus of venues will host the month long jazz celebrations, including Blue Note, BB King Blues Club, Highline Ballroom, Subrosa NYC, SummerStage, Town Hall, Beacon Theatre, Kings Theatre, and more.

Some of this year’s highly anticipated headliners include artists like the grammy winning Casandra Wilson, a song writer, producer, vocalist and jazz musician. Her style (on display June 30 at Blue Note Jazz Club), incorporates blues, country and folk music. Hip hop trailblazers, Arrested Development will also participate this year (June 14 at the B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill). The group is best remembered for their 1990s hit, ‘Tennessee’, voted by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the top 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.

In honor of the event, The Django will continue to showcase a myriad of talented emerging and established jazz musicians from around the country. The June lineup includes performances by Antoine Drye Quintet, Wayne Tucker, Bruce Harris Quintet, Pasquale Grasso, Chino Pons, Ken Fowser Quintet, Wait Weiskopf Quartet, Jerry Weldon Quartet, David Gibson, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Los Hacheros, Michael Stephenson, Chris Norton and more. For more information on what’s coming up at The Django, please visit The Django NYC.

For more information on the Blue Note Jazz Festival, visit the festival’s official website at

Words by Rocky Casale

Imagery courtesy of Jordy Freed // Blue Note