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Wed March 5, 2014
The return of Blue Note Records, the 1980's
As one of the premiere jazz record labels, beginning in 1939, Blue Note Records set the tone for jazz to come, especially capitalizing on the rise of Be-Bop with artists like Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson and Art Blakey. After decades of success, the label underwent radical changes beginning with its' sale to Liberty Records. The 1970's did no favours, and the label eventually folded. However, it's popularity in Japan and other parts of the world, and a resurgence in traditional jazz, allowed a re-birth of the label. What I Like About Jazz will pay special tribute to the rebirth of the label with a focus on the 1980's. Returning Classic artists, and some new ones, will grace the airwaves tonight at 8:30.