Bill Charlap, Piano; Ravi Coltrane, Tenor & Soprano Saxophone; Peter Bernstein, Guitar; Lewis Nash, Drums; Nicholas Payton, Trumpet; Peter Washington, Bass; Steve Wilson, Alto Saxophone
Since it was launched in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, Blue Note Records has been the premier label in jazz, recording the greatest artists of the genre. Blue Note’s catalog of music features an impressive array of legendary performances and a core list of “must-have” releases that indelibly marked the history of jazz. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Blue Note legacy, an all-star band featuring some of today’s finest musicians will travel the world celebrating this rich treasure trove of music. Led by Blue Note Records artist and pianist, Bill Charlap, the group will explore classic tunes by Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and many others. The group is scheduled to release an album at the commencement of the anniversary tour in January 2009.