Blue Note Records' 70th anniversary tour at Lied Center March 26

To mark the 70th anniversary of the premier jazz label Blue Note Records, an all-star band celebrating the rich legacy of jazz will make a stop at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Lied Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. March 26.

Launched by Alfred Lion in 1939, in its first 30 years Blue Note recorded some of the greatest artists in jazz history, including Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Fats Navarro. The label's rich catalog of music features an impressive array of groundbreaking performances that had a profound effect on the entire Jazz genre.

In honor of Blue Note Record's 70th anniversary, brilliant pianist Bill Charlap will lead an outstanding band of musicians on a world tour as "The Blue Note 7, " featuring guitarist Peter Berstein, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane ( son of Jon Coltrane ), drummer Lewis Nash, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Peter Washington and saxophonist Steve Wilson. The septet will explore classic tunes by Blue Note legends Bud Powell, Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter and many others that indelibly marked the history of Jazz.

This performance is possible in part by support from Dietze Music House Inc. and Meier's Cork & Bottle.

As part of the Lied Center's ongoing education programming, a pre-performance talk by Bob Krueger, director of jazz ensemble at Lincoln Southeast High School, will be held in the Lied Center's Steinhart Room at 7 p.m. Seating is limited.

The Nebraska Arts Council, a state agency, has supported the programs of this organization through its matching grants program funded by the Nebraska Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Lied Center programming is supported by Friends of Lied and grants from Association of Performing Arts Presenters, National Endowment for the Arts, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Nebraska Arts Council, New England Foundation for the Arts, Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation Inc., Lincoln Community Foundation, Cooper Foundation, Woods Charitable Fund, and Lincoln Arts Council. All events in the Lied Center are made possible entirely or in part by the Lied Performance Fund, which has been established in memory of Ernst F. Lied and his parents, Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied.

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