Blue Note Records 80th Anniversary Show ft. Kandace Springs, James Francies, & James Carter Organ Trio

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Presented by City Winery at City Winery Nashville, Nashville TN

Nov 11 2019
Blue Note Records 80th Anniversary Show ft. Kandace Springs, James Francies, & James Carter Organ Trio

Blue Note Records is an American jazz record label, established in 1939. It derives its name from the characteristic “blue notes” of jazz and the blues. Originally dedicated to recording traditional jazz and small group swing, from 1947 the label began to switch its attention to modern jazz including Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Fats Navarro and Bud Powell.

This tour will be celebrating Blue Note’s 80th Anniversary. Under the watchful eye of its president, Don Was. They will be presenting the following three artists in a spectacular celebration of the label and Jazz Music today. Only Blue Note Records, with their unique brand of cool, could assemble such a dynamic evening of talent and music.

Kandace Springs

Every so often a new singer emerges who’s able to assimilate multiple musical touchstones and still come off sounding remarkably fresh and unburdened by the past. Kandace Springs is one of those artists. The 27-year old, Nashville based singer, songwriter and pianist counts such stylists as Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by her sparkling Blue Note Records debut, Soul Eyes, mimics none of them.  Springs eventually attracted the attention of Prince, who had heard her makeover of Sam Smiths “Stay With Me”. The music icon then invited her to perform with him at Paisly Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain. She has since appeared on Ghostface Killah’s 36 Seasons, Aqualung’s 10 Futures, and Black Violin’s Stereotypes. Her second full length Blue Note album “Indigo” will be released Sept 7 2018

James Francies

22-year-old James Francies is next in the long line of jazz pianists who have characterized the music of Blue Note.  He has recorded and or performed with Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, Chris Potter, Robert Glasper and Lauryn Hill, among many others. He also performed on Chance The Rapper’s hit single “No Problem” which went on to win 2 Grammy Awards. In addition, he frequently fills-in with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon. 

James Carter Organ Trio

James Carter is a 49 year old Saxophonist from Detroit. He as recorded 18 albums under his own name while appearing on many more with artists including The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Ginger Baker (Cream), Kathleen Battle, Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Madeleine Peyroux and Marcus Miller, among others. The organ combo reigned for several decades as jazz’s meat-and-potatoes mainstay, a populist vehicle for blues-drenched blowing. In the hands of James Carter, one of jazz’s most sophisticated improvisers, the organ trio is no less meaty and satisfying.

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