Since its inception in 1981, the Blue Note has become a jazz destination in Greenwich Village, a place where audiences can see top musicians perform in a close, comfortable setting. Over the years, artists such as Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Tito Puente have graced the club's stage.
While the Blue Note strives to preserve the history of jazz, the club is also a place where progression and innovation—the foundations of jazz—are encouraged and practiced on a nightly basis. In addition to the main acts that feature the likes of Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Chris Botti, the Blue Note has introduced the Monday Night Series and the Late Night Groove Series to showcase New York's up-and-coming jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B, and funk artists.
At the Blue Note, anything can happen. It is not uncommon to see the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli, and Quincy Jones get called up on stage from the audience to sit in. Jazz fans get a chance to see the most unlikely combination of stars on stage night after night.