Yoko is at the Blue Note in NYC this weekend!

Yoko is at the Blue Note in NYC this weekend!

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA Yoko plays two shows this Sunday at the Blue Note, one of New York’s most famous jazz clubs. Both are brunch shows, the first at 11:30 and the second at 1:30. Tickets are available here.

Here are some facts about The Blue Note:

  • Founded in 1981 by Danny Bensusan
  • Hosted many jazz giants, including Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Tito Puente, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, and John Scofield.
  • Features both the Monday Night Series and the bi-weekly Late Night Groove Series, which offer emerging jazz stars a chance to play the club, and which also present soul, hip-hop, R&B and funk.
  • The Blue Note in New York City is the first, but it isn’t the only Blue Note. There are Blue Note clubs in Milan (Italy) and in both Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan. [Note from Jason: I once took a master class with Michael Brecker at the Tokyo Blue Note.]

What the heck is a “blue note,” anyway? Rather than try to describe it myself, I turned to the internet’s foremost repository of all human knowledge (!), Wikipedia:

In jazz and blues, a blue note (also “worried” note) is a note sung or played at a slightly lower pitch than that of the major scale for expressive purposes. Typically the alteration is a semitone or less, but this varies among performers and genres.

Now you know, and, in the words of the 80s cartoon GI JOE, “knowing is half the battle.” Hope to see you on Sunday at the Blue Note!

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