Blue Note is a label that is mostly known for its releases in the jazz genre.
Label Code: LC 0133 / LC 00133
Flagship label of Blue Note Records, a record company from New York. Founded by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis in 1939, the label focused on jazz and built an important catalogue of traditional jazz and swing recordings through the 1940s. Its earliest releases are now acknowledged as classics. In the 1950s it was one of the earliest labels on which bop musicians appeared.
After the purchase by Liberty in 1965, more commercially-oriented music, including jazz-fusion, started appearing on the label. In 1975, then-owners United Artists Records launched a systematic reissue program of Blue Note's back catalog lasting until 1980. Around that same time, Blue Note became a label of EMI.
Beginning in 1982, Blue Note catalog reissues began appearing on Mosaic Records (2) (ironically owned by Michael Cuscuna, who oversaw the UA-era reissue program). The label was relaunched as part of Capitol Records subsidiary Manhattan Records in 1985 and began making new recordings, re-releasing key albums from its history and releasing previously unissued material.
In 1989, EMI discontinued Manhattan Records and Blue Note became the division under which all of Capitol-EMI's jazz activities were organized (two years later, Manhattan Records was revived for smooth jazz and pop-jazz releases).
A 2005 reorganization at both Capitol Records and parent company EMI put Blue Note along with sister labels Manhattan Records, Angel, Virgin Classics and Metro Blue under the Blue Note Label Group umbrella covering jazz, classical and adult pop recordings.
The Blue Note Label Group
150 Fifth Ave., 6th Fl.
New York NY 10011
P: (212) 786-8600
Historical Contact Info (all contact info now obsolete):
~2000s: Blue Note Records Inc. • New York USA
~1990s: Blue Note Records • 304 Park Ave. S. • NYC
1983 to 2004 (Japan): Blue Note Records Inc. • New York USA
1982 to 1986 (France): Blue Note Records Inc. • 47 West 63rd • NYC
1977 to 1983 (Japan): Blue Note Records Inc. • 47 West 63rd • NYC
1975 to ~1979: • Blue Note Records • Manufactured By United Artists Music And Records Group, Inc.
1975 to ~1978: Blue Note Records—A Division Of United Artists Music And Records Group, Inc.
1973 to ~1975: Blue Note Records—A Division Of United Artists Records, Inc.
1971 to ~1975: Blue Note Records • A Division Of United Artists Records, Inc.
1966 to ~1970: Blue Note Records • A Division Of Liberty Records, Inc.
1962 to ~1966: Blue Note Records Inc • New York USA
1959 to ~1962: Blue Note Records Inc • 47 West 63rd • NYC
1958 to ~1959: Blue Note Records • 47 West 63rd • NYC
1957 to ~1958: Blue Note Records • 47 West 63rd • New York 23
1943 to 1957: Blue Note Records 767 Lexington Ave NYC
(late 1941-1943: operations suspended while Alfred Lion was in the army)
1940 to 1941: Blue Note Records 10 W. 47th St. NYC
1939 to 1940: Blue Note Records 235 – 7th Ave., N.Y.C.
~1996: Blue Note Records, 1290 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10104
1968: Blue Note Records Inc., 1776 Broadway, New York 10019
1965 to 1966: Blue Note Records Inc., 43 West 61st St., New York, N. Y. 23
1960 to 1965: Blue Note Records Inc., 43 West 61st St., New York 23
1959: Blue Note Records Inc., 43 West 61st Street, New York 23, N. Y.
1957 to 1958: Blue Note Records 47 West 63rd. St. New York 23, New York
Until ~1956: Blue Note Records, 767 Lexington Ave., New York 21