Appointment reflects diversification of storied jazz label
Highwaymen, Ziggy Marley, Paul Westerberg, Kris Kristofferson and Lucinda Williams. He received a Grammy as producer of the year in 1995. A gifted bassist, he co-founded the group Was (Not Was) with musician-journalist David Weiss (aka David Was) in 1979. The act has toured and recorded sporadically into the new millennium. Was said in a statement, “We dedicate ourselves to furthering Blue Note’s artistic tradition of unbridled creativity, talent, intelligence and Groove!” A premier jazz label since its founding in 1939, Blue Note has deeply diversified into the pop realm in the past decade; company’s flagship artist is multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Norah Jones. Label’s current roster includes actor-vocalist Jeff Bridges, Amos Lee and Priscilla Ahn.