With the overwhelming success Norah Jones has had for Blue Note, it’d be easy to think that the historic jazz label would want to dip its tootsies a little deeper into the folk-chanteuse pool. But based on the musicians who are recording or mixing new albums for Blue Note, it looks like jazz is still the label’s flesh and blood (though not necessarily its bread and butter). No word on the release dates of any of these CDs, but we imagine they’ll be out be the spring and summer, when the musicians will perform at high-profile festivals throughout the world.
Pianist Jason Moran (pictured) recorded his band, the Bandwagon, at the Village Vanguard during Thanksgiving week 2002. The Bandwagon trio, which includes Moran, bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, had a weeklong engagement at the club.