Don Was Named Chief Creative Officer of Blue Note Records

Producer has worked with Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Ziggy Marley

Don Was

Blue Note Records has announced the appointment of producer Don Was as its chief creative officer. According to reports, Was will be responsible for signing and developing artists for the venerable label, which has expanded beyond its jazz base in recent years to pursue more pop-oriented artists. Was will work with Capitol and Virgin Labels Group president Dan McCarroll and Blue Note and Manhattan president Ian Ralfini.

Was (born Donald Fagenson) has been an in-demand producer since the 1980s, when he began his career as the bassist of the duo Was (Not Was). His productions have included recordings by such artists as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Elton John and Ziggy Marley.

Blue Note’s current label roster includes Norah Jones, Amos Lee and Priscilla Ahn, as well as such jazz artists as Ambrose Akinmusire, Cassandra Wilson, Robert Glasper, Jason Moran and Lionel Loueke. The label was founded in 1939.

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Jeff Tamarkin is the former editor of Goldmine, CMJ, Relix, and Global Rhythm. As a writer he has contributed to the New York Daily News, JazzTimes, Boston Phoenix, Harp, Mojo, Newsday, Billboard, and many other publications. He is the author of the book Got a Revolution: The Turbulent Flight of Jefferson Airplane and has contributed to The Guinness Companion to Popular Music, All Music Guide, and several other encyclopedias. He has also served as a consultant to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, NARAS, National Geographic Online, and Music Club Records.