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Bruce Lundvall, Former Blue Note Records Chief, Dies at 79

Brought the label back from dormancy to its present glory

Bruce Lundvall,Wynton Marsalis, Alain Simard, Andre Menard
Bruce Lundvall
Bruce Lundvall with Norah Jones at the 2014 Jazz Foundation of America loft part, NYC

Bruce Lundvall, whose five-decade music business career found him helming the storied Blue Note Records jazz label as well as the domestic division of Columbia Records, died May 19. The cause was complications from a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. Lundvall was 79. His death was confirmed by Blue Note.

Lundvall is credited with signing, over the years, numerous top jazz artists including Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Lovano and Dianne Reeves, as well as artists outside of the jazz realm such as Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Peter Tosh and Norah Jones.

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