Blue Note Records launched an iTunes destination page Tuesday, making every in-print Blue Note title from its 75-year history available in one place. The site will also feature Blue Note Radio, one of the first label-branded radio stations on Apple's iTunes Radio.
The new service is part of the label's 75th anniversary celebration that includes performances, exhibitions and film screenings this week at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. As well, Blue Note is releasing 75 vinyl reissues, multiple jazz compilations and new music across multiple genres.
"There are really only a handful of labels where the vibe and aesthetic were so strong that you could identify a record before you know who was singing or playing on it or by the look of it," says Blue Note's president Don Was, who joined the company as chief creative officer in 2011. "(Photographer/designer) Reid Miles and (engineer/studio owner) Rudy Van Gelder provided a sonic and a graphic thing that few labels have -- Motown, Chess Records, Stax. If you identify with the vibe and have a destination within the iTunes all around the world, that's major."