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Jazz & Blues Society Wraps Up Series with Celebration of Blue Note Records

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To mark the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records - the premier label in jazz – an all-star band, featuring some of the finest musicians today, is traveling the world celebrating the rich catalog of music. The group will explore classic tunes by Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and many others. 
Top Players on the Scene
The Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary – On Tour features pianist Bill Charlap as musical director, Ravi Coltrane on tenor saxophone, Peter Bernstein playing guitar, Lewis Nash on drums, Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Peter Washington playing bass and Steve Wilson on alto saxophone.
BILL CHARLAP musical director and piano
For more than a decade, pianist/bandleader Bill Charlap has been forging a solo career characterized by hard-swinging brio, eloquence and a rigor-meets-romance musical sensibility.
RAVI COLTRANE tenor saxophone
Born the second son of John and Alice Coltrane in 1965 in Long Island, New York and raised in the Los Angeles area, Ravi has performed on over thirty recordings as a sideman, and four as a leader.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 10. By the time he was 21, Nash had become the "first call" jazz drummer in Phoenix. Nash returns to Sioux Falls performing with the Blue Note 7 after performing with Joe Lovano as part of the 2007-2008 concert series.

Nicholas Payton was born September 26, 1973, in New Orleans, Louisiana, into a musical family. Payton took up the trumpet at the age of four. Encouraged by his pianist-singer mother and his bass-playing father, he swiftly reached a level of proficiency that enabled him, at the age of nine, to play alongside his father in the Young Tuxedo Brass Band.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Peter Washington began playing bass in junior high school and by the age of fourteen he had already played a season with a community-based symphony orchestra. In April 1986, while still in college, he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and moved to New York. Mr. Washington performed with the Messengers through September 1999, then went on to do freelance work, touring and recording.
STEVE WILSON alto saxophone
Steve Wilson has earned a prominent position on the bandstand and in the studio with the greatest names in jazz, as well as critical acclaim as a bandleader in his own right. A musician's musician, Wilson has brought his distinctive sound to more than 100 recordings.

"The Blue Note 7 is a true collaboration, an all-star band comprised of the next generation of major players, all leaders in their own right," says Bruce Lundvall, President of Blue Note Records, "They are also the A-list of accomplished arrangers and composers, steeped in the Blue Note tradition, re-imaging this time-honored repertoire in a fresh way."
The Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary – On Tour concert begins at 7pm in the Orpheum Theater. Tickets are $40 or $30 and available through the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society by calling 605-335-6101 or online at
It is the mission of the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society to increase the awareness of jazz and blues music in the Sioux Falls community through musical events and education.