Jazz, like professional wrestling, thrives on unpredictability, dazzling feats of showmanship, and ladder matches with saxophones suspended 20 feet in the air. Body-slam ears with the sweet strains of music with today's Groupon, good for one ticket to a Blue Note Jazz Festival performance or a Sunday Jazz Brunch at the Blue Note. Click here for a list of performances, dates, and prices.
Since 1981, Blue Note has tangled trumpets and tickled ivories with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, and Chick Corea. In honor of its 30th year of making audience members' ears smile, Blue Note will be hosting a citywide jazz festival. Throughout the month of June, patrons can catch acts including Jon Hendricks and Jimmy Scott at the legendary Blue Note, or Bootsy Collins, Al Kooper & Organ-asm, or Roberta Flack as they take the main stage at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. Highline Ballroom will also open its doors to musicians such as Ron Carter and Roy Ayers as they wring sixteenth notes from their guitars, pianos, and electric kazoos. Attend the Sunday Jazz brunch at Blue Note, which includes a meal and drink, on Sundays between June 26 and August 28 at 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. and eat in 5/4 time signature to intricate arrangements by artists such as the Frank Kimbrough Trio and Paul Bollenback. Seating is first-come, first-serve.