Blue Note Records | KNKX

Blue Note Records

Photo by Mattias Creutziger

Pianist Julia Kadel is outgrowing one of the great cities of Europe. The young jazz star from Berlin is the first German artist to record for the legendary Blue Note Records since pianist Jutta Hipp in 1956. Her classical music roots mixed with daring improvisation are making her a budding international star.

In the Blue Note recording studio, L to R:  Herbie Hancock, Marcus Strickland, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire
Mira Films

Jewish immigrants Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff fled Germany in the 1930s, escaping Nazi persecution.  The childhood friends shared a love of jazz, and together they slowly built an American recording company that became known for its integrity, fairness and nurturing of artists. 

This audio and video feast celebrates the 80-year history of the iconic label that laid claim to presenting “The Finest in Jazz,” Blue Note Records.