The final blog in our series, “Celebrating 80 Years of Blue Note Records” comes from PMAC faculty, Jim Dozet. Read on to find out which Blue Note artist had the earliest affect on Jim.

“As I am sure all other musicians posed the question as to their favorite Blue Note record had the same problem as myself.  There are just so many.  It is quite difficult to choose.  So, I decided to harken to one of my earliest exposure to both the Blue Note label and a guitar player that has had great influence upon my playing.  I chose ‘Green Street’ by Grant Green recorded in 1961.  Grant has been one of my favorites since I heard his first note played on this record.  His timing and rhythmic confidence are astounding and he just swings like no-one else.  Hearing this record in this bare bones trio setting with Ben Tucker on bass and Dave Bailey on drums cemented my love of the guitar trio setting.  There are no pianos or organs to hide behind and Grant expertly fills that sonic void with all the right notes.  His vocabulary and note choice, strongly rooted in the blues, are always both incredibly hip yet so musical it’s as if there are no other notes that would fit so well.” – Jim Dozet

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Thank you to all who attended and supported our Jazz Night shows over the weekend! Can’t wait for next year!

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