The Blue Note Jazz Festival to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

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ADVISORY, June 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:

The Blue Note Jazz Festival, New York City's largest jazz festival, will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in celebration of the 2013 Festival taking place throughout the month of June. Blue Note has become one of the premier jazz clubs in the world and a cultural institution in Greenwich Village.

In honor of the occasion, Steven Bensusan, President of Blue Note Entertainment Group will ring the Closing Bell.

Where:

NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

When:

Thursday, June 20, 2013 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET  

Contact:
Malisa Meresman
(212) 981-5138
Malisa_Meresman@dkcnews.com

NASDAQ MarketSite:
Christine Barna
(646) 441-5310
Christine.Barna@nasdaqomx.com

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Webcast:

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About The Blue Note Jazz Festival:

The Blue Note Jazz Festival, now in its 3rd year, is New York City's largest jazz festival. It is currently presenting over 150 performances at 16 venues across New York City through the month of June. Ticket information and a complete schedule of events are available on the official website, www.BlueNoteJazzFestival.com. This year's highlights include performances and appearances from artists including Wyclef Jean, Buika, Jerry Douglas, John McLaughlin, Roy Haynes, Eddie Palmieri, the Joshua Redman Quartet, Wayne Shorter, Paul Mooney, McCoy Tyner and Tommy Emmanuel. The Blue Note Jazz Festival will also feature an intimate screening of legendary musician Dexter Gordon's iconic film "Round Midnight" to commemorate the anniversary of his 90th birthday. The screening will take place on June 24th at the IFC Center and will be followed by a panel discussion. 

About The Blue Note:

Since its inception in 1981, Blue Note has become one of the premier jazz clubs in the world and a cultural institution in Greenwich Village. Owner and founder Danny Bensusan had a vision to create a jazz club in Greenwich Village that would treat deserving artists with respect, while allowing patrons to see the world's finest jazz musicians in a close, comfortable setting. Artists who had stopped playing in jazz clubs decades before, such as Sarah Vaughn, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Tito Puente, soon called Blue Note home.

Jazz is undoubtedly America's music, and while Blue Note strives to preserve the history of jazz, the club is a place where progression and innovation - the foundations of jazz - are encouraged and practiced on a nightly basis. In addition to the main acts that feature the likes of Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, and Chris Botti, Blue Note has introduced the Monday Night Series and the bi-weekly Late Night Groove Series to showcase New York's up-and-coming jazz, soul, hip-hop, R&B and funk artists. Blue Note has been instrumental in encouraging the development of Greenwich Village's local musicians by giving them a chance to perform in one of the world's finest venues. Currently, there are four Blue Notes located in Japan and one in Milan, Italy.

Over the years, Blue Note has been an economic engine for Greenwich Village, bringing in jazz fans from all over the world. The club receives rave reviews on a weekly basis in New York's daily newspapers such as The New York Times and in international travel guides and magazines. What makes Blue Note so special is that on a given night, anything can happen. It is not uncommon to see the likes of Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli, and Quincy Jones get called up on stage from the audience to sit in. Blue Note gives artists the musical freedom they deserve, and jazz fans get a chance to see the most unlikely combination of stars night after night on the Blue Note stage.

After twenty-five years of success, Blue Note continues to carry the torch for jazz into the 21st century in the cultural heart of New York, Greenwich Village.

Located between 6th and McDougal St., Blue Note offers music every night at 8pm and 10:30pm. On Friday and Saturday nights, Blue Note has a Late Night Groove Series at 12:30am and offers a Sunday Brunch for $24.50 a person at 12:30pm and 2:30pm weekly.

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