Secrets of the Blue Note Vault: Michael Cuscuna on Monk, Blakey, and the One That Got Away

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Check out this interview with three-time Grammy winner Michael Cuscuna, founder of Mosaic Records and veteran of the Blue Note vaults. He tells the history of Blue Note, from Alfred Lion's early obsession with jazz to his missed opportunity to record Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
Billie Holiday
1915 - 1959
, from the Art Blakey
Art Blakey
Art Blakey
1919 - 1990
and the Jazz Messengers to the label's decline. Give it a read if you're intrigued!

What if you were given the keys to Blue Note Records' legendary tape vault? In 1975, that's exactly what happened to three-time Grammy Award winner Michael Cuscuna. There, the record producer and co-founder of Mosaic Records discovered hundreds of hours of unreleased—and undocumented—sessions, which he diligently pieced together before releasing. This sleuth work made him an expert on Blue Note, from label founder Alfred Lion's obsession with jazz in the 1920s to Blue Note's heyday in the 1950s and '60s to its recent success with Norah Jones. You can learn more about Blue Note at Cuscuna can be reached via

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