Grace Jones, the legendary music and fashion trailblazer, is set to headline the 2023 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City. The festival will also feature an impressive lineup of iconic artists such as Pat Metheny, Lisa Fischer, and Buddy Guy, among others.
Grace Jones, the Jamaican-born singer, model, and fashion icon, is set to headline the 2023 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City.
At 74, Jones remains a trailblazer in music and fashion, known for her electrifying performances and dance hits such as “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Slave to the Rhythm.” Her upcoming gig at Hammerstein Ballroom, produced by the iconic Greenwich Village jazz venue, marks her return to the New York City stage and kickstarts a month-long music series.
Jones’ enigmatic and jaw-dropping performances, which sometimes involve a hula hoop, have kept her a top draw on the concert circuit. Jones is a true pioneer, breaking boundaries as a woman of colour in the music industry and leaving a legacy that continues to inspire generations of artists.
The 12th Annual Blue Note Jazz Festival has unveiled an impressive lineup that includes a diverse array of artists, both established and emerging. The festival will feature performances by legendary figures such as Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, and eight-time Grammy Award winner Christian McBride, as well as rising stars like NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) and Meshell Ndegeocello.
The concerts will be held at some of New York City’s most iconic venues, including the Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell, the Blue Note Jazz Club, and more. In addition to the festival’s main lineup, the Damn Right Farewell Tour of blues guitarist and singer Buddy Guy will also make a stop at SummerStage in Central Park on June 18.
The festival will culminate in a tribute to Nina Simone by the Harlem Gospel Choir on June 28 at Sony Hall. “The Blue Note Jazz Festival is a celebration of the pulse and culture of New York City,” says Blue Note Director of Programming Alex Kurland. “We’re excited to showcase multi-generational, legendary artists who have made an extraordinary impact on music and culture.”
Tickets are now on sale.