Longtime Label Exec Bruce Lundvall Passes
May 19, 2015 at 5:31 PM (PT)
Influential label executive BRUCE LUNDVALL has passed away at the age of 79, BLUE NOTE RECORDS' website announced. LUNDVALL, most recently longtime CEO of BLUE NOTE RECORDS before stepping down in 2010, had been battling PARKINSON’S and had been living in a senior assisted living center in NEW JERSEY.
Starting at COLUMBIA RECORDS, LUNDVALL rose through the ranks to become President in 1976. During that time, he signed DEXTER GORDON, HERBIE HANCOCK, STAN GETZ, WYNTON MARSALIS and WILLIE NELSON. He also held top posts at ELEKTRA RECORDS and MANHATTTAN before being asked to revive the BLUE NOTE jazz label. There he signed the likes of JIMMY SMITH, MCCOY TYNER, FREDDIE HUBBARD, JOE HENDERSON & JACKIE MCLEAN, DIANNE REEVES, CASSANDRA WILSON, BOBBY MCFERRIN, US3, NORAH JONES, AL GREEN and AMOS LEE, among many others.
“BRUCE was a one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life human being,” current BLUE NOTE Pres. DON WAS said. “His Joie de Vivre was equaled only by his love for music, impeccable taste and kind heart. He will be sorely missed by all of us who loved and admired him but his spirit will live forever in the music of BLUE NOTE RECORDS.”
A private family service will be followed by a forthcoming public service, details will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, BRUCE’s family requests that a donation be made to the MICHAEL J. FOX FOUNDATION.