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Bruce Lundvall (September 13, 1935 – May 19, 2015) was an American record company executive, best known for his period as the President and CEO of the Blue Note Label Group, reporting directly to Eric Nicoli, the Chief Executive Officer of EMI Group.

Career[edit]

In a career spanning half a century, Bruce Lundvall signed a wide array of artists, including Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, Woody Shaw, James Taylor, Stan Getz, Wynton Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Richard Marx, Natalie Cole, Cassandra Wilson, Anita Baker, and Norah Jones. He headed the following labels: Blue Note Records (jazz), Angel Records (classical), and Manhattan Records (adult pop).

Lundvall began his music career in marketing at Columbia Records where he remained for 21 years, becoming President of the domestic division of CBS Records in 1976. In the course of his tenure, he built Columbia's jazz roster into the largest of any major label.

In 1979, Bruce Lundvall organized and sponsored in Havana, Cuba, the Havana Jam festival that took place between 2–4 March, with Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Billy Swan, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnigan, Weather Report, and Billy Joel, plus an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines, and Orquesta Aragón. Their performances are captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos's documentary Havana Jam '79, and on the two Columbia albums Havana Jam and Havana Jam II.

Lundvall moved to Elektra in 1982, where he became President of Elektra Records and the newly created Elektra/Musician Jazz label.

In 1984, he was approached with an offer to create Manhattan, a pop music label based on the East Coast, for EMI, as well as to revive the suspended Blue Note jazz label. Lundvall accepted the challenge and steered the label for a quarter of a century. He was responsible for signing an unknown Norah Jones. Jones's debut Come Away With Me, and her subsequent albums, have sold in their millions internationally. Lundvall stood down as President of Blue Note in 2010. In January 2012, Don Was became President of Blue Note, having been appointed CEO the previous year, with Lundvall becoming Chairman Emeritus.[1]

Lundvall served as chairman of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Chairman of the Country Music Association (CMA) and Director of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). He received three Grammy nominations and a NARM presidential award.[2] He was a member of the Jazz Foundation of America Board of Directors Advisory Committee.[3]

Lundvall died a few days following complications from a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease on May 19, 2015, in New Jersey. He was survived by his wife, Kay Lundvall, three sons and two grand-daughters.[4]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chinen, Nate (May 2, 2012). "Exuberance Is Just One of His Skills". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ EMI Press Release, Dec. 6, 2004
  3. ^ jazzfoundation.org. 2009-05-11. URL: http://www.jazzfoundation.org/Gala_Sponsorship_Packages.pdf. Accessed: 2009-05-11. (Archived by jazzfoundation.org at http://www.jazzfoundation.org/Gala_Sponsorship_Packages.pdf)
  4. ^ "Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records Veteran, Beloved Jazz Executive, Dead at 79". Billboard. 
  5. ^ Gershwin Awards, UCLA, 2012

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Jazz Police

Jazz Police
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:37:30 -0800

Writer Bill Milkowski received the Bruce Lundvall Award and discussed the value of the Internet, while noting what's been lost for young fans, with the whole world's music at their fingertips. Milkowski recalled driving miles to find a particular ...

Billboard

Billboard
Wed, 20 May 2015 13:21:21 -0700

Tuesday's concert began hours after the news of the death of Bruce Lundvall, 79, the longtime president of Blue Note Records, who signed Jones to his label, where she released debut album Come Away With Me in 2002. The following year, Jones won five ...

NJ.com

NJ.com
Wed, 20 May 2015 06:07:30 -0700

Bruce Lundvall, a New Jersey man who revived Blue Note Records and became one of the most influential figures in contemporary jazz music, died Tuesday, after failing to regain consciousness from a recent surgery. Lundvall, who had been struggling with ...

The Independent

The Independent
Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:54 -0700

Bruce Lundvall revived the famous Blue Note label in the mid-1980s and turned it into a huge influence on the contemporary jazz scene during his 25 years as president. In a music career spanning more than 50 years, Lundvall "discovered, signed ...

Memphis Commercial Appeal

Memphis Commercial Appeal
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 09:37:58 -0800

Reeves was the first vocalist signed to Blue Note when it was revived in 1987 by legendary Columbia Records executive Bruce Lundvall (1935-2015). "The industry has changed drastically," Reeves says. "I was on Blue Note for a long, long time. It was for ...

CapitalGazette.com

CapitalGazette.com
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:56:15 -0800

She'd made a characteristically diverse duets album, titled "The Other Side," with jazz and "go go" (a DC dance craze) inventor Chuck Brown and (as the story goes) had attended a frustrating meeting with Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall, who ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:38:33 -0700

Tall gentleman in glasses. Pinstriped suit. Neatly trimmed white beard. Often seated with business associates, but quiet, eyes trained on the stage. This was Bruce Lundvall, president of Blue Note Records, checking up on the talent or taking stock of ...

The Star-Ledger

The Star-Ledger
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:49:16 -0700

SADDLE RIVER — By his own admission, his ears are easily his best asset. Born in Englewood in 1935, Bruce Lundvall gained an appreciation for jazz music early in life. But his parents weren't thrilled, Lundvall says. "My dad wanted me to follow in his ...
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