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Bruce Lundvall, is an American record company executive, best known for his period as the President/CEO of the Blue Note Label Group, reporting directly to Eric Nicoli, the Chief Executive Officer of EMI Group.


In a career spanning half a century, Bruce Lundvall signed a wide array of artists, including Willie Nelson, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, 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 historic 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 Finnegan, 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 now becoming Chairman Emeritus.[1]

Lundvall has 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 has received three Grammy nominations and a NARM presidential award.[2]

Bruce Lundvall is an honored member of Board of Directors Advisory committee of The Jazz Foundation of America.[3]



  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. ^ Gershwin Awards, UCLA, 2012

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:33:45 -0700

When I signed with Blue Note Records, and Bruce Lundvall was the president, he made an interesting observation. He said, I know you play a lot of these more recent popular tunes, but you play them like standards. These tunes are standards to me, but at ...

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Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:15:00 -0700

M. Allard, qui est depuis sept ans le directeur des éditions Universal Music Publishing France MGB, est le sixième lauréat du Prix Bruce-Lundvall, qui va à une personne du milieu des médias ou de la musique qui a contribué au développement du jazz.
The Herald | HeraldOnline.com (press release)
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 10:26:15 -0700

... Hard Bop, Post Bop, Soul Jazz, Avant-Garde, and Fusion, and into Jazz's numerous modern day incarnations under the leadership of Bruce Lundvall, who revived Blue Note in 1984, and the label's current President, Don Was, who took the helm in 2012.
Sat, 28 Jun 2014 23:33:45 -0700

... janvier 1939, Blue Note s'est imposé comme l'un des plus célèbres labels de jazz avec une apogée dans les années 60/70. Il a tourné en janvier 2012 une nouvelle page de son histoire avec l'arrivée à sa tête de Don Was, qui a succédé à Bruce Lundvall.

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