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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. He has three sons, and two grand-daughters. He is married to Kay Lundvall.


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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New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 22 Aug 2014 13:37:30 -0700

He was a regular sight in the jazz clubs of Manhattan. 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 ...
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 ...


Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:37:30 -0700

Ticket holders will receive an autographed copy of Lundvall's new book, "Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear," and will have an opportunity to meet a few of the artists. Lundvall, who has Parkinson's disease, is using the festival as a fundraiser as well ...
Jazz Police (blog)
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:45:00 -0700

It was also during this time that he first caught the attention of another discerning listener, Bruce Lundvall, President of Blue Note Records. Akinmusire's Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released in 2011 to rave reviews. The Los ...

Le Monde

Le Monde
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 02:32:51 -0700

Le projet d'un disque autour de Billie Holiday est né il y a quelques années, lors de discussions avec le producteur Bruce Lundvall, ancien patron de Blue Note. « God Bless the Child était la chanson préférée de ma mère. Billie Holiday m'accompagne ...


Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:56:15 -0800

Previous lecturers have included Lyor Cohen, Pitchfork president Chris Kaskie and Blue Note president Bruce Lundvall. This year's lecturer was the (oftentimes polarizing) co-founder of Pandora, Tim Westergren. Westergren used his time to outline his ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 13:07:08 -0800

Lucky for us it has been - first under the brilliant stewardship of Bruce Lundvall, and now, Don Was - both very respectful and very intelligent about preserving and protecting Alfred Lion's treasured legacy. It's all there for us to enjoy today. They ...


Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:52:30 -0800

The way the label's then-president Bruce Lundvall remembers it, it wasn't an obvious choice. "I told everyone this is Willie's labor of love," he said in his biography, Dan Ouelette's "Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear." He's always wanted to do this ...

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