Blue Note Records signs ARTEMIS
Nov. 11, 2019 press release
Blue Note Records has signed Artemis, the jazz supergroup featuring pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, clarinetist Anat Cohen, tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda, drummer Allison Miller, and vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Artemis will release their debut album next year and will also make their Carnegie Hall debut next month when they grace Stern Auditorium’s Perelman Stage on December 7. Tickets are available at carnegiehall.org.
“On a sunny August afternoon in 2018, I was among the thousands of fans attending the Newport Jazz Festival who had their minds blown by Artemis,” said Blue Note President Don Was. “Although each individual member of this supergroup is a bona fide jazz titan, these incredible musicians dwell in the rarefied air of bands whose whole is greater than the sum of its already sublime parts. Their musical conversation is sophisticated, soulful and powerful and their groove runs deep.”
Each renowned for her outstanding solo work, the band members form an unparalleled international line-up hailing from the US, Canada, France, Chile, Israel, and Japan. The musicians first assembled for a European festival tour in summer 2017, and eventually named themselves Artemis after the Greek goddess who was the daughter of Zeus and Leto, the twin sister of Apollo, the patron and protector of young girls, and the goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity.
Artemis has been featured in Vanity Fair and on NPR’s Jazz Night In America, who broadcast the band’s tremendous 2018 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. Artemis has extensive touring plans for 2020 including appearances at SFJAZZ, Chicago Symphony Center’s Orchestra Hall, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
ARTEMIS ON JAZZ NIGHT IN AMERICA
Hosted by Christian McBride
"Their set played like an expertly crafted mixtape, moving from a knotty version of Thelonious Monk's Brilliant Corners to a surprisingly dramatic version of the Beatles' 'Fool on the Hill." –– ROLLING STONE