Jazz at Lincoln Center and Sony Music Team Up for Blue Engine Records (via NY Times)

Jazz at Lincoln Center has shelves upon shelves of recordings from concerts it has presented since its founding in 1987, including a studio recording featuring the pianist Chick Corea, a musical Mass with a gospel choir written for the 200th anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and concerts with the saxophonists Sherman Irby and Ted Nash.

Now, that organization, together with Sony Music Entertainment, is bringing that archive, as well as new studio and live recordings, to the public through the creation of its own label, Blue Engine Records, to be announced on Tuesday.

“In jazz, recordings are your identity,” said Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s managing and artistic director. “So the identity of our institution has not been available — unless we’re live.”

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