The Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley merged the worlds of hip-hop, jazz, wine and culture this weekend


The 2022 Blue Note Jazz Festival in Napa Valley, marking the first-ever Blue Note Jazz Festival presented as an outdoor, multi-day, multi-stage event, made its unforgettable sold-out debut last weekend at Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena , in California. With its electrifying mix of high-profile hip-hop, jazz and comedy performances amidst the laid-back beauty of California’s wine country, the festival offered a unique and intimate experience for its 6,000 attendees.

“The inaugural festival brought together great cultural icons through both their love of exceptional music and the camaraderie of their artistic community,” said Alex Kurland, director of programming at Blue Note.

Napa Festival’s all-star lineup, with artist-in-residence Robert Glasper and comedian host Dave Chappelle, featured reunited Black Star yasiin bey and Talib Kweli, Maxwell, Chaka Khan, Snoop Dogg, Corinne Bailey Rae, D Smoke , Dinner Party with Robert Glasper, Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, Alex Isley, Madlib, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, The Soul Rebels with GZA and Talib Kweli, Phony Ppl, Emily King, Butcher Brown, BJ the Chicago Kid, Chief Adjuah, Frederic Yonnet and others, leading Glasper to call it his “dream come true”, noting the festival’s many “influencers and trailblazers”. The festival also marked the first-ever live public recording of the award-winning podcast, The Midnight Miracle, presented by Luminary. Hosted by Dave Chappelle, yasiin bey and Talib Kweli, “The Midnight Miracle Live from Napa” will debut as part of The Midnight Miracle’s second season later this year on Luminary.

“We are all witnesses to history. It’s the best America has to offer when it comes to music. What a party. What a weekend,” Chappelle said from the stage.

The event also attracted celebrities, including Nas, Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Michelle Wolf, Katt Williams, Anthony Anderson, Terry Crews, JEEZY, and more.

The Blue Note Napa Valley Jazz Festival grew out of Robert Glasper’s month-long residency nicknamed “Robtober,” which takes place each October at Blue Note New York. “With Napa Valley, we planned to create a festival-style outdoor version of Robtober in the spirit of a traditional jazz festival, with spontaneous collaborations, special guests and unique improvised performances,” said Steven. Bensusan, Chairman, Blue Note Entertainment Group. “We couldn’t be happier with the result,” he added.

Learn more about Glasper’s curatorial approach for the inaugural festival at Billboard, Uproxx and BET.


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