One of the most significant and sought-after producers in contemporary music, Don Was has won multiple GRAMMY® Awards and numerous other accolades for his work with a diverse array of artists, including The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Van Morrison & Kurt Elling. A native of Detroit, Don Was first came to prominence as a founding member, songwriter and bassist of the influential multi-genre band Was (Not Was). As President of Blue Note Records, Was is both the company’s leader and ambassador for its music, presenting the label’s artists to worldwide audiences and building upon the label’s singular 77-year legacy of great recordings. Founded in 1939 by Alfred Lion, Blue Note has established itself as the most respected and longest running jazz label in the world. Blue Note’s legendary catalog includes a true Who’s Who of jazz history: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Jimmy Smith, Dexter Gordon, Grant Green, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Andrew Hill, Ornette Coleman and many more. Under the leadership of current President Don Was, Blue Note has renewed its dedication to Lion’s original vision that “any particular style of playing which represents an authentic way of musical feeling is genuine expression.” In the 21st century Lion’s words still ring true and provide a blueprint that includes Robert Glasper Experiment’s visionary melding of jazz, R&B, and hip-hop, vocalists like Gregory Porter, Kandace Springs and Norah Jones and the full spectrum of jazz artists from legends like Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd and Terence Blanchard to contemporary stars such as Marcus Miller, Ambrose Akinmusire, James Francies and Marcus Strickland.