Of course, Miles Davis’ legendary “Blue In Green,” the third track on the timeless Kind of Blue, is our namesake. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are countless ways in which music, and jazz in particular, has played a role in the history of the business and continues to shape the energy that we strive to cultivate in the shop on a day to day basis. Even the free improvisatory spirit of jazz is undoubtedly an analogue to our creative, open-minded approach to merchandising and styling. During normal times of the year, we relish inviting in the community for DJ-sets and live performances. Over the course of the last 9 months, however, the pandemic has greatly limited our ability to share our space as a venue for live music, which has been a great disappointment.
Soul in the Horn, a movement organized around weekly Friday night functions that originated in NYC as a collaborative vision between music curator DProsper and Resident DJ Natasha Diggs, has faced the same challenges due to the pandemic. Still, resilient as NYC-based artists always are, Soul in the Horn has launched an ongoing series of “Global Vibrations”–horn-infused Friday night DJ sets live streamed around the world. Earlier this fall, however, we were able to host three jazz musicians–Justin Jones, FKAjazz (Samir Zarif) and Ryan Stanbury–to record a live performance in person at the shop for Soul in the Horn. With the black and white portraits of iconic jazz artists on the wall behind them, we got a chance to capture Justin, Samir and Ryan improvising with one another as the sound of their three horns quickly filled the entire shop with a tangible, infectious jazzy energy.