Insight: "Playing By Ear" Gary G. Vercelli Wednesday, June 25, 2014 Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. Seth Wenig / AP Bruce Lundvall served as president of Columbia Records in the 70’s, Elektra Records in the early 80’s, and then revitalized the iconic Blue Note label in 1984. He facilitated the careers of jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, and Dianne Reeves. While his favorite music was jazz, Mr. Lundvall had the ears to recognize great talent across musical boundaries. He signed country legend Willie Nelson and popular artists, such as Phoebe Snow. Author Dan Ouellette has written a comprehensive biography detailing Lundvall’s life titled “Playing By Ear.” Our jazz music director, Gary Vercelli recently recorded an interview Ouellette about his book.