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Encyclopedia > Verve Records
Verve Records
Parent company
Universal Music Group
Founded 1956
Founder(s) Norman Granz
Distributing label Verve Records (In the US)
Genre Jazz
Country US
Web address http://www.vervemusicgroup.com


Verve Records is an American Jazz record label, founded by Norman Granz in 1956, which absorbed the catalogues of his earlier labels: Norgran Records and Clef Records (founded 1953). Image File history File links Vervelogo. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment (see Music Corporation of America), is the largest business group and family of record labels in the record industry. ... Norman Granz (Los Angeles, USA, August 6, 1918 - Geneva, Switzerland, November 22, 2001), was an American jazz music impresario and producer. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory and marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory and marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Norman Granz (Los Angeles, USA, August 6, 1918 - Geneva, Switzerland, November 22, 2001), was an American jazz music impresario and producer. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link is to a full 1953 calendar). ...


Today, the label is owned by Universal Music Group. Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment (see Music Corporation of America), is the largest business group and family of record labels in the record industry. ...

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History

The Verve catalog grew throughout the 1950s and 1960s to include most of the major figures in jazz, though Granz tended to record established artists, sometimes in decline, rather than new talent. It also recognized the potential of comedy albums, producing Spike Jones' first LP, Dinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry in 1956 and several best-selling albums featuring live performances by Shelley Berman beginning in 1960. Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Spike Jones For the music video and film director, see Spike Jonze. ... Dinner Music For People Who Arent Very Hungry - Spike Jones Demonstrates Your Hi-Fi was the first long-playing release by comedic bandleader Spike Jones. ... Shelley Berman (born 3 February 1926, in Chicago, Illinois) is a comedian, writer, teacher, and actor. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ...


Granz sold Verve to MGM in 1961 for $3 million. Creed Taylor took over as producer, bringing the bossa nova to America with the Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd LP Jazz Samba as well as Getz/Gilberto. Shortly before leaving Verve in 1967, Creed created a folk music subsidiary named Verve Folkways (later renamed Verve Forecast). But by now, new recordings began to decline & would cease altogether in the early 1970s. MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Creed Taylor is an American record producer. ... Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music created by Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto and first introduced in Brazil by Gilbertos recording of Chega de Saudade, in 1958, a song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, first released as a single, and shortly thereafter as the album... Stan Getz Stanley Getz, better known as Stan Getz (February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991) was an American jazz musician. ... Charles L. Byrd (September 16, 1925 - November 30, 1999), better known as Charlie Byrd, was a famous jazz guitarist, born in Suffolk, Virginia. ... Jazz Samba is a bossa nova LP by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd, released on the Verve label in 1963. ... Getz/Gilberto, is an album by Stan Getz and João Gilberto, featuring [[Antonio Carlos Jobim], released in 1964. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and for the common people. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ...


In the seventies, the label became part of the PolyGram label group, at this point incorporating the Mercury/EmArcy jazz catalog, which Phillips, part owners of PolyGram had earlier acquired. Verve Records became the Verve Music Group after PolyGram was merged with Seagram's Universal Music Group in 1998. The jazz holdings from the merged companies were folded into this sub-group. PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... The Seagram Company Ltd. ... Universal Music Group (UMG), formerly MCA Music Entertainment (see Music Corporation of America), is the largest business group and family of record labels in the record industry. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


The label was revived in the mid-1980s for new releases. Yet a more important focus for the new Verve Records is the reissuing of its back catalogue, in ever more imaginative ways. The "Verve By Request" label began to reissue many original Verve bossa nova titles on CD in the late 1990s. Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music created by Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto and first introduced in Brazil by Gilbertos recording of Chega de Saudade, in 1958, a song written by Antonio Carlos Jobim, first released as a single, and shortly thereafter as the album...


Since 2002, the label has released a series of Verve Remixed compilation discs where classic tracks by Verve artists are remixed by contemporary electronic music DJs. By the mid-2000s, there was an extensive "Verve Vault" section on iTunes. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Verve Remixed is a series of albums released by Verve Records centered around the concept of classic Verve tracks, remixed by contemporary electronic music producers and DJs. ... A remix is an alternate version of a song, different from the original version. ... Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ...


Several arrangers of note worked for the Verve label while it thrived in the 1960s, including Claus Ogerman and Oliver Nelson. Claus Ogerman, by his own admission in Gene Lees' Jazzletter publication, arranged some 60-70 albums for Verve under Creed Taylor's direction from 1963-1967.[1] Claus Ogerman (born April 29, 1930) is a German musical arranger orchestrator, and composer, perhaps best known for his work with Antonio Carlos Jobim. ... Oliver Nelson (1932–1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinettist, and composer. ...


Some of the record labels currently in the Verve Music Group.

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EmArcy Records is a jazz record label, formed in 1954 as a subsidiary of Mercury Records. ... Impulse! Records is an American based jazz record label, originally launched in 1960 by Creed Taylor as a subsidiary of ABC-Paramount Records in New York City. ... GRP Records is an American jazz record company that was founded in New York by Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen in 1982. ... Commodore Records is a United States based record label known for issuing many well regarded recordings of jazz and swing music. ... Coral Records was a Decca Records subsidiary based in the United States of America. ... Bet-Car Records was a record label founded by jazz singer Betty Carter in 1970 to release her own recordings after her negative experiences with other recording companies. ... Blue Thumb Records was an American record label founded in 1968 by Bob Krasnow, along with former A&M Records executives Tommy Lipuma and Don Graham. ... The Brunswick Records logo Brunswick Records is a United States based record label. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Verve Records is an American Jazz record label, founded by Norman Granz in 1956, which absorbed the catalogues of his earlier labels: Norgran Records and Clef Records (founded 1953). ...

List of early Verve artists

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Instrumentalists

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Coleman Hawkins Coleman Randolph Hawkins, nicknamed Hawk and sometimes Bean, (November 21, 1901 or 1904 - May 19, 1969) was a prominent jazz tenor saxophone musician. ... Charlie Parker Charles Bird Parker, Jr. ... William Count Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an American jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader. ... Duke Ellington Edward Kennedy Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974), also known simply as Duke (see Jazz royalty), was an American jazz composer, pianist, and bandleader. ... Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, CC, CQ, O.Ont. ... John Birks Dizzy Gillespie (October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993) was born in Cheraw, South Carolina. ... Earl Rudolph Bud Powell (September 27, 1924 - July 31, 1966) is widely regarded as one of the most technically gifted and influential pianists in the history of jazz. ... Lester Willis Young, nicknamed Prez (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. ... Edward Kid Ory (December 25, 1886 – January 23, 1973) was a Jazz trombonist and bandleader. ... Stan Getz Stanley Getz, better known as Stan Getz (February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991) was an American jazz musician. ... Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909–September 20, 1973) was an influential American jazz tenor saxophonist. ... William John Evans, (better known as Bill Evans) (August 16, 1929 – September 15, 1980) was one of the most famous jazz pianists of the 20th century; he remains one of the major influences on post-1950s jazz piano. ... Roy David Eldridge (January 30, 1911 – February 6, 1989) was a jazz trumpet player in the Swing era. ... Gerald Joseph Gerry Mulligan (April 6, 1927 – January 20, 1996) was an American jazz musician, composer and arranger best known for his baritone saxophone playing. ... Bernard Buddy Rich (September 30, 1917 – April 2, 1987) was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. ... Gene Krupa Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973) was a famous and influential American jazz and big band drummer, known for his highly energetic and flamboyant style. ... Jean-Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (October 31, 1922 - July 22, 2004) was a jazz tenor saxophonist most famous for his solo on Flying Home. He is better known simply as Illinois Jacquet. ... Art Tatum, The Great Jazz Pianist. ... Walter Wanderley (b. ... Antonio Carlos Jobim (born Antonio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, January 25, 1927 in Rio de Janeiro – December 8, 1994 in New York City), also known as Tom Jobim, was a Brazilian composer, arranger, singer, pianist and one of the greatest legends of the bossa nova era. ... Kai Chresten Winding (May 18, 1922-May 6, 1983) was a popular trombonist and jazz composer. ... Theodore Shaw Teddy Wilson (born November 24, 1912 in Austin, Texas-died July 31, 1986 in New Britain, Connecticut) was a United States jazz pianist. ... Michael Brecker Michael Brecker (b. ...

Vocalists

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Harry Lillis Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor whose career lasted from 1926 until his death in 1977. ... Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), also known as Lady Ella (the First Lady of Song), was an American singer, considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century, alongside Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. ... Betty Carter Betty Carter (May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was a prominent American jazz singer, who was renowned for her improvisational techniques. ... Stephanie Natalie Maria Cole, known professionally as Natalie Cole (born February 6, 1950) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer and songwriter. ... Blossom Dearie (born on April 28, 1926 in East Durham, New York) is an American jazz singer. ... Anita ODay Anita ODay (born October 18, 1919) is an American jazz singer. ... Carmen McRae (April 8, 1920-November 10, 1994) was an American jazz vocalist. ... Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist and activist. ... Mel Tormé (September 13, 1925 - June 5, 1999) was a jazz singer with a light, velvety, high-tenor voice. ... Sally Claire Kellerman (born June 2, 1936 in Long Beach, California) is an American actress and singer most famous for her role as Major Margaret Hot Lips OHoulihan in the film M*A*S*H (1970) for which she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress in a... Krall, as pictured on the cover of her album The Look of Love Dr Diana Jean Krall, OC, DFA (born November 16, 1964) is a popular Jazz pianist and singer. ... Sarah Vaughan (March 27, 1924 - April 3, 1990) is considered by some to be one of the greatest female jazz singers in the history of the genre, along with Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. ... There are several Joe Williams: Smokey Joe Williams, baseball pitcher and hall of famer. ...

Others

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Tim Hardin (December 23, 1941 – December 29, 1980) was a United States folk musician and composer who was a part of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene and performer at the Woodstock Festival. ... The Mothers of Invention were a rock and roll band active from the 1960s to the 1990s. ... The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. ... The Velvet Underground (sometimes abbreviated as The Velvets or VU) was an American rock band first active from 1965 to 1973. ... Talk Talk were a popular English music group that was active from 1981 to 1991. ...

See also

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The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ...

External links

  • Official site
  • Verve Remixed
  • A Few Words About a Living Legend, Creed Taylor

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Verve Records - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (330 words)
Verve Records is an American Jazz record label, founded by Norman Granz in 1956, which absorbed the catalogues of his earlier labels: Norgran Records and Clef Records (founded 1953).
The Verve catalog grew throughout the 1950s and 1960s to include most of the major figures in jazz, though Granz tended to record established artists, sometimes in decline, rather than new talent.
Verve Records, became the Verve Music Group after PolyGram was merged with Seagram's Universal Music Group in 1998.
NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Verve Records (2254 words)
Records is an American based jazz record label, originally launched in 1960 by Creed Taylor as a subsidiary of ABC-Paramount Records in New York City.
Verve Records was originally the product of the vision of Norman Granz, a crucial figure whose innovations forever altered the face of jazz.
By now, long-playing records had replaced 78s as listeners' format of choice, and thanks in large part to ten years' worth of ongoing Jazz at the Philharmonic releases the public was accustomed to extended live performances on record.
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