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Verve Label Group

OVERVIEW

The Verve Label Group (VLG), a division of Universal Music Group based in New York City, is home to many of the most acclaimed artists in Jazz and Classical music, while also strongly focused on championing emerging talent across all genres.

  • Verve Records

    Verve Records, founded in 1956, holds the world’s richest jazz catalogue and features seminal recordings from legendary artists including Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Stan Getz and Billie Holiday among others. Verve also served as the original home of pioneering acts The Velvet Underground and Frank Zappa. The revitalized Verve Records is once again home to historic imprints including Verve Forecast (Richie Havens, Laura Nyro, Captain Beefheart), Impulse! (John Coltrane, Charles Mingus) and Decca Records.

  • Decca Gold

    Decca Gold is the new U.S. classical music label based in NYC.  It will serve as the American home for all new classical artists, continuing the rich tradition of a historic legacy dating back to 1956 with artists such as Andrés Segovia, Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Arrau, and Dave Brubeck. The revitalized imprint has recently forged new partnerships with the New York Philharmonic and The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as artist signings with the acclaimed Emerson String Quartet and rising star soprano Nadine Sierra.

  • Universal Music Classics

    Universal Music Classics is home to the new U.S. classical music label, Decca Gold, and the esteemed European labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca, Mercury KX and ECM.

  • ECM

    Founded by producer Manfred Eicher in 1969, ECM soon established an early reputation with standard-setting jazz recordings by artists such as Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago, before expanding the program to include contemporary compositions in the late 1970s. The ECM New Series was launched in 1984, originally to introduce Arvo Pärt’s “Tabula Rasa”, and has since become a broad platform for a wide variety of composed music from the pre-baroque era to the present day. Eicher’s own background, as a musician active in both jazz and classical music, provided an unusually broad vantage point from which to survey the genres, and the producer has been credited with helping to bring form to improvised music and a sense of ‘improvisational’ flexibility to recordings of contemporary composition.

  • Decca Broadway

    Decca Broadway is one of the largest producers of original cast recordings as well as reissues of classic musical theater performances.  The unsurpassed catalogue includes everything from the original Oklahoma!CarouselGuys and Dolls and Man of La Mancha to Mamma Mia! and the Grammy Award-winning blockbusters WickedSpamalot and Spring Awakening.