Concord Records, which is co-owned by entertainment legend Norman Lear, has put its creative forces to work planning numerous events and releases to coincide with the company’s 30-year anniversary, including the release of 30 titles on the new Super Audio CD (SACD) format. The upcoming 2-CD set from Chick Corea, a live recording with guests John Patitucci, Avishai Cohen, Dave Weckl and other notables, is the premiere release in this SACD series. Other noteworthy projects scheduled for 2003 include: a 5-CD box-set that chronicles the label’s 30 year history of quality music; the self-titled debut release from 19-year old jazz protégé Peter Cincotti; a new recording from the incomparable Diane Schuur; and, the latest releases from Marian McPartland’s renowned Piano Jazz series, featuring guests Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney and Dave Brubeck.
The anniversary celebration will continue into the second half of the year with the Concord Festival Tour. Building on the success of the annual Concord Jazz Festival in July, the tour will encompass 20 major U.S. markets as well as several international dates. The prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, for example, will host "Concord Records Night," an exclusive program of various artists from Concord’s family of labels, all performing together to honor their label’s past and to celebrate its future.
Concord Records has experienced impressive expansion since its inception in 1973, and now includes several key partnership and imprints, a rich catalog of over 1,000 albums, and an ever-expanding roster of world-class vocal and instrumental artists across a variety of genres, from jazz and traditional pop to Latin jazz and blues. Throughout its 30-year history, the label has garnered numerous awards and accolades, including 85 Grammy® Award nominations and 13 Grammy Awards. In 2002, the label earned an impressive 11 Grammy nods, making it the most nominated independent label of that year.
Concord Records’ roster of distinguished talents includes Karrin Allyson, Patti Austin, Gary Burton, Chick Corea, Michael Feinstein, Robben Ford, Nnenna Freelon, Scott Hamilton, Marian McPartland, Barry Manilow, Eddie Palmieri, The Rippingtons, Poncho Sanchez, Curtis Stigers, and Keely Smith, among others. The label’s extensive catalog contains essential work from some of music’s greatest names, including Ray Brown, Dave Brubeck, Charlie Byrd, Rosemary Clooney, Stan Getz Carmen McRae, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader and Mel Tormé, to name but only a few.
Director of Publicity - Concord Records