Verve Records

Verve Records
Verve (logo).svg
Parent companyVerve Label Group
(Universal Music Group)
Founded1956 (1956) New York City, New York
FounderNorman Granz
Distributor(s)Verve Label Group
GenreAmerican contemporary; historically Jazz music
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City, New York
Official websitewww.vervelabelgroup.com

Verve Records, also known as Verve Label Group, founded in 1956 by Norman Granz, is home to the world's largest jazz catalogue and includes recordings by artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Billie Holiday and Oscar Peterson, among others.[1] It absorbed the catalogues of Granz's earlier labels, Clef Records, founded in 1946, Norgran Records, founded in 1953, and material previously licensed to Mercury Records.[2]

Verve also served as the original home of rock music acts such as The Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. The restructured Verve Records is now part of the Verve Label Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. This company is also home to historic imprints including Verve Forecast, Impulse and Decca Records.

  1. ^ Havers, Richard (24 February 2016). "Verve Records is 60!". uDiscoverMusic. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Verve / Clef/ Norgran". LondonJazzCollector. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2018.