is a U.S. record label
now based in Beverly Hills, California
. Originally known as Concord Jazz
, it was established in 1972
as an off-shoot of the Concord Jazz Festival
in Concord, California
by festival founder Carl Jefferson
, a local automobile dealer and jazz fan who sold his Ford agency to found "the jazz label I can never find in record stores." Since then, the label has achieved international recognition, as well as 88 Grammy Award
nominations and 14 Grammy Awards.
The label issues a large number of live recordings from festivals and other venues, including a series started in 1990 of piano recitals from Maybeck Recital Hall in Berkeley, California by many well known jazz pianists.
The original Concord Jazz logo, a stylized eighth note incorporating the C and J of "Concord Jazz," was created by Bay Area graphic designer Dan Buck, who also worked on several album covers for the company.
Concord includes a family of specialized labels, including Concord Picante for latin jazz and Concord Concerto for classical music.
Emerging "mini-major" company
In 1999, Concord Records was purchased by a consortium led by Hal Gaba and his longtime associate legendary television producer Norman Lear
, and moved its offices in 2002 from Concord to Beverly Hills
. Its catalog was greatly enhanced in 2004
with the purchase of Fantasy Records
. The company is now known as Concord Music Group
On December 19, 2005, it was announced that the group had purchased Telarc Records and its subsidiary Heads Up, in a deal whose terms have not been divulged.
Kenny G signed to Concord in early 2008.