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Universal launches classical-and-jazz-focussed Verve Music Group

By | Published on Friday 20 May 2016

Universal Music

Universal Music has announced the formation of a new Verve Label Group, comprising the Verve label and some of the major’s classical music units, like Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Records, Decca Classics, Mercury Classics and ECM. The new US-based group will be led by Danny Bennett, son and manager of Tony Bennett.

“Universal Music is home to the largest and most historically relevant jazz and classical recordings”, says Bennett Jr. “It’s a tremendous honour, and I am humbled to be chosen to lead the newly formed Verve Label Group. I’m indebted to David Foster for leading the iconic Verve label and I look forward to working with him on many future productions. Additionally, I offer my profound appreciation to Lucian Grange and Michele Anthony for this amazing opportunity”.

Verve will relocate to New York, where it was originally founded. There Bennett aims to bring greater awareness of Universal’s jazz and classical catalogues, while developing new acts too.