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The Savoy Label Group (SLG) is a division of Japan’s oldest record company, Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia) which began its revival in 2001 under the leadership of industry-veteran Steve Vining.
SLG has grown into a full service record company specializing in the creation and marketing of adult music worldwide and has been recognized in Billboard’s Year End issues as the leading label in many of the company’s main musical genres. The Savoy Jazz catalog, synonymous with jazz excellence since the 1940’s, represents the early landmark recordings of legends Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Erroll Garner, Cannonball Adderley and many, many others. An acquisition of the 32 Records catalog in 2002 brought recordings from the Muse and Landmark catalogs into the SLG family. In addition to managing these historic jazz recordings, the company also boasts the Grammy Award winning 429 Records label specializing in Indie rock/pop and adult alternative with an artist roster featuring Grammy winners Robbie Robertson, Roberta Flack, Dr. John and Bruce Hornsby and Grammy finalists Joan Armatrading and Mick Fleetwood. The label has also garnered Billboard Top 200 debuts from Steve Cropper, Little Feat’s guest driven blow out ‘Join the Band’ featuring friends Dave Matthews, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Seger, Vince Gill and many others, Jackie Greene, rock mainstays Cracker and David Lowery, The New York Dolls, Gin Blossoms, Tonic , and alt rock favorites Clem Snide. 429 Records is also home to the all-star tribute to the music of ‘The Band’ titled Endless Highway featuring Jack Johnson, Bruce Hornsby, Death Cab for Cutie, Rosanne Cash and many others and the all star celebration of the music of 50’s Greenwhich Village, ‘The Village’ featuring Rickie Lee Jones, Bruce Hornsby, Shelby Lynne and more.
Additionally the label partners with PBS for wide range of blockbuster video/audio productions including ‘The Osmond’s Live from Las Vegas – 50th Reunion Anniversary’, Norwegian singing sensation Sissel’s ‘Northern Lights’ featuring guest Jose Carreras and PBS’ most successful pledge drive artist Andre Rieu and his programs like the Billboard chart topping ‘Tuscany’, ‘The Flying Dutchman’ and ‘Live from Radio City’ and the upcoming UK TV sensation ‘Only Men Aloud – Live from Wales’ which debuts on PBS in august of 2010.
New signings to Savoy Jazz have included the legendary guitarist Bill Frisell, Andy Bey, Ravi Coltrane (son of John), as well as world music icon Milton Nascimento, jazz/dance/pop group St. Etienne. Grammy Nominations have included; both Ravi Coltrane (for his Savoy debut “In Flux”) and Vijay Iyer, Andy Bey in 2005 for his debut release, “American Song,” and The Groove Collective for Best Contemporary Jazz album in 2006 for “People, People, Music, Music”.
SLG is distributed by Universal Music Group in the US and Australia. Other Worldwide distribution includes Columbia Music in Japan (SLG’s parent company) and Europe via relationships with UK’s leading independent Proper Music and Universal. SLG releases are available through out the rest of the world via a network of licensors and distributors including EMI Music (UK/Eire), Cooking Vinyl (Europe), Union Square Music (Europe) Shock (Australia), Rock Records (Taiwan) and Sony/BMG (Philippines). SLG was one of the first labels to sign with Apple’s iTunes U.S. store and manages the labels worldwide sales direct with the online stores staff in Cupertino, CA.
In addition to reviving Savoy Jazz, Denon Classics has emerged as Billboard’s leading independent classical label for the last 7 years in the U.S. through it’s work marketing the extensive back catalog and with the signing of Dutch violinist, Andre Rieu. A star at PBS for his many successful TV programs and a Pollstar Top 5 touring act worldwide, Andre Rieu has had #1 Top Selling Classical releases on the Billboard charts with his past five releases, “The Flying Dutchman”, “Tuscany”, “The Homecoming” and “Live at Radio City Music Hall”. Denon Classics compilation series ‘The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe’ is a fixture at the top of the international classical charts the last 10 years nad has spawned a series which has sold 1.5 million units worldwide.
Formed as a boutique company specializing in the creation and marketing of music aimed at the burgeoning adult market worldwide, SLG will continue it’s impressive growth through aggressive and effective marketing and partnerships with outstanding artists from a broad array of musical genres.