Verve signed practically every major jazz artist of the 1950s and
1960s and is home to some of the greatest music ever recorded.
Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar
Peterson, and Ella Fitzgerald all released records through Verve.
This superb new volume presents some of the rarest records and
unseen ephemera from the label that helped define the world of
jazz. Hundreds of the best examples of iconic seven-inch, ten-inch,
and twelve-inch records appear, along with publicity reports, news
clippings, ledger books, telegrams, and contracts.
The ultimate music guide, the book includes features on key
artists as well as infographics and timelines that reveal the
connections between leading artists and Verve. Looking beyond the
music scene, the book discusses segregation in America, the
missions to take jazz to Europe and the world, the clubs, the
places, and the people who made jazz vital. Commentary from the
biggest names in jazz today, including some of Verve s own artists,
complements the text.