The Savoy Label Group (SLG) is a division of Japan’s oldest record company, Nippon Columbia, (formerly Columbia Music Entertainment), which began its revival in 2001 under the leadership of industry veterans Steve Vining and CEO Strauss Zelnick.
SLG has grown into a full service record company specializing in the creation and marketing of adult music worldwide. 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.
In addition to managing these historic jazz recordings, the company also boasts the 429 Records label specializing in Indie rock and adult alternative with an artist roster featuring 2013 Billboard Top 50 Pop chart debuts from Boz Scaggs
(Memphis), LL Cool J (Authentic), new supergroup The Rides (Can’t Get Enough) featuring Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, as well as Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Robbie Robertson (How To Become Clairvoyant), Joan Armatrading ( 2008 Grammy nominee ), Little Feat with guest artists Dave Mathews, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Seger and others, Cracker, 2008 Grammy award winner Dr. John, 2009 Grammy nominee Mick Fleetwood, Bruce Hornsby, the all star celebration of the music of Greenwich Village – ‘The Village’ featuring Ricki Lee Jones, Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams and others and also the tribute to The Band – ‘Endless Highway’ – which featured Jack Johnson, Bruce Hornsby, Death Cab for Cutie, and Rosanne Cash. 429 Records has achieved over two dozen Billboard Top 200 debuts, 15 albums/singles reaching the Top 10 in AAA radio charts and 4 Top 5 singles at mainstream A/C as well as top charting singles at Hot A/C. New signings include Los Lobos and Paul Rodgers.
The company has now confirmed the PBS debut of The Dukes of September, filmed at Lincoln Center in February, 2014. The band features Donald Fagen (Steely Dan), Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers and solo work) and hitmaker Boz Scaggs and will premiere as a “Great Performances from Lincoln Center” as well as multiple broadcasts as a PBS national pledge drive program in March, 2014.
Other SLG labels include Denon Classics which has emerged as the leading independent classical label in the U.S. with “The Most Relaxing” line and Dutch violinist, Andre Rieu. A star at PBS for his many successful TV programs and a Pollstar Top 5 touring act worldwide, Rieu has been the #1 Top Selling Classical Artist on the Billboard charts. In addition to the 11 Andre Rieu programs created with PBS new Denon video projects in partnership with the network include “From Italy with Love” by new vocal sensation Andiamo, “Northern Lights” featuring internationally renowned vocalist Sissel and her guest the incomparable Jose Carreras, The Osmonds 50th Anniversary reunion Concert filmed in Las Vegas and Andreas Vollenweider’s celebrated ‘The Magical Journey of Andreas Vollenweider.’ SLG’s promotion and marketing of these PBS properties have resulted in 17 Top 15 Music DVD debuts, 1 Top 50 debut on the Top 200 Billboard chart, 11 Top 5 Classical debuts and 3 #1 classical debuts and an impressive 16 Platinum or Gold video certifications.
Savoy Jazz is home to Bill Frisell (having charted with his first Savoy release ‘Beautiful Dreamers’ on the Billboard Jazz and the Heatseeker charts) and retro swing proponents, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Past Savoy releases have featured Andy Bey, Ravi Coltrane (son of John), world music icon Milton Nascimento, jazz/dance/pop mainstay St. Etienne and Groove Collective. Savoy Jazz 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,” The Groove Collective for Best Contemporary Jazz album in 2006 for “People, People, Music, Music” and Andreas Vollenweider for “The Magical Journeys of Andreas Vollenweider “.
SLG boasts exclusive U.S. and Canadian distribution agreements with Universal Music, the industry’s market share leader. Under the agreement, Universal provides distribution services for all of SLG’s labels. Internationally SLG is distributed in Japan by the parent company Nippon Columbia (Japan’s oldest record company), Caroline/Universal Music ( UK/Europe ), Universal Music (Australia/New Zealand & the Far East ) and Union Square Music ( Savoy back catalog for Europe). SLG was one of the first labels to sign with Apple’s iTunes store and manages the labels worldwide sales via the market leading online stores staff in Cupertino, CA.
Formed as a boutique company specializing in the creation and marketing of music in the adult space, aimed at the market worldwide, SLG will continue its impressive growth through aggressive and effective marketing and partnerships with outstanding artists from all musical genres.