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Verve: The Sound of America

Tuesday 25 March 2014

1 Hour


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Music and Words with David Freeman

Jazz consultant Richard Havers talks to broadcaster David Freeman about the history of Verve Records, the label that changed the course of modern music and brought the sound of America to the world. This event includes the playing of some of the seminal music from the label. Verve signed virtually every major jazz artist of the 1950s and 1960s, and its founder, Norman Granz, organised highly influential racially integrated concerts in the United States and around the world. Havers’ illustrated history of Verve marks the 70th anniversary in 2014 of the first Jazz at the Philharmonic concert.

Havers is jazz consultant to the Universal Music Group where he has produced box sets including Louis Armstrong: Ambassador of Jazz and Ella Fitzgerald. His books include Sinatra, Rolling With the Stones, and Tony Visconti: Bowie, Bolan and the Boy from Brooklyn.