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Concord Turns 30

Ah, don’t we all look back fondly on our 20s? That’s when life was simple: mom and dad paid for everything, late nights were the norm and music meant rap ‘n’ rock ‘n’ roll. Now that we’re in our 30s, and beyond, what are aging hipsters to do? Turn to Concord, my friends, turn to Concord, a jazz label that turns 30 in 2003. Your aging bones and slipping mind will find succor in the splendiferous sounds of the ‘cord, one of the most successful independent jazz labels in the history of the music.

If you can gather up the energy to participate, old-timer, Concord has a bevy of celebrations planned for 2003. Here’s a long list of events and releases that Concord has planned-but remember, it’s a lengthy list, so feel free to take a nap, o’ aged one, before you try to read the whole thing!

-30 Concord classics will be transferred to the SACD format, with the premiere release being a two-CD set from Chick Corea, a live recording featuring John Patitucci, Avishai Cohen, Dave Weckl and others.

-A five-CD box set, chronicling the 30-year history, is planned.

-The self-titled release from much-hyped Harry Connick, Jr.’s protégé Peter Cincotti, a 19-year-old singer-pianist.

-A new release from singer Diane Schuur, which features a duet with Karrin Allyson.

-Three more releases in Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz series, featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney and Dave Brubeck.

-The Concord Festival Tour commences in the summer, and it will hit 20 U.S. cities and several international dates, topping out with “Concord Records Night,” a grand gala at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

For more info and a history of the label-don’t tucker yourself out! First take another nap-check out That’s Glen Barros, head of Concord, in the picture above.

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