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Label Watch: Concord Jazz

Glen Barros of Concord Jazz

Concord Jazz is now celebrating its 25th anniversary in 1998-three years after the label’s founder and prolific producer Carl Jefferson succumbed to cancer. It all began when Jefferson founded the Concord Jazz Festival in 1969, which led to the establishment of the label in 1973. And appropriately, when he died, Jefferson’s departure was marked by yet another jazz festival, this one in his honor, featuring more than 80 of his artists, who paid loving tribute to his career that saw the release of more than 500 recordings.

Concord, of course, continues to remain a major presence on the jazz landscape since Jefferson’s departure, and its new president, Glen Barros (pictured, right), is committed to progress. “We will continue to expand our company to become a bigger and better-known jazz organization,” he said. “We have the means and the 
resources to make it happen.”

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