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Sony Classical is proud to announce the re-launch of the historic OKeh label. With the objective of documenting “Global Expressions in Jazz,” OKeh will focus on releasing jazz by new and established artists that have a wide range of global backgrounds. Initial releases during the first half of 2013 include projects by Bill Frisell, David Sanborn & Bob James, and John Medeski, as well as an additional five to seven projects slated for release later in the year.

In the United States, OKeh will be part of Sony Masterworks, Sony Classical’s U.S. branch.

“What I want to achieve with OKeh is to build a home for jazz and jazz related music of the highest quality, no matter what its origins are,” states Wulf Müller, the 29-year industry veteran who recently joined Sony Classical as an exclusive jazz A&R and Marketing consultant. Mr. Müller conceived the label’s re-launch. “‘Global Expressions in Jazz’ will mean improvised music from all over the world, being used as a global language to communicate between lovers of music. We hope to create a label that will define the present and future of the music we call Jazz.”

The announcement comes just months after the appointment of Chuck Mitchell as the Senior Vice President for Sony Masterworks. Mitchell previously served as Worldwide President of the legendary Verve label and more recently as a Vice President at eOne Music. “The re-activation of OKeh comes at a particularly auspicious moment in the international evolution of creative music,” says Mr. Mitchell. “Wulf’s knowledge of and commitment to jazz in all its facets and forms makes him the ideal individual to lead the next chapter in the development of this historically important imprint.”

“With Wulf Müller and Chuck Mitchell as the ideal partners, I’m thrilled that we are breathing new life into one of the coolest brands in recorded music history,” states Bogdan Roscic, President of Sony Classical. “We feel there is currently an incredible wealth of exciting music out there that will find a new home and thrive on OKeh. And Sony Classical is the ideal platform for it – with specialized teams around the world whose attention and expertise will benefit all OKeh artists and their releases.”

Founded in 1918, OKeh initially became well known for recording artists in the classic jazz and blues traditions, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, King Oliver, and Sidney Bechet.

Müller reflects, “OKeh’s tradition as a label for great improvised music of its time, its connection to some of the most influential artists in the genres of jazz and blues, made it the perfect label for us to use, as its history already stands for what we are aiming for: quality in all aspects of the recordings and giving todays artists a platform to express themselves, while at the same time opening doors to the future.”

SHOWS

Dec
29
Theo Croker
Jas Cafe
Aspen, Colorado
Dec
30
Theo Croker
Jas Cafe
Aspen, Colorado
Jan
11
Regina Carter
Library Theatre
200 Municipal Ln, Hoover, AL 35216
Jan
12
Regina Carter
Library Theatre
200 Municipal Ln, Hoover, AL 35216

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  • Kurt Elling – November 29 at City Winery Atlanta - Kurt Elling is set to perform at City Winery Atlanta on Wednesday, November 29 at 8:00pm in support of his 2016 Christmas release The Beautiful Day (OKeh Records). Elling will be joined by pianist Stu Mindeman, guitarist John McLean, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Christian Euman.  When Kurt Elling embraced the meaning, the spirit and the word “Christmas” in creating his new album The Beautiful Day, he also wanted to make…
  • Kurt Elling – November 27 at City Winery Nashville - Kurt Elling is set to perform at City Winery Nashville on Monday, November 27 at 8:00pm in support of his 2016 Christmas release The Beautiful Day (OKeh Records). Elling will be joined by pianist Stu Mindeman, guitarist John McLean, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Christian Euman.  When Kurt Elling embraced the meaning, the spirit and the word “Christmas” in creating his new album…
  • Kurt Elling – November 25-26 at City Winery Chicago - Kurt Elling is set to perform for two nights at City Winery Chicago on Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 with sets at 5:00pm and 8:00pm in support of his 2016 Christmas release The Beautiful Day (OKeh Records). Elling will be joined by pianist Stu Mindeman, guitarist John McLean, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer…
  • Regina Carter – “Ella: Accentuate the Positive” – Available April 21 - “Ms. Carter is widely considered the finest jazz violinist  of her generation, a hard-charging soloist whose precisely focused tone  and graceful way with a ballad hint at her long years of classical training.” – The New York Times   A hundred years after her birth, the ever-eloquent Ella Fitzgerald continues to teach us lessons. Regina Carter has chosen…
  • Somi – “Petite Afrique” – Available March 31 - Pulsing with Harlem’s rhythms and sonic ambiance, Somi’s Petite Afrique is an homage to her New York City upper Manhattan neighborhood, and one of the Meccas of the African diaspora.  In the village of Harlem, along west 116th Street from Malcolm X Boulevard to Frederick Douglass Boulevard, African immigrants build American lives. Populated predominantly by a Francophone, West African…
  • Dhafer Youssef – “Diwan Of Beauty and Odd” – Available January 12 - The Tunisian singer and oud-player Dhafer Youssef once said quite spontaneously “There is no prototype for beauty”. This disarmingly unconditional statement is in fact sufficient to sum up the motivation and sound of his new album Diwan Of Beauty & Odd. Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to savour the Tunisian’s passionate, yet peacefully…

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