- Thane Tierney
American record company. It was established in 1969 by businessman and concert promoter Carl E. Jefferson. Named for the California city in which Jefferson once promoted a jazz festival, Concord first came to prominence as a jazz label, releasing mainstream recordings by the likes of Herb Ellis and Joe Pass, later attracting such artists as Rosemary Clooney and Dave Brubeck, and in later years broadening their horizons to include Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Kenny G, and Michael Feinstein, among many others. Label imprints include Concord Records, Concord Jazz, and Concord Picante. They have operated the Hear Music label as a joint venture with the coffee conglomerate Starbucks, and they distribute a number of small labels.
In 2004 the Concord Music Group was formed when the firm merged with Fantasy Records (which, at that time, also controlled the Contemporary, Good Time Jazz, Milestone, Pablo, Prestige, Riverside, Specialty, and Takoma imprints as well as a portion of the Stax/Volt Records catalog). Subsequent label acquisitions include Telarc in ...