Verve Records was founded in 1956 by record producer Norman Granz, who oversaw the production process of many albums on the label. Verve holds one of the largest catalogues of jazz artists, including recordings by Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Stan Getz and Bill Evans. It was also the home of early experimental rock acts The Velvet Underground, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention. Verve is also the distributor for historic imprints like Impulse! Records and Decca Records in the United States.
Further Reading: Verve
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of her birth, this newly-discovered recording of the High Priestess of Soul's performance at the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival encapsulates the essence of Simone's unparalleled abilities and world-class talent.
Ella Fitzgerald’s take on classic Cole Porter tunes served not only as the beginning of the now-legendary Verve Records, but a springboard for the singer that reinvigorated her mid-career.