EmArcy Records

EmArcy Records is a 1954 by Bob Shad and Irving Green, founded in Chicago jazz sub label of Mercury Records.

The name comes from the U.S. According to paraphrase for the initial consonants of Mercury Record Company.

The reason for the founding was the separation of the record label Clef Records by Norman Granz in 1953, which were previously distributed by Mercury. Irving Green hired Bob Shad to build a sub-label EmArcy jazz. Bob Shad, who turned to pop music, was at EmArcy replaced by Jack Tracy 1958.

After Philips 1962 Mercury took over, the sub label was abandoned and reactivated only in the 1980s. Tracy produced a short time even jazz at sub label Limelight. Today is EmArcy part of Decca Records by Universal Music Group, which had acquired Mercury in the 1990s ( after they were previously at Philips and Polygram ). The catalog is now partially at Verve Records.

Here published, among others, Cannonball Adderley, Quincy Jones ( who started as an arranger for Dinah Washington, from 1955 but with Mercury, for example, as a producer worked from 1961 as head of A & R and for which he became in 1964 Vice- Director), Ben Webster, Maynard Ferguson, Helen Merrill, Erroll Garner, Sarah Vaughan (Sarah Vaughan with Clifford Brown in 1954, Sassy 1956 Swingin Easy 1957), the Clifford Brown / Max Roach Quintet ( Clifford Brown and Max Roach in 1955, Study in Brown 1955, Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street 1956), Herb Geller, Paul Quinichette, Gerry Mulligan, Terry Gibbs, Billy Eckstine, Roy Eldridge, Lionel Hampton and Dinah Washington ( the first release of the label in 1954 Dinah Jams, Sings Fats Waller 1957). Appeared in 1986 the recording of Art Tatum 20th Century Piano Genius.

Some of the artists were also made on the Mercury label, Sarah Vaughan eg Jazz at EmArcy and other pop associated publications at Mercury itself, even after the establishment of EmArcy jazz itself was also published at Mercury.