INDUSTRY VETERANS JOIN NIPPON COLUMBIA U.S. OPERATION--STEVE VINING NAMED PRESIDENT OF SAVOY LABEL GROUP--STEVE BACKER NAMED VP OF JAZZ A&R
Tokyo - Steve Vining has been named President of Savoy Label Group, Nippon Columbia's U.S-based. jazz and classical division, it was announced today by Jack Matsumura, President and CEO, Nippon Columbia.
In this newly created position, Vining
will be responsible for creating a new label division of Nippon Columbia's U.S. arm, which includes the exploitation of Nippon Columbia's legendary Savoy Jazz line.
In addition, the new division will be responsible for the marketing of Denon's Jazz and Classical recordings and the development of new artists.
In a related announcement, noted jazz A&R executive Steve Backer will be joining Vining as Vice President, Jazz A&R.
is a highly respected industry veteran whose forward-thinking approach to developing and marketing artists and their music has earned him the reputation as an innovator," said Jack Matsumura.
Strauss Zelnick, Chairman added, "I have known Steve for many years and know first hand the quality of his work and am confident that he will be a driving force in the success of the newly revitalized Nippon Columbia."
"I am thrilled to be working with Nippon Columbia
, which has a proud and prestigious history in the recorded music industry," said Vining
Vining most recently served as the CEO of Silicon Valley based Euphonix Inc., the leading manufacturer of high resolution digital audio recording and mixing technology.
While at Euphonix
successfully orchestrated a partnership with Microsoft
, launched the development of Euphonix AES31 multi track archive program and increased sales by over 30%.
Prior to joining Euphonix in the fall of 2000, Vining served as President of BMG Entertainment's Windham Hill Group from 1996 - 2000.
successfully established the label as a leader in not only New Age but also prominent positions in the Adult Contemporary, World, Smooth Jazz and Urban Adult Contemporary categories resulting in 14 gold records and 4 Grammy Awards.
Vining joined BMG Entertainment in 1991 where he rose to the position of Vice President/General Manager of RCA Victor/BMG
Classics U.S. As a producer/engineer, Vining
has created Grammy nominated recordings for a diverse group of jazz and classical musicians including Dizzy Gillespie
, Gerry Mulligan
, London Symphony Orchestra
, Cleo Laine and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.
"Steve Backer is a first rate music executive who will be a tremendous addition to the Savoy Label Group
," said Vining
added, Additionally, I'm heartened by the Grammy nomination of our extraordinary 8 cd set 'Charlie Parker - The Complete Savoy
and Dial Recordings' in the Best Historical Package category as it represents the kind of work Steve Backer and I plan to expand upon at Savoy."
"I look forward to working with Steve Vining
, Jack Matsumura and Strauss Zelnick and contributing my expertise to the revitalization of Nippon Columbia
," said Backer.