Craft Recordings has announced the launch of its very first podcast, Prestige 70. The limited series pays homage to the legacy and spirit of the celebrated jazz label Prestige Records, and forms part of its 70th anniversary celebrations.
The series features intimate conversations between much-admired musicians, composers and producers and the podcast’s host Scott Goldman. As the longtime moderator of the Grammy Museum Public Programmes Series, Goldman has interviewed hundreds of major names in music history.
Prestige 70 not only takes a modern-day overview of the musicians and recordings that made Prestige such a vital part of jazz history, but looks to the future with the new generation of artists who continue to expand the boundaries of the artform.
The first episode of the podcast is now available, and new episodes will be released each Tuesday. Prestige 70 will be available here and across all major platforms, including Apple, Spotify and Stitcher,. Full-length video episodes of each of the interviews in the series will also be available on YouTube and Vevo, as well as other video platforms.
The impressive line-up of guests for Prestige 70 includes multiple Grammy-winner and keyboardist/composer Chick Corea; saxophonist and Prestige artist Azar Lawrence; songwriter, producer and bassist Miles Mosley; three-time Grammy–winning pianist-producer Robert Glasper; and multi-instrumentalist, songwriter-producer Nate Mercereau.
Founded by producer Bob Weinstock in 1949, Prestige was a standard-bearer of modern jazz in the 1950s and 60s, when it helped to usher in the eras of bop, hard-bop and soul-jazz. The label later expanded its reach into free jazz and fusion. The careers of some of the most important and influential names in music such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz and Sonny Rollins, all had their careers greatly furthered by Prestige.
Craft Recordings has been paying tribute to the hallowed Prestige archive and legacy over the past year, with numerous playlists, listening events, vinyl reissues and box sets. These have included the widely-acclaimed collection Coltrane ’58: The Prestige Recordings, released in March, and the forthcoming vinyl edition of The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions from the Miles Davis Quintet, out on 6 December.
Listen to Prestige 70 here.