Jamie Krents Promoted to Executive VP, Verve and Impulse!

Courtesy of Verve Records

Dahlia Ambach Caplin has also been upped to senior vp A&R, Verve and Impulse!

Universal Music Group (UMG) has made two key executive promotions to its classical labels Verve and Impulse!, president and CEO of global classics and jazz and Verve Label Group Dickon Stainer announced on Thursday (May 22). Jamie Krents and Dahlia Ambach Caplin have been respectively promoted to executive vp, Verve and Impulse! and senior vp of A&R, Verve and Impulse!.

The news comes two months after the departure of former Verve Label Group president and CEO Danny Bennett with an announcement UMG planned to reorganize its classical and jazz operations in response to worldwide growth in the genres' consumption. 

Krents will now lead and oversee the imprints of Verve Records, Verve Forecast and Impulse! Records, as well as those labels' catalogs. These three labels will exist under the Verve Label Group umbrella and Krents will serve alongside Graham Parker, president of Universal Music Classics, U.S.

"Jamie is the heart and soul of Verve, having played a major role in the label’s successes over the past two decades," Stainer said in a statement. "His knowledge of music is exceptional and his relationships with artists are truly special, founded on trust and mutual respect. Verve is in great hands."

Krents has worked at Verve for more than 20 years and previously held the role of senior vp international marketing and label development. During his tenure he worked under legendary producer Tommy LiPuma and contributed to the rise of Diana Krall. More recently, he has played a leading role in the success of John Coltrane’s lost album Both Directions at Once and oversaw the A&R department for signings including Harry Connick Jr., singer Cynthia Erivo, pianist/bandleader Jon Batiste and singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara, among others.

As senior vp of A&R, Ambach Caplin will continue to play a key role in developing and signing artists at the trio of labels. She began her music career at Verve almost 20 years ago and during her tenure helped conceive and co-produce the Verve Remixed series, and signed the Brazilian Girls and Yuna, who remains signed with Verve. Ambach Caplin also led the A&R strategy behind Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters, which won the 2007 Grammy album of the year award. Ambach Caplin left Verve in 2013 and then returned in 2016 and has since helped sign or co-sign Batiste, singer Cynthia Erivo, New Orleans group Tank and the Bangas, Kenyan singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara, U.K. saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his bands The Comet Is Coming, Sons of Kemet and Shabaka & The Ancestors, soul/blues singer Bettye LaVette and New Orleans Creole group Sweet Crude, among others.

"Dahlia is a force of nature,"  Stainer added. "Her reputation precedes her because she’s always at the forefront of new sounds, new artists and new cultural trends. Her ear is bar-none one of the best in the business. Verve and Impulse! will continue to grow and establish a tremendous legacy under her A&R direction."


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