Congratulations to Label & Studio Manager Steve Wagner for his 33 years of service. From 1987 to 2018, Steve was involved in the production of over 500 albums. Since May 1st 2018, the date in which Julia A. Miller succeeded Robert G. Koester at the helm of Delmark, Steve has participated in the production of 18 blues, jazz and classical music albums. Steve also has been instrumental in launching the new era for Delmark, in which the label has multiplied the number of its releases and expanded into the audiophile market with the release of reel to reel master copies of some of the most coveted Delmark albums. Additionally, given the relevance the label grants to the history and traditions of Chicago’s blues & jazz scenes, Steve’s knowledge in that regard has been greatly appreciated.
In Steve’s own words: “E’ryday bring bout a change. Congratulations to me on a 32 1/2 year run at Delmark Records! Thank you to everybody who I’ve collaborated with especially the great artists. Best of luck to Delmark Records going forward. Take care.”
In her farewell remarks to Steve Wagner, Delmark’s President & CEO Julia A. Miller says: “Steve Wagner’s business acumen and ‘Blues Radar’ are well known. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Steve’s work with Delmark as a label manager, and as an engineer, and I am sincerely grateful for the time and attention he has given to me personally, and to the new Delmark. Best wishes, Steve – Peace & Blues!”
“Working with Steve in the studio, in recording sessions, mixing as well as having conversations about Delmark’s history, blues & jazz facts and mythology has been very productive and a lot of fun. I will miss him”, says Delmark’s Artistic Director Elbio Barilari.
Currently Delmark Records is successfully building a worldwide digital distribution network for the more than 10,000 songs in the label’s unique catalogue. Very soon, Delmark will announce some very good news regarding engineers and producers for the label’s jazz, blues and classical catalogue as well as expansion in the digital and promotional areas and a number of exciting upcoming releases.