1949 - 1971
Like several other prominent jazz producers of the Fifties, Bob Weinstock started out as a traditional jazz fan but soon found himself standing at the cutting edge of modern jazz. He launched his own label – originally called "New Jazz", soon renamed PRESTIGE – in 1949 and, during the next decade, recorded famous jazz artists often in informal "blowing" sessions.
Weinstock turned the reins over to other producers in 1958, and PRESTIGE soon became the leading purveyor of what is now known as acid jazz.
PRESTIGE, its sub labels and its publishing company, Prestige Music, Inc., became part of the Fantasy group of labels in June 1971, Weinstock remaining President.
The Fantasy group merged with the Concord Music Group in 2004.