Mesa/Bluemoon has re-entered the game with a wealth of experience, the pace setting agility of an indie label and the reach of major label distribution. This combination can’t be beat in these times of powerful change and the reinvention of the industry. At Mesa/Bluemoon, we are not stalled by these changes, but rather excited by the unlimited new opportunities. We believe that regardless of the way our audience gets their music, it’s still about the quality of the music – it’s still about the artist.
In the last twenty years Mesa/Bluemoon has been at the forefront of the popular genre of adult alternative music – worldbeat, jazz, contemporary jazz, and singer songwriter (with some pop and rock thrown in). We have received Grammy Awards and nominations, Gavin Awards and #1 Billboard hits. Our recordings include artists such as John Scofield, Dizzy Gillespie, Al DiMeola, King Sunny Ade, Gilberto Gil, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Black Uhuru, Lalah Hathaway and Strunz & Farah.
Mesa/Bluemoon remains committed to offering the best adult alternative music. Look for a wide variety of releases to be announced each month on our site www.mesabluemoon.com/releases.
About the owner
George Nauful’s extensive and multi-faceted music business background encompasses senior positions at independent and major labels, as well as with leading distribution companies. This experience, coupled with his classical training as a musician, gives him an invaluable “big picture” perspective on the industry today, its evolution and, most importantly, its future.
Nauful’s career began when he ventured west to California in a station wagon with just a guitar, his two best friends and his dog in the early ’70s. He quickly became a Los Angeles studio musician/session player, writer and producer and was signed to Mercury Records. He appeared on stage with a number of well known artists of the day including, Dave Mason, Stevie Nicks, John Stewart, Charlie Daniels, Jerry Riopelle and the Doobie Brothers.
Nauful’s record business start was with administrative stints at Capitol Records and several indie labels, followed by a tenure overseeing import/export for Japan-based Eastern Pacific Sounds. His first executive position was as general manager for The PARAS Group, founded in the early ’80s as a marketing and distribution outfit specifically created to service independent labels. It was later purchased by Jem Distribution/Passport Records where Nauful held the position of General Manager. In 1989, Nauful and his business partner started Mesa/Bluemoon. Nauful holds a Business degree from The Citadel, and a degree in composition and arranging from the Southern California Conservatory of Music.