About

Motéma Music is a Grammy-winning, art-first record label specializing in unique and culturally trenchant jazz, world, soul and other creative music.  Producer, performer and entrepreneur Jana Herzen is both founder and president of Motéma, which began modestly in San Francisco as an outlet for Herzen’s own diverse musical expression as a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  In 2003, Herzen teamed up with music industry veterans to launch the fledgling label, which soon gained international acclaim. Now operating out of Harlem’s burgeoning cultural scene, Herzen and her team keep a close eye on current musical trends and have launched the very successful debut recordings of Gregory Porter, Joey Alexander, Pedrito Martinez and Jaimeo Brown, among others.  The label also has a growing reputation for partnering with established artists of ‘power and distinction’ across a diversity of ages, cultures and genres to expand careers in today’s challenging marketplace. Under Herzen’s stewardship, with close assistance from industry veterans Robin Tomchin (RT Productions), Ken Druker (formerly of Universal) and Fanny Delsol (formerly of EMI/Blue Note France), Motéma’s artists now perform regularly at prestigious venues around the world, have earned 18 Grammy nominations and 2 Grammy wins and are regularly profiled in top jazz and mainstream media outlets. All About Jazz called Motema “the most important label to plant its flag in the 21st Century” and the Jazz Journalists Association voted Motema Label of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.