STORYVILLE

2021-11-05T09:10:25+01:00November 5th, 2021|

THE OLDEST INDEPENDENT JAZZ LABEL IN EUROPE.

Named after the notorious New Orleans district where jazz was born, the label was launched in Copenhagen in 1952 by jazz fanatic Karl Emil Knudsen. Storyville originally sold imported American records but when the burgeoning post war jazz scene attracted the American jazz artists to tour in Europe and Scandinavia Knudsen seized every opportunity to record his jazz heroes for the label.

By late 2003 when Karl Emil Knudsen, the self-styled “Doctor of Jazz Archaeology”, passed away, his Storyville label was considered by the jazz cognoscenti to be the Scandinavian equivalent to America’s Blue Note Records. The Storyville archive includes recordings by Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster, Duke Ellington, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Benny Carter, to name but a few. Storyville Records was also instrumental in launching the career of some of the most influential Danish jazz artists including Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Fessor’s Big City Band and the legendary Papa Bues Viking Jazz Band.

In 2005 Editions Wilhelm Hansen, a Danish company with over 150 years in music publishing and part of the Music Sales Group acquired Storyville from Knudsen’s family. Anders Stefansen and Mona Granager, both long standing associates who worked with Knudsen to build the label, have stayed on with Storyville and will preserve the label’s unique identity.

As part of the Music Sales family of companies Storyville Records is ideally placed to bring its wealth of classic recordings to new generations of jazz fans through CD re-releases, special collectors’ CD edition of rare jazz recordings and digital downloads. We are sure that Karl Emil would be delighted to know that his label lives on within a fiercely independent music company that shares the same passion for great music.

Source: Storyville Records

EKKO

2021-06-11T12:50:20+02:00Juni 11th, 2021|

The Danish company EKKO were part of the Schou/Tono labels.
It was founded by Vilhelm Andersen in Copenhagen and existed from 1938 to 1941. The label had a house recording band called the Ekko Danseorkester.
All records were pressed by “Helomit A/S” in Copenhagen.

Source: Lars Bang Andersen

CORONA

2021-06-11T12:50:47+02:00Juni 11th, 2021|

CORONA was registered for records on February 10, 1936 by the Grammofonpladefabrikken Corona ved K. Raupach, Aalborg.

In 1938 the record label was transferred to C. Schous Fabriker A / S, Copenhagen. C. Schous Fabriker was a soap factory that sold its products directly through its own shops called Schous Sæbehus.

Source: grammophon-platten.de

Baronet

2019-12-02T21:35:00+01:00Dezember 2nd, 2019|

Baronet was established by baron Niels Otte “Timme” Rosenkrantz (1911-69) in 1948. Baronet did not organize any recording sessions during the operating business period and only issued already existing masters from previous sessions.

Yet some of the Baronet-issues seem to be the original first releases, since the initial proprietors did not always use their masters.

All Baronet records were physically produced at the pressing plant owned by the Danish TONO Record Company.

Source: littlebeatrecords.dk

 

Embassy

2019-09-20T18:33:43+02:00September 20th, 2019|

Danish 78 RPM era jazz label established in the end 1940s by Danish jazz musician and music entrepreneur baron Timme Rosenkrantz

Source: Discogs

FELIX

2019-11-29T09:35:08+01:00September 20th, 2019|

Danish christian label, owned by Danish inner Mission.

Record company: Films- og Grammofon A/S ”FELIX”

Started 1947 and collaborated until 1960 with ”Indre Missions og Luthersk Missionsforenings strengekor” where ”Indre Missions og Luthersk Missionsforenings strengekor” started their own label Hjemlandstoner.

Later “Indre Mission” took over Hjemlandstoner and changed the name to Refleks Musik.

Source: Discogs

More informations: The Discographer.dk


TONO

2019-12-08T10:34:20+01:00August 16th, 2019|

In 1937 Erik Ølgaard established the first Danish record label and record manufacturer TONO in Copenhagen. They only produced records with Danish artists with their own cutting and press equipment together with Fa. Plastica A/S.

In the beginning, HMV pressure matrices were prepared, but in 1940 the company delivered ‘Fonofilm’, a complete Danish recorder with cutting head for the production of TONO-matrices and master plates. They had raw materials (from Plastica A/S) and could as sole supplier make plates throughout World War II.

In 1945 TONO was taken over by the Schou Group. In 1952, the production of 78 t. shellac started to move towards 33 1/3 and 45 t. standard and the 78 shellacs disappeared more and more until the end of the 1950’s.

Source: Discogs

 

Nordisk Polyphon Aktieselskab

2019-03-29T11:21:56+01:00März 29th, 2019|

Nordisk Polyphon Aktieselskab (abbreviated Nordisk Polyphon A/S) was a Danish record company based in Copenhagen.

It was founded in 1920 under the direction of Axel Jensen as a subsidiary of German Polyphonwerke A.-G.. During the early years local artists were released on the Polyphon and/or Polyphon Musik labels and international on Polydor.

In 1935 Werner Hamburger joined Nordisk Polyphon A/S from Deutsche Grammophon in Germany. He became the head of the company in 1946 and lead it to become the biggest record company in Denmark in the 1960’s, with distribution of numerous foreign labels including Deutsche Grammophon (from 1946), Brunswick, Coral, Decca, and CBS (from 1963).

In 1962 Nordisk Polyphon A/S was merged with Philips Grammofon Industri, the Danish subsidiary of Philips Phonografische Industrie. By this time the company released their own recordings of popular Danish artists on Fontana, Melody, Philips, Polydor and their own NPA label, the recording sessions mainly taking place in Odd Fellow Palæet and Islev Bio in Copenhagen.

In 1971 Nordisk Polyphon A/S launched Magnet Music Production A/S under the direction of Johnny Reimar, and in 1972 subsidiaries Polydor Denmark and Phonogram A/S (2).

In 1978 Nordisk Polyphon A/S was renamed into Polygram Records A/S.

Source: Discogs