The New Orleans label released a couple of records in 1951 and 1952 which have been recorded one year before at The Dixieland Jambake live broadcasted at WDSU with DJ Roger Wolfe. The show followed the format of ABC’s Battle of the Bands, which competing bands having airtime to showcase their individual styles.
Source: “The Original Tuxedo Jazz Band” – Sally Newhart
Harry Pace launched the Black Swan label in 1921, and Pace Phonograph Corporation was the first successful black-owned and operated record company.
The label was named after Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield, a 19th-century black performer who had been billed as “The Black Swan”.
Pace retained Fletcher Henderson as recording director and chief accompanist and William Grant Still as musical director of his company. Black Swan issued many blues records by Ethel Waters, Trixie Smith and Alberta Hunter, as well as religious, standard, classical and operatic series.
Despite a diverse catalog and aggressive promotion, Black Swan encountered distribution problems and declining sales forced Pace to sell his rights to The New York Recording Laboratories, manufacturers of Paramount, in 1924.