Hardbopjazz

Jazz musicians that started their own labels.

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Today I was in a vinyl record shop and came across an album of Mary Lou Williams on "Mary Records." This was the label she formed when no other record label was recording her. I started to wonder what other jazz musicians started their own labels. Another that comes to mind is Willie Jones III. He has his own label. Are there any others? 

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Mingus started at least 2. Duke and Irving Mills had Master. Dozens in the last decade.

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Apparently Lionel Hampton started two labels. According to Discogs, Hamp-Tone was started by his wife Gladys so I don't know if that counts.

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I just remembered Horace Silver also started his own label. 

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12 minutes ago, Hardbopjazz said:

I just remembered Horace Silver also started his own label. 

Silveto

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Just now, jlhoots said:

Silveto

Yes, that was the name of the label. 

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Marian McPartland - Halcyon 

Alvin Queen - Nilva

Tim Berne - Empire; then Screwgun

 

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Milford Graves + Don Pullen = SRP, Self Reliance Projects

Milford Graves + Andrew Cyrille = IPS, Institute of Percussive Studies

Kenny Cox a.o. = Strata

Charles Tolliver, Stanley Cowell a.o. = Strata-East 

Jazz Composers' Orchestra = JCOA

Heiner Stadler = Labor

Loren Mazzacane Connors = St. Joan

Mike & Kate Westbrook = Original Records

Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker = Instant Composers Pool

Hans Dulfer = Heavy Soul Music

Franz Köglmann = Pipe

Charles Tyler = Ak-Ba

Julius Hemphill = Mbari

Vinny Golia = Nine Winds

3 minutes ago, chewy-chew-chew-bean-benitez said:

Peter Ind- WAVE

yeah, great label from a fascinating musician

Phil Ranelin, Doug Hammond a.o. = Tribe

Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley = Incus

 

Phill Wachsmann, Peter Cusack a.o. = Bead

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Didn´t somehow Sun Ra and his Arkestra have something like their own label ? 

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Matthew Halsall: Gondwana Records

Barbara Dennerlein: Bebab Records

Joe Morris: Riti

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Karin Krog=Meantime Records ....

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I have often wondered why some jazz labels succeeded and others didn't, and why the players didn't get far with their own labels. Obviously, an active musician did not have time to administer a record business, but still ...

Look at Prestige: just one guy. And Blue Note: just two guys. Yet both labels continued for years.

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14 minutes ago, Shrdlu said:

I have often wondered why some jazz labels succeeded and others didn't, and why the players didn't get far with their own labels. Obviously, an active musician did not have time to administer a record business, but still ...

Look at Prestige: just one guy. And Blue Note: just two guys. Yet both labels continued for years.

Yes, Prestige and BN really were Incredible. But the BN Story is much more documentated than the Prestige Story. So many books and films About the famous Two guys runnin the Business of BN, and so little about Bob Weinstock. You even don´t see many photos of Bob Weinstock, but hundreds of Lion and Wolff......

Very often the only thing you read about Prestige is that they didn´t offer time for rehearsal, but with or without rehearsals, so many of the Prestige albums became classics just like BN. 

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Ken, I was disgusted to hear that, in the 60s, some distributors were not paying Blue Note quickly, or at all. This at a time when Alfred Lion's health was deteriorating because of the stress of running the business. The "Sidewinder" phenomenon didn't help. Funnily enough, I am not greatly impressed by "The Sidewinder", and I got tired of a would-be follow up being required for several other sessions.

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6 hours ago, clifford_thornton said:

Phil Ranelin, Doug Hammond a.o. = Tribe

Doug Hammond also ran his own label, Idibib.

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King Jazz - Mezz Mezzrow

Debut -  Charles Mingus and Max Roach

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YAL - Yusef Lateef

Red & Blue - Jessica Williams

Bet-Car  -  Betty Carter

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1 hour ago, Shrdlu said:

Ken, I was disgusted to hear that, in the 60s, some distributors were not paying Blue Note quickly, or at all. This at a time when Alfred Lion's health was deteriorating because of the stress of running the business. The "Sidewinder" phenomenon didn't help. Funnily enough, I am not greatly impressed by "The Sidewinder", and I got tired of a would-be follow up being required for several other sessions.

From what I've read, no distributor has ever paid a label owner on time.

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Herbie Mann had Vertigo and Embryo.

Later in life there was Kokopelli, which I am not sure about.

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