Famed European label Storyville reemerges this June with the first six titles in the newly overhauled Masters of Jazz series, plus a sampler disc surveying the series in full. The single-artist compilations will cover Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Clark Terry, Ben Webster, Art Tatum and Stuff Smith. Collections featuring Johnny Griffin, Teddy Wilson, Sidney Bechet, Johnny Hodges, Billie Holiday and Earl Hines will follow in September.
Founded in 1952 by the late Karl Emil Knudsen, Storyville remains Europe’s oldest independent record label specializing in jazz and blues. Named after the New Orleans red-light district that nurtured seminal artists like Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver and his protégé Louis Armstrong, Storyville’s catalogue collects recordings of American jazz giants in exclusive European sessions, stateside radio broadcasts and rare live dates.