Chiaroscuro Records

Chiaroscuro Records
Parent company WVIA Public Media
Founded 1970 (1970)
Founder Hank O'Neal
Genre Jazz
Country of origin U.S.
Location New York City
Official website

Chiaroscuro Records is a jazz record company and label founded by Hank O'Neal in 1970.[1] The label's name comes from the art term that describes the use of light and dark in a painting. O'Neal got the name from his friend and mentor Eddie Condon, a jazz musician who played in what were called Chiaroscuro Concerts in the 1930s.[2] O'Neal also got the name from a store that sold only black and white dresses.[3]

O'Neal ran the label from 1969–1977 and produced all but two of the albums. Its catalogue included Earl Hines, Joe Venuti, Teddy Wilson, and Ruby Braff.[4][5]

O'Neal sold the label to Audiophile Enterprises in 1978,[5][4] then bought back the catalogue when he started SOS Productions in 1987. Chiaroscuro released new discs and reissues through the 1990s.[4]



  • CR101 Earl Hines: Quintessential Recording Session (1970)
  • CR109 Dick Wellstood: From Ragtime On*CR110 Eddie Condon: Live at the New School (1973)
  • CR111 Teddy Wilson: With Billie in Mind
  • CR112 Dill Jones: Davenport Blues
  • CR113 Eddie Condon: Town Hall Concerts, Vol. 2 (reissue of material from 1944 concerts)
  • CR117 Ruby Braff & Ellis Larkins: The Grand Reunion
  • CR118 Earl Hines & Jonah Jones: Back on the Street
  • CR119 Dave McKenna: Solo Piano
  • CR120 Earl Hines: Quintessential Continued
  • CR121 The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet
  • CR123 Buddy Tate and his Buddies (1973)
  • CR124 Wild Bill Davison at the Rainbow Room
  • CR125 Borah Bergman: Discovery (1975)
  • CR126 The Ruby Braff-George Barnes Quartet: Live at the New School (1974)
  • CR127 Don Ewell: Take it in Stride
  • CR128 Joe Venuti & Zoot Sims: Joe & Zoot (1974)
  • CR132 Buck Clayton Jam Session
  • CR133 Jess Stacy: Jess Stacy Still Swings (1974)
  • CR134 Joe Venuti Blue Four (1974)
  • CR136 Dave McKenna Quartet Featuring Zoot Sims
  • CR138 Bobby Hackett: Live at the Roosevelt Grill
  • CR139 Dick Wellstood: Live at the Cookery
  • CR141 Tarika Blue: The Blue Path (1976)
  • CR142 Joe Venuti And Zoot Sims (1975)
  • CR143 Buck Clayton Jam Session
  • CR144 John Bunch Plays Kurt Weill
  • CR145 Joe Venuti & Earl Hines: Hot Sonatas
  • CR146 Mary Lou Williams: Live at the Cookery
  • CR147 Joe Turner: King of Stride
  • CR149 Lou Stein: Tribute to Tatum
  • CR150 Teddy Wilson and his All Stars (1976)
  • CR152 Buck Clayton Jam Session, Vol. 3: Jazz Party Time
  • CR153 Joe Venuti: Hooray for Joe!
  • CR154 Eddie Condon: In Japan (1964)
  • CR155 Gerry Mulligan: Idol Gossip (1977)
  • CR158 Borah Bergman: Bursts of Joy (1976)
  • CR159 Willie "The Lion" Smith: Relaxin'
  • CR160 Dave McKenna, Joe Venuti: Alone at the palace
  • CR161 Bobby Hackett: Live at the Roosevelt Grill
  • CR162 Dick Hyman: Fats Waller's Heavenly Jive (1977)
  • CR163 Buck Clayton Jam Session, Vol. 4: Jay Hawk
  • CR164 Tarika Blue: Tarika Blue
  • CR165 Buddy Tate Meets Dollar Brand (Buddy Tate, Dollar Brand, Cecil McBee, Roy Brooks, 1977)
  • CR166 Lee Konitz: The Lee Konitz Quintet
  • CR167 Eddie Condon: Live at Eddie Condon's
  • CR168 Teddy Wilson Revamps Rodgers & Hart
  • CR169 Earl Hines Quartet
  • CR170 Jazz Piano Masters: Teddy Wilson, Claude Hopkins, Dill Jones, Eubie Blake (1972)
  • CR171 Bob Wilber and the Scott Hamilton Quintet
  • CD172: Six By Six: Synthesis
  • CR173 Lou Stein & Ray McKinley: Stompin' 'Em Down (1977)
  • CR174 John Eaton: It Seems Like Old Times (1977)
  • CR175 Dave McKenna: Fingers (1977)
  • CD176: Max Kaminsky: When Summer is Gone
  • CR177 Jess Stacy: Still Swingin'
  • CR178 Soprano Summit: Crazy Rhythm
  • CR186 Lee Konitz: Lee Konitz Nonet
  • CR188 Milt Hinton, Bobby Rosengarden and Hank Jones: The Trio
  • CR199 Kenny Davern & Flip Phillips: John & Joe
  • CR200 Earl Hines in New Orleans (1977)
  • CR202 Dave McKenna (1977)
  • CR203 Ruby Braff & Woody Herman: It Had to Be Us
  • CR209 Adam Makowicz: A Handful of Stars (1981)
  • CR2003 Louis Armstrong and the Dukes of Dixieland: Great Alternatives
  • CR2004 Dollar Brand: Cape Town Fringe
  • CR2007 Eddie Locke: Jivin' with the Refugees from Hastings Street
  • CR2028 Ted Curson: Snake Johnson
  • CR2029 Dexter Gordon: Jive Fernando
  • CR2037 Eddie Harris: Exploration (1983)


  1. White, Simon. "Chiaroscuro Records Changes Hands Public radio station WVIA plans to expand label's reach". Jazz Times. Retrieved 11 February 2012.
  2. "Chiaroscuro Records". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. Simon, Elliot (January 12, 2005). "Chiaroscuro Records". Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Barry Kernfeld, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 430. ISBN 1561592846.
  5. 1 2 Erlewine, Michael; Bogdanov, Vladimir; Chris, Woodstra; Scott, Yanow (1998). All music guide to jazz : the experts' guide to the best jazz recordings (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. ISBN 0-87930-530-4.

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