Storyville Records

This article is about the Danish Record label. For George Wein's jazz record label of the 1950s, see Storyville Records (George Wein's).
Storyville Records
Parent company Music Sales Group
Founded 1952 (1952)
Founder Karl Emil Knudsen
Genre Jazz, blues
Country of origin Denmark
Location Copenhagen
Official website

Storyville Records is an international record company and label based in Copenhagen, Denmark, specializing in jazz and blues music. Besides its original material, Storyville Records has reissued many vintage jazz recordings that previously appeared on labels such as Paramount Records, American Music Records, and Southland Records. Many Storyville records were pressed in Japan.


Storyville Records was founded in the 1950s by Karl Emil Knudsen, a Danish jazz record collector who was working for the Copenhagen telephone company. Named after Storyville, New Orleans, the red-light district, its focus has always been on jazz and blues.

The label's first releases were 78 rpm reissues featuring Ma Rainey, Clarence Williams Blue Five, and James P. Johnson. Storyville soon began releasing original recordings, starting with Ken Colyer's Jazz Men, a British group that included Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, and Lonnie Donegan.

Knudsen was also co-founder of the Storyville Club, a popular Copenhagen club that brought the Colyer band to Denmark in 1953. The band was recorded by Chris Albertson during its stay in Denmark. These performances were the label's first release of original material and remain in the Storyville catalog. Currently the catalog contains an eclectic mix of jazz genres. It has also expanded to include video releases and, under the umbrella company, JazzMedia, books and discographies.

When Karl Emil Knudsen died on September 5, 2003, the company continued to function under Anders Stefansen, who led it until 2005 when it was acquired by Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Denmark's oldest music publishing company.[1]



  1. "Edition Wilhelm Hansen AS køber Storyville Records". Edition Wilhelm Hansen. Retrieved 2010-01-04.
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