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Photo: Albert Nicholas & Karl Emil, c. 1960.

But quite a few things happened anyway. Looking back on the period of 1956 to 1964, Storyville’s activity centered on traditional jazz and mainly blues. The first great blues singer to arrive in Copenhagen was Big Bill Broonzy in 1956. Many recording sessions followed with Champion Jack Dupree, Robert Pete Williams, Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Johnson, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Sonny Boy Williamson and many others. These Storyville recordings made it economically possible, among other things, to record some modern jazz. They were originally released on Sonet, but later reissued on Storyville. Among the artists were Bud Powell and Archie Shepp/New York Contemporary Five, but also several well known Scandinavian artists were recorded such as RoIf Billberg, Max Brüel & Jørgen Ryg.


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