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.