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BLACK JAZZ (21 releases) ( 1971 - 2007 )
 
Black Jazz Records was introduced to the public in the early 70’s by internationally renowned jazz pianist gene russell . Mr. Russell recognized the need for a jazz music record label which would produce and distribute quality recordings targeted toward the growing market of African centric awareness. In it's heyday, Black Jazz Records represented a new and fresh alternative to traditional jazz, embodying the spirit of the black/urban awakening of the civil rights period. During it's six year existence, the record label made a major impact on the jazz world, both domestically and in foreign territories.

The Black Jazz roster consisted of ten superior instrumentalists and vocalists that included:

Gene Russell - Piano
Rudolph Johnson - Saxophone
Calvin Keys - Guitar
Walter Bishop, Jr. - Piano
Chester Thompson - Organ
Henry Franklin - Bass
Doug Carn - Piano, Organ, Keyboards
Jean Carn - Vocalist
Kellee Paterson - Vocalist
The Awakening - Instrumental Group

These artists were supported by a cast of some of America’s most respected jazz musicians. It's most successful act, doug carn recorded three albums embodying several of the most spectacular vocal performances of the era. Doug Carn sold more records than Dave Brubeck and Ramsey Lewis (According to 1974 Billboard Magazine). However, due the fact that Doug’s demo (Infant Eyes) was turned down by the major labels, a great number of jazz fans and music lovers were unaware of his accomplishments. Be that as it may, those on the inside of the black awareness scene admired and thrived on his style and conception. Jean Carn would go on to become an award winning R&B recording artist with the legendary Philadelphia International Records label. In 1976, after the untimely death of it's founder and after the demise of it's distributor, Black Jazz Records ceased operations. However, it left behind a proven catalogue of inspirational jazz music which had never been made publicly available on the digital technology of the compact disc until Mr Mr James Hardge the new owner since 1986 and President reissued the full catalogue recently.

official website

We would like to thank Mr James Hardge, President of Black Jazz Records who allows us to take some information from the official website and also for his great job reactivating the label.

 
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WALTER BISHOP JR - coral keys   walter bishop jr
coral keys
Year : 1971
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 2 USA
CALVIN KEYS - shawn-neeq   calvin keys
shawn-neeq
Year : 1971
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 5 USA
DOUG CARN - infant eyes   doug carn
infant eyes
Year : 1971
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 3 USA
RUDOLPH JOHNSON  - spring rain   rudolph johnson
spring rain
Year : 1971
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ04 USA
GENE RUSSELL  - new direction   gene russell
new direction
Year : 1971
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 01 USA
CHESTER THOMPSON - powerhouse   chester thompson
powerhouse
Year : 1971
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 06 USA
AWAKENING - hear, sense and feel   awakening (The)
hear, sense and feel
Year : 1972
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 09 USA
DOUG CARN - spirit of the new land   doug carn
spirit of the new land
Year : 1972
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 8 USA
HENRY FRANKLIN - the skipper   henry franklin
the skipper
Year : 1972
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 7 USA
AWAKENING - mirage   awakening (The)
mirage
Year : 1973
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 15 USA
WALTER BISHOP JR - keeper of my soul   walter bishop jr
keeper of my soul
Year : 1973
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 14 USA
DOUG CARN - revelation   doug carn
revelation
Year : 1973
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 16 USA
KELLEE PATTERSON - maiden voyage   kellee patterson
maiden voyage
Year : 1973
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 12 USA
GENE RUSSELL  - talk to my lady   gene russell
talk to my lady
Year : 1973
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 10 USA
CALVIN KEYS - proceed with caution   calvin keys
proceed with caution
Year : 1974
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 18 USA
DOUG CARN - adam's apple   doug carn
adam's apple
Year : 1974
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 21 USA
HENRY FRANKLIN - the skipper at home   henry franklin
the skipper at home
Year : 1974
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 17 USA
RUDOLPH JOHNSON  - the second coming   rudolph johnson
the second coming
Year : 1974
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 11 USA
CLEVELAND EATON - plenty good eaton   cleveland eaton
plenty good eaton
Year : 1975
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 20 USA
ROLAND HAYNES  - 2nd wave   roland haynes
2nd wave
Year : 1975
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 19 USA
DOUG CARN - new incentive - firm roots   doug carn
new incentive - firm roots
Year : 2002
media : LP
Label : black jazz
Press : BJ 22 USA
 
 
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