American Music Records

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American Music Records
Founded1944 (1944)
FounderWilliam Russell
Defunct1957 (1957)
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana

American Music Records is a jazz record company and label that was established by Bill Russell in 1944.[1]

Russell produced new recordings and reissues, concentrating on New Orleans jazz musicians such as Bunk Johnson, George Lewis, Baby Dodds, and Wooden Joe Nicholas. In 1957 Storyville Records produced American Music's reissues on vinyl LP, as did the Japanese label Dan. Starting in 1989, George Buck's Jazzology group began releasing the back catalog on its American Music CD series.[2][3]


Musicians on the "Yellow Series" of American Music Records included:

Musicians on other series included:

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  1. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia. London: Penguin Books. pp. 11–12. ISBN 0-141-00646-3.
  2. ^ Rye, Howard (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 49. ISBN 1561592846.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott (1998). "Labels". In Erlewine, Michael; Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Yanow, Scott (eds.). All Music Guide to Jazz (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. ISBN 0-87930-530-4.

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