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Artists House

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Artists House
Founded1977 (1977)
FounderJohn Snyder
Defunct2006 (2006)
GenreJazz, free jazz, free funk, blues, blues rock, R&B
Country of originU.S.
LocationNew York City

Artists House was a jazz and blues record company and label established in 1977 by John Snyder.


The label released music by artists that label founder John Snyder had worked with while running the Horizon subsidiary of A&M Records, including Jim Hall, Paul Desmond, Charlie Haden, and Ornette Coleman. The label was the first in North America to release an album by James Blood Ulmer. Artist House reportedly gave its recording artists control over music selection, production and packaging.[1] In addition to working with jazz artists, Snyder also produced blues musicians including Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, James Cotton, and Etta James, and the blues-rock Derek Trucks Band.

Snyder released new blues band Scrapomatic in 2002.[2] Artists House also released Nancy Harrow, Oteil & The Peacemakers, Jason Crosby, Bob Brookmeyer & Kenny Wheeler, Steve Haines Quintet, Vijay Lytev albums in 2003.[3] Artists House released Nancy Harrow CD "The Cat Who Went to Heaven" in 2005. Snyder is currently president of Artists House Foundation.[4]


Artists House released fourteen LPs between 1978 and 1981.[5]

AH # Leader Album
1 Ornette Coleman Body Meta
2 Paul Desmond Paul Desmond
3 The Thad Jones Mel Lewis Quartet The Thad Jones Mel Lewis Quartet
4 Charlie Haden and Hampton Hawes As Long as There's Music
5 Jim Hall and Red Mitchell Jim Hall/Red Mitchell
6 Ornette Coleman and Charlie Haden Soapsuds, Soapsuds
7 James Blood Ulmer Tales of Captain Black
8 David Liebman Pendulum
9 Andrew Hill From California with Love
10 Waymon Reed 46th and 8th
11 Chet Baker Once Upon a Summertime
12 Art Pepper So in Love
13 James Blood Ulmer Are You Glad to Be in America?
14 Gil Evans Where Flamingos Fly

Artists House relaunched in 2003 releasing CDs, DVDs and multimedia discs.[6]

# Leader Album Notes
AH 00001 Nancy Harrow Winter Dreams
AH 00002 Oteil and The Peacemakers The Family Secret
AH 00003 Scrapomatic Scapomatic CD + DVD
AH 4 Jason Crosby Four Chords and Seven Notes Ago Enhanced CD + DVD
AH 5 Jim Stack and Friends Jazz for a Summer's Night
AH006 Bob Brookmeyer and Kenny Wheeler Island CD + Multichannel
AH 8 Steve Haines Quintet Beginner's Mind
AH9 Vijay Iyer Blood Sutra

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 84. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ "Entourage Talent » Scrapomatic".
  3. ^ "Artists House". Discogs.
  4. ^ "About ArtistsHouse Music - ArtistshouseMusic". www.artistshousemusic.org. Archived from the original on 23 July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  5. ^ Jazzlists: Artsts House discography, accessed December 5, 2019
  6. ^ All About Jazz: A Fireside Chat With Producer John Snyder, accessed December 5, 2019