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Bonnier Gazell Music
Parent companyThe Bonnier Group
Founded1949 (1949)
FounderJohn Engelbrekt
Dag Häggqvist
Distributor(s)Bonnier Music Publishing
Country of originSweden

Gazell is a jazz record label founded by John Engelbrekt in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1949.


In 1949, John Engelbrekt created the label Gazell in Stockholm, Sweden,[1] to distribute jazz albums. In September 1950, he founded a jazz club in Stockholm called Gazell.[2] In 1957, recordings from the club and by Engelbrekt were sold to the Scandinavian Record Company (Sonet Records) run by Gunnar Bergström and Sven Lindholm, while the rights to the label Gazell were sold to Dag Häggqvist,[2][3] though other sources say Häggqvist started the label himself in 1950.

Häggqvist sold Gazell to Sonet in 1960 and was run by Sam Charters until Sonet was acquired by PolyGram in 1991. Häggqvist retained the rights to the label again in 1993 when he formed Gazell Music AB.[2]

In 2004, Häggqvist made a deal with Bonnier Music Publishing, a subsidiary of The Bonnier Group.[4] Since then, the companies have been called Bonnier Gazell Music.

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  1. ^ Barry Kernfeld, ed. (2002). "Gazell (i)". The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2 ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 23. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ a b c "GAZELL - introduction in English". Archived from the original on 2007-03-05. Retrieved 2007-01-14.
  3. ^ "Are they only in it for the money? – Subsidiary strategy and impact on local clusters in the recorded music industry: the case of Sweden" by Daniel Hallencreutz and Per Lundequist, retrieved here [1] Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine on January 14, 2006.
  4. ^ "Bonnier Music Publishing - Frontpage". Archived from the original on October 6, 2008. Retrieved 2007-01-14.