George H. Buck Jr.

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George Herman Buck Jr.
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Buck in 2006
Born (1928-12-22)December 22, 1928
New Jersey
Died December 11, 2013(2013-12-11) (aged 84)
New Orleans
Occupation Music business executive
Organization Jazzology
American Music Records
G.H.B. Records
Black Swan
Solo Art Records
Audiophile Records
Circle Records
Southland Records
Progressive Records
World Broadcasting
Langlois & Wentworth

George Herman Buck Jr. (December 22, 1928 – December 11, 2013) was an American entrepreneur who devoted much of his life to recording jazz by producing albums and acquiring the rights to those produced by companies established by others.[1] Buck had acquired record company labels and radio broadcast companies that held historic transcription discs. He also was a major record collector. Until his death at age 84, he ran his businesses and philanthropy. He began his radio career as a partner in radio station WJNO in West Palm Beach.

Career[edit]

Born December 22, 1928, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, Buck rose to prominence as the leading figure in the preservation and advancement of authentic traditional jazz. He started out selling newspapers during World War II and converting the profits into war bonds. He took this money and recorded his first session with his favorite musicians, Wild Bill Davison and Tony Parenti on Jazzology Records. Soon after, he began recording New Orleans style jazz on GHB Records. He began yearly pilgrimages to New Orleans in 1961, cementing his relationship with the city by immersing himself in the culture and recording the important artists that lived here. George developed a passion for radio after hosting a radio show in college, which he dubbed, Jazzology. This early involvement in radio led him to buy many small, under performing radio stations beginning with WCOS in Columbia, South Carolina, and turn them around with new formats and improved management. All of his profits from this went to support his growing list of record labels. He started and bought many labels in order to make sure this music would survive and thrive. The nine labels he issued a wide range of jazz music on are Jazzology, GHB, Circle, Southland, American Music, Black Swan, Audiophile, Progressive, and Solo Art.

The largest collection of jazz music in the world is under this umbrella. According to his son, Buck's passion, love, and enthusiasm for jazz never diminished. He and his wife, Nina moved the operation to New Orleans in 1987 and in 1989 expanded yet again by opening the Palm Court Jazz Café, which became an important part of New Orleans jazz culture under the management of his wife. The GHB Jazz Foundation houses the record business and is located on the second floor of the same building in the French Quarter. With the transfer of all of his recordings to the foundation he assured that the music would continue to survive and his legacy will continue to influence the city and the world.

Buck companies[edit]

Companies founded by Buck

Companies acquired by Buck

Philanthropy founded by Buck

  • The George H. Buck, Jr., Jazz Foundation, Inc. (founded 1987), a Louisiana non-profit entity.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George H. Buck Dead". Offbeat.com. 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2013-12-13.
  2. ^ Obituary: George H. Buck, by George ("Bo") Buck, Times-Picayune, December 16, 2013
  3. ^ Visions of Jazz: The First Century, by Gary Giddins, Oxford University Press (1998) OCLC 38270883
  4. ^ Music: George Buck’s Legacy; Spreading the Message of Jazz, Jason Berry, New Orleans Magazine, Renaissance Publishing LLC, January 2012 OCLC 60620348