JSP Records

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JSP Records
Founded1978 (1978)
FounderJohn Stedman
GenreBlues, jazz
Country of originUK
LocationLondon, England
Official websitewww.jsprecords.com

JSP Records is a British record label, founded in 1978 by John Stedman (John Stedman Promotions), releasing recordings by blues musicians such as Professor Longhair, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Witherspoon, Louisiana Red, Deitra Farr,[1] Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Kansas City Red, Eddie Taylor, and Big John Wrencher.[2] The label is based in London, England.

JSP now predominantly releases remastered CDs of public domain jazz and blues recordings. In the case of old Paramount recordings (including those by Charley Patton and Blind Blake), the original records were made from shellac which made them susceptible to damage. JSP's releases from this material are remastered versions.

Their release of Louis Armstrong's Hot Fives & Sevens is often considered to be one of the most essential jazz releases available.[3][4]

The label has an extensive catalog of original recordings, but their recording program continues to this day, with Lucky Peterson, Johnnie Marshall,[5] Randy McAllister,[6] and other contemporary artists.

Concerts have also been promoted at concert halls such as The New London Theatre, The Collegiate Theatre and at the 100 Club. Several American musicians were brought to the UK for concerts and tours, including rhythm and blues artists such as Roy Brown, Jimmy McCracklin, Bob Kirkpatrick,[7] Charles Brown and Professor Longhair. Some musicians 'discovered' by JSP and have since moved to larger labels, for example Larry Garner, Guitar Shorty, Chris Beard, Lil' Dave Thompson,[8] Tutu Jones and Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones.

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  1. ^ Skelly, Richard. "Biography: Deitra Farr". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  2. ^ "Original Chicago Blues". Discogs.com. Discogs. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
  3. ^ Cub Koda. "The Hot Fives and Sevens". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0.
  5. ^ "Johnnie Marshall - Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Randy McAllister - Album Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  7. ^ Tim Schuller (22 January 1998). "Behind the lines - Music - Dallas". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Dave Thompson | Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 July 2014.

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