Jay (U.S.A.) / 1944

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Design: A silhouette 'paper cut-out' image of a squawking jay, with its crested head, perched on an awkward-looking label name. A strong image, but rather crude in execution.

History: Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. Thanks for updated info to collector Dave Dixon of Canada, who writes: "Jay was a very small late 1940s operation run by U.S. record collector Irving Jacobs, with seven jazz 78 prm reissues and six Russ Columbo 78 reissues to its credit." Featured trumpet player Bunk Johnson played alongside some of the early greats in the New Orleans jazz field prior to WWI, and after an extended hiatus was 'rediscovered' in 1942. Lu Watters led the 1940s New Orleans-style jazz revival.

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