Founded in 1966 Kenneth Records was designated to record, the Swedish Kustbandet 12-piece orchestra, for LP-releases. The name of the label was a play on words for Gennett Records’ “look-alike” label – on which many early bands made their first recordings, such as King Oliver and Louis Armstrong in 1923.
Soon other classic jazz bands showed interest in joining the catalogue. The idea thus grew to record many Swedish classic jazz orchestras. During the LP-era some 40 different LP issues saw the light of day. Some still exist in stock.
With the advent of CD records the productions had to start all over. Until now, 2007, 16 productions have been issued on Kenneth and three more are scheduled. By chance the first CD in 1991 was also with Kustbandet as was the first LP in 1966 (“Sidledes” Kenneth K 2030).
Many international jazz artists have been recorded on Kenneth accompanied by Swedish musicians, such as Maxine Sullivan (5 CDs), Doc Cheatham (3 LPs, now scheduled for CD), Kenny Davern, Benny Waters, Preston Jackson, Eva Taylor, Charlie Holmes, Dick Cary and Dickie Wells (unissued). Sweden’s greatest artist, composer and entertainer, the late Povel Ramel made his last recording on Kenneth at the age of 84.
Kenneth Records is the only label in Sweden having concentrated on classic jazz only, for more than 40 years.