Nocturne Records was an American jazz record company and label founded in 1954 by Roy Harte, a drummer, and Harry Babasin, a bassist. Based in Hollywood, California, Nocturne concentrated on West Coast jazz.
On March 28, 1955, Nocturne merged with Liberty and issued the Nocturne catalog under the Liberty label, as the "Jazz in Hollywood" series. Babasin, president of Nocturne, remained to supervise the repertoire.
Roy Harte also co-founded Pacific Jazz Records in 1952.
In 1988, Fresh Sound reissued a digitally remastered CD box-set of The Complete Nocturne Recordings: Jazz in Hollywood Series.
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Pacific Jazz Records was a Los Angeles-based record company and label best known for cool jazz or West coast jazz. It was founded in 1952 by producer Richard Bock (1927–1988) and drummer Roy Harte (1924–2003). Harte, in 1954, also co-founded Nocturne Records with jazz bassist Harry Babasin (1921–1988).
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Steve White was an American jazz saxophonist based in Los Angeles who recorded in the 1950s for Nocturne, Pacific Jazz, and Atlantic. He primarily played tenor saxophone, but he also played baritone and clarinet. Steve White was friends with jazz musicians Harry Babasin and Bob Enevoldsen. White's father was a saxophonist and member of the Jimmy Dorsey Band. His father was the first to use the pseudonym "White."
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Laurindo Almeida Quartet Featuring Bud Shank is an album by guitarist Laurindo Almeida with saxophonist Bud Shank that was recorded in 1953 and 1954 for the Pacific Jazz label.
Richard Eugene Bock was an American jazz record producer.
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