Tenison Stephens


Tenison Stephens | Inside Jazz | tc482

Bay area and Hawaii jazz musician Tenison Stephens is best known for his work with Phil Upchurch, but little is known of this gentleman, who recorded for other labels including Back Beat.

Can anyone provide any further information about this artist, please?



Rune Overman


Rune Öfwerman | Music Industry of Sweden | tc477

Rune Overman was Axel Ivar Rune Öfwerman, who was born on December 24, 1932, in Stockholm, Sweden, and died on December 13, 2013. His sons Clarence Öfwerman and Staffan Öfwerman are rock musicians. There are two other sons. Mr Öfwerman was a jazz pianist and a co-founder of a record label in Sweden; the recording was licenced for distribution by Chess.

Esmond Edwards


Esmond Edwards | Copyright control | tc451

Musician, record producer, recording engineer and photographer Esmond Edwards was born in Nassau on October 29, 1927 and died in California on January 20, 2007.

As Wikipedia puts it,

… He studied radiography at the Jersey City Medical Center, and while working there pursued an avid interest in photography and music. Using his years of piano lessons as a background, he began creating jazz compositions in his teen years, and ultimately combined his creativity in music and photography into a very prolific and successful career.


Coleman Hawkins LP Cover, 1959, photographed by Esmond Edwards | Copyright control/Prestige | tc452

After working for Prestige Records from 1957, he moved to Chess as an A&R man in the early 1960s and began producing jazz, folk and blues records for the Argo/Cadet label.

He received many silver and gold records, and also won a Grammy for his work.

Edwards’ photographic work has been displayed in New York’s Lincoln Center Jazz Archives, around the world, and in The New York Times Magazine and others.

Robert Caffrey

R&B saxophonist Robert “Catman” Caffrey was born around 1926 and died in New Orleans in 2002, aged 75. Caffrey played with Roy Brown, Guitar Slim, Earl King and Huey “Piano” Smith, among others; he was also a member of the Dew Drop Inn house band in the 1950’s. He recorded for Chess in the early 1950s and also recorded for Savoy and other jazz labels.

No photo of Mr Caffrey has been located.

Ramsey Lewis – The In Crowd/Soul man

The Chess UK singles – one by one

“The In Crowd”/”Soul man” by Ramsey Lewis Trio was released on Chess 6145 013 in June 1972.

Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water/Ain’t that peculiar

The Chess UK singles – one by one

Released on Chess 6145004, this was a reissue of CRS 8041.

Rotary Connection – Want to know you/Memory band

The Chess UK singles – one by one

“Want you to know” by Rotary Connection was released on Chess CRS 8106 in January 1970.