For jazz lovers like us, this is a collector's dream over 70 years in the making. For me, it's been a 30-year quest to bring this buried treasure from the swing era to listeners everywhere. And for all of us at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem this journey -- transforming 24 unbelievably dusty and battered boxes of discs into near-pristine digital gems -- has been a six year labor of love and incredible discovery. You have been with us every step of the way, and we couldn't be more grateful.
Our first volume includes 18 stellar tracks recorded between 1936 and 1940 by such artists as Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Carl Kress and Emilio Caceres. Recorded off the air by sound engineer and technical genius Bill Savory, these sounds haven't been heard since they were originally broadcast decades ago. And, simply put, they are mind-blowing.
Please join us in celebrating the release of our first volume by pre-ordering your copy on iTunes
. We know you won't be disappointed. Hear the title track and learn more about this long-lost treasure in
In the coming weeks we'll be sharing some of our favorite moments of discovery, from my own first encounter with Bill Savory to that heart-stopping, call-the-paramedics moment when I first heard Savory's recording of "Body and Soul." We hope you'll join us and share your feedback on Facebook
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On behalf of the entire Museum family, we hope you enjoy these recordings as much as we love bringing them to you.