National Jazz Museum in Harlem Acquires New Recordings

Lester Young

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem announced they now have over 100 hours of live performances by Jazz icons from 1935-1941. Harlem’s Executive Director Loren Schoenberg discovered the collection after a 24 year cultivation that started with his meeting William Savory in 1980. Savory died in 2004 and Schoenberg acquired the discs in April, 2010 for the museum through Savory’s heir, Eugene Desavouret, of Malta, Illinois. The collection includes live performances by Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and more. You can read the full story here.

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