Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Copyright Issues Hit a Sour Note With Jazz Fans

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem recently acquired the Savory Collection. An audio engineer named William Savory created this treasure trove of never before released recordings. It boasts 100 hours of music recorded on 1000 aluminum and vinyl discs--a pretty impressive format at the time.

Recorded from radio broadcasts in the late 1930s, this historic collection includes performances by Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Billy Holiday, Lester Young, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and more. Take it from me, they were pretty cool cats!

However, the recordings were tucked away for decades. After Savory's death, his son sold the collection to NJM. Unfortunately, copyright issues may delay the release of these treasures. Hopefully, museum and record label officials will work through these issues and jazz lovers can leave feeling kind of blue to Miles.

Click the links to read more about William Savory, the Savory Collection, copyright issues concerning the collection, and a possible remedy.
Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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