[JPL] Fwd: RARE JAZZ TAPES UNCOVERED AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

eric jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Thu Apr 7 08:30:17 EDT 2005


Please note that this note says these tapes were discovered by JPL member  
Larry Appelbaum


Eric Jackson
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From: "Adrienne Brooks" <PR.499.944555 at prnews2.com>
To: eric_jackson at wgbh.org
Subject: RARE JAZZ TAPES UNCOVERED AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
Date: Wed, 06 Apr 2005 16:48:50 -0400

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
101 Independence Avenue SE
Washington DC  20540
Phone:  (202) 707-2905
Fax:  (202) 707-9199
Email:  pao at loc.gov

April 6, 2005

Press contact: Sheryl Cannady, (202) 707-6456, scannady at loc.gov
                        Larry Appelbaum, (202) 707-1848, lapp at loc.gov

RARE JAZZ TAPES UNCOVERED AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

At a press conference today in Washington, D.C., the Library of Congress  
announced that historically significant concert tapes, featuring the  
legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and iconic saxophonist  
John Coltrane, had been uncovered in the Library’s recorded sound  
collection during preparation for preservation.

The 1957 tapes were recorded at Carnegie Hall by the Voice of America  
(VOA) for broadcast overseas but have never been heard in the United  
States. The VOA concert tapes also include performances that same evening  
by the late Ray Charles, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, the Dizzy  
Gillespie Orchestra and the Zoot Sims Quartet with Chet Baker.

“These previously unknown tapes are a major find for scholars and  
collectors of post-war jazz,” said Larry Appelbaum, the Library’s  
recording engineer and jazz specialist in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting  
and Recorded Sound Division, who found the tapes among material to be  
digitized as part of the Library’s continuing audio preservation program.   
“A significant discovery like this reminds us why it’s so important to  
preserve these unique materials.”

  The announcement was made as part of a press briefing on Librarian of  
Congress James H. Billington’s annual selection of 50 sound recordings for  
the National Recording Registry. Under the terms of the National Recording  
Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian is responsible for annually  
selecting recordings that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically  
significant.” The list can be found on the Library’s Web site at  
www.loc.gov.

The content of VOA’s original 10-inch mono acetate tapes of the Carnegie  
Hall concert will be preserved in high-resolution digital files, which  
will be stored and backed up on the Library’s servers.  Along with  
introductions by VOA program host Willis Conover, the tapes feature  
approximately 55 minutes of previously unheard Monk and Coltrane and early  
and late show performances by all of the groups who performed that  
evening. The Monk Quartet with Coltrane plays “Evidence,” “Monk’s Mood,”   
“ Crepescule With Nellie,” “Nutty,” “Epistrophy,” “Bye-Ya, Sweet and  
Lovely”  and “Blue Monk.”

The Library of Congress holds the nation’s largest public collection of  
sound recordings (music and spoken word) and radio broadcasts. The  
collection of nearly 3 million recordings representing almost every sound  
recording format includes more than 500,000 LPs, 450,000 78-rpm discs,  
500,000 unpublished discs, 200,000 compact discs, 175,000 tape reels,  
150,000 45-rpm discs and 75,000 cassettes. Among the unusual formats in  
the collection are wires, instantaneous discs, cylinders, music box discs,  
rolls, bands, dictabelts and Memovox discs.

The Library’s collection includes more than 50,000 VOA tapes and discs of  
musical events broadcast from 1946-1988. The Library ’s jazz collections  
include musical scores, manuscripts, photographs and personal recording  
collections of Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Milt Hinton, Carmen McRae,  
Billy Taylor, Charlie Barnett, Louis Bellson and others.

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PR 05-90
04/06/05
ISSN 0731-3527


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