[JPL] WWOZ hooks up with Library of Congress
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Tue Sep 11 17:51:09 EDT 2007
New Orleans radio station and Library of Congress save jazz, blues
The Associated Press
*NEW ORLEANS:* A legendary community-supported radio station in New
Orleans, has given the Library of Congress more than 7,000 hours of live
jazz and blues recordings spanning 15 years.
The contribution, which comes after Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters
nearly destroyed the station's primary tape storage facility, will
ensure the safety of WWOZ's collection of historic recordings, the
Library of Congress said Monday in a news release.
In support of the gift, the GRAMMY Foundation awarded WWOZ $45,000 in
grants toward the preservation of the collection, officials said.
"We are excited about this unique collection and look forward to
partnering with WWOZ and the GRAMMY Foundation to preserve it and make
the historic recordings available to the American people," said
Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.
Without the money, WWOZ would not have been able to save its live
performance recordings, said David Freedman, the station's general manager.
These one-of-a-kind recordings, derived from various music festivals,
nightclubs and street events, feature diverse forms of New Orleans'
roots music, including jazz, blues, gospel, brass band and zydeco.
"The WWOZ Crescent City Living Legends Collection" includes the most
extensive collection of live music performances dating back to 1993 of
New Orleans' most recognized artists, including Ernie K-Doe, Boozoo
Chavis and Tuba Fats, station officials said. Selections from the WWOZ
collection were named to the Library's 2002 National Recording Registry.
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