Loren Schoenberg, artistic director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, talks about their new exhibit on writer Ralph Ellison's record collection.
Jazz aficionados have long spoken of an unrivaled collection of the greatest jazz musicians from 1930s, including Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and Coleman Hawkins. Now, a collection of their greatest live recordings have been discovered and stored at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, New York. We talk with Loren Schoenberg, the curator of the museum.
[CORRECTION: the original version of this story mentioned "Louise Armstrong," rather than trumpet genius Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong. We regret the error. -eds]
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem recently acquired a trove of heretofore undiscovered jazz recordings known as the "Savory Recordings," which feature some of the biggest names in jazz: from Coleman Hawkins to Billie Holiday to Benny Goodman. Scholars and critics are already claiming that once these recordings are cleaned up, they will fundamentally alter jazz history. Director of the museum Loren Schoenberg will join us to discuss how he acquired the recordings. He'll be joined by Eugene Desavouret, the son of the recording genius, Mr. Savory, who will tell us about his father's storied recording past and why he kept the records locked up for so long.