A Jazz Treasure Trove Unearthed

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Friday, August 20, 2010

In the 1930s an audio engineer named William Savory made hundreds of recordings of jazz greats - and then secreted them away. Today: a mysterious collection of never before heard radio broadcast recordings from the likes of Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong. Also: live music from Paris-based, Afro-funk ensemble Bibi Tanga and The Selenites.

The Secret of The Savory Collection

True to its name, The Savory Collection is a treat to the ears. Loren Schoenberg, director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and Larry Rohter of The New York Times explain how recently discovered recordings by the likes of Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and other jazz greats are changing music history.

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