The Savory Recordings

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.

Rockin’ Char, Truckin’
Mildred Bailey & Paul Bailey, 1935

I Got Rhythm
Bunny Berigan, Trummy Young, Joe Thomas, Buster Bailey, Billy Klye, Slim Gaillard, Slam Stewart, Cozy Cole 1938

Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Christian 1939

China Boy
Cab Calloway, Chu Berry 1938

Jumpin’ At The Woodside
Count Basie, Lester Young 1939

Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday 1939

On The Sunnyside of the Street
Louis Armstrong, Jack Teagarden, Bud Freeman, Fats Waller 1938