The Savory Recordings

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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


Eugene Desavouret and Loren Schoenberg

Comments [9]

Scott Merrell from NYC

When will this muisic be commercially available?

Sep. 22 2010 10:14 AM
Doug Pomeroy from Brooklyn, NY

Austrian engineer Fritz Pfleumer developed recording tape and was granted a patent in 1928.
Hilter made tape recordings of his voice for
broadcasting, and the only available tape was made by German a company (AEG).

Aug. 25 2010 01:04 PM
Robin from New York City

@ Simon from Manhattan:

It's a well-established fact that the technicians who developed/perfected magnetic audio tape (on a plastic substrate) were working for Hitler.

Hitler used tape to re-broadcast speeches, propaganda, music, etc.

Aug. 24 2010 02:31 PM

So a great national treasure has been found and the record labels are fighting over who can screw us over for the most money?!

Aug. 24 2010 01:58 PM
Gilles Fouquart from Mineola, NY

As a long time swing dancer and board member of Swing Dance Long Island (, I am very excited to hear and dance to these high-quality recordings of music from a fabulous era. I can't wait for the digital recordings. Thanks Lenny for posting links to the songs here.

Aug. 24 2010 01:46 PM
Tom Houghton from nyc

Savory recordings, you touched on it briefly, but it should be pointed out again that the recordings were made live, but, according to what I have read in the NYTIMES, on a direct line to his recording studio from the varioius radio stations in the city. The company where he was working made airchecks during the day for clients who wanted to verify their commercials were run correctly on the daytime radio shows, soap operas etc.

Great show.

Aug. 24 2010 01:40 PM
Simon from Manhattan

Why does Lopate say "the Nazis invented tape?" is this some kind of generational thing? Why isn't it the Germans invented tape?

Aug. 24 2010 01:39 PM

This is frigging awesome!

Aug. 24 2010 01:36 PM
Joe Adams from Bergen County, New Jersey

Thanks and congratulations to Messours Desavourette and Schoenberg for expanding our knowledge and enjoyment of this magnificent American music. Thanks also to Lenny. Here's hoping that the pop music cartel that usually prohibits such music will relent at least a bit.

Aug. 24 2010 12:45 PM

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