Wow! It’s an exciting time to be a jazz fan (especially if you’re a jazz historian) because a HUGE amount of treasures from the 1930s and 40s has just surfaced in New York. William Savory’s personal collection of jazz discs total is well over a thousand and feature several extended and (most importantly) LIVE performances by the most notable figures in jazz history. The chance to be able to hear recordings by several jazz masters in their prime in a live setting is very rare for this time period, so you can imagine my excitement.
Savory worked as an audio engineer in New York City and recorded radio broadcasts that were previously lost to the ages, but have now been generously donated by his heirs for restoration and digitization. Luckily, The New York Times has been reporting all the latest news in a frenzy. You can read the full story there.