Rare jazz recording now at local museum

August 31, 2010 3:10:00 PM PDT
Exciting news in the world of jazz.

Rare recordings of jazz legends that date back to the 30's and 40's, from the first lady of song Ella Fitzgerald to the master of swing, Count Basie.

In all nearly a thousand albums were found.

Loren Schoenberg is gaga over his new acquisition, a collection of jazz music recorded during the 30s and 40s like a disc featuring Joe Sullivan.

The music was originally recorded off the radio by a sound engineer named William Savory. For decades Schoenberg tried unsuccessfully to see and hear that collection.

This summer years after Savory died, his son sold Schoenberg and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem the records, over 975 albums.

There are boxes and boxes of them, many of them that are in poor condition. Those that can be saved are being transferred to disc.

The museum is dealing with legal issues about ownership and rights to the recordings.

For more information, go to http://www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org/ .