Queen Anne and Magnolia News: SPL and Earshot Jazz partner to create digital collection of magazine archives

Queen Anne and Magnolia News: SPL and Earshot Jazz partner to create digital collection of magazine archives . “The Seattle Public Library and Earshot Jazz, the city’s preeminent jazz organization, have partnered to create a comprehensive digital collection of the entire Earshot Jazz magazine archives, from 1984 to present. Any SPL.org website visitor can now browse, search and download articles from the collection, and no Library card is needed.”

PC Gamer: The latest Google Doodle is a stylish jazz swing rhythm game

PC Gamer: The latest Google Doodle is a stylish jazz swing rhythm game. “I’m a bit of a rhythm game fanatic, always looking to sink my teeth into a new musical experience. So imagine my surprise when I saw that the latest Google Doodle was, in fact, a rhythm game. The doodle celebrates swing music and the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem, an iconic venue during the swing era and one of the first public spaces in the United States to be racially inclusive with a no-discrimination policy.”

Tulane News: Tulane University jazz archive gets new name and expanded mission

Tulane News: Tulane University jazz archive gets new name and expanded mission. “Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) is pleased to announce an expanded mission and new name for its famed music archive. Previously known as the Hogan Jazz Archive, the reconceived Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz will expand the scope of its collections, including acquisitions that document late 20th century and 21st-century contemporary jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, hip hop and rock musicians in New Orleans and the surrounding region, as well as the industry and culture that fosters and supports those artists.”

NYS Music: The National Jazz Museum In Harlem Announces Online Museum Access Through Google Arts And Culture

NYS Music: The National Jazz Museum In Harlem Announces Online Museum Access Through Google Arts And Culture. “Beginning on February 18, 2021, the National Jazz Museum in Harlem is available for anybody in the world to visit virtually on the Google Arts and Culture platform. The free, virtual tour allows viewers to experience videos and high-resolution pictures of jazz artifacts from the Museum’s collections as a part of the Google Arts & Culture Black History Month project.”

Exclusive: Jazzwise Launches Dedicated Reviews Database (Jazzwise)

Jazzwise: Exclusive: Jazzwise Launches Dedicated Reviews Database. “…to help you track down the best new music or discover hidden gems you’ve never heard before, we have launched a dedicated, fully searchable database of our reviews. With over 9,500 for you to explore, this new resource is a wonderful new tool subscribers can access to help them explore and discover all the music we have reviewed since 2010.” It’s not free, but a monthly sub is £6.25 (a little over $8 USD.) An annual sub is £60 (a little less than $78 USD.)

Jazz Lives in Clubs. The Pandemic Is Threatening Its Future. (New York Times)

New York Times: Jazz Lives in Clubs. The Pandemic Is Threatening Its Future.. “The concert world as a whole is in crisis, but perhaps no genre is as vulnerable as jazz, which depends on a fragile ecosystem of performance venues. In pre-pandemic New York, the genre’s creative and commercial center, young players still converged to hone their craft and veterans held court in prestigious rooms like the Village Vanguard and the Blue Note. It’s an economic and creative network that has sustained the genre for decades. But after suffering nearly six months of lost business, New York jazz venues have begun sounding the alarm that without significant government relief, they might not last much longer.”

KARE11: Walker launches free online catalog to highlight influential Black jazz artists

KARE11: Walker launches free online catalog to highlight influential Black jazz artists. “If you can’t see performances in person right now, you can see rare historic ones online, for free, while learning about important Black jazz artists in the Upper Midwest. The Walker Art Center’s performing arts program launched Living Collections Catalogue—Creative Black Music at the Walker: Selections from the Archives.”

Pratt Institute: How Mapping Relationships Between Jazz Musicians Elevates Unsung Histories

New-to-me, from Pratt Institute: How Mapping Relationships Between Jazz Musicians Elevates Unsung Histories. “Linked Jazz’s use of linked open data (LOD) offers a dynamic digital network where users can discover the personal and professional relationships of musicians by tapping into digitized archives. Building this network also reveals archival gaps. While icons such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis have large digital footprints, lesser-known performers may barely have a mention.”

Syncopated Times: San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation’s West Coast Revival Collection Digitized

This is from last year, but I missed it, and it’s too good not to share. Syncopated Times: San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation’s West Coast Revival Collection Digitized. “Realizing that they had amassed a huge collection of important artifacts of the jazz revival, and hoping to ensure their preservation, The San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation (SFTJF) transferred 750 linear feet of materials to Stanford’s music library in 2009. Fundraising to digitize the SFTJF’s most historically significant recordings, photographs and documents began in 2014, and digitization was begun in 2016. The process of organizing and digitizing them is finally complete and we are delighted to share with you the result of their efforts.”

University of Rhode Island: Iconic Pittsburgh jazz DJ donates show archives to URI music Department

University of Rhode Island: Iconic Pittsburgh jazz DJ donates show archives to URI music Department. “Calvin Stemley, a close friend of [Ronald “Butch”] Perkins, coordinated the gift of the archive from Mr. Perkins’ family to the University. On Oct. 25, he played with the URI Jazz Band and accepted a plaque on behalf of Perkins and his work as a DJ and strong supporter of jazz. Stemley is a retired music educator from Pittsburgh Public Schools and continues to perform in the Pittsburgh area where he mentors young people and teaches them about music, especially jazz.”

Fordham University: Rich Conaty’s Big Broadcast Lives on in New Digital Archive

Fordham University: Rich Conaty’s Big Broadcast Lives on in New Digital Archive. “When Rich Conaty died in late 2016, the WFUV DJ left behind a devoted following of listeners, some of whom had been tuning in for more than 40 years to hear him spin jazz and pop from the 1920s and ’30s on his Sunday night show, The Big Broadcast. Luckily for fans, hundreds of episodes from The Big Broadcast’s archive are now available to stream on Fordham’s Digital Collections page, thanks to a generous donor and a collaborative effort between WFUV and the University Library.”

Echo: Digby Fairweather’s bid to save Jazz music’s 30-year ‘blackhole’

Echo: Digby Fairweather’s bid to save Jazz music’s 30-year ‘blackhole’. “The Southend jazz star and CEO of The Jazz Centre UK, needs someone to donate a large space in order to keep a gigantic collection of independently released UK jazz records, which are not being archived in the BBC or the National Sound Archive of the British Library. Digby fears that unless a home is found for the mammoth collection, the history of UK jazz music made between 1980 to date, will be lost in ‘”a black hole’.”

New York Times: Louis Armstrong’s Life in Letters, Music and Art

New York Times: Louis Armstrong’s Life in Letters, Music and Art. “For his entire adult life, away from the spotlight, Armstrong amassed a huge trove of personal writings, recordings and artifacts. But until this month, you would have had to travel far into central Queens to find them. Now anyone can access them. Thanks to a $3 million grant from the Fund II Foundation — run by Robert F. Smith, the wealthiest African-American — the Louis Armstrong House Museum has digitized the entire collection he left behind and made it available to the public.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: WPI’s Jazz History Database Scores Archive of Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Trombonist

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: WPI’s Jazz History Database Scores Archive of Internationally Acclaimed Jazz Trombonist. “When assistant teaching professor Rich Falco invited two jazz experts to address his Jazz History Database class last year, little did he know it would lead to WPI’s acquiring the archive of a jazz heavyweight. In a major coup for the database that Falco founded, internationally acclaimed jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd’s massive archive of work—audio, video, and print—is being donated so that everyone will be able to hear the music of a man the New York Times called ‘a central figure in the avant-garde jazz scene of the 1960s and ’70s.’”

The Syncopated Times: Tom Lord’s Online Jazz Discography

The Syncopated Times: Tom Lord’s Online Jazz Discography. “TJD Online … is available for $9.99 a month. It fully documents jazz from 1917 to the present time, and also includes ragtime and related sessions that date back to the 1890s. It is easy to use and one can quickly get a chronological listing not only of all of the sessions that a particular musician led but every date that he or she appeared on. If you ever wanted all 1,231 sessions that bassist Milt Hinton was on (dating from 1930-99), you can pull it up within moments. It is also easy to get a chronological listing of every version of a particular song including 2,385 versions of “Body And Soul” and “just” 2,126 of “St. Louis Blues.” There are over a million musician and tune entries with information on 35,000 leaders and 182,000 sessions.”