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.'”