Past Event

Facebook Event: The Savory Collection – Who was Bill Savory?

Ten years after its initial discovery that attracted international attention, The National Jazz Museum in Harlem offers a ongoing educational series sharing the treasures of The Savory Collection. Imagine radio broadcasts by Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, and many other giants that were unheard for over 40 years!

For a complete backstory on the Savory Collection, click HERE.

Join NJMH Senior Scholar Loren Schoenberg and guests as they share not only the music but commentary on some of the greatest jazz sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s. While some of the selections have been included in NJMH’s albums that were released on iTunes and Mosaic Records, additional material will also be presented, including music from Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and many others.



Who was Bill Savory and where the heck was this music sitting all those years?
Monday, April 20th, 3pm – Facebook

The story of Bill Savory, eccentric engineer/musician/intelligence officer, who captured some of the greatest jazz of the 1930’s and 40’s, and then let 99% of remain unissued for over 60 years. And we’ll share the story of how the music came to the NJMH in 2010, with commentary by people who were involved in the hunt for this swinging buried treasure.

2. The Big Bands
Monday, April 27th, 3pm – Facebook

While it was their records that established the great swing bands of the 1930’s and 40’s, it was the exciting live radio broadcasts they made every night that spread their reputation around the country. We’ll create our own Make Believe Ballroom with appearances by Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Teddy Wilson, Earl Hines, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, and many of the other superb big bands of the day.

3. The Jam Sessions
Monday, May  4th, 3pm – Facebook

Martin Block, one of the very first DJ’s in America, hosted some of the greatest musicians of the day for afternoon jam sessions – among the plyers were Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Bunny Berigan, Benny Goodman, and Roy Eldridge. To be able to listen to these recordings in superb fidelity is as about as good as it gets.

4. The Small Bands
Monday, May 11th, 3pm – Facebook

A handful of small groups attained fame for their championing of a chamber jazz sound even in the heyday of the big bands. Bassist John Kirby’s Sextet is a perfect example of restrained yet vitally swinging jazz, as were the various small bands from the big bands of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, and Tommy Dorsey.

5. The Singers
Monday, May 18th, 3pm – Facebook

By the late 1940’s, the big bands had mostly disappeared, and singers ruled the commercial roost. The Savory Collections contains many songs sung by band vocalists, many of which were the very best of the era. We’ll hear Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong (he was his own band vocalist!), Mildred Bailey, Leo Watson, Billie Holiday, and others.