The Savory Collection

After a 30-year quest The National Jazz Museum of Harlem was proud to acquire The Savory Collection in 2010. Comprised of over 1,000 recordings taken off the air between 1935 and 1940 and never heard since its initial broadcast. The collection features new music by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Fats Waller and Billie Holiday.

Audio samples of this treasure trove of original recordings can be heard below as well as on the NY Times website, where our acquisition of the collection was reported on in detail. Additional press coverage of the acquisition is listed on the Savory Press page. There are many legal issues to be cleared before we can share any more on the web than these short bits. However, the material is available for listening by appointment in our Visitors Center.

Audio Samples

Please note that the audio samples here are straight off the discs with no restoration work – that will follow. In the meantime, please enjoy these musical samples: