Gene Perla Audio Collection

Gene Perla Collage


Bassist and recording engineer GENE PERLA formed recording and publishing companies in the early 1970’s where he captured many musicians experimenting and jamming in his two NYC loft studios. The unreleased audio recordings (more than 100) offer unique insights into the artistic probing of jazz greats such as Bob Mintzer, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Don Alias, Michael Brecker, John Abercrombie, Jan Hammer, Billy Cobham, Steve Grossman, Elvin Jones, Joe Farrell, Gene Perla and many others.

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Willard Jenkins Collection

Willard Jenkins

Willard Jenkins is an independent arts consultant/producer, writer and broadcaster under his Open Sky banner. Mr. Jenkins is a generous contributor to the Jazz History Database

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Washington D.C. Jazz Festival Oral History Project

Interviewees of the Washinton D.C. Jazz Festival Oral History Project

Brother Ah, Judith Korey, Rusty Hassan and Charles Fishman were interviewed in 2017.

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Mini Documentaries by Tom Shaker

Artists featured in the documentaries include: Linda Dagnello, Paul Broadnax, Boots Mussulli and Jaki Byard

Collection Spotlight: Visual Artists in Jazz


Peter DeVeber

Artwork. Peter is currently writing haiku and a piece of "fiction" dealing with boxing, jazz, and celebrity.


AJ Juarez

Our time together is a kind of tribute to this city and its culture of possibilities that allowed us to explore and to take chances.


Linda Dagnello

Oil paintings and film photography by Jazz Vocalist and Artist, Linda Dagnello

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Lennie Tristano Symposium

Lennie Tristano Symposium

The first symposium ever held on the life and impact of legendary pianist Lennie Tristano was hosted at WPI. This video collection includes full panel presentations by Connie Crothers, Bud Tristano, Jimmy Halperin, Harvey Diamond and author Eunmi Shim.

WCUW Jazz Festivals

WCUW Jazz Festivals

Community radio station WCUW, Worcester, MA, sponsored an annual festival that included performances by internationally acclaimed avant-garde jazz artists. This collection offers recordings of concerts from 1978 to 1990. Some of the many highlighted here include Max Roach, Archie Shepp, and Anthony Braxton.


Jazz At Sunset

Held at the EcoTarium in Worcester, Jazz at Sunset occurs on Fridays for six weeks during the summer. This collection contains fliers, articles, and photographs from 1991 to 2009. A partial list of performers includes Eugene Maslov, Luciana Souza, Warren Vache, Maynard Ferguson, Houston Person and Etta Jones.

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