Join us on Zoom every Thursday at 3pm for From the Lab, a weekly get-together that’s open to all. Each week we play and discuss some material that’s being considered, restored, identified in the Falco Lab of the Jazz History Database.
All are welcome—from curious beginners to Jazz experts!
Jaki Byard at 100
Pianist Jaki Byard lived three quarters of a century,
and we’ve had the last quarter to consider his impact as a keyboard stylist,
an influential teacher, and a saxophonist as well.
JHDb joins in the festivities celebrating 100-years since Byard’s birth in Worcester, June 15, 1922.
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The JHDB Celebrates Black Women in Jazz
Debbie Duncan Interview
Dee Dee Bridgewater Interview
Regina Carter Interview 1, Interview 2
Although there were more than a hundred ballrooms within driving distance of Boston, MA, the Totem Pole was universally acknowledged as one of the largest and certainly the most elegant.
Gary Carner: Author and Historian
Researcher, author, historian Gary Carner has brought forth the latest volume of his work on baritone stylist Pepper Adams. Carner will join us live for a March 10 for a From the Lab session, to discuss his findings and share some great music.
Interviews by David Kidd of WGY Radio in Schenectady, NY
Including Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, Randy Weston, Teo Macero
Gene Perla Audio Collection
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.
In Their Own Voice: Chet Williamson Interviews
Award winning and critically acclaimed writer, radio host and jazz performer Chet Williamson has contributed heavily to the JHDB including nearly 100 audio interviews with jazz artists such as Sonny Rollins, Maynard Ferguson, Chick Corea, Jane Ira Bloom, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Metheny, Ingrid Jenson, and Randy Weston.
Willard Jenkins Collection
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.
Washington D.C. Jazz Festival
Oral History Project
Brother Ah, Judith Korey, Rusty Hassan and Charles Fishman were interviewed in 2017.
Lorraine Feather Collection
Lyricist/singer Lorraine Feather’s work has been heard on numerous records, in films, and on television. Her words have been sung by Patti Austin, Kenny Rankin, Phyllis Hyman, Jessye Norman, and numerous jazz artists. She was the lyricist for Disney's Dinosaurs, The Jungle Book 2, and The Princess Diaries 2; MGM's All Dogs Go to Heaven and Babes and Toyland; and Hasbro's Candy Land and My Little Pony. Her work as a lyricist has earned her seven Emmy nominations.
Mini Documentaries by Tom Shaker
Artists featured in the documentaries include: Linda Dagnello, Paul
Broadnax, Boots Mussulli and Jaki Byard
Partners of the Jazz History Database:
Collection Spotlight: Events
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.
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.
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.