The Concept Behind TheJazzRepository.Org & JazzBitesRadio.Com
"The memory of things gone is important to a Jazz musician."
In 1987, The United States Congress designated Jazz Music
“A rare and valuable national American treasure...(Click to view)"
"Whereas, inasmuch as there exists no effective national infrastructure to support and preserve jazz; Whereas, documentation and archival support required by such a great art form has yet to be systematically applied to the jazz field; and Whereas, it is in the best interest of the national welfare and all of our citizens to preserve and celebrate this unique art form:
Now, therefore be it."
Now playing from The Jazz Repository Archive
In January of 2017, JazzBites Radio was gifted over 58,000 rare recordings from one of the biggest private collections of Jazz music in the world: vintage recordings on both vinyl and wax cylinders dating back to 1911. Adding this to our existing collection of rare & vintage tracks, together with our extensive library of Jazz albums we've accrued over the last three years, we're off to an incredible start with hundreds of thousands of Jazz tracks and songs.
The mission of TheJazzRepository.org is to cultivate the world's largest accessible Jazz library to include all forms of Jazz, the rarest of tracks, all artists signed, unsigned, & independent; past, present, & future. Every album, EP, & single track, plus exclusive audio interviews, and videos of live performances from around the globe. The oldest tracks come from wax cylinders, which when new, were only good for a limited number of plays before the wax wore out. Some of the tracks are so rare, they gasped their last play before being lost to time forever, luckily they were captured digitally and are now safely preserved in The Jazz Repository. As with most traditional collections, libraries, and archives, the physical recording media is stored in a specific physical location. From there, the music rarely gets played, as it would further degrade the wax cylinder or vinyl disc. This means the general public doesn't have access to it, and those universities and institutions who do convert their collection to a digital format, the scope is focused on the available material in their respective collections.There are many dedicated Jazz music collectors with private collections, plus numerous Jazz archives spread throughout the world, but what makes TheJazzRepository.org unique, is that we are building the most complete and diverse repository of Jazz music ever created. Furthermore, the music is stored in a digital format that doesn't degrade, allowing the music to be played an unlimited number of times.
And, it doesn't stop with just the music....The Jazz Repository will also feature an extensive library of exclusive LIVE video performances from Jazz artists across the globe filmed at popular international Jazz venues, together with our large archive of artist interviews from The JazzBites Show. Over the past three years we've been talking with Jazz artists with a view to growing a unique collection of insight which will be invaluable for future artists to study and from which to learn, and draw inspiration. A unique collection of intimate one-on-one conversations with musicians and performers who have spoken candidly of their struggles, aspirations, and goals. It's therefore our endeavor to create an all-encompassing, active, and accessible musical archive for Jazz fans everywhere all around the world.
TheJazzRepository.org is a passionate venture by JazzBitesRadio.com to enable the music and art of Jazz to belong to the people, and that Jazz audiences from this and every future generation should have the opportunity to listen and freely enjoy this national treasure. Tracks will be selected from the repository to play in the general playlists on a daily basis, as well as being highlighted in special presentation spotlight shows along with an informed and sympathetic narrative. By using JazzBites Radio as the international internet radio platform, audiences worldwide can enjoy the music they would otherwise never have access to, nor the opportunity to hear.
Anthea & Jacques Redmond, March 2nd, 2018
The Jazz Repository
Cultivating the world's largest audible, active, & accessible Jazz Archive.
TheJazzRepository.Org is a non-profit organization.