The Preservation Of The Original American Artform
In January of 2017 JazzBites Radio was gifted over 59,000 rare recordings from one of the biggest private collections of Jazz music in the world: vintage recordings brought to life from 78 shellac, vinyl, and wax cylinders dating back to 1911, and now digitized for radio play. Add to this to our existing collection of rare & vintage tracks together with our extensive library of Jazz albums we've accrued over the last five years and we're off to an incredible start with hundreds of thousands of Jazz tracks and songs covering more than a century.
The mission of TheJazzRepository.org is to cultivate one of the largest Jazz libraries in the world that will be accessible to the public via a 24/7 dedicated global radio platform which includes all forms of Jazz, the rarest of tracks, all artists signed, unsigned, & independent. The oldest recordings we have 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 before being captured digitally and are now safely preserved in The Jazz Repository.
As with most traditional collections, libraries, and archives around the world, the actual 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 public doesn't have easy access to it, and those universities and institutions who do convert their collection to a digital format are limited due to the material they have available in their respective collections.
TheJazzRepository.org is a passionate venture by JazzBitesRadio.com to enable the music and art of Jazz to belong to the people, and 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. Several thousand of the tracks in the Repository are in the process of being traced and curated to identify the individual artists and their music - this means many previously unheard of tracks will resurface in the near future.
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 living, active, & accessible Jazz Archive.
TheJazzRepository.Org is a non-profit organization.
"The memory of things gone is important to a Jazz musician."