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The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Presents The Savory Collection, Volume 1

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“THE SAVORY COLLECTION”,  JAZZ’S GREATEST BURIED TREASURE OF NEVER-BEFORE-HEARD RECORDINGS IS BEING RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME EXCLUSIVELY ON APPLE MUSIC WITH PRE-ORDER BEGINNING ON SEPTEMBER 23
 
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Presents The Savory Collection, Volume 1 - Body and Soul: Coleman Hawkins and Friends To Be Released October 14

(New York, NY) - The National Jazz Museum in Harlem has partnered with Apple Music to exclusively launch The Savory Collection, an extraordinary and unique historical archive featuring swing era jazz artists in their prime, performing inspired and extended performances of never-before-heard material, recorded in superior sound quality.
 
Pre-order kicks off September 23 for the first volume entitled The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Presents The Savory Collection, Volume 1 - Body and Soul: Coleman Hawkins and Friends, featuring first grat track "Body and Soul," by Coleman Hawkins And His Orchestra, which just premiered in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/arts/music/savory-collection-apple-music-coleman-hawkins.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=5&pgtype=sectionfront .
 
The second grat track, Dinah," a Lionel Hampton Jam Session, will be available October 7.  Pre order here: iTunes.com/SavoryCollection and AppleMusic.com/SavoryCollection
 
The collection, which includes 18 stellar tracks recorded between 1936 and 1940 by such artists as Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Fats Waller, Lionel Hampton, Carl Kress and Emilio Caceres, along with a foreword by noted historian/filmmaker Ken Burns, will be available at Apple Music and iTunes on October 14.
 
It represents a new and significant piece of jazz’s great legacy, with performances by legendary artists from jazz’s golden era. These sounds have never been heard since they were originally broadcast decades ago. These masterpieces come through in brilliantly clear sound – there has never been an archival discovery with this combination of quality and quantity.
 
Loren Schoenberg, Founding Director and Senior Scholar of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, who says this is a collector’s dream, relentlessly pursued these rumored performances for over 30 years. They were recorded off the air by sound engineer Bill Savory, a technical genius, musician and jazz fan. Schoenberg finally hit pay dirt through Savory’s son Eugene Desavouret, with the discovery of 975 discs and hundreds of hours of music that no one knew about, which the Museum immediately acquired with the goals of restoring the music and making it available to the public.
 
This extraordinary find is comparable to buried treasure in the music world. It is an educational gem, an authentic record of our rich musical heritage and adds new layers to the story of jazz as we know it.
 
Comments Schoenberg : “The Savory Collection is the story of a buried treasure. Imagine finding an unknown play of Shakespeare's or an unknown novel by Mark Twain – that's what this is! It’s is as close to a musical time capsule as you'll ever find - you are right there, in the moment, hearing never-before-heard sounds in truly remarkable fidelity.”
 
The Savory Collection, Volume 1 - Body and Soul: Coleman Hawkins and Friends is a treasure trove of truly remarkable performances by some of the most respected names in jazz, captured in the late 1930’s during the height of the swing era. The extended nightclub and ballroom performances recorded by Savory from radio broadcasts were longer, free-flowing, creatively daring, yet relaxed, as the artists were freed from the limitations and time constraints of a conventional studio recording.
 
Of particular note is Coleman Hawkins’ first live version of “Body and Soul,” clocking in at six minutes with a fresh, well-thought-out performance that is two times the length of the original studio recording, already considered a smash hit in the annals of jazz. It adds a whole new context to what we know about jazz.
 
The superior sound of the tracks makes you feel as if you were in the room, with phenomenal pick up, due to Savory recording from in-studio lines coming directly from the radio networks on professional equipment. Savory also recorded on larger 12” - 16” discs on more durable material and often at the lower speed of 33 1/3, allowing him to record longer performances in their entirety, jam sessions, stretched-out play, and extended solos. He always selected the best performances, understanding their historical value. The caliber of these recordings could never be duplicated in studio.
 
Doug Pomeroy, a Grammy Award-winning audio restoration specialist was brought out of retirement to restore and master the material so that it could be digitally transferred and preserved for generations to come. Pomeroy’s work set up a seamless transition in bridging the past with the digital future.
 
The project was produced by Loren Schoenberg & Ken Druker. Jonathan Scheuer and Daryl Libow serve as executive producers.
 
The Savory Collection, Vol. 2 is expected to be released later this year featuring rare tracks from Count Basie’s band with saxophonist Lester Young that have not been heard since their broadcast in the late 1930’s. Subsequent volumes will follow in 2017. Featuring A Foreword by Noted Historian/Filmmaker Ken Burns.
 
 
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem selected Apple Music as its exclusive partner because of the brand’s progressive and innovative company culture and consistent advocacy of the creative arts. Apple Music represents artistic diversity in supporting all genres of music and has always offered music fans the best of all possible options. Apple Music is the best choice for a jazz or music fan. 
 
TRACK LISTING:
 
COLEMAN HAWKINS AND HIS ORCHESTRA
May 17, 1940
Body and Soul
Basin Street Blues
Lazy Butterfly (Theme)
 
ELLA FITZGERALD
August 13, 1938
A-Tisket, A-Tasket
I’ve Been Saving Myself for You
 
FATS WALLER AND HIS RHYTHM
October 22, 1938
Medley: Yacht Club Swing / Hold My Hand
I Haven't Changed a Thing
Medley: Summer Souvenirs/Who Blew Out the Flame
Medley: You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby / Sixty Seconds Got Together / I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams
Alligator Crawl
Spider and The Fly
 
LIONEL HAMPTON JAM SESSION
December 28, 1938
Dinah
Blues
Chinatown, My Chinatown
Stardust
Rosetta
 
CARL KRESS
March 29, 1936
Heat Wave
 
EMILIO CACERES TRIO
October 19, 1937
China Boy
 
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. It is a thriving center for jazz that stimulates hearts and minds, and reaches out to diverse audiences to enjoy this quintessential American music. The idea for the Museum originated in 1997 with Leonard Garment, Counsel to two U.S. Presidents, and an accomplished jazz saxophonist. Board member Abraham D. Sofaer, a former U.S. District Judge, gave an initial gift in honor of his brother-in-law Richard J. Scheuer, Jr. A congressional appropriation in 2000 and funds from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone have also been critical to sustaining the Museum. The Museum’s mission is to preserve, promote and present jazz by inspiring knowledge, appreciation and the celebration of jazz locally, nationally and internationally. Jonathan Batiste and Christian McBride are Co-Artistic Directors of the Museum, which is currently located in the heart of Harlem at 58 West 129th St. For more information, please visit www.jazzmuseuminharlem.org.
 
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