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The Savory Collection
 

 
 
It’s a jazz lover’s dream come true. Created by recording engineer William Savory, the Savory Collection includes more than 100 hours of recordings made from live New York City radio broadcasts between 1935 and 1941 and never heard since their initial airing. Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Fats Waller, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Django Reinhardt, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Jordan, Lennie Tristano and Bunny Berigan are all showcased in The Savory Collection.
Bill Savory, who recorded commercials off the air for a transcription service by day, compiled his own musical treasure chest at night, recording directly from the radio networks on professional equipment. The extended nightclub and ballroom performances captured were longer, free-flowing, and creatively daring as the artists were freed from the constraints of a conventional studio. Packed away for decades and only rumored to exist, the Savory  Collection was acquired by the Museum in 2010, the culmination of a 36-year quest. The discovery made headlines around the world

 
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