Riverwalk Jazz Streaming

The Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity Archive of Recorded Sound began con­tin­u­ous web stream­ing of the River­walk Jazz pro­grams con­sist­ing of more than 350 hours of his­toric radio broad­casts on Jan­u­ary 1, 2013 from http://riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu. Using rich nar­ra­tive, oral his­to­ries and inter­views, clips of his­toric musi­cal record­ings, and live musi­cal per­for­mances by the Jim Cul­lum Jazz Band, each radio show enter­tains and edu­cates its lis­ten­ers, pro­mot­ing clas­sic jazz music and an appre­ci­a­tion for its place in his­tory. With this new web site, the series of pro­grams is an incom­pa­ra­ble research col­lec­tion for use by jazz schol­ars and fans alike.
The home page makes two chan­nels of pro­grams avail­able like a radio web­cast with each chan­nel play­ing a unique sequence of 352 shows in an ongo­ing loop, includ­ing some of the ear­li­est shows which have not been heard in over 20 years. The arrange­ment is the­matic, cov­er­ing top­ics such as women in jazz, spir­i­tu­als, hymns & the blues, civil rights, and hot spots like New Orleans, Chicago, Harlem, San Fran­cisco, and Texas. Many pro­grams focus on the lives and works of musi­cians, singers, and com­posers such as Bix Bei­der­becke, Louis Arm­strong, Bessie Smith, Fats Waller, George and Ira Gersh­win, and Cole Porter among many more.
For the first time Stan­ford Libraries is pre­sent­ing audio con­tent from its col­lec­tions like a licensed radio sta­tion. The River­walk Jazz audio pro­grams are sup­ple­mented on the web site with illus­trated pro­gram notes, photo gal­leries, addi­tional audio con­tent, and detailed infor­ma­tion about the Jim Cul­lum Jazz Band play­ers, their show guests, and the nearly 1300 songs they per­form together. In addi­tion, a detailed find­ing aid (http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8222vcv/) describes the large archive of tape record­ings, scripts and pro­duc­tion files, busi­ness records, and other doc­u­ments pre­served at the Archive of Recorded Sound.  More con­tent will be added to the site in early 2013.
For more infor­ma­tion about the project and to gain access to the River­walk Jazz archives, con­tact the Stan­ford Archive of Recorded Sound (soundarchive@stanford.edu; 650–723-9312).

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