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University of Idaho Launches Jazz Archives Web Site

The University of Idaho is releasing its collection of jazz memorabilia to fans all over the world with the launch of a new Web site.

International Jazz Collections, a branch of the university’s archives, includes photos, videos, interviews and correspondence of jazz artists. The institute created the Web site to post its collection on the Internet.

“A Web presence for these materials enables students and scholars to be aware of these remarkable treasures that have improbably found homes in northern Idaho, far from what is thought of as the jazz scene,” said Lynn Baird, dean of library services, in a press release. “The miles are erased by a click of a mouse.”

The site includes quick links to libraries of Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie (pictured), Joe Williams, Conte Candoli, Lee Morse, Al Grey and Leonard Feature. Currently, the site displays artist biographies-the site is still under construction, with new items being added by the International Jazz Collections archivist, Michael Tarabulski.

“During the years Michael has worked with this collection, he has had tremendous opportunities to work with the musicians and their families to capture the stories behind the music,” said Baird. “The International Jazz Collections holds amazing things, such as photographs, scores, recordings and correspondence from important artists and critics.”

The site has an extensive collection of archives on bandleader and vibist Hampton, including photos, video clips, audio and interviews. Hampton partnered with the University of Idaho for 20 years in its music education program-the university now is the home to the annual Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival.

It was Hampton’s initial donation of his private collection to the university in 1992 that became the foundation of the International Jazz Collections.

Other artists in the archives include Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Jarvis, Roland Hanna, Gerry Mulligan and Buddy Tate.

The collection can be accessed here.

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