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Unreleased Monk and Coltrane Tapes Found

The Library of Congress (LOC) announced last Wednesday the discovery of never-released tapes featuring Thelonious Monk (pictured) and John Coltrane performing at Carnegie Hall. The tapes, discovered among other material to be digitized as part of the Library’s continuing audio preservation program, are from a 1957 performance recorded by the Voice of America (VOA) for broadcast overseas, but which was never heard in the United States. The concert tapes also include performances that same evening by Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, the Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra and the Zoot Sims Quartet with Chet Baker.

Larry Appelbaum, the senior studio engineer/supervisor of the Library’s Magnetic Recording Laboratory and the LOC’s jazz specialist, discovered the tapes among the Library’s nearly 50,000 VOA tapes that are being systematically categorized and digitized.

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