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Jazzhaus Label Launches; Will Release Rare Live Radio and TV Recordings

Initial releases include Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman

Naxos of America and Arthaus Musik have announced the U.S. launch of the Jazzhaus CD/DVD series. Jazzhaus is a new music label featuring an indefinite number of audio and video jazz programs taken from live radio and television recordings from the archives of Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart, Baden-Baden and Mainz in southwest Germany.

The first quarterly release (March 27) includes CDs by Cannonball Adderley, Gerry Mulligan, and the Benny Goodman Orchestra featuring Anita O’Day

Jazz broadcasts by Südwestrundfunk (SWR) started in the summer of 1947 with young impresarios Joachim-Ernst Berendt and Dieter Zimmerle. Today, almost 65 years later, the archives contain about 1,600 audio and more than 350 television recordings of all major modern jazz artists-probably the biggest collection of unpublished live jazz recordings in the world: 3,000 hours-and almost all of it has never been released before. More than 400 ensembles and soloists are listed, many of them recorded three, four, five or more times over the decades.

For the last three years, the Jazzhaus team has been researching the vaults, making the final selections. The old tapes are currently being remastered to high-end technology standards and will be released on CD, DVD, vinyl and as audio /video-on-demand downloads.

March 27 Releases

Recorded live at Liederhalle Stuttgart on March 20, 1969

Julian “Cannonball” Adderley (as), Nat Adderley (tp)

Joe Zawinul (p, key), Victor Gaskin (b), Roy McCurdy (dr)

Total Time: 60:12

Recorded live at Liederhalle-Stuttgart on November 22, 1977

Gerry Mulligan (bs), Dave Samuels (vib), Thomas Fay (p)

Mike Santiago (g), George Duvivier (b), Bobby Rosengarden (dr)

Total Time: 68:32

Recorded live at Stadthalle-Freiburg on October 15, 1959

Benny Goodman (cl, arr), Anita O’Day (voc), Russ Freeman (p), Red Norvo (vib), Jack Sheldon (tp), Flip Phillips (ts), Bill Harris (tb), Jerry Dodgion (fl), Jimmy Wyble (g), Red Wootton (b), John Markham (d)

Total Time: 76:07

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