May 23, 2022

Music: UW-Eau Claire to Digitize Rare Jazz Collection

From the AP:

A collection of rare jazz recordings has arrived at its new home at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where archivists plan to digitize the music for future generations to enjoy.

The collection was owned by Pete Peterson, a Texan who led a big band for 60 years.

More from Wisconsin Public Radio

As far as rare jazz collections go, the recent find by emeritus UW-Eau Claire music professor Ron Keezer is about as good as it gets. Keezer says the collection is comprised of 42 boxes, containing around 1,000 pieces of music and 1,000 records. “It’s just like finding King Tut’s tomb here. It’s really something. Original Woody Herman, some things that were never published and nobody else has and we now have. Stuff that was big many years ago but was lost, well: We’ve got it now.”

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