Original Vinyl Records, the Hudson Valley’s newest record store, announces their new in-store live event series Talkin’ Vinyl. Beginning on Sun., May 5 from 4 to 5 p.m. Original Vinyl Records, located at 314 Rte. 94 South #7 in Warwick, is inviting vinyl experts to come and share their knowledge about artists and recordings and the back story for legendary albums.
On May 5 historian Joe Conzo, Sr. will play never before heard recordings from his private collection from Tito Puente, Machito and Ray Barretto. Conzo, who is currently writing a book on the “Big Three” bandleaders Machito, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodríguez, owns an unrivaled collection of Machito live recordings. He is the producer of many recordings by Latin artists on prestigious labels such as Sony Music and Pablo. He currently serves as the Director of the Tito Puente Legacy Project – an archive of Puente memorabilia based at the school.
On Sun., May 19 Scott Wenzel from Mosaic Records will talk about one of the most amazing jazz archeological discoveries of the 21st century – The Bill Savory Collection. He will play never before heard recordings by The Count Basie Orchestra with Lester Young, Chick Webb, Ella Fitzgerald, Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Albert Ammons, Benny Carter, Bobby Hackett…the list goes on and on.
A trained musician and audio engineer, Savory served in the U.S. Navy where he developed radar technology and flew as a test pilot. But first and foremost, Savory was a music lover who single handedly captured hundreds of hours of top-shelf music off the air in the six years preceding America’s entry into World War II.
Packed away for decades and only rumored to exist, the Savory Collection was acquired by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem in 2010, the culmination of a 36-year quest by jazz historian Loren Schoenberg. The discovery made headlines around the world, including the front page of The New York Times.
Wenzel was approached by Loren Schoenberg of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem to help catalog and ship the recordings found in the Bill Savory Collection. The Museum and Mosaic Records were able to release a portion of these recordings after many years of negotiations with various estates of the musicians who were on these recordings. Once these recordings were decided upon for release, both Schoenberg and Wenzel arranged how the music would be released on CD.
Ellington at Newport 1956
On Sun., Jun. 2 special guest Arnold J. Smith will speak about Ellington at Newport 1956, a legendary performance that took place on July 7, 1956 at the Newport Jazz Festival and was released on record by Columbia Records. Smith, a former editor of DownBeat Magazine, publicist, blogster, professor at the New School for 26 years, now teaches at New Jersey City University since 2000.
For more information about the series send an email to Jim Eigo at OriginalVinylRecords@gmail.com, call 987-3131
or visit www.originalvinylrecords.com.