“The Savory Collection” was a mystery. Almost everybody who is into Jazz history has heard about this collection with live recordings by William Savory, a sound engineer and jazz fan. But hardly anybody had a proper idea about it, in fact nobody really knew how big the collection is!
On August 16, 2010, the New York Times published a story with the title Museum Acquires Storied Trove of Performances by Jazz Greats:
“After 70 years that wait has now ended. This year The National Jazz Museum in Harlem acquired the entire set of nearly 1,000 discs, made at the height of the swing era, and has begun digitizing recordings of inspired performances by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Bunny Berigan, Harry James and others that had been thought to be lost forever. Some of these remarkable long-form performances simply could not fit on the standard discs of the time, forcing Mr. Savory to find alternatives. The Savory Collection also contains examples of underappreciated musicians playing at peak creative levels not heard anywhere else, putting them in a new light for music fans and scholars.”