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Interview with John Altman: Part 1

Everybody’s heard John Altman’s music, whether they know it or not: he has composed for some of the world’s most high-profile films, TV shows, and acts, including Titanic and the Monty Python comedy troupe. Alongside a flourishing career as a … Continue reading

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Eye of the Hurricane: National Truths Revealed Through the Music and History of New Orleans

Update: This post was written in August, before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated the Caribbean and Southeast United States. Finally published in late September, the content now seems even more pertinent to international discussion than it did previously. I’ve been … Continue reading

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60th Annual Monterey Jazz Fest

Last weekend Monterey hit a milestone: 60 years of hosting one of the most exciting musical events worldwide, known and hailed internationally as the Monterey Jazz Fest. And they didn’t hold back for this special anniversary: topping the lineup with Herbie … Continue reading

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Roy Hargrove: Performer, Composer, and Jazz Educator

On July 15th I was lucky enough to catch Roy Hargrove at the famous New Morning jazz club in Paris, a venue he passes through almost every year. He’s one of my heroes when it comes to trumpet playing and … Continue reading

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The Beatles and Jazz (and maybe even a new tape)

“Jazz is just a lot of old blokes drinking beer at the bar, smoking pipes and not listening to the music.” John Lennon allegedly declared his opinion at a press conference, disparaging the genre that held the title as the … Continue reading

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Artist Feature: Angles of Louis Armstrong

Of the digitised part of the collection we have currently, a whopping 21 videos ring up when you search for “Louis Armstrong.” That translates to something like 7.6% of the archive, which is actually enormous when you realize how many … Continue reading

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Video on Video: Finding Old Films in the Archive

One class of treasures to be found in the jazz archive are the many films, either full of music or else somehow related to jazz, that have been included in full length and quality. Curious about why Altman and Koss … Continue reading

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Ronnie Scott and Ronnie Scott’s

With the first 275 digitized videos of the collection catalogued, I now have the chance to take a breath, step back from the spreadsheet, and actually use it to explore the wealth of information contained in this fraction of the … Continue reading

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Two Johns: Coltrane on his 50th Anniversary and Altman on the Archive

June 18th, 2017 marks 50 years since the death of John Coltrane, who passed away at the age of 40. This is yet another milestone reached this year, which sees the centennial anniversary of the first jazz recording (Original Dixieland … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Welcome to the Altman-Koss Video Jazz Archive! We are currently in the process of digitising the archive and updating its information catalogue, which can be found here. Eventually, every video in the archive will be accessible at the University of … Continue reading

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