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by Jerry L McBride | Tuesday, January 22, 2013
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The Stanford University Archive of Recorded Sound began continuous web streaming of the Riverwalk Jazz programs consisting of more than 350 hours of historic radio broadcasts on January 1, 2013 from http://riverwalkjazz.stanford.edu. Using rich narrative, oral histories and interviews, clips of historic musical recordings, and live musical performances by the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, each radio show entertains and educates its listeners, promoting classic jazz music and an appreciation for its place in history. With this new web site, the series of programs is an incomparable research collection for use by jazz scholars and fans alike.

The home page makes two channels of programs available like a radio webcast with each channel playing a unique sequence of 352 shows in an ongoing loop, including some of the earliest shows which have not been heard in over 20 years. For the first time Stanford Libraries is presenting audio content from its collections like a licensed radio station. The Riverwalk Jazz audio programs are supplemented on the web site with illustrated program notes, photo galleries, additional audio content, and detailed information about the Jim Cullum Jazz Band players, their show guests, and the nearly 1300 songs that they perform. In addition, a detailed finding aid (http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8222vcv/) describes the large archive of tape recordings, scripts and production files, business records, and other documents preserved at the Archive of Recorded Sound.  More content will be added to the site in early 2013.

The project represents more than a year of concentrated work by a cross-departmental team including Michael Angeletti, Mimi Calter, Hannah Frost, Gary Geisler, Franz Kunst, Nancy Lorimer, Sandy Sklar, Stu Snydman, and Geoff Willard.

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