[Dixielandjazz] Videotape preservation

Marek Boym marekboym at gmail.com
Thu Jul 18 08:40:27 PDT 2013

I have read the entire correspondence on this matter with interest.
I have one comment: The BBC "Jazz 625" tapes were believed to have been
erased, as, according to various publications, they should have been.  The
music circulated on amateur audio cassettes (I have a few), and perhaps on
pirate records.
An lo and behold!  A few years ago, quite a few wee broadcast by Mezzo (a
French music channel), in good quality, albeit in black and white.  I have
recorded some of them - Coleman Hawkins, Errol Garner, and more.

On 18 July 2013 01:46, Jack Mitchell <fjmitch at westnet.com.au> wrote:

> A friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, was employed by the
> Australian Broadcasting Commission to wipe video tapes. This was back in
> the eighties. Included in the pile were precious original jazz tapes which
> would be invaluable today for programming the multitude of TV channels
> today existing on constant repeats of programmes that I couldn't watch even
> the first time around.
> My mate managed to sneak at least one tape home - an ABC programme by Turk
> Murphy's band in Australia. He said that he was going to give it to Turk.
> Best wishes
> Jack Mitchell
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