As project director of a 2018-2019 NEA grant, Hank Hehmsoth traveled to New York City in August 2018 to record interviews with NEA Jazz Master/historian Dan Morgenstern and his lifelong friends and other internationally recognized jazz historians. These included Loren Schoenberg, founder of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and this year’s Eddie Durham Celebration keynote speaker, and Phil Schaap, Jazz radio broadcaster and Curator of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
As a major part of the NEA grant project, a website preservation project will be hosted by Texas State and is expected to be available to the public during summer 2019. It will include recordings of the annual Eddie Durham Celebration concerts with MP3s available for download, along with each year’s program PDFs, in addition to the videos.
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