From The Wall Street Journal: “Recording Jazz History as It Was Made” – Boris Rose’s Jazz archive

This material is under copyright, so, just hints, you must read about this guy. This is another of the great stories that come out of the world of Jazz.

“In a dark basement in a quiet residential neighborhood in the Bronx, a well-known archive of privately recorded live tapes and acetates is gathering dust and waiting for some institution to acquire it. The Boris Rose archive, named for the New Yorker who amassed it, is so capacious, in fact, that no one has even cataloged all of it and Elaine Rose, who has owned it since her father died 10 years ago, can’t even begin to guess how much it’s worth.

“This collection certainly deserves to be in a major institution, such as the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, or Institute of Jazz Studies—intact,” said John Hasse, the curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institution.”

Could this Boris Rose Jazz archive rival that from the Jazz Loft, W. Eugene Smith’s establishment in the Flower District in Chelsea, New York City? The Jazz Loft Project is being overseen by Sam Stephensen for the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies. Maybe Ms Rose could use some advice on what to do with this amazing collection of recordings.

Elaine Rose, daughter of famed jazz archivist Boris Rose, holds a portrait of her father in front of a small portion of his many mastertape recordings from Birdland and a number of other New York jazz venues. Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal

Please give yourself a treat, see the full article here.