International Jazz Day

Crystal Palace Orchestra playing in Brisbane about 1929. State Library of Queensland. Negative number 60027

Brisbane is celebrating International Jazz Day today (30 April) with many interesting events organized in the city. We have supported this UNESCO initiative by displaying a selection of our Queensland jazz materials on Level 4 of the State Library.

It also seems like a good opportunity for me to let you know that the library has recently begun to focus on collecting Queensland jazz material in partnership with the Queensland Jazz Archive.  Through the Queensland Jazz Archive, members of the jazz fraternity are assisting us in sourcing important jazz resources and materials which need to be preserved as part of our cultural heritage. We wish to collect items from the beginnings of jazz history in Queensland right up to contemporary items from the present day and recent past. If you have, or know of any material which you think should be preserved as part of the State Library collection, please let me know. We’re hoping to develop a rich resource for the benefit of current and future members of the public and researchers. We’re interested in items such as recordings, manuscripts, letters, posters, handbills, flyers, tickets, programs and memorabilia. All items donated will be housed in ideal conditions for their long term preservation, and will receive conservation treatment when appropriate.

My contact details are listed below, should you know of any material you would like to discuss with me.

Laurel Dingle, Queensland Music Coordinator, Queensland Memory
Ph: 38407835
Email: qldmemory@slq.qld.gov.au

John Wilcox and Beryl Copeland dancing at the Blue Room Club, Brisbane, 1956. State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 169590

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