I'd like to share a discovery. Several years ago, during one of many
visits to my favorite U.S. city - New Orleans - I booked a "Jazz History
Tour" with John McCusker, a photographer for the New Orleans Times
Picayune, and a Jazz historian. It was a truly wonderful experience for
me. As luck would have it, all the other people on that day's tour had
cancelled due to some travel problem, and the tour was conducted for just
me and my wife. It was a goose bumps producer for me (and my less
musically involved wife enjoyed it as well). He even allowed me to audio
record the entire tour.
Well recently, I was looking at some pictures I had taken on that tour and
I remembered the recordings. So I dug them up and played them. That very
same day I learned that several historically important buildings that I
visited on that tour had been torn down in order to build a parking
garage. I thought about the fact that I had said to McCusker... "You know,
this tour needs to be documented on video." He told me that he was talking
to some people about that possibility.
So the day I listened to my recording of the tour I decided to do a Google
search on his name to see what he was up to. First I discovered that there
is a popular Scottish musician with the same name. When I narrowed the
search to Jazz related matches I discovered that there is a DVD available
based on McCusker's tour called "The Story Of Jazz; New Orleans
Stomp". It's a low budget production, but it's very well done. I am
thrilled to own it. It's chock full of beautifully restored music, and
contains bonus features that include a section on record restoration by
restoration wizard Robert Parker.
I'd bet anyone interested in this list would find something to enjoy about
this DVD. If you are interested in it, here's a link to get you started...
I am not related to this venture in any way. Just thought you'd be interested.
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