Awards and Recognition

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections has chosen Mingus Speaks as the best history book in 2014 for research in recorded jazz music. It’s a prestigious organization. “Begun in 1991, the awards are presented to authors and publishers of books, articles, liner notes, and monographs, to recognize outstanding published research in the field of recorded sound.”

Also, I was recently asked by the Library of Congress to contribute an essay to its National Recording Registry. The Registry selects recordings judged “so vital to the history of America—aesthetically, culturally or historically—that they demand permanent archiving in the nation’s library.” Each year twenty-five recordings are selected. My essay is to accompany the Charles Mingus album Mingus Ah Um, one of the 2014 picks.

See my blog to read the piece.

And finally, the Library of Congress has agreed to take my Mingus interview tapes for its National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. It’s an honor and a privilege to have these tapes preserved along with the Library’s extensive collection of Mingus documents.

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