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Bill Russell's Violin Improvisation and New Orleans Jazz Archive (1982)
13 Dec 2012
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Legendary New Orleans jazz collector and scholar William (Bill) Russell plays a violin improvisation over shots of his archive. Shot by Alan Lomax and crew at Russell's home in New Orleans, May 1982. For more information about the American Patchwork filmwork, Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit http://culturalequity.org. [01.12.02]


From 1978 to 1985, Lomax travelled throughout the South collecting recordings in five culture regions — Mississippi Delta and Hill Country, Central and Southern Appalachia, New Orleans, Cajun Louisiana, and Johns Island, S.C. — compiling footage for what would become his "American Patchwork" series of PBS. This clip is drawn from the New Orleans collection. For more about this and the other American Patchwork collections, visit the Alan Lomax Archive's YouTube channel

Documentary Film Folk Music Song Alan Lomax's American Patchwork Culture Heritage Preservation Rural-Urban Traditional YORA Archive/Index Field Recording Folklife Practice Video Lomax: New Orleans (1983) Southeast Academic Filmmaker Folklorist Musician Reasearcher Classical Jazz Louisiana Song/Dance South Southeast
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