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The British Library makes available historic jazz recordings, oral histories by and about noted figures in the jazz world as well as examples of other types of music. Some materials are not available to non-British subjects..
From WNYC's Web page: "The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series. From 1957 to 1965, the master photographer W. Eugene Smith had a studio and darkroom in a dilapidated building on 6th Avenue north of 28thstreet in Manhattan. The Jazz Loft, as it became known, had already become a favored spot for jam sessions by hundreds of jazz players of the day. During his years there, Smith became obsessed with the goings-on in the building, musical and otherwise, and he taped and photographed them..."
The Web site of the Verve label is worth a visit. Ella Fitzgerald, one of the greatest jazz singers of history, was a Verve artist, and so is Abbey Lincoln, who, sadly, died this year shortly after the release of what turned out to be her valedictory album.