hello all,  

pardon my lack of knowledge about jazz music but i have ten acetates from james p. johnson that are from 1928 and have no idea what to do with them, i do know he is the father of stride piano and i am sure these are of some sort of importance but what should i do with them?
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wow, that's very cool! the problem with acetates is that they can't really be played very many times without degrading their quality.

my old professor, david baker, is the conductor of the smithsonian jazz masterworks orchestra, and so is close with gunther schuller and many others who have studied those early stride recordings very closely.

if you wanted to donate them to the smithsonian, or to a jazz historian like david baker (or another), i'm sure you could end up with a very great transfer of the acetates (better than you could ever make yourself) on cd that will always sound pristine, and, if they're unreleased acetates (as recordings made on that format sometimes are) you would be contributing immensely to the body of knowledge we have about both james p. johnson and early jazz! especially because james p. johnson's rhythmic approach

i have another friend, brent, who is the jazz specialist for the smithsonian, and he does all the transcribing, research and catalog work there (he did all the work with the smithsonian's ellington archives in the 90s and 00s). if you wanted to, i could put you in touch with either of those people, and maybe they could give you a better idea of what you can do with your acetates.

other than that, i guess you could put them on ebay, or something, and maybe a collector would want them. i'm not sure, i'm not really much of a collector. i mean, i like to have a large music collection, but anything rare and historic i come across i leave to the researchers, who can use it to contribute to a wider body of human knowledge, or to the nutcases (collectors!).
and pardon me if you or anyone else here is a vintage record collector! i meant the "nutcase" comment in a joking way, of course. i do, however, personally think it's weird to see old vintage record collectors spend money on stuff that they are too scared to ever play or enjoy because of fears of diminishing its resale value. but, that's just me. it takes all kinds! and do let us know what you decide to do.

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