Jazz Expose: The New York Jazz Museum and the Power Struggle That Destroyed It

By Howard E. Fischer

Have you ever heard of the New York Jazz Museum? Most people have not. Yet
between 1972 and 1977 it was the most significant institution for jazz in the
world! With the opening of the Lincoln Center jazz facility and the recent large
federal grant for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem this book looks back to
present the story of a Lost Museum.
It was situated in its own two-story building in mid-town Manhattan and
had a small staff, an archive that eventually numbered about 25,000 items and
extensive programs in New York City and beyond. Some of the programs won awards
and most of them were received with widespread acclaim in the media and from
jazz fans.
There were the Calvert Extra Sunday Concerts - 40 per year, the Jazz
Puppet Show, the Jazz Film Festivals, the Jazz Panorama - an audio visual history
of jazz, The Jazz Store, Information Center, the exhibits - Louis Armstrong,
Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Bird & Diz: The Bebop Era, Count Basie and His
Bands, Billie Holiday Remembered, About John Coltrane and the Jazz Trumpet.
Posters and booklets were produced in conjunction with the exhibits and there was
so much more.
An extended power struggle ensued that eventually caused the Museum's
demise. Entangled in the fatal conflagration was the "Jazz Fraternity," which
included the most prominent names in jazz - musicians, producers, writers,
artists, et al.
This book tells the whole story for the first time. It was written by
Howard E. Fischer, founder of the Museum and its Executive Director.

51 Reasons to Read This Book
1. Why you never heard of the New York Jazz Museum.
2. Who is the author of this book.
3. How the Ford Foundation saved the New York Jazz Museum.
4. How a 19th-century carriage house in mid-town Manhattan was transformed
into the New York Jazz Museum.
5. What the New York Times said about the New York Jazz Museum.
6. How the Today Show helped promote the New York Jazz Museum.
7. How an idea from a former Duke Ellington bassist grew into a unique
program for children.
8. How New York State supported the establishment of the New York Jazz
9. What happened to the Museum’s 25,000-item archive.
10. A day at the New York Jazz Museum with Bill Cosby.
11. What Charles Mingus asked the author to do.
12. What The White House said about our organization.
13. Why famous graphic designer Milton Glaser’s poster donation was
rejected by the Museum
and how he reacted to it.
14. How Benny Goodman and his estate got entangled in the Museum’s legal
15. Why the film of a concert at the Museum by the United States
Information Agency could
not be shown in the United States.
16. What local and national awards were won by the Museum for its programs.
17. Mayor John Lindsay’s expression of support for the Museum and jazz.
18. The Museum’s re-creation of an important event in the history of jazz
in New York City.
19. An original musical composition is written about the Museum.
20. The Museum and the Young President’s Organization a lost opportunity.
21. How Columbia University supported the Museum.
22. How a "kidnapping" saved the Museum.
23. How we purchased a midtown Manhattan building for $5,000 cash!
24. Artie Shaw’s role in the New York Jazz Museum saga.
25. The Museum’s Boards were comprised of a Who’s Who of Jazz.
26. Threats against the author make for serious melodrama.
27. The legal machinations that went on for more than 10 years!
28. The New York Attorney General’s role in the Museum’s history.
29. The Betrayal.
30. How the New York Public Library ended the legal wrangling.
31. The dramatic scene that precipitated the demise of the Museum.
32. An embarrassing event at the Museum’s program at the Harvard Club.
33. What Charlie Parker said about music.
34. Which white jazz musician chose to pass as black.
35. Which famous jazz musician was known as "Cutie" in his early days.
36. Which Museum exhibit did the Junior League of the City of New York
37. How did the federal government support the Museum’s educational
38. What President Nixon said about jazz and what he did to help jazz.
39. What the politicians’ said about our organization.
40. Where are Louis Armstrong’s extensive archives and what is being done
with it.
41. Why many jazz musicians died so young.
42. What musicians said about Louis Armstrong.
43. The background on Louis Armstrong’s Country and Western recording.
44. What Louis Armstrong said about his mentor Joe "King" Oliver.
45. Revealing notes about jazz in New York City and elsewhere during the
46. Where the word "jazz" came from.
47. What Duke Ellington said about "modern" music.
48. Louis Armstrong’s thoughts about his fellow musicians.
49. What the jazz community said about Benny Goodman.
50. The Power Struggle
51. Why Mick Jagger was turned away from the Museum

Author - Howard E. Fischer
Price: $15 (plus shipping) 5 ½ x 8 ½ Paperback 134 pages
ISBN: 1-932203-97-7
Published by Sundog, Ltd., Nashville, TN

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Louis Armstrong et al.
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