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William Russell Jazz Collection at the Historic New Orleans Collection

42,500 items tracing the development of jazz in New Orleans that follows the migration of New Orleans musicians to New York, Chicago, California and beyond.   William Russell, born Russell William Wagner (1905-1992), was a jazz historian and collector who focused on traditional New Orleans style jazz. The William Russell…
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Bill Russell; Historian Helped Launch Revival of New Orleans Jazz

Obituary in LA Times, Aug. 10, 1992 Bill Russell, 87, a violinist and music historian credited with launching a revival of New Orleans traditional jazz. Russell had just completed a biography of Jelly Roll Morton, which took him 30 years to research and write. The American Music Label he founded…
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