Live From the Archives: Streaming Concert Offerings From Jazz Organizations

May 12, 2020

In addition to artist livestreams, an array of venues and organizations have been releasing concerts from their archives.

Credit Blue Note Jazz Club

For a limited time, The Blue Note Jazz Club has opened its archives, which includes full-length shows and exclusive interviews on a Patreon platform. Available at a general membership tier of $9.99 a month; a VIP membership, with various perks, costs $100/month.

The Falcon is a beloved haunt in New York’s Hudson Valley, perhaps best known for a recent series of videos by the Joshua Redman Quartet. Its Facebook page hosts a series of videos from the club archives; recent highlights have included a 2007 gig by the late guitarist Vic Juris.

Jazz at Lincoln Center releases full concert videos every Wednesday, in a series it calls From the Vault. Among the highlights are programs from recent seasons, like “The South African Songbook,” “Untamed Elegance,” and “The Music of Miles Davis.”

Jazz St. Louis is featuring a series of archived concert streams and assorted other content at its website.

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SFJAZZ hosts Fridays at Five as a livestream experience for its digital members. “Not only is it a chance to communicate with the people who are closest to us,” says its founder and artistic executive director, Randall Kline, “but it’s a chance to try something.” Membership runs $5 a month, or $60 per year. (More info on the series here.)

Smalls was an early adopter of the livestream, and the club has stepped up during this time. Its full archive includes hundreds of shows, some featuring audio only but others including video. Available with a SmallsLIVE membership, which also supports a musician relief effort.