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By Culturekiosque Staff

SAN FRANCISCO, 22 JANUARY 2013 — In an effort to broaden public access to its jazz holdings, Stanford's Archive of Recorded Sound recently began continuous web streaming of more than 400 hours of historic radio broadcasts.

Jazz critic and music historian Ted Gioia writes in an article in Stanford magazine that the project is a partnership with jazz veteran Jim Cullum, the originator and co-host of Riverwalk Jazz, a popular weekly feature on Public Radio International.

"Cullum has donated the program recordings to Stanford, already a growing powerhouse of jazz archives. He and his band, who anchor the broadcasts, have a history on campus: From 1994 to 2004, they were in residence every summer at the Stanford Jazz Workshop and made recordings at Dinkelspiel Auditorium for the radio show."

"These are living performances of a whole genre of American music," University Librarian Michael Keller says in the article. "Jim's work is an amazing cultural accomplishment that needs to be preserved and shared with the next generation."

The archive will stream the 420 shows from the collection over two Internet-based radio channels, which are accessible on Stanford's Riverwalk Jazz website.

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