Included in the Australian Jazz Archive is the National Register of Australian Jazz Interviews compiled by John Sharpe. The register includes oral histories, and radio and other interviews conducted for research. Most of the interviewees are Australian jazz musicians; others are visiting artists or people closely associated with jazz in Australia.
Also in the collection is a copy of Georgia Lee’s only album, Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under, recorded in 1962 on Melbourne’s Crest imprint. Georgia Lee is described by Clinton Walker as the ‘Original Diva of Jazz and Blues Down Under’; she was the first Indigenous person to release a full record and the first person in Australia to release one in stereo. She also toured with Nat King Cole on his 1957 tour of Australia.
Image: Jack Lumsdaine