I've previously expressed skepticism regarding the John Baker Film Collection. The stuff has been moldering in storage for decades. Next month, however, some of the material will finally go on display at the American Jazz Museum.
It would have been a really big deal twenty years ago. Today? Not so much.
Since the acquisition of the collection by the government of Kansas City, Missouri, a virtual revolution has entirely upended the old way of preserving and disseminating media. YouTube is one example. Another, of course, is Plastic Sax, an ad-free blog created by a passionate Kansas City jazz fan.
It's not as if the art documented in the John Baker Film Collection has lost any of its value. Quite the contrary. In 2009, however, people don't need to visit a museum to access similar material. Gems like the clip featured here are available to anyone with an internet connection.
On a related note, a friend of Plastic Sax just forwarded me an email about an intriguing event scheduled for
Because the festival doesn't have a site and there's literally no information online, I've uploaded the festival's flyer myself. Grab it here.