Richard Falco is Director of Jazz Studies and conducts the WPI Stage Band, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Workshop. In addition to his classroom teaching, Professor Falco offers students unique project work on the Jazz History Database (www.jazzhistorydatabase.com), an on line jazz preservation project he founded in 1999 and continues to direct.
WBZ radio aired a segment last night and this morning about WPI’s Jazz History Database. Rich Falco, director of Jazz Studies and assistant teaching professor of music, discussed the unique collection. WPI has compiled hundreds of CDs, cassettes, and other materials from jazz artists, families, and musical societies. Students digitize the analog versions of the jazz performances and enter them into the database.
Jazz Times, considered one of the world’s foremost jazz publications, featured a tribute to acclaimed trombonist Roswell Rudd on the anniversary of his death and noted that Rudd’s massive archive of music will be housed in WPI’s Jazz History Database, founded by assistant teaching professor Rich Falco to digitally preserve jazz music.