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The P.C. Dixon Jazz Collection

A joyful Seva David Ball jams to some Dizzy Gillespie as he makes the digital transfer.

A joyful Seva David Ball jams to some Dizzy Gillespie as he makes the digital transfer.

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  • A Comet 78 from the P.C. Dixon collection.
  • The P.C. Dixon collection of 78 rpm jazz and self-recorded acetate discs.
  • More boxes from P.C. Dixon's collection of jazz 78s.
  • Many of these acetates have been sitting in the same boxes for 60 years, some of them disintegrating.
  • P.C. Dixon's home recording of Miles Davis performing at Birdland, 1951. His All-Stars included Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, and J.J. Johnson.
  • A P.C. Dixon home recording of Dizzy Gillespie.
  • Charlie Hagaman was one of the Knoxville jazz musicians that P.C. Dixon recorded.
  • Sound recovery expert Seva David Ball makes the digital transfers of P.C. Dixon's acetate discs, with TAMIS co-director Bradley Reeves (kneeling), as intern Cameron Crowson observes.
  • Bradley Reeves holds out an acetate disc before Seva David Ball digitizes it for posterity. Intern Cameron Crowson watches all the action.
  • Some of the equipment used to make digital transfers of P.C. Dixon's acetate recordings include a Manley analog-to-digital convertor.
  • A joyful Seva David Ball jams to some Dizzy Gillespie as he makes the digital transfer.

The late P.C. Dixon of East Knoxville was a jazzbo through and through—not only amassing a large 78 collection, but also making home recordings off the radio of important live performances, both local and national.

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