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Atlanta Jazz and Blues Show collection

Identifier: M240

Scope and Contents of the Records

Recorded shows, documentation of the set lists and performers, and photographs from show tapings make up the Atlanta Jazz and Blues Show Collection. 280 individual episodes of the program, dating from around 2005 to the show's end in 2018, are included.


  • Creation: 1999-2019

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research use.

Digital photographs require an appointment and at least two working days’ advance notice for access; consult Special Collections staff for assistance.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Georgia State University is the owner of the physical collection and makes reproductions available for research, subject to the copyright law of the United States and item condition. Georgia State University may or may not own the rights to materials in the collection. It is the researcher's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and obtain permission from the copyright holder before publication, reproduction, or display of the materials beyond what is reasonable under copyright law. Researchers may quote selections from the collection under the fair use provision of copyright law.

History of Atlanta Jazz and Blues Show

Tom Carpenter created the Atlanta Jazz and Blues Show in 1988 (serving as producer/director and host) to showcase talented jazz and blues musicians in the South. The program was originally broadcast through Comcast on community access cable Channel 25, and it became the longest running show on that channel until Comcast ceased to offer that service in 2015. The Atlanta Jazz and Blues Show then moved to a livestream on TV47, founded and operated by Joe LoRé. When LoRé passed away in 2017, the show moved again to Dekalb25, another cable access channel. The program eventually ceased production in 2018.

For the duration of the program, The Atlanta Jazz and Blues Show documented the local jazz and blues community in the South. Typical episodes featured multiple groups performing one or two songs apiece, or occassionally longer sets by a single group. Some earlier iterations of the show also featured short jazz history lessons with occassional historical performance clips. In addition to the tapes of the show, the program was also documented photographically by volunteer photographer and jazz guitarist Tom Marnell.


1.33 Linear Feet (in 3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Atlanta Jazz and Blues Show was a television program created in 1988 to showcase live performances of talented jazz and blues musicians in the South. These materials focus on the program's broadcasts dated from 1999 to the show's end in 2018.


The collection is arranged into three series:

  1. Series I: 1999-2008, 2019
  2. Series II: Recorded shows, 2004-2016
  3. Series III: Digital photographs, 2011-2014

Acquisition Information

Documentation and recorded shows donated by Tom Carpenter on November 19, 2019. Photographs donated by volunteer photographer Tom Marnell on November 19, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Michelle Leasure, 2020. Documentation arrived partially organized into loose bundles; order of the bundles was preserved in folder structure. Series created and file titles assigned during processing. DVDs were rehoused for preservation. Some recorded shows did not have pre-assigned show numbers and were assigned sequential numbers during processing. Dates recorded where known.

Received digital photographs were weeded, file formats were normalized, and the file titles were changed to individual identification numbers. Information from original file titles was preserved in photograph metadata.

Atlanta Jazz and Blues Show:
A Guide to the Collection at Georgia State University Library
Michelle Leasure
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

100 Decatur St., S.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404-413-2881 (Fax)