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Charles Saunders Jazz Collection: Listening Party

November 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm| Main Library (Traverse City)

In April of 2017, a large donation of Jazz LPs, CDs, DVDs were generously donated to the Traverse Area District Library Sight & Sound Department by longtime library supporter and summer resident of Traverse City, Charles Saunders, who passed away in May 2016. We are excited to share this extraordinary jazz collection with the public.

Please join us in the McGuire Community Room, at the TADL Main Library, for a presentation on the collection and to listen to some of the LP collection with Jazz Music Historian and WNMC’s host of Jazz from the Tradition, Fred Nelson.

This evening will include listening to LP records from the Saunders Jazz collection featuring musical legends Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa.


About Charles Saunders:

Charles N. Saunders was born in Traverse City, Michigan on November 30 1937. He died on May 21 2016. He lived his early life in Dearborn MI.  He loved the Traverse City Library and its music collection and he kept in touch with the library for many years.

Charlie was a longtime resident of Baltimore, Maryland. His massive jazz music collection was over 60 years in the making. His CD collection numbered 7600, his vinyl record collection over 2600. His jazz book collection was over 500 volumes. Perhaps more than anything else, Charlie’s music was his essence, more than any other of his possessions, his money, or his other accomplishments. Music sustained him. He loved his collector friends and attended annual jazz record collector conventions across the US. He had many lifelong friendships that evolved from his love of jazz and his growing collection of music.

He was involved for many years with Osher Learning in Retirement at Towson University as a committee member and lecturer on Jazz topics. Charlie used his collection to bring jazz music to his classes at Osher. He fashioned his courses and listening sessions with the dedication of a college professor. He was loved by all who knew him and attended his courses.

Traverse Area District Library is honored to receive Charlie’s jazz collection. While it will take considerable time to evaluate and catalog the thousands of CDs, DVDs, LPs and books, we look forward to sharing his collection with the public and honoring his memory by offering the occasional Jazz lecture and listening party, as he did for many years through Towson University.





November 15, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Main Library (Traverse City)
610 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
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McGuire Community Room