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Founded in 1995, the Fillius Jazz Archive holds a collection of 330+ videotaped interviews with renown jazz musicians. The purpose of the Archive is to preserve the histories of jazz practitioners in a conversational setting. Interviewees represented include jazz masters from a wide spectrum of race, age, nationality and gender. While the focus of the oral histories is on jazz, the Fillius collection is rich with first person accounts of significant historical and social events both in the Americas and globally. This presentation will offer engaging and informative video excerpts, with relevant commentary from the presenter, drawn from a diverse group of jazz artists. Their anecdotes include Joe Wilder’s telling of a 1948 Southern U.S. tour with an integrated band; Eddie Locke’s bandstand lesson provided in dramatic fashion by his mentor; a young Jon Hendricks using his vocal skills to earn spending money in Depression Era Ohio; Maria Schneider’s advice on combining life and music; and the reaction of two WW II GIs and future jazz producers to the use of the first atomic bomb. The presenter is the personal interviewer for over 300 interviews in the collection, the author of Jazz Tales from Jazz Legends, and the instructor of the online MOOC course Jazz: The Music, The Stories, the Players. Both the book and the MOOC relied heavily on the resource of the Fillius collection. Monk will share information and address questions regarding the media journey of the interviews from VHS, DAT, and the printed page, to online access, MOOCs, and YouTube.