Dave Peirce Memorial Jazz Library Opens to Public
Merrimac, MA — Originally housed in Rensselaer, New York, Dave Peirce’s extensive collection of jazz recordings has found a new home at Cats ’n” Jammers Music Studios located in Merrimac — this according to an announcement by Eric Peirce, who has established the Library to honor his late father.
In establishing the new Library, the younger Mr. Peirce tells Seacoast Jazz Notes that he seeks “to provide the local community of jazz musicians, students, and fans with a comfortable place to listen, explore and learn about jazz; to immerse themselves in the music, its history and musicians through this endless collection of recordings; to share all the great music my family and friends have enjoyed over the years while growing up in a home built around the love of jazz.”
The Dave Peirce Memorial Jazz Library consists of a lifetime collection over 8,000 records and over 3,500 CDs covering all styles of America’s true art form. It includes recordings by jazz luminaries from Art Tatum to Brad Mehldau; Lester Young to Chris Potter; Charlie Christian to John Scofield; Oscar Pettiford to Jaco Pastorius; Buddy Rich to Akira Tana; Louis Armstrong to Bobby Watson.
Over the next few months, Mr. Peirce reports, the collection will be completely cataloged into the Library’s database with the help of interested volunteers. This will allow member/visitors to find specific recordings, artists, record dates, etc. Members will soon also be able to check out certain recordings to bring home and enjoy.
“This is a listener’s library,” he stresses. “Every visitor is encouraged to become a free member, put on a record, relax and enjoy.”
The Dave Peirce Memorial Jazz Library
Cats ’n’ Jammers Music Studios
34 Broad Street, Merrimac, MA