Yesterday I made new friends of the film at the renowned Institute of Jazz Studies
Dan Morgenstern (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Morgenstern). Ed Berger and others viewed the trailer and provided some amazing archival material including Downbeat magazine from 1945 and 1946 that referenced the jazz scene in Calcutta !
Dan produced a rare 78 recording, on the Columbia label, made by the Gramophone Company of India, in Dum Dum , Calcutta. He believes that this was recorded by Teddy Weatherford in India and features a “hot Trumpet player”.. .
The mystery lies in that the label is what the Institute thought was an Indian language, but it does not appear to be one. Is it Burmese ? we think its Thai .. can anyone translate it ? What is interesting is that in the 1940’s the old Gramophone company of India was releasing Jazz in language labels other than English !.. The archivist Tad Hershorn at the Institute showed me late ’30’s jazz ’78 rpm pressings from India including one featuring the hottest French tenor sax player of the time Alix Combelle !
Can any one translate the label for the Institute ? Dan and his associates would be most grateful .