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Music: Jazz and Big Band

 Subject
Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 45 Collections and/or Records:

American Dance Band Music Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0194
Scope and Contents American Dance Band Music Collection Finding Aid (PDF).The American Dance Band Music Collection consists of commercially published stock arrangements and instrument charts for thousands of popular titles, 1800s-1960s. The collection contains music charts for various instruments for a given song. While several titles contain a complete set of parts, most are incomplete but...
Dates: 1800s - 1960s

Barney Kessel Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0295
Scope and Contents The Barney Kessel Collection was donated to LaBudde Special Collections in May 2016 by Phyllis Kessel.The manuscript collection contains a vast array of manuscripts and other materials spanning the length of Kessel’s life and career. Materials contained in the collection range in date from the early 1920s to the mid-2010s. Content includes correspondence, business and personal documents, notes, interview transcripts, posters, promotional material, full scores, parts and...
Dates: 1910 - 2016

Bob Cowan Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0296
Scope and Contents The Robert Cowan Collection was donated to the LaBudde Special Collections at UMKC Miller Nichols Library by Cowan himself in June of 2016. Cowan was an avid performer of the jazz trombone, and this collection chiefly consists of scores and parts to arrangements of jazz standards. There are twenty five pencil manuscript full scores in the collection, and sets of parts (although some are incomplete) to around sixty pieces. The works are not Cowan’s own, but included in the collection are,...
Dates: c. 1940s

Brian Thurn Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0050
Scope and Contents The Brian Thurn Collection was formed by various purchases from Brian Thurn Antiques of Kansas City, beginning with the initial acquisition in January 2006. The collection consists of photographs, posters and miscellaneous material that primarily reflect aspects of the African-American cultural experience during the 20th century, particularly in and around Kansas City. Some material has been removed from this collection to form discrete collections: Ernest Daniels Collection (jazz...
Dates: Undated

"Cactus" Charlie Menees Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0013
Scope and Contents The “Cactus” Charlie Menees Collection was donated to the UMKC Miller Nichols Library by his family in 1994. The collection, focusing on big band and traditional jazz between 1917 and 1980, consists of personal and professional material, awards, news clippings, books, periodicals, sheet music, posters and graphics, memorabilia, several hundred photographs, over 25,000 sound recordings on LP, 78 and 45 formats, as well as additional audio/visual material. The manuscript collection is housed...
Dates: 1934 - 1994

Carroll Lewis Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0272
Scope and Contents The Carroll Lewis Collection was gifted to LaBudde Special Collections by Paul Smith in April 2015.The bulk of the collection consists of handwritten music manuscripts composed and/or arranged by Lewis. Rounding out the collection are miscellaneous items such as photographs, awards, publications and scrapbooks.Addendum I was gifted to LaBudde Special Collections by Paul Smith. This addendum contains miscellaneous photocopies of various materials pertaining to Carroll Lewis’...
Dates: 1959 - 2006

Clete Huske Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0267
Scope and Contents

The Clete Huske Collection was a gift of Michael J. Fagras, who donated a selection of his personal record collection to the Marr Sound Archives in December 2014. As part of that donation are scrapbooks housed in LaBudde Special Collections containing clippings of a multitude of musical artists taken from various jazz and blues publications.

Dates: undated

Dan Jaffe Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0188
Scope and Contents The Dan Jaffe Collection was gifted to the LaBudde Special Collections in March, 2011.Materials date from the 1940’s to 2011, with the bulk of the material ranging 1960 to 1990.Within lies a culmination of literary capital from the inspirational career and a life of creativity by a publisher, scholar, mentor and wordsmith guru. Included are correspondence,published and unpublished manuscripts, plays, operas, graphics, photographs and miscellaneouspublications. In addition to the Jaffe...
Dates: 1914 - 2012

Dana Suesse Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0280
Scope and Contents Dana Suesse Collection was gifted to LaBudde Special Collections by Peter Mintun in January 2015. Boxes 3-6 were later gifted to LaBudde Special Collections by Mintun in 2021. The collection relates to Suesse’s life and career, and includes promotional and publicity material, original and photocopied music, and scripts for comedies and musicals written by Suesse. Rounding out the collection are two dozen photographs that provide a concise representation of Suesse at different ages of her...
Dates: 1910s - 1980s

Dave E. Dexter Jr. Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0021
Scope and Contents The Dave E. Dexter, Jr. Collection was gifted to the UMKC Libraries by Dave Dexter prior to his death in 1990.Housed in LaBudde Special Collections, the manuscripts collection includes correspondence, writings and photographs. Dexter's correspondence with Capitol Record executives and other individuals provide pertinent information concerning the recording industry. His prolific writings are reflected in numerous formats from record liner notes to typed drafts and published works,...
Dates: 1926 - 1988

Don Tiff Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0136
Scope and Contents The Don Tiff Collection was donated to LaBudde Special Collections by Mrs. Don Tiff and was delivered to the department by Don F. Downing. The collection focuses on Tiff'’s extensive collection of sheet music and songbooks. Additional material include eight 8x10 photographs, several of which include Tiff; and two original scores by Tiff, Carmel By The Sea and A Million And One Pine Trees. Other miscellaneous items include three programs from the Orpheum Theatre from 1936, where Tiff acted as...
Dates: 1882 - 1977

E.C. Boldridge Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0075
Scope and Contents

The collection consists mostly of recordings of radio broadcast programming from Kansas City that specialized in the jazz genre.

Dates: 1940 - 1997

Ed Dix Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0275
Scope and Contents The Ed Dix Collection was donated to the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City by Ed Dix. The manuscript collection is housed in the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections, while the sound recordings are held in the Marr Sound Archives. The collection contains seven boxes and is divided into ten series, which includes scrapbooks, correspondence, contracts, photographs, manuscript scores. It provides an invaluable perspective on the life and work...
Dates: 1940 - 2014

Frank Driggs Jazz Oral History Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-109
Scope and Contents This collection is searchable in the UMKC Libraries catalog. Cataloged Sound Recordings from the Frank Driggs CollectionThe collection contains 300+ oral histories, conducted from 1956 to 1986, that capture the development of jazz as related by a host of musicians and bandleaders who defined the tradition. All aspects of the...
Dates: 1956 - 1986

Frank Trumbauer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0153
Scope and Contents The Trumbauer Collection was donated to the UMKC Libraries in June 2006 by drummer Bill M. Trumbauer, son of trumpeter William (Bill) F. Trumbauer and grandson of jazz saxophonist Frank Trumbauer. Included were materials related to Frank and Bill F. An addendum of material was gifted in September 2010 by Bill M. and Mary Trumbauer, widow of Bill F. At that time the collection was separated into two distinct collections: Frank Trumbauer Collection and William F. Trumbauer Collection....
Dates: 1921 - 2004

Gordon Spencer Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0385
Scope and Contents Consists of audio recordings of Spencer's unpublished interviews and oral histories of prominent jazz and contemporary classical artists. The interviewees include Ravi Shankar, Leopold Stokowski, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billy Holiday, Moondog, Philip Glass, Tony Scott, and many others, reflecting upon music, life experiences, relationships, and societal issues. They will prove useful to the fields of history, musical performance, music education, musicology,...
Dates: 1955 - 2004

Harold Ashby Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0055
Scope and Contents The Harold Ashby Collection was acquired in December 2005 by the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections and the Marr Sound Archives through Gary White and his sister Margaret. The collection consists of personal and professional documents, awards and certificates, correspondence, promotional/publicity material, audio recordings, videos, and other miscellanea related to Harold Ashby’s life and career. Also in the collection are roughly 200 photographs and dozens of...
Dates: 1937 - 2003

Harry Trotman Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0206
Scope and Contents The Harry Trotman Collection was gifted to the UMKC Libraries in February 2012 by Beth (daughter) and Bob Behrens.Housed in LaBudde Special Collections, the manuscript collection contains for the most part handwritten scores and parts of jazz combo and jazz big band tunes, presumably for performance by the Harry Trotman Orchestra. The music manuscripts represent various stages of completion in the arranging process, and are a valuable insight into what sort of thought goes into...
Dates: 1926 - 2016

James B. Gantt Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0386
Scope and Contents The collection consists of materials related to Gantt’s personal and professional life as well as his love of jazz music including newspaper clippings, correspondence, radio transcripts, cue sheets, sheet music, music publications, and photographs related to Kansas City jazz. The collection also contains material related to Gantt’s work as an artist including original sketches, newspaper clippings, Kansas City Art Institute and Midwestern Artists’ Exhibition memorabilia, art exhibition...
Dates: 1728 - 2017

James F. Condell Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0048
Scope and Contents The James F. Condell Collection was gifted to LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives by Dr. Yvonne C. Condell, wife of the late Dr. James F. Condell. The collection focuses on Condell’s longtime interest and scholarly pursuits in the field of jazz from 1980-1998, although some items date back to his time in Spain in the early 1970s.Included in the manuscript collection is information on his radio programs, A Little Jazz Music and Condell’s Corner, which aired on KCCM...
Dates: 1930s - 2014

James Mobberley Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0339
Scope and Contents The James Mobberley Collection was donated to the UMKC Miller Nichols Library by Mobberley himself in November 2017.The manuscript collection contains a wide array of items from various aspects of the composer and professor’s career. The largest part of the collection is sheet music from Mobberley’s compositional output. There are physical copies of scores and parts for the bulk of the composer’s works from his days as an undergraduate up through the 2010s. This allows one to...
Dates: 1976 - 2019

Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0149
Scope and Contents The Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham Collection was gifted to the UMKC Miller Nichols Library by Jeannie Cheatham in February 2009. The collection documents the personal and professional lives of Jimmy and Jeannie Cheatham. Also highlighted is the history of the Sweet Baby Blues Band, which was birthed by the Cheathams in 1983. Included are biographical information, correspondence, contracts, programs, album covers, music manuscripts, miscellanea, and several hundred photographs. A significant...
Dates: 1939 - 2012

Joe Heyen Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0091
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of cassette tapes and CD’s of live concerts at Penn Valley Park, Crown Center, Line Creek Park and the Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City. The dates of the concerts range from 1973-1979. There is also a copy of the 2009 documentary "Cowtown Ballroom… Sweet Jesus" which was produced and directed by Heyen in the collection.

Dates: 1973 - 1979

Joseph V. Thomas Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0014
Scope and Contents The Joseph V. Thomas Collection was donated to the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1997 by Theron Johnson, the daughter of Thomas.Housed in LaBudde Special Collections, the manuscript collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, music scores, song books, photographs, material related to the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra and the St. Stephen Baptist Church (Kansas City), and other miscellaneous items. The heart of the collection are the several hundred photographs...
Dates: 1941 - 1991

Judy Chaikin Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0312
Scope and Contents The Judy Chaikin Collection was gifted to the UMKC University Libraries by Chaikin in October 2017. The collection contains materials related to the creation and production of Chaikin’s 2011 documentary film, The Girls in the Band. The film tells the story of female jazz musicians, from the genre’s inception to contemporary times, detailing prominent figures and the struggles they faced competing in a male-dominated world.Among the collection, there are biographical notes on...
Dates: 1935 - 2014