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Jazz Oral History Project

The Institute of Jazz Studies has completed a program to preserve and make accessible its collection of recorded oral history interviews from the Jazz Oral History Project (JOHP), the most comprehensive and widely consulted body of jazz oral histories in the United States. This collection of tapes consists of 120 oral histories of seminal pre-Swing Era and Swing Era jazz musicians recorded between 1972 and 1983. The JOHP was initiated in 1972 by the Jazz Advisory Panel of the Music Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Musicians sixty years and older (as well as several younger artists in poor health) were interviewed in depth about their lives and careers. The taped interviews range in length from 5 to 35 hours each and are accompanied by typewritten transcripts. They have been consulted by hundreds of scholars and writers producing articles, books and dissertations, in addition to frequent use by producers of radio and television.

The project was initially administered by the New York - based non-profit service organization Jazz Interactions, and then by the Smithsonian's newly-established jazz program. Administration and archiving of JOHP was turned over to the Institute of Jazz Studies in 1979. The Institute conducted further interviews as well as editing and correcting transcripts of prior interviews.

Included in the Jazz Oral History Project are such luminaries as Roy Eldridge, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams and Charles Mingus, but also many significant if lesser-known figures who shed light on important aspects of jazz history and American culture. The stories and voices of many of these artists, who offer unique insights into the music and careers of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and other key jazz creators, are undocumented anywhere else.

The condition of the original reel-to-reel and cassette tapes and some of the service copies had deteriorated to the point where the Institute could no longer offer access to large parts of the collection. With recent funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, all 120 interviews have now been preserved in digital format. The digital versions of the interviews are currently stored in various media forms, including multiple sets of CD's for archival purposes as well as for client access at the Institute. The digital versions of the interviews are also being ingested into a new digital library repository (RUCORE) under development as part of the Rutgers University Libraries new digital library initiative, which will provide another form of archiving as well as enhanced means for access by users. The interviews are:

Subject Date Interviewer

Herman Autrey

April 25, 1975

John S. Wilson

Eddie Barefield

March 1978

Ira Gitler

Danny Barker

April 1, 1980

Milt Hinton

Charlie Barnet

April 1978

Patricia Willard

Count Basie

November 1, 1971

Linda Kuehl

Mario Bauza

December 1978

John Storm Roberts

Barney Bigard

June 12, 1976

Patricia Willard

Andrew Blakeney

June 1982

Vi Redd

Arthur Briggs

February 1, 1982

James Lincoln Collier

Lawrence Brown

June 1976

Patricia Willard

John Bubbles

December 1, 1979

George Nierenberg

Teddy Bunn

April 1977

Chuck Rosenberg

Garvin Bushell

August 1, 1977

Monk Montgomery

Jacques Butler

March-79

Stanley Crouch

Happy Caldwell

May 11, 1976

Stanley Dance

Red Callender

May 1982

Patricia Willard

Benny Carter

October 1, 1976

Morroe Berger

Bill Challis

undated

Ira Gitler

Doc Cheatham

April 1976

Chris Albertson

Kenny Clarke

September 1, 1977

Helen Oakley Dance

Buck Clayton

undated

Stanley Dance

Arnett Cobb

March 1, 1978

Stanley and Helen Oakley Dance

Cozy Cole

April 1980

Bill Kirchner

Bill Coleman

 

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John Collins

April and May 1975

Patricia Willard

Jimmie Crawford

February 1978

Stanley Crouch

Joe Darensbourg

April 18, 1984

Barry Martyn

Wild Bill Davison

January 1980

Hal Willard

Vic Dickenson

May 28, 1975

Dan Morgenstern

Eddie Durham

October 1978

Stanley Dance

George Duvivier

October 1, 1984

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Harry Edison

May 1981

Stanley Dance

Teddy Edwards

July 1, 1980

Patricia Willard

Roy Eldridge

June 1982

Dan Morgenstern

Gil, wife Anita, son Noah Evans

November 1, 1972

Helen Armstead Johnson

Ernie Fields

October 1981

Preston Love

David "Panama" Albert Francis

July 1, 1978

Milt Hinton

Bud Freeman

September 1977

Helen Oakley Dance

Ed "Tutti" Garland

January 1, 1977

Bert Teretsky

Chuck Green

August 1977

GTN Productions

Freddie Green

August 1, 1977

Helen & Stanley Dance

Sonny Greer

January 1979

Stanley Crouch

Tiny Grimes

November 1, 1983

Bob Kenselaar

Al Hall

November 1978

Ira Gitler

George Handy

March 1, 1980

Bill Schremp

Erskine Hawkins

February 1982

Dr. Leonard Goines

Horace Henderson

April 1, 1975

Tom MacCluskey

Woody Herman

December 1979

Herb Wong

J. C. Higginbotham

March 1, 1973

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Milt Hinton

January 1977

Tom Piazzo (I)

Milt Hinton

January 1977

Tom Piazzo (II)

Milt Hinton

New York

David Berger

Milt Hinton

Washington DC

David Berger

Art Hodes

February 1, 1976

Don DeMichaele

Charlie Holmes

November 1982

Albert Vollmer

Paul L. Howard

April 1, 1978

Patricia Willard & Buddie Colette

Helen Humes

May 1981

Helen Oakley Dance

Alberta Hunter

December 1, 1976

Chris Albertson

Clarence Hutchenrider

June 1983

Bill Kirchner

Quentin Jackson

April 1, 1976

Milt Hinton

Budd Johnson

March 1975

Milt Hinton

Gus Johnson

December 1, 1978

Helen Oakley Dance

J. C. Johnson

March 1980

Sunna Rasch

Jimmy Jones

December 1, 1977

Patricia Willard

Jo Jones

May 1973

Milt Hinton

Jonah Jones

October 1, 1978

Helen Oakley Dance

Sam Jones

April 1980

Larry Ridley

Andy Kirk

March 1, 1982

Larry Ridley

Cliff Leeman

June 1979

Milt Hinton

Baby Lovett

April 1, 1975

Art Smith & Charles Crook Goodwin

Nelly Lutcher

January1979

Patricia Willard

Frank Grillo Machito

May 1, 1980

Max Salazar

John Malachi

May 1983

Bryant DuPre

Jimmie Maxwell

March 1, 1979

Milt Hinton

Howard McGhee

November 1982

Ira Gitler

Jimmy McPartland

December 1, 1972

Helen A. Johnson

Teddy McRae

January 1981

Ron Welburn

Jay McShann

December 1, 1978

Stanley & Helen Oakley Dance

Charles Mingus

March 1978

Sy Johnson

Monk Montgomery

October 1, 1980

Maggie Hawthorn

Freddie Moore

April 1983

Ron Welburn

Russell Big Chief Moore

September 1, 1982

Ron Welburn

Chauncey Morehouse

Dec '78-Jan '79/Feb '80

Ed Hutto/Jerry Kline

Snub Mosley

February 1, 1980

Frank Driggs

George "Big Nick" Nicholas

March 1980

Dale Fitzgerald

Red Norvo

May 1, 1977

Helen Oakley Dance

Leonard Phillips

January 1983

Bryant DuPre

Hayes Pillars

March 1, 1977

Samuel Floyd

Sammy Price

January 1980

Dan Morgenstern

Russell Procope

March 1, 1979

Chris Albertson

Gene Ramey

undated

Stanley Dance

Ram Ramirez

May 1, 1983

Stanley Dance

Zigner T. Randolph

February 1977

Don Demichael

Jimmy Rowles

September 1, 1984

Dan Morgenstern

Marshall Royal

October 1977

Patricia Willard

Theodore 'Red' Saunders

March 1, 1978

Don Demichael

Eddie Sauter

August 1978

Bill Kirchner

Howard R. Scott

March 12, 1979

Chris Albertson

John Simmons

July 1976

Patricia Willard

Zutty Singleton

undated

Stanley Dance

Buster Smith

January 1982

Chris Goddard

Jabbo Smith

March 24, 1979

John Steiner

Andrew Socarras

June 2005

Max Salazar

Benjamin F. 'Reb' Spikes

May 1, 1980

Patricia Willard

Slam Stewart

January 1979

Stanley Crouch

Jesse Stone

undated

Chris Goddard

Maxine Sullivan

January 1, 1980

Phil Hughes

Buddy Tate

October 1979

Gary Giddins

Joe Thomas

December 15, 1972

Stanley Dance

Walter P. Thomas

January 1981

Milt Hinton

Sir Charles Thompson

May 5, 1975

Helen Oakley Dance

Juan Tizol

November 1978

Patricia Willard

Joe Turner

April 9, 1975

Patricia Willard

Sippy Wallace

April 1979

Ms Reitz

Wilbur B. Ware, Sr.

December 18, 1977

Gloria L. Ware

Earle Warren

July 1984

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Benny Waters

June 4, 1982

Phil Schaap

Tom Whaley

March 1979

Milt Hinton

Cootie Williams

May 1, 1976

Helen Oakley Dance

Mary Lou Williams

June 1983

John S. Wilson

Quinn Wilson

December 3, 1977

Don Demichael

Teddy Wilson

November 1979

Milt Hinton

Sam Wooding

April 22, 1975

Chris Albertson

Lee Young

November 1977

Patricia Willard

Trummy Young

September 17, 1976

Patricia Willard