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MUSICIAN'S PERSONAL COLLECTIONS

One of the primary goals of The Los Angeles Jazz Archive is to provide a place for jazz artists to place their collections for research and preservation purposes. The Archive currently houses many significant artist collections including:

Warne Marsh
Howard Rumsey
Bud Shank
Pete Rugolo
Shorty Rogers
Gerry Mulligan
Art Pepper
Johnny Richards
Woody Herman/Bill Byrne
June Christy
Bob Cooper
Phil Moore
Dr. Wesley LaViolette
Ken Hanna

The Jazz Institute also houses personal items from the estates of Stan Kenton, Charlie Barnet, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Wild Bill Davidson, Benny Carter, Albert Marx, C.P. Macgregor and Sid Weiss

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THE WARNE MARSH COLLECTION

Jack Goodwin has donated his priceless Warne Marsh Collection to the Los Angeles Jazz Institute. A remarkably extensive archive of previously unreleased recordings by the great tenor-saxophonist, the collection documents over 200 different live and studio sessions that have not been heard since they were originally performed.

Warne Marsh deserves such treatment. A strikingly original jazz artist whose distinctive tone, consistently inventive playing and dedication to improvising inspired so many. Marsh has grown in fame and influence since his 1987 passing. Born in 1927, Marsh made his first private recordings in 1942, was a member of Hoagy Carmichael's Teenagers during 1944-45, performed music while serving in the Army, and worked with Buddy Rich in 1948. His association with Lennie Tristano, which began in 1949, was a permanent influence on his music and his dedication to improvising. Best known for his associations with Tristano and altoist Lee Konitz, Marsh became an underground jazz legend. He moved to Los Angeles in 1966, worked with Supersax, and traveled his own musical path throughout his career.

Jack Goodwin is a lifelong collector of Warne Marsh's recordings and has compiled the most complete Marsh Discography in existence. His priceless donation to the Los Angeles Jazz Institute consists of previously unreleased music covering Marsh's entire career. Beginning with Marsh's debut from 1942, the collection includes 24 numbers played with the Army band in 1946, three early selections with Lennie Tristano, meetings with Lee Konitz, Ted Brown and Ronnie Ball in the 1950s, and a few quartet outings in the 1960s. The Warne Marsh Collection is much more extensive in the 1970's and '80's, documenting many of the saxophonist's live club and concert dates. Among his sidemen on these recordings (which also includes dates with Supersax) are such notables as altoists Lee Konitz, Gary Foster and Art Pepper, tenor-saxophonist Pete Christlieb, pianists Clare Fischer, Lou Levy, Sal Mosca, Hank Jones, Connie Crothers and Susan Chen, guitarists Dave Koonse and Joshua Breakstone, bassist Red Mitchell, and trumpeter Valery Ponomarev.

The Los Angeles Jazz Institute, under the direction of Ken Poston, is the home for the personal collections of such major jazz artists as Howard Rumsey, Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, June Christy, and Pete Rugolo among others. Jack Goodwin's Warne Marsh Collection is a major acquisition for the Institute. Jack Goodwin's priceless recordings add immeasurably to the saxophonist's musical legacy.

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THE HOWARD RUMSEY COLLECTION

The Howard Rumsey Collection features hundreds of original manuscripts written for the Lighthouse All-Stars. Included are original scores and parts in the hand of Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Art Pepper, Bill Holman, Marty Paich, Russ Freeman and Chet Baker. The Rumsey Collection also features hundreds of photographs taken at the Lighthouse and Concerts By the Sea, as well as recordings and memorabilia relating to The Lighthouse, Concerts By the Sea and the Lighthouse Record Co.

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THE BUD SHANK COLLECTION

The Bud Shank Collection features materials from all periods of his career including photographs, original scores, concert programs, newspaper clippings and various memorabilia. The Shank collection also includes many issued and unissued recordings stored on various formats.

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THE PETE RUGOLO COLLECTION

The Pete Rugolo Collection is a very large collection of original manuscripts written by Rugolo for Stan Kenton, June Christy, The Metronome All-Stars, Billy Eckstine, motion pictures, television, his own Orchestra and various recording projects. In addition to the numerous autograph scores and parts, there are several of Rugolos sketchbooks from the 1940s through the 1960s. The Rugolo collection also includes a large number of reel to reel tapes and acetates and transcriptions which feature unissued recordings from all periods of his career.

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THE SHORTY ROGERS COLLECTION

The Shorty Rogers Collection documents his entire career from the early days with Red Norvo through the 1990s. This includes music, photographs, recordings and memorabilia.

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THE GERRY MULLIGAN COLLECTION

The Gerry Mulligan Collection includes scores, parts and music manuscripts written by Mulligan and his associates. This includes works for Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Gene Krupa, Elliott Lawrence and Charlie Parker plus music written for his own quartets, sextets, tentets, Concert Jazz Band, films, television . . . The collection also includes hours of unissued Mulligan recordings.

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THE ART PEPPER COLLECTION

The Art Pepper Collection consists of unissued concert recordings, radio broadcasts, interviews and filmed appearances.

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THE BOB COOPER/JUNE CHRISTY COLLECTION

The Cooper/Christy Archive consists of a large collection of unissued recordings stored on reel to reel tapes, acetates and transcriptions. The recordings include concert and nightclub performances, studio sessions, and appearances on various radio and television programs.

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THE JOHNNY RICHARDS COLLECTION

The Johnny Richards Collection features dozens of original scores and parts primarily from the 1950s and 1960s.

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THE WOODY HERMAN/BILL BYRNE COLLECTION

The Woody Herman/Bill Byrne Collection consists of original scores and parts from the Herman Library

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THE PHIL MOORE COLLECTION

The Phil Moore Collection includes many unissued tapes and acetates, contracts, photographs, scripts and miscellaneous correspondence.

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THE DR. WESLEY LA VIOLETTE COLLECTION

Dr. LaViolette was a very important figure on the West coast jazz scene of the 1950s. He was a highly respected composer, teacher, author and philosopher who had a great influence on a number of students which included Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre and John Graas. The LaViolette collection includes his own recordings, books, scores, photographs and personal papers.

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THE KEN HANNA COLLECTION

The Ken Hanna Collection features many original compositions and arrangements written by Hanna for his own band.

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