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Ms. Coll. 117

Johnson, Budd. Manuscript Scores: Guide 1910-1984

Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Merritt Room
Call No.: Ms. Coll. 117
Repository: Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Johnson, Budd
Title: Johnson, Budd. Manuscript Scores: Guide
Date(s): 1910-1984
Quantity: 1 collection (10 file boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Manuscript scores and related materials of composer and tenor saxophonist Albert J. "Budd" Johnson.

Processed by:

Douglas Freundlich and Sarah Adams

Biographical / Historical

Albert J. "Budd" Johnson" (1910-1984), tenor saxophonist and arranger, was born in Dallas, Texas. He received his early musical training from his father, a reed and organ player. He also studied with Booker T. Washington's daughter Portia. In a career that spanned over half a century, Johnson played with everyone from Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson in the 1930s to Phil Woods in the 1980s. He was also an early figure in the Bebop era, playing sessions with Coleman Hawkins in 1944. Jazz historian Leonard Feather writes that Budd Johnson was "probably the most underrated of the catalytic figures who helped bring about the full emergence of bop." Johnson was music director for both the Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine orchestras, and wrote arrangements for Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.

Scope and Content

The collection includes manuscript scores, parts and lead sheets for original compositions and arrangements by tenor saxophonist Alber J. "Budd Johnson. Also included are contracts for engagements, signed copyright forms, tapes, photographs and correspondence.

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Additional Index Terms

Jazz musicians -- United States
Big band music
Johnson, Budd
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
Smith, Hale, 1925-2009
Jackson, Oliver
Marsalis, Ellis
Gee, Matthew
Jordan, Clifford
Longo, Michael
Nottingham, Jimmy, 1925-1978
Hines, Earl, 1903-1983