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  Partner: UNT Music Library
 Decade: 1950-1959
[Arthur Godfrey and Gene Hall on The Talent Scout Show]
Photographs of Arthur Godfrey and Gene Hall sitting together during NBC's "The Talent Scout Show" that have been attached to a sheet of white paper. The first five photos features the two middle aged men in dark suits, with Godfrey sitting to the left of the bespectacled Hall. Curtains are visible behind the two. A desk microphone sits between them. On the second page, below the two photos of Hall and Godfrey, there is a photo composed of four pictures. The the top two feature Godfrey and Hall again, while the bottom two feature George Mosse playing a clarinet (left) and George Mosse, Gene Murray playing a trumpet, and Phil Elliot playing a trombone. These three men are wearing striped black and white shirts. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181766/
Arthur Godfrey Show - 1957
Photographs of George Mosse (clarinet), Gene Murray (trumpet), and Phil Elliot (trombone) performing on the Arthur Godfrey Show while wearing striped shirts. The top left and bottom right photos show the three men playing together in front of a piano. The top right photo features Murray alone playing the clarinet. The photo on the bottom left contains four images. The top two images on this split photo show Arthur Godfrey (left) and Gene Hall (right) speaking together at a desk with a small microphone between them. The two photos underneath show two more images of Mosse, Murray, and Elliot performing together. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181747/
Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts - 1957
Photographs of Arthur Godfrey and Gene Hall sitting together during NBC's "The Talent Scout Show" that have been attached to a sheet of white paper. The first five photos features the two middle aged men in dark suits, with Godfrey sitting to the left of the bespectacled Hall. Curtains are visible behind the two. A desk microphone sits between them. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181713/
[Band Performing on Stage]
Photograph of the North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage. They are wearing shirts and ties. From left to right are: a man playing a tuba; a man with his back to the camera playing a piano with its strings exposed; a clarinetist; a banjo player; and trumpeter; a trombonist; and a partially obscured drummer. Handwritten text beneath the photo says "Group simulating old style dixieland - opening number for concert in 1954-" digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181706/
[Beverly Watson at Perrin Field Air Force Base]
Photograph of Beverly Watson and the North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage at Perrin Air Force Base in Texas. She is wearing a white blouse and dark skirt and is singing into a microphone while musicians are playing a guitar and saxophone behind her. Handwritten text beneath the photo says "Beverly Watson - Perrin Field Air Base 1-12-53." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181732/
Biography in Rhythm
A 1955 radio program presenting an account of the history of jazz. Willis Conover later adapted this program's introduction for use in the Jazz at the Smithsonian television programs which he hosted. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772510/
[Buddy DeFranco on Stage]
Photographs of Buddy DeFranco performing with the Laboratory Dance Band. The top photograph features DeFranco standing and playing a clarinet to the right side. To the left, the suited men of the band sit behind music stands. The bottom photo features DeFranco standing in front of a microphone while holding a clarinet in his right hand. Three rows of the Laboratory Dance Band are seated behind him holding their instruments. Handwritten text beneath the images says "Buddy DeFranco - Guest Soloist - 1959" digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181775/
Chicago Theater of the Air: Yma Sumac
A recording found in Willis Conover's collection of reel-to-reel tapes: Yma Sumac performs at the 22nd annual Chicagoland Music Festival, at Soldier Field. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800484/
Dizzy Gillespie at Birdland
A French-language program featuring Dizzy Gillespie performing at Birdland, along with an interview with John Hammond. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790431/
[Downbeat Award Ceremony]
Photograph of the Progressive Jazz Orchestra at Downbeat Award ceremony. June Christy (with husband Bob Cooper) is presented the Downbeat Award by the magazine's West Coast editor Charles Emge. Center photos: Mexican singer Paco who also performed on this live KLAC telecast at the Hollywood Palladium. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9702/
Dream River for Piano
Composition for solo piano digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc673911/
The encore concerto for piano and orchestra
This is a holograph score of Don Gillis "The Encore Concerto for Piano and Orchestra." Gillis's dedicated this his first piano concerto to his friend Joseph Kahn. The entire score is in loose white onionskin pages and black ink. It is part of the UNT Music Library's Don Gillis Special Collection, which can be accessed at <http://www.library.unt.edu/music/special-collections/gillis/the-don-gillis-collection-1>. Page 96A is an alternative re-orchestrated version that replaces the essentially chordal accompaniment presented in p.96. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc25947/
Five-Front Group on the Steve Allen Tonight Show
Photographs of the Five Front jazz combo band on the Steve Allen Show. In the top photograph, nine men stand in a line. Gene Hall is the fifth man from the left, and he is wearing a dark suit and glasses. Steve Allen stands next to him on the right, wearing a gingham shirt, ribbon necktie, and slacks that have been tucked into cowboy boots. The bottom photograph shows the band members performing on a mat atop a dirt floor. Most of the suited young men are seated behind music stands. Onlookers can be seen milling about in the background behind a white fence. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181718/
[Frank Todd, Gene Hall, Art Davis, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison Performing Together]
Photograph of Frank Todd, Gene Hall, Art Davis, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison performing together on stage. Frank Todd stands behind two microphones to the far left. He's wearing black-rimmed glasses and plucking a double bass. Gene Hall stands next to Todd, wearing spectacles and a lighter colored suit while playing a clarinet. Art Davis plays a trumpet while standing in front of an unattended drum set and a piano player. Phil Manning and Bill Harrison stand close to each other on the right side of the photo, will Manning wearing glasses and playing a saxophone while Harrison plays a trombone. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181703/
Groggy's Mambo and other selections
A live recording of mambo selections. The title "Groggy's Mambo" appears to refer to Maurice "Groggy" Gervitsch, the proprietor of the Cairo Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Gervitsch organized mambo dances in 1954. The group may have been led by Buddy Rowell. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824408/
Guest artists joining in at a class
Photograph of Gene Hall, Claude Lakey, Curly Broyles, Phil Manning, and Bill Harrison playing wind instruments around a microphone with other performers in the background. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181731/
Interview with Benny Goodman
Unedited audio of Willis Conover's interview with Benny Goodman, including short statements for various broadcast services within VOA, and a longer interview presumably for Music USA #394-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc772504/
Interview with Marshall Brown, John LaPorta, and Farmingdale High School students
The interview which accompanied Music USA #551-B, broadcast July 2, 1956, featuring Marshall Brown, John LaPorta, and four Farmingdale (New York) High School students. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc824272/
Interview with W.C. Handy, Part I
The first part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy. This recording is the raw audio, and includes a glitch in the tape in the opening seconds, and other preliminaries before the interview begins. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800490/
Interview with W.C. Handy, Part II
The second part of Willis Conover's extended interview with W.C. Handy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc800495/
Interviews with Billy Eckstine and Teddi King
Willis Conover interviews Billy Eckstine and Teddi King at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, on the RCA Victor Starliner train. Eckstine and King were performing to benefit the March of Dimes; the interviews were apparently used in Music USA programs #420-B (Eckstine) and #421-B (King). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790424/
Interviews with June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan
Willis Conover interviews June Christy, Nat "King" Cole, Ted Heath, and Bob Flanigan backstage at a performance at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. The interview with Nat "King" Cole was likely used in Music USA program #520-B. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790425/
[Jimmy Giuffre Performing with Band]
Photographs of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band on stage with Jimmy Giuffre. In the top photo, Giuffre plays a clarinet on the far left of the photo. Gene Hall holds sheet music and stands to the right with his back to Giuffre. The band is sitting behind these two men and playing various instruments. Handwritten text beneath the photos says "Jimmy Giuffra [sic] - Guest Soloist - 1956." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181716/
[Kenton and members of Lester Horton Dance Theater]
Photograph of Stan Kenton posing with members of the Lester Horton Dance Theatre in Hollywood. He is holding up what appears to be an antenna covered in string. The dancers are identified from left to right: Vida Solomon, Carmen De Lavallade, Eleanor Johnson. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9634/
[Kenton and Sal Salvador at recording session]
Photograph of Stan Kenton and Sal Salvador at recording session for the Kenton Presents series, produced by Stan for Sal at Capitol Records. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9703/
[Kenton at Famous-Barr records store]
Photograph of Stan Kenton at the Famous-Barr record store in St. Louis, MO promoting Hopalong Cassidy records for children. He is sitting in a chair next to a woman and they are surrounded by children; Kenton appears to be reading to them. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9642/
[Kenton celebrating his 40th birthday]
Photograph of Stan Kenton celebrating his 40th birthday at radio station KSFO in San Francisco, CA. He is surrounded by people including the woman third from left (in plaid skirt) identified as band singer Jerri Winters. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9643/
[Kenton observing jewelry box]
Photograph of Stan Kenton at the Pennsylvania Lounge, observing a jewelry box. He is surrounded by other men who are watching him. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9649/
[Kenton Orchestra at Club Oasis]
Photographs of Kenton Orchestra at Club Oasis in Los Angeles, CA. Proof sheet with 12 images includes: #194-A Lennie Niehaus, #194-B Bob Fitzpatrick, #194-J Don Bagley, #194-K Jeri Winters, #194-L Ralph Blaze. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9701/
[Kenton Orchestra at National Guard Armory Auditorium]
Photographs of a recording session in Chicago. The various shots were taken at National Guard Armory Auditorium in Charlotte, NC. Part of the concert was a "Concert in Miniature" broadcast from station WSOC. Proof sheet with 12 images includes: Don Bagley (#20), Sal Salvador (#21), and Maynard Ferguson (#23). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9698/
[Kenton Orchestra at National Guard Armory Auditorium - 2]
Photographs of a recording session in Chicago. The shots were taken at National Guard Armory Auditorium in Charlotte, NC. Part of the concert was a "Concert in Miniature" broadcast from station WSOC. Proof sheet with 12 images includes: Don Bagley (#20), Sal Salvador (#21), and Maynard Ferguson (#23). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9697/
[Kenton Orchestra at Steel Pier]
Photographs of Kenton Orchestra members at Steel Pier, Atlantic City. Proof sheet with 12 images includes: #79 Stan Levey, #82 Bill Holman, #83 Conte Candoli, #76 Maynard Ferguson, #78 in trumpets: Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Buddy Childers. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9700/
[Kenton Orchestra recording at National Guard Armory Auditorium]
Photographs of various rehearsals and recording sessions in Chicago. The shots were taken at National Guard Armory Auditorium in Charlotte, NC. Part of the concert was a "Concert in Miniature" broadcast from station WSOC. Proof sheet with 11 images includes: Don Bagley (#20), Sal Salvador (#21), and Maynard Ferguson (#23). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9696/
[Kenton Presents recording session in Boston]
Photograph of recording the 'Kenton Presents' series with leader-saxophonist Boots Mussulli at Capitol Records in Boston, MA. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9683/
[Kenton Presents recording session in New York]
Photograph of several people recording the 'Kenton Presents' series. Stan Kenton is standing with Sal Salvador in the foreground; two other men are standing together in the background with instruments. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9694/
[Kenton recording session]
Photographs of various rehearsal shots from a recording session at Capitol Records, Hollywood. Proof sheet with 12 images includes: Stan with Bill Russo, George Roberts, Keith Moon, Ernie Royal and Capitol's producer Lee Gillette. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9699/
[Kenton recording session of "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm"]
Photograph of the recording session for "New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm," done by Capitol Records in Chicago, IL. Pictured, from left to right are: Stan Kenton, unknown, Frank Rosolino, Don Bagley, and conductor Johnny Richards. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9695/
[Kenton with unknown]
Photograph of Stan Kenton leaning against a car and speaking with an unknown man who is sitting in the driver's seat. There's a street in the background lined with buildings and automobiles. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9647/
Lab Band - 1952-53
Photograph of the 1952-1953 North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band. Their director, Gene Hall, stands on the left side of the photo and addresses the young men who are arranged around music stands and playing a variety of instruments. A wide curtain serves as a background. "1953" is handwritten on the bottom of the photograph. Further handwriting appears on the back of the picture notes that this is a photograph of the Lab Band taken on April 1, 1953, and then lists the people as they appear from left to right. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181763/
Lab Band Competing in the A. F. of M. Best Dance Bands in the USA in 1959
Photographs of Gene Hall and the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a stage that has a background painted with an beach theme. Hall stands to the left looking downward and snapping the fingers of his right hand. A row of saxophonists stand playing their instruments to the right. The second and fourth desk that the band is standing behind are emblazoned with the the name "Danny Burke." Other band members are sitting behind this front row on an inclined platform while playing their various instruments. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181762/
Lab Band in Best Dance Band Contest
Photographs of the Laboratory Dance Band performing on a curtained stage in front of an audience. The band is arranged across four inclined platforms. Most are sitting behind music desks and are playing a variety of (mostly brass) instruments. A strip of white paper taped to the bottom of the photo has the following typed upon it: "Lab Band in Best Dance Band Contest." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181780/
[Leon Breeden and the Laboratory Dance Band Performing]
Photograph of the North Texas State College Laboratory Dance Band performing on stage. Three rows of male performers are arranged on stage, with many of the men sitting and playing their brass instruments. A drummer and a standing bassist are visible in the background to the left. Leon Breeden stands downstage playing a clarinet. Behind the men stands a metallic eagle statue, as well as a curtain that has been festooned with glittering letters that spell out "Jazz Frolic." In front of them are two microphone stands. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181774/
[Leon Breeden Scrapbook: 1950-1958]
Scrapbook of materials including photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, performance programs, and various other notes and ephemera documenting the activities of the North Texas State College One O'Clock Lab Band during 1950-1958. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc282604/
[Leon Breeden Scrapbook: 1958-1960]
Scrapbook of materials including photographs, letters, newspaper clippings, performance programs, and various other notes and ephemera documenting the activities of the North Texas State College One O'Clock Lab Band during 1958-1960. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc282611/
[Leon Breeden's Admission Record to Columbia University's Teachers College]
Admission record of Harold Leon Breeden from Columbia University's Teachers College. The record includes courses taken by Breeden, grades he received in those courses, the period of his candidacy for a Master of Arts degree in the field of Music and Music Education. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181707/
Louis Armstrong interview, fifth hour
The fifth of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career, with musical selections interspersed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790429/
Louis Armstrong interview, first hour
The first of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses his early life and career, interspersed with musical selections. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790430/
Louis Armstrong interview, fourth hour
The fourth of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses playing the trumpet, his health, and race relations, with musical selections interspersed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790423/
Louis Armstrong interview, second hour
The second of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses the Hot Five and scat singing, interspersed with musical selections. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790427/
Louis Armstrong interview, third hour
The third of five hours of Louis Armstrong talking at length about his life and career. In this hour, Armstrong discusses his favorite musicians, with musical selections interspersed. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc790426/
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