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Brad Stroud, cassette sent to Leon Breeden

Description: Audio recording sent by pianist and trombonist Brad Stroud to Leon Breeden following a visit to North Texas. The recording includes spoken segments from Stroud, as well as recordings of his performances, including Stroud's composition ("Listen to My Father") introduced by Kenton and played by Kenton's band, and a performance from one of Kenton's band clinics. The reference to Steve Wilkerson winning on the Gong Show dates the recording to around 1979.
Date: 1979~
Duration: 23 minutes 21 seconds
Creator: Stroud, Brad
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Leon Breeden Orchestra, Lake Worth Casino, Ft. Worth, circa 1950, 2

Description: Recording of the Leon Breeden Orchestra in Lake Worth Casino, Ft. Worth, Texas. This recording is a live recording of the Leon Breeden Orchestra. Breeden can be heard speaking to announce tunes as the band plays. This is a second copy of this specific recording.
Date: 1950
Duration: 58 minutes 32 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Grand Prairie High School Band, made in Band Hall, 1957. Leon Breeden Orchestra at the Casino Ballroom on Lake Worth, circa 1950

Description: Recording of the Grand Prairie High School Band at the Gopher Band Hall on December 12, 1957 and the Leon Breeden Orchestra at the Lake Worth Casino, Fort Worth, Texas. The Grand Prairie High School Band plays marches and some popular jazz tunes with interludes of speaking from the students. The Leon Breeden Orchestras plays many jazz standards.
Date: {1950,1957}
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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"Anne and Mark playing at our home when David and Barbara [Breeden] visited us", 1982 July 15-17. "Tape made from old recordings at a family reunion at our Wich. [Falls] home; also F.W.," 1951

Description: Recording of Leon Breeden speaking at his home in Wichita Falls, Texas about a 9-inch vinyl record and a 45 rpm that his family created at a family reunion in 1944. Family members include Grandmother Breeden, a child named Vicky, Bonnie, and Georgia May. Music plays in the background of this 1944 recording. There's also a recording of two children, Anne and Mark, playing at Leon Breeden's home when David and Barbara Breeden visited Leon Breeden.
Date: {1944-11-03,1951-11-25}
Duration: 58 minutes 32 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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"Re-taped from an old reel-to-reel tape made of my first band at Grand Prairie High School. Stage band also", circa 1953

Description: Recording of Leon Breeden conducting the Grand Prairie High School Band and Stage Band. These bands were Breeden's first bands at Grand Prairie High School. Breeden can be heard faintly between pieces. This recording is a recording of the original reel-to-reel version Breeden made.
Date: 1953
Duration: 37 minutes 39 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Leon Breeden, clarinet, Tom Merriman, piano, Joe Gustafeste, bass, Tommy Gwin, drums, 1958 February 21. U.S. State Department, part 2- mono original tape, North Texas Lab Band - Leon Breeden, conductor, 1966 February 25

Description: Recording of a small jazz chamber ensemble led by Leon Breeden and consisting of Breeden, Tom Merriman, Joe Gustafeste, and Tommy Gwin on February 21, 1958. This cassette also contains a recording of the North Texas Lab Band performing for the U.S. State Department on February 25, 1966. Breeden can be heard speaking between tunes during the North Texas Lab Band performance.
Date: {1958-02-21,1966-02-25}
Duration: 1 hour 7 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Master: G.P. High School - Ecker, Breeden, Hawkins, Bruton, 1958 May 1

Description: Recording of Leon Breeden, clarinet; Jim Ecker, piano; John Hawkins, bass; and Sumter Brutin, drums performing at the Grand Prairie High School Auditorium on May 1, 1958. This performance was originally recorded by the Grand Prairie Radio Station for a school fundraiser. The recording heard here is a re-recording to cassette by Breeden.
Date: May 1, 1951
Duration: 16 minutes 29 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Grand Prairie Auditorium, 1958 May 1; Merriman, Gustafeste, Gwin, Breeden [Dallas], 1958 February 21

Description: Recording of Leon Breeden playing with two different jazz chamber groups. The first recording is from a Grand Prairie High School fundraiser and recorded by the Grand Prairie Radio Station in the Grand Prairie High School auditorium. The performers on the first recording are Jim Ecker, piano; John Hawkins, bass; Sumter Brutin, drum set; and Leon Breeden, clarinet. The first recording is a re-recording from the original vinyl. The second recording is from a performance in Dallas by Leon Breeden,… more
Date: {1958-02-21,1958-05-01}
Duration: 31 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library

Don Jacoby: Have Conns, Will Travel, 1958. Don Jacoby: Can't Get Started, 1958-59

Description: Recording of Leon Breeden's copy of the Don Jacoby album "Have Conns Will Travel!" and of a performance of Don Jacoby's "Can't Get Started." "Have Conns, Will Travel" is played in full. The Chicago Symphonic Band and a 17-piece dance band perform with Jacoby on "Have Conns Will Travel!" The commercial recording that "Can't Get Started" is from has not been identified. Breeden recorded these vinyl records to cassette, which is what is heard here.
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Date: 1958/1959
Duration: 37 minutes 34 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Betty Bennett Lowe, 1963. [Monterey] Jazz [Festival] - Shelly Manne, 1958

Description: Recording of singer Betty Bennett Lowe performing in 1963, and a recording of the Shelly Mane Quintet from the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1958. The Shelly Mane Quintet consists of Shelly Mane, drum set; Herb Geller, alto saxophone; Stu Williamson, trumpet; Monty Budwig, bass; and Russ Freeman, piano.
Date: {1963,1958}
Duration: 50 minutes 56 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Penguin Club, 1958. Bayou, 1960

Description: Recording of two jazz combos playing at the Penguin Club in 1958 and the Bayou in 1960. The club's locations are unknown and the combos are unknown. Between some of the performances crowd noise
Date: {1958,1960}
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes 36 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Snodgrass/Bruton/Repass/Breeden Quartet at Grand Prairie HS, recorded with hand mike (Wollensak), 1959 May 7. Interview with Bill Mercer on KVIL in Dallas ("We listened to it from mother's"), 1981 April 19

Description: Recording of the Leon Breeden Quartet at Grand Prairie High School on May 7, 1958 consisting of Leon Breeden, clarinet; Sumter Bruton, drum set; [Herb?] Repass, double bass; and [Arnold?] Snodgrass, piano. This first recording is recorded with a Wollensak tape recorder with a hand mic. There is also a recording of Bill Mercer's interview with Leon Breeden on KVIL in Dallas on April 19, 1981. The interview contains the history of the creation of the One O'Clock Lab Band and of Breeden's experien… more
Date: {1959-05-07,1981-04-19}
Duration: 36 minutes 32 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Quartet at [Ridglea Country Club], 1959 December 28. Excerpt - Louis Armstrong on Bell Telephone Hour, 1960 January [1]

Description: Recording of a jazz combo with Leon Breeden on clarinet performing at the Ridglea Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas on December 28, 1959 and an audio excerpt of Louis Armstrong on the Bell Telephone Hour on January 1, 1960. On the Country Club performance, the combo can be heard calling tunes and preparing for each tune quietly. For the Louis Armstrong performance, the date is noted incorrectly on the cassette as January 2, 1960; the actual date of performance in January 1, 1960.
Date: {1959-12-28,1960-01-01}
Duration: 1 hour 9 minutes 52 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Fred Rogers, clarinet, Bob Dresher, drums, Jeff Wallace, bass, Bill Wallace, piano. A party at the Wallace House in Shreveport, LA, circa 1965

Description: Recording of a jazz combo of Fred Rogers, clarinet; Bob Dresher, drums; Jeff Wallace, bass; and Bill Wallace, piano. It is assumed that the second recording is of the same group at a party held at the Wallace House in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Date: 1965
Duration: 1 hour 1 minute 11 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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"Tape I made," 1966 January and 1981 July 18

Description: Recordings of personal recordings Leon Breeden made of moments in his life. The first recording from January 1966 features Breeden, his friend Mark, and a small child discussing a piece of technology, possibly a typewriter. The second recording is Leon Breeden recording a message to be played after his death to be able to say "goodbye" to his family.
Date: {1966-01,1981-07-18}
Duration: 29 minutes 59 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Hugh Fowler Band, 1966

Description: Recording of the Hugh Fowler Band in 1966. This re-recording comes from Leon Breeden recording the original vinyl record to tape.
Date: 1966
Duration: 37 minutes 31 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Tape made by [AFM] Local 72 in Ft. Worth to be sent to our Armed Forces in Vietnam - events of the day, 1966 August 15

Description: Recording of a radio broadcast from August 15, 1966 of musicians of the AFM Local 72, known as the Dallas/Fort Worth Professional Musicians Association today, to be played for American troops fighting in the Vietnam War. Musical and news events from the Dallas/Fort Worth area are shared between musical numbers. Red Withers and his orchestra, the Texas Woman's University Lab Band, the Ron-Dels, the Mari-Leito Combo, Neco Borgeson, and the North Texas State College Lab Band are featured on this r… more
Date: August 15, 1966
Duration: 28 minutes 12 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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Dynamic Denton, 1967

Description: Audio recording of a television program titled "Dynamic Denton," which is the product of a promotional campaign organized by the Denton Chamber of Commerce. The film was made to show to industrial prospects, service clubs, and other local organizations.
Date: 1967
Duration: 11 minutes
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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"First All-State Jazz Band in U.S!", 1969. "I Feel October in the Air," Rick Alberico (alto), "Tall Cotton," Mark Kellogg (trombone); Whitesboro Senior High School musical tidbits, Don Cantwell, director.

Description: Recording of Leon Breeden conducting the New York All-State Stage Band on Sammy Nestico's "Magic Flea" and of the Whitesboro Senior High School Jazz Ensemble performing "Fly Me to the Moon," "I Feel October in the Air," and "Tall Cotton."
Date: 1969
Duration: 1 hour 2 minutes 41 seconds
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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European bands, circa 1970

Description: Recording of several different European bands, recorded on tape by Leon Breeden around 1970.
Date: 1970
Duration: 1 hour 34 minutes 01 second
Creator: Breeden, Leon
Partner: UNT Music Library
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