Thumbnail Sketch: The Los Angeles Jazz Institute
Last month , during my adulatory and long-winded account of the All-Star Alumni Tribute to Maynard Ferguson, I mentioned that the event was sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Institute. As some may be wondering exactly what that is, here's a concise description.
The Los Angeles Jazz Institute (hereafter LAJI), on the campus of Cal State University in Long Beach, houses and maintains one of the world's largest Jazz archives. All eras and styles are represented, with special emphasis on the documentation and preservation of Jazz in Southern California. Its over-all mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate the heritage of this important American art form. To help do so, the LAJI has designed a number of programs using the many elements of the archive including concerts, festivals, symposiums, the Los Angeles Oral History Project and the Lighthouse Record Company.
The LAJI archive consists of more than 75,000 sound recordings in all formats, hundreds of hours of unissued recordings including radio broadcasts and concert performances, interviews and oral histories, books, periodicals, photographs, Jazz films and videos, music scores, original artwork and a variety of Jazz memorabilia such as concert programs, handbills, posters, autographs, research files and many "special collections."
One of the Institute's many goals is to provide a place for Jazz artists to place their collections for research and preservation. The archive presently houses a number of collections from well-known artists including Howard Rumsey, Bud Shank, Pete Rugolo, Shorty Rogers, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Johnny Richards, June Christy, Bob Cooper, Ken Hanna and Dr. Wesley LaViolette. LAJI also houses personal items from the estates of Stan Kenton, Phil Moore, Charlie Barnet and Sid Weiss, and a number of important personal collections including the Sleepy Stein Collection (KNOB Radio), The Jimme Baker Collection (Stars of Jazz / Jazz Scene USA), plus the Donald Dean, Tom Lord, Bob Andrews, John Irwin and Ken Poston Collections.
The LAJI welcomes and encourages donations and bequests. Of special interest are recordings, film and video footage, photographs, and Jazz and big-band related memorabilia. The Institute is a 501 c3 tax-exempt, public benefit corporation, and all donations are tax-deductible. The LAJI also welcomes members whose contributions help assure that the archive and other programs will continue to flourish. Membership dues are $40 annually, $25 for students. All members receive either the special "members only limited edition" Lighthouse All-Stars CD or "West Coast Rarities" as well as advance notice and discount admission to all events. If you'd like to contribute more than the cost of membership, the Institute would be happy to accept whatever amount you choose. All contributions go directly to the maintenance and operation of the LAJI archive.
Here's how to get in touch: Los Angeles Jazz Institute, P.O. Box 8038, Long Beach, CA 90808-0038.
J@LC Inducts Fourteen Into Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame
On September 30, Jazz at Lincoln Center marked the dedication of the Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame, named for the late impresario Nesuhi Ertegun, by inducting fourteen legendary Jazz musicians into the Hall. Members of the first class are Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum and Lester Young. A 72-member panel of musicians, scholars and educators from seventeen countries was charged with nominating and choosing the most definitive artists in the history of Jazz for inclusion in the Hall's inaugural class of inductees.
The ceremony was held at J@LC's new home, the Frederick P. Rose Hall, which also houses the Jazz Hall of Fame. The audience was welcomed by Nesuhi Ertegun's brother, Ahmet Ertegun, a member of the J@LC Board of Directors, after which introductions were made by Gunther Schuller, Victor Goines and Wynton Marsalis, and the inductees' awards were presented by Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson, James Carter, Benny Golson, Herbie Hancock, Hank Jones, Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Nicholas Payton, Randy Sandke, Clark Terry, Frank Wess, Dr. Michael White and Bob Wilber. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra's rhythm section (Eric Lewis, piano; Carlos Henriquez, bass; Herlin Riley, drums) performed with vocalist Madeleine Peyroux and trumpeter Ryan Kisor.