Calvin Jackson Papers, 1940-1980 (MSS 28)

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Extent: 23.25 Linear feet (13 archives boxes and 95 oversize folders)

Papers of Calvin Jackson (1919-1985), jazz pianist, composer, arranger, ensemble leader, and host of radio and television programs featuring jazz music and performers. The material consists of manuscript scores and instrumental parts for Jackson's own compositions, his arrangements of the music of other composers, and photocopies of scripts and playlists for radio programs that Jackson hosted in Canada and the United States.

Calvin Jackson was born on May 26, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied music at the Juilliard School for a year (1941), then went to California as assistant music director at the Hollywood studios of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In addition to his film studio work, Jackson also arranged music for orchestra leader Harry James and recorded with Phil Moore's band. He moved back to New York in 1947, where he was billed with Mildred Bailey at the Cafe Society. He continued to pursue a career as a recording artist in his roles as arranger, pianist and ensemble leader, touring widely in North and South America with a trio or quartet. Jackson moved to Toronto, Canada, in 1950. His quartet appeared regularly at the Park Plaza Hotel, and he hosted a weekly program featuring jazz music on Canadian television. Jackson returned to the United States in 1957, and in 1961 he moved back to Southern California, where he settled permanently. He became a part of musical life in Los Angeles and San Diego, playing with small groups and presenting radio programs, including "Jazz with Jackson" on KOGO-FM and "Just Jazz" on KCBA.

Calvin Jackson died in Encinitas, California, in 1985.

The Calvin Jackson Papers consist of manuscript music scores and instrumental parts for his own compositions, scores and parts of his arrangements of works by American composers of popular music from the "Golden Era," and composers from other periods and traditions such as J.S. Bach and Dimitri Shostakovich. The collection also includes photocopies of Jackson's recorded music playlists and commentaries for radio programs. Not all compositions and arrangements have both a score and a complete set of parts.

The material dates from the 1940s to the 1980s and is arranged in three series: 1) COMPOSITIONS BY CALVIN JACKSON, 2) ARRANGEMENTS BY CALVIN JACKSON and 3) PLAYLISTS AND SCRIPTS FOR RADIO PROGRAMS.

Container List

COMPOSITIONS BY CALVIN JACKSON

Scope and Content of Series

Series 1) COMPOSITIONS BY CALVIN JACKSON: Manuscript scores and instrumental parts for Jackson's compositions in song, suite, symphonic and other forms, as well as his texts and music for a television program, Musical Anthology of Jazz. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title.

Box 1 Folder 1 Oversize FB-229-01
Cal-isthenics - Score
Box 1 Folder 2 Oversize FB-229-02
Carl Sandburg Suite: Aztec Mask - Score
Box 1 Folder 3
Carl Sandburg Suite: Blues Thirty-two - Score
Box 1 Folder 4 Oversize FB-229-03
Carl Sandburg Suite: Fog - Score
Box 1 Folder 5 Oversize FB-229-04
Carl Sandburg Suite: Nocturne in a Deserted Brickyard - Score
Box 1 Folder 6 Oversize FB-229-05
Carl Sandburg Suite: Skyscraper - Score
Box 1 Folder 7 Oversize FB-229-06
Carl Sandburg Suite: Theme in Yellow - Score
Box 1 Folder 8
Espagnuolo - Parts

I Keep Repeatin'

Box 1 Folder 9 Oversize FB-229-07
Score
Box 1 Folder 10
Parts
Box 1 Folder 11 Oversize FB-229-08
It's Good to be Alive - Score

Jazz Waltz

Box 1 Folder 12 Oversize FB-229-09
Score
Box 1 Folder 13
Part
Box 1 Folder 14 Oversize FB-229-10
Love for Me was Dead - Score
Box 1 Folder 15
Love in the Summer - Score

Lovely Music Hath Charm

Box 1 Folder 16 Oversize FB-229-11
Score
Box 1 Folder 17
Parts
Box 1 Folder 18 Oversize FB-229-12
May is Here - Score

Metropolis Per Diem

Box 1 Folder 19 Oversize FB-229-13
Score
Box 1 Folder 20
Conducting score
Box 1 Folder 21 Oversize FB-229-14
Musical Anthology of Jazz: Synopsis and Part 1 - Score. Program written for television
Box 1 Folder 22 Oversize FB-229-15
Musical Anthology of Jazz: Synopsis - Part 2 (The Continuity) - Score
Box 1 Folder 23 Oversize FB-229-16
Musical Anthology of Jazz: Synopsis - Part 3 (The Essence) - Score
Box 1 Folder 24
Musical Anthology of Jazz: Synopsis - Lullaby in Bondage - Parts
Box 1 Folder 25 Oversize FB-229-17
Night Moods Suite - Score
Box 1 Folder 26 Oversize FB-229-18
Please be Advised - Score

Profile of an American

Box 1 Folder 27 Oversize FB-230-01
(Complete) - Score
Box 1 Folder 28 Oversize FB-230-02
Part 1 - (The Motivation) - Score
Box 1 Folder 29 Oversize FB-230-03
Part 2 - (The Man) - Score
Box 1 Folder 30 Oversize FB-230-04
Part 3 - (The Mission) - Score
Box 1 Folder 31 Oversize FB-230-05
Prophet - Score

Rhythm Was All I Had

Box 1 Folder 32 Oversize FB-230-06
Score
Box 1 Folder 33
Parts
Box 1 Folder 34 Oversize FB-230-07
Shout - Score
Box 1 Folder 35 Oversize FB-230-08
Suite in the Classic Design - Score
Box 1 Folder 36 Oversize FB-230-09
Symphony No. 1 - Score

Themes and Explorations

Box 1 Folder 37 Oversize FB-230-10
Score
Box 1 Folder 38
Parts
Box 1 Folder 39 Oversize FB-230-11
Valvitations Trombosis - Score
Box 1 Folder 40 Oversize FB-230-12
What Else? - Score
Box 1 Folder 41 Oversize FB-230-13
Windjammer - Score

ARRANGEMENTS BY CALVIN JACKSON

Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) ARRANGEMENTS BY CALVIN JACKSON: This series reflects the range of Jackson's work as an arranger and leader of his own ensemble. While twentieth century North American composers of jazz and popular music predominate, Jackson also re-interpreted folk melodies (Greensleeves, Shenandoah) as well as works by J.S. Bach, Georges Bizet, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Robert Schumann, and others. Two of his longer arrangements are the "re-visit" to George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, and the anthology, Theme Medley of Jazz Bands. Manuscript scores and parts are filed alphabetically, first by composer's name and then by title of piece. Anonymous works are interfiled by title.

Box 1 Folder 42 Oversize FB-231-01
Ager-Sullivan. I May Be Wrong - Instrumental octet series. Score
Box 1 Folder 43 Oversize FB-231-02
Archer, H. I Love You - Instrumental octet series. Score

Arlen, Harold

Box 1 Folder 44
Black Magic - Parts
Box 1 Folder 45
Get Happy - Parts
Box 1 Folder 46
I Got a Right - Parts
Box 1 Folder 47
Over the Rainbow - Parts

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Box 1 Folder 48
Fuga 16 - Parts
Box 2 Folder 1
Fugue No. 1 in C Major - Parts
Box 2 Folder 2
Preludio No. 1 in C Major - Parts

Basie, Count

Box 2 Folder 3 Oversize FB-231-03
Every Tub
Box 2 Folder 4
Every Tub - Parts
Box 2 Folder 5
Where One O'Clock Jumped To - Parts

Berlin, Irving

Berlin Medley

Box 2 Folder 6 Oversize FB-231-04
Score
Box 2 Folder 7
Parts

Remember

Box 2 Folder 8 Oversize FB-231-05
Score
Box 2 Folder 9
Parts

Slumming on Park Avenue

Box 2 Folder 10 Oversize FB-231-06
Score
Box 2 Folder 11
Parts

There's No Business Like Show Business

Box 2 Folder 12 Oversize FB-231-07
Score
Box 2 Folder 13
Parts
Box 2 Folder 14
Where Are You? - Parts

Bizet, Georges. Bizet a la Modal

Box 3 Folder 1 Oversize FB-231-08
Score
Box 3 Folder 2
Parts
Box 3 Folder 3
Bourgeois, Louis. Christmas Doxology - Part

Brown, Les

Ebony Rhapsody

Box 3 Folder 4 Oversize FB-231-09
Score
Box 3 Folder 5
Parts
Box 3 Folder 6 Oversize FB-231-10
Sentimental Journey - Score

Dominguez, Alberto. Frenesi

Box 3 Folder 7 Oversize FB-231-11
Score
Box 3 Folder 8
Parts

Dorsey, Tommy. Stop, Look and Listen!

Box 3 Folder 10
Parts
Box 3 Folder 11 Oversize FB-231-12
Score

Duke, Vernon. April in Paris

Box 3 Folder 12
Parts
Box 3 Folder 13 Oversize FB-231-13
Score

Ellington, Duke

Azure

Box 3 Folder 14 Oversize FB-231-14
String series. Score
Box 3 Folder 15
Parts

Do Nothin' Til You Hear From Me

Box 3 Folder 16 Oversize FB-231-15
Score
Box 3 Folder 17
Parts
Box 3 Folder 18 Oversize FB-231-16
Ellington Medley - Score

In My Solitude

Box 3 Folder 19 Oversize FB-231-17
String series. Score
Box 3 Folder 20
Parts

It Don't Mean a Thing

Box 3 Folder 21 Oversize FB-231-18
Score
Box 3 Folder 22
Parts

Jump for Joy

Box 4 Folder 1 Oversize FB-231-19
Score
Box 4 Folder 2
Parts
Box 4 Folder 3
Main Stem - Parts
Box 4 Folder 4
Otto - Parts

Prelude to a Kiss

Box 4 Folder 5 Oversize FB-231-20
Score
Box 4 Folder 6
Parts

Satin Doll

Box 4 Folder 7 Oversize FB-231-21
Score
Box 4 Folder 8
Parts
Box 4 Folder 9 Oversize FB-232-01
Fiorito, Ted. I Never Knew - Score

Gershwin, George

Fascinatin' Rhythm

Box 4 Folder 10 Oversize FB-232-02
Score
Box 4 Folder 11
Parts
Box 4 Folder 12
I've Got Rhythm - Part

Love Walked In

Box 4 Folder 13 Oversize FB-232-03
Score
Box 4 Folder 14
Parts

Rhapsody in Blue (Revisited)

Box 4 Folder 15 Oversize FB-232-04
Score
Box 4 Folder 16
Part 1 - Parts
Box 5 Folder 1
Part 2 - Parts
Box 5 Folder 2
Part 3 - Parts

Someone to Watch Over Me

Box 5 Folder 3 Oversize FB-232-05
Score
Box 5 Folder 4
Parts

Strike Up the Band

Box 5 Folder 5 Oversize FB-232-06
Score
Box 5 Folder 6
Parts

S'Wonderful

Box 5 Folder 7 Oversize FB-232-07
Score
Box 5 Folder 8
Parts

Goodman, B., J. Mundy and C. Christian. Air Mail Special

Box 5 Folder 9 Oversize FB-232-08
Score
Box 5 Folder 10
Parts
Box 5 Folder 11
Green, Bud, L. Brown and B. Homer. Sentimental Journey - Parts
Box 5 Folder 12 Oversize FB-232-09
Green, Johnny. Out of Nowhere - Score
Box 5 Folder 13
Greensleeves - Parts
Box 5 Folder 14 Oversize FB-232-10
Greer, Sonny. Just You, Just Me - Score

Gross, Walter. Tenderly

Box 6 Folder 1 Oversize FB-232-11
Score
Box 6 Folder 2
Parts

Heath, Ted. Blue Skies March

Box 6 Folder 3 Oversize FB-232-12
Score
Box 6 Folder 4
Parts

Herman, Woody. Wild Root

Box 6 Folder 5 Oversize FB-232-13
Score
Box 6 Folder 6
Parts
Box 6 Folder 7 Oversize FB-232-14
Hudson, H. Moon Glow - Score. Instrumental octet series

Jacquet, Illinois. Robin's Nest

Box 6 Folder 8 Oversize FB-232-15
Score
Box 6 Folder 9
Parts
Box 6 Folder 10
Jones, Craig Elwood. Chorale in B Minor - Part

Kenton, Stan. Painted Rhythm

Box 6 Folder 11 Oversize FB-232-16
Score
Box 6 Folder 12
Parts

Kenton, Stan and Franz Schubert. Stan Meets Franz

Box 6 Folder 13 Oversize FB-232-17
Score
Box 6 Folder 14
Parts

Kern, Jerome

All the Things You Are

Box 6 Folder 15 Oversize FB-232-18
Score
Box 6 Folder 16 Oversize FB-232-19
String series. Score
Box 6 Folder 17
Parts

I Won't Dance

Box 6 Folder 18 Oversize FB-233-01
Score
Box 6 Folder 19
Parts

Long Ago and Far Away

Box 6 Folder 20 Oversize FB-233-02
Score
Box 6 Folder 21
Parts

Yesterdays

Box 6 Folder 22 Oversize FB-233-03
Score
Box 6 Folder 23
Parts

Lake, Bonnie. Man With a Horn

Box 7 Folder 1 Oversize FB-233-04
Score
Box 7 Folder 2
Parts

Lunceford, Jimmy

Posin'

Box 7 Folder 3 Oversize FB-233-05
Score
Box 7 Folder 4
Parts
Box 7 Folder 5 Oversize FB-233-06
Rhythm in My Nursery Rhyme - Score
Box 7 Folder 6
Rhythm Nursery - Parts
Box 7 Folder 7
Mancini, Henry. Moon River - Parts

McHugh, Jimmy

How Blue the Night

Box 7 Folder 8 Oversize FB-233-07
Score
Box 7 Folder 9
Parts

I Can't Believe That You're in Love With Me

Box 7 Folder 10 Oversize FB-233-08
Score
Box 7 Folder 11
Parts

South American Way

Box 7 Folder 12 Oversize FB-233-09
Score
Box 7 Folder 13
Parts
Box 7 Folder 14 Oversize FB-233-10
Where Are You? - Score

You're a Sweetheart

Box 7 Folder 15 Oversize FB-233-11
Score
Box 7 Folder 16
Parts
Box 7 Folder 17 Oversize FB-233-12
Myrow, J. Autumn Nocturne - Score

Oakland, Ben

If I Love Again

Box 8 Folder 1 Oversize FB-233-13
Score
Box 8 Folder 2
Parts
Box 8 Folder 3
I'll Take Romance - Parts

Roses in December

Box 8 Folder 4 Oversize FB-233-14
Score
Box 8 Folder 5
Parts

Sidewalks of Cuba

Box 8 Folder 6 Oversize FB-233-15
Score
Box 8 Folder 7
Parts

Oliver, Sy

Well! Git It!

Box 8 Folder 8 Oversize FB-233-16
Score. Tommy Dorsey version
Box 8 Folder 9
Parts
Box 8 Folder 10
Yes, Indeed! - Parts

Palmer, Jack and Spencer Williams. I Found a New Baby

Box 8 Folder 11 Oversize FB-233-17
Score
Box 8 Folder 12
Parts

Porter, Cole

Box 8 Folder 13
Easy to Love - Parts
Box 8 Folder 14
Get Out of Town - Parts
Box 8 Folder 15
Love for Sale - Parts
Box 9 Folder 1
You'd Be So Nice - Parts

Rachmaninoff, Sergei

Box 9 Folder 2
Romance, Opus 10, No. 6 - Parts
Box 9 Folder 3
Serenade - Parts

Raeburn, Boyd and W.C. Handy. Dalvatore Sally

Box 9 Folder 4 Oversize FB-233-18
Score
Box 9 Folder 5
Parts
Box 9 Folder 6 Oversize FB-233-19
Raeburn, Boyd. Man With a Horn - Score
Box 9 Folder 7
Raksin, David. Laura - Parts

Rogers, Richard

Box 9 Folder 8 Oversize FB-233-20
Blue Moon - Score
Box 9 Folder 9
Dancing on the Ceiling - Parts
Box 9 Folder 10
I Could Write a Book - Parts
Box 9 Folder 11
Manhattan - Parts
Box 9 Folder 12
Where or When - Parts
Box 9 Folder 13
Sacco, John. Sing, Sing, Sing - Parts
Box 9 Folder 14
Schumann, Robert. Abendlied - Parts

Schwartz, Arthur

Dancing in the Dark

Box 10 Folder 1 Oversize FB-233-21
Score
Box 10 Folder 2
Parts
Box 10 Folder 3
I See Your Face - Parts
Box 10 Folder 4
If There is Someone Lovlier - Parts
Box 10 Folder 5
Something to Remember You By - Parts
Box 10 Folder 6
Shenandoah - Parts

Shostakovich, Dimitri

Box 10 Folder 7
Fugue No. 1, Opus 87 - Parts
Box 10 Folder 8
Prelude No. 1 - Parts

Sur le Pont d'Avignon

Box 10 Folder 9 Oversize FB-233-22
Score
Box 10 Folder 10
Parts

Theme Medley of Jazz Bands

Box 10 Folder 11 Oversize FB-234-01
Score. Music by Billy Strayhorn, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Ted Heath, Artie Shaw, Les Brown, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Lunceford, Boyd Raeburn, Count Basie, Claude Thornhill, and Gordon Jenkins
Box 10 Folder 12-13
Parts 1 & 2
Box 11 Folder 1
Part 3
Box 11 Folder 2
Thornhill, Claude. Autumn Nocturne - Parts

Van Eps, Robert

Box 11 Folder 3
Song in F - Parts
Box 11 Folder 4
Theme in E - Ballad - Parts

Warren, Harry

Box 11 Folder 5
H. Warren Medley - Parts
Box 11 Folder 6
I'll String Along - Parts
Box 11 Folder 7
Nagasaki - Parts
Box 11 Folder 8
Serenade in Blue - Parts

Youmans, Vincent

The Carioca

Box 11 Folder 9 Oversize FB-234-02
Score
Box 11 Folder 10
Parts
Box 11 Folder 11
I Want to Be Happy - Parts
Box 11 Folder 12
More Than You Know - Parts
Box 11 Folder 13
Sometimes I'm Happy - Parts

PLAYLISTS AND SCRIPTS FOR RADIO PROGRAMS

Scope and Content of Series

Series 3) PLAYLISTS AND SCRIPTS FOR RADIO PROGRAMS: This series contains photocopies of playlists that Calvin Jackson used for the radio programs that he hosted. The playlists, or record logs, give titles, performers and running times for the selections. The scripts introduce the music and musicians, give background information and comment on the performances.

Box 12 Folder 1
Calvin Jackson Presents the Ambassadors of Music [Subject: Guitarist Johnny Smith and composer Jimmy van Heusen]

Jazz with Jackson - Broadcast on KOGO-FM

Box 12 Folder 2
Show No. 1 - Count Basie, Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, and the Double Six of Paris, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 3
Show No. 2 - The Hi-Los, The Buddy Rich Band, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 4
Show No. 5 - Donald Shirley, Calvin Jackson, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 5
Show No. 6 - Billie Holiday, Duke Pearson, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 6
Show No. 7 - Irene Kral, Johnny Hodges, Leon Thomas, Oliver Nelson, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 7
Show No. 10 - Jimmie Lunceford, Duke Ellington, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 8
Show No. 13 - Bill Evans, Tommy Dorsey, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 9
Show No. 14 - Willie Bobo, Michel Legrand, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 10
Show No. 15 - "Zen": Fred Katz, Paul Horn, Chico Hamilton Quintet, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 11
Show No. 16 - June Christy, Pete Rugolo, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 12
Show No. 17 - Jerry Mulligan, J.J. Johnson, Kai Winding, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 13
Show No. 18 - Hampton Hawes, Johnny Richards, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 14
Show No. 19 - Richard "Groove" Holmes, Gerald Wilson, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 15
Show No. 20 - Billy May Orchestra with Frank Sinatra, Michel Legrand, 1971 - 1972
Box 12 Folder 16
Just Jazz. Show No. 3 - Broadcast on KCBA, 1969 - 1970
Box 12 Folder 17
Music In the Classic Manner: Your Host...Calvin Jackson
Box 12 Folder 18-21
Untitled playlists and scripts
Box 13 Folder 1-2
Untitled playlists and scripts