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  • Title: Calvin Jackson Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 28
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 23.25 Linear feet (13 archives boxes and 95 oversize folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1980
    Abstract: 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.
    Creator: Jackson, Calvin

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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.
    SERIES 1: COMPOSITIONS BY CALVIN JACKSON
    This series contains 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 entitled Musical Anthology of Jazz. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title.
    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.
    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.
    SEPARATION NOTE:
    Audio recordings received with the Calvin Jackson Papers have been separated from the collection and added to the UCSD Music, Film and Video Library's holdings.

    Biography

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Calvin Jackson Papers, MSS 0028. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    OFF-SITE STORAGE

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Big band music, Arranged--Scores
    Composers--United States--Biography
    Composition (Music)--20th Century--Scores
    Jazz
    Jazz--History
    Jazz musicians--Biography
    Music--United States--20th Century