Title: Milton Raskin Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1934-1985
Collection number: ARCHIVES RASKIN 1
Extent: Number of containers: 1 document box, 1 flat storage box, 3 cartons
Linear feet: 4.0
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Donated by Randy Wilkinson, who obtained the collection via an auction.
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
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[Identification of item] Milton Raskin papers, ARCHIVES RASKIN 1, The Music Library,
University of California, Berkeley.
Raskin, Milt(on William) (b Boston, 27 Jan 1916; d Los Angeles, 16 Oct 1977). Jazz
pianist, conductor, and arranger. He studied at the New England Conservatory in the early
1930's, and by 1937 had moved to New York, where he performed with Wingy Manone and
recorded with Ziggy Elman, whose
Love is the sweetest thing (1939, Bb
10741) is a good example of his early style. He played in the big bands of Gene Krupa
(1938-9, 1941-2), Teddy Powell (1939-40), Alvino Rey (1940), and Tommy Dorsey (1942-4),
recording with all but Rey; he may be heard to advantage as a soloist on Dorsey's
Well, Git it (1942, Vic. 27887). Raskin then moved to Los Angeles, where
he recorded with Artie Shaw and Billie Holiday (both 1946), Woody Herman and Manone (both
1947), Sarah Vaughn (1951), Georgie Auld (1952), B.B. King (1959), Stan Kenton (1963,
1965), and others. He also worked as a music director, conductor, and arranger for studio
orchestras and occasionally wrote lyrics for pop songs.
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz