documents the personal and professional life of native Angeleno
Miriam (Mimi) Clar Melnick, Jazz critic, Jazz pianist, and patron of Jazz musicians,
whose activities played an influential role in the development of Jazz in the Los
Angeles region between 1958 and 2010. The Collection also includes materials related to
Melnick's family relationships and friendships, educational pursuits, her work as
an author and editor, and her involvement in the preservation of urban industrial
Mimi (Miriam) Clar was born in Hollywood, California on December 25, 1935 to parents
Charles and Reva (née Howitt). Her father was a fireplace merchant and her mother was a
former dancer featured in the all-female tap dancing company, the San Francisco
Beauties, produced by Fanchon and Marco from 1923-1933. The Clar family lived in the Los
Feliz area of Los Angeles. As a young child, Mimi expressed an interest in music and
began classical piano lessons. By her early teens, she had become fascinated with Jazz,
and came under the tutelage of prominent music educator, Sam Saxe. Mimi Clar attended
public schools, graduating from John Marshall High School in 1953.
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