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William "Cat" Anderson Collection, 1940-1981 (primarily 1963-1977)

Creator:
Anderson, William "Cat" (musician) 1916-1981
Subject:
Bechet, Sidney (musician)
Carter, Benny 1907-2003
Calloway, Cab 1907-
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Fitzgerald, Ella
Hampton, Lionel
Humphrey, Hubert H (Hubert Horatio) 1911-1978
Humphrey, Muriel
Johnson, Lyndon B (Lyndon Baines) 1908-1973
Johnson, Lucy Bird
Tatum, Art 1909-1956
Webster, Ben
Mingus Quintet
Benny Carter All Stars
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
Duke Ellington Orchestra
Cat Anderson Quintet
Physical description:
5 cu. ft. : 12 boxes
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Articles
Awards
Audiotapes
Clippings
Interviews
Phonograph records
Recordings
Manuscripts
Place:
United States
Date:
1940
1940-1981
primarily 1963-1977
20th century
1940-1980
1950-2000
Notes:
Prominent African American jazz musician (trumpet), b. Sept. 12, 1916, d. April 29, 1981. One of the premier trumpet players of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Known for effortless high notes; a strong section leader and great soloist whose style exhibited humor and precision. Grew up in Jenkins' Orphanage, Charleston, S.C., received basic music training there, and participated in many of their famous student ensembles. Formed and played with the Cotton Pickers, a group of orphanage teens. Before joining Ellington in 1944, played in several big bands, including Claude Hopkins and Lionel Hampton. Left the Ellington organization 1947-49 to lead his own group. Free-lanced 1959-1961 and after 1971, working with the Ellington orchestra intermittently. Received honors from tyhe U.S. Air Force, the Prix du Disque de Jazz, and the City of Los Angeles.
Summary:
Primarily audiotapes, sheet music, and photographic images. Also: correspondence, newspaper clippings, magazine articles, itineraries, awards, and ephemera. Of particular interest are recordings or photographic images, including the personalities listed below, and President and Mrs. Tubman of Liberia; also, two interviews and three recordings of Cat Anderson as guest with various university and college jazz bands.
Cite as:
William "Cat" Anderson Collection, ca. 1940-1981, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Musicians
Composers
African American musicians
Band musicians
Jazz musicians
Music
Local number:
1998.3007 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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