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Collection Details


Collection Name: Frank Driggs Jazz Oral History Collection
Repository Name: University of Missouri, Kansas City. Miller Nichols Library. Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Local Identifier: FD-CASS-
URL: http://www.umkc.edu/lib/spec-col/driggs.htm
Dates Spanned: 1956-1986
Description: Author and music historian Frank Driggs recently gave his collection of oral histories to the Marr Sound Archives, a division of Special Collections in the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The oral histories, conducted from 1956 to 1986, capture the truths of the development of jazz as related by a host of musicians and band leaders who defined the tradition. All aspects of the jazz experience are captured in the interviews, ranging from musical triumphs to hardships on the road during the Great Depression. Reflecting Driggs' interest in the development of Southwestern and Kansas City jazz, the collection is rich in oral histories of the bandleaders and musicians who defined those traditions, including Andy Kirk, Buster Smith, Gene Ramey, Thamon Hayes, Jesse Stone and Ed Lewis. Many of the oral histories in the Driggs collection survive as the only known record of a musician's experiences and voice.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 313
Broad Subjects: Music; Intellectual life
ASP Subjects: Band music; Jazz; Jazz musicians; Kansas City, MO; Missouri; Missouri--History; Oral history; United States
Collection Code: OHC0002681