Collection The Gerry Mulligan Collection

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  • Young Blood -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Gerry Mulligan Performing], Bob Willoughby, photographer. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance, Performing Arts Reading Room. Gerry moved to Los Angeles in the spring of 1952 with girlfriend, Gail Madden, and got work there as an arranger with Stan Kenton. While relegated to writing mostly dance arrangements, Gerry was asked to write an original composition, the now ...

  • Gene Krupa -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Portrait of Gene Krupa, 400 Restaurant, New York, N.Y., ca. June 1946]. William P. Gottlieb, photographer. Library of Congress, Performing Arts Reading Room. Listen to Audio: RealAudio - MP3 View Bibliographic Record Read Full Transcript (PDF, 274KB) orscroll down to read transcript for this segment Edited Transcript [Béla Bártok, head-and- shoulders portrait, facing slightly right], Jan 15, 1941. Ernest Nash, photographer. Library of Congress, ...

  • Gil's Place -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    Cropped from [Various photographs of young Mulligan], 1944. [photographer unknown]. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance, Performing Arts Reading Room. While in his teens, Gerry worked as an arranger and band member for Elliot Lawrence. Gerry's genius, particularly as an arranger, led to work with Gene Krupa and Claude Thornhill. Settling in New York around 1948, Gerry ...

  • Growing Up -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Gerry Mulligan as a baby], [ca 1927]. [photographer unknown]. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress. Gerry describes his upbringing in Marion, Ohio, where his father worked for the railroad. He also recalls his African-American nanny, Lily Rowan; his Catholic school in Kalamazoo; his lifelong fascination with trains; and his first efforts as an arranger while a schoolboy. Listen to ...

  • The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Portrait of Gerry Mulligan, ca. 1980s] by William P. Gottlieb. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. As a saxophonist, composer, arranger and band leader, Gerry Mulligan (1927-1996) is a jazz legend. The Library of Congress serves as the repository for the Gerry Mulligan Collection, which it obtained in the late 1990s. In this initial Web offering, the Library of Congress is making available ...

    • Date: 1927
  • Introduction by Franca Rota Mulligan -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Portrait of Franca Rota Mulligan with camera], [n.d.]. [photographer unknown]. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress. At the beginning of 1995, I suggested to Gerry that he should write his autobiography. Gerry liked the idea, but as an incentive to take on the project, he said he needed someone expert to be with him as an audience, without interfering ...

  • Miles Davis -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    Photo of Miles Davis taken from [Portrait of Charlie Parker, Tommy Potter, Miles Davis, Duke Jordan, and Max Roach, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. Aug. 1947]. William P. Gottlieb, photographer. Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress. Gerry describes the dynamics of Miles Davis's band as it worked in recording, rehearsals, and performance. He finds the players' level of cooperation to be very ...

  • Charlie Parker -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Portrait of Charlie Parker, Carnegie Hall, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947]. William P. Gottlieb, photographer. Performing Arts Reading Room , Library of Congress. While in New York, Gerry was deeply affected by Charlie Parker, whose early recordings influenced him, as they did many others, and whose personal encouragement inspired Gerry not only as a composer and arranger, but as a performer. Listen to Audio: ...

  • Live vs. Studio -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Concertgebow - 1957]. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance, Performing Arts Reading Room. Gerry discusses his views on studio recordings versus recordings of public performances. During his last decade, Gerry became more involved with the production of his studio recordings. He describes his idea that an album must evolve from the material to become a complete entity. ...

  • Chet Baker -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Gerry and Chet Baker]. Franca R. Mulligan, photographer. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress. Chet Baker's musical affinity with Gerry made it possible for them to improvise contrapuntally with remarkable results. Here Gerry recalls that rare compatibility that made the quartet one of jazz history's most successful collaborative ventures. Listen to Audio: RealAudio - MP3 View Bibliographic Record Read ...

  • Addictions -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Mulligan in Television Studio -- 1957]. Milt Hinton, photographer. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, Performing Arts Reading Room, The Library of Congress. In the fifties, Gerry became addicted to heroin, which affected his personal and musical life so severely that he sought medical help. He was finally able to withdraw completely from drug use. Listen to Audio: RealAudio - MP3 View Bibliographic Record Read Full ...

  • Pianoless Quartet -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Gerry's sextet in the 1950s]. [photographer unknown]. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance, Performing Arts Reading Room. The pianoless quartet, which Gerry formed in 1952 and with which he recorded for the new Pacific Jazz label the same year, was an instant success and received glowing if not fully accurate press concerning its inspirations and aspirations. Gerry ...

  • Astor and Franca -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Gerry and Franca Mulligan -- 1976]. Hank O'Neal, photographer. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance, Performing Arts Reading Room. In 1974, while recording an album in Milan with Astor Piazzolla, Gerry met his future wife, Contessa Franca Rota Borghini Baldovinetti, who was Astor's friend. She photographed Gerry for a magazine and later interviewed him, which led to ...

  • On Counterpoint -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Mulligan and Art Farmer]. Franca R. Mulligan, photographer, [n.d.]. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, Performing Arts Reading Room, The Library of Congress . Aware of the oversimplifications and distortions that have arisen in the lore surrounding the quartet, Gerry discusses some of the ideas about counterpoint that were in the air at the time he arrived on the West Coast. Listen to Audio: RealAudio - ...

  • Thelonious Monk -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947]. Willliam P. Gottlieb, photographer. Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress. The pairing of Thelonious Monk with Gerry on a recording seems to many an unusual idea. Gerry speaks of his friendship with Monk and how an impromptu session in the recording studio with this artist happened. Listen to Audio: RealAudio - ...

  • Jeru: In the Words of Gerry Mulligan -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    One of the most widely respected and admired jazz musicians of our time, Gerry Mulligan occupies a unique place in the American musical scene. As composer, arranger, performer and band leader, he has played a vital role in the history of modern jazz and contemporary music. This unique set of spoken recordings, taped in 1995, came to the Library of Congress through the generosity ...

    • Date: 1927
  • The Gerry Mulligan Exhibition -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    On April 6, 1999, an exhibition dedicated to the late jazz composer and performer Gerry Mulligan was installed in the foyer of the Performing Arts Reading Room of the Library of Congress (pictured above). The exhibition features Mulligan's gold-plated baritone saxophone and is drawn from the Gerry Mulligan Collection. Consisting of photographs, music manuscripts, musical scores, record album covers, and a series of wood-block ...

    • Date: 1927
  • About the Oral Biography -- The Gerry Mulligan Collection

    [Gerry Mulligan, Harpers Bazaar Cover], [1974]. Franca R. Mulligan, photographer. The Gerry Mulligan Collection, Performing Arts Reading Room, Library of Congress. This oral autobiography by Gerry Mulligan with Ken Poston was conducted in 1995. The autobiography was later edited by Jon and Iris Newsom. Mulligan's wife, Franca R. Mulligan, has kindly granted permission for the Library of Congress to make portions of this autobiography ...