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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms. Coll. 117

Albert J. "Budd" Johnson manuscript scores and other material.


Manuscript scores and related materials of composer and tenor saxophonist Albert J. "Budd" Johnson.


  • Creation: 1910-1984


1 collection (10 file boxes)

The collection includes manuscript scores, parts and lead sheets for original compositions and arrangements by tenor saxophonist Alber J. "Budd Johnson. Also included are contracts for engagements, signed copyright forms, tapes, photographs and correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Albert J. "Budd" Johnson" (1910-1984), tenor saxophonist and arranger, was born in Dallas, Texas. He received his early musical training from his father, a reed and organ player. He also studied with Booker T. Washington's daughter Portia. In a career that spanned over half a century, Johnson played with everyone from Louis Armstrong and Fletcher Henderson in the 1930s to Phil Woods in the 1980s. He was also an early figure in the Bebop era, playing sessions with Coleman Hawkins in 1944. Jazz historian Leonard Feather writes that Budd Johnson was "probably the most underrated of the catalytic figures who helped bring about the full emergence of bop." Johnson was music director for both the Earl Hines and Billy Eckstine orchestras, and wrote arrangements for Woody Herman and Buddy Rich. He was inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1993.

Physical Location

Merritt Room

Processed by:

Douglas Freundlich and Sarah Adams

Albert J. "Budd" Johnson manuscript scores and other material.
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library Repository

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is the primary repository of musical materials at Harvard. The Music Library’s collecting mission is to serve music teaching and research programs in the Music Department and throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In addition, it supports the musical needs of the broader Harvard community as well as an international scholarly constituency. We collect books, musical scores, serial titles, sound recordings and video formats, microforms, and rare and archival materials that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines including historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, and historically informed performance practice, as well as interdisciplinary areas related to music. The special collections include archival collections from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

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