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COLLECTION Identifier: Ms. Coll. 117

Johnson, Budd. Manuscript Scores: Guide


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


  • 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

Processing Information

Processed by: Douglas Freundlich and Sarah Adams
Link to catalog
Johnson, Budd. Manuscript Scores: Guide 1910-1984
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

Part of the Loeb Music Library Repository

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