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Overview

Title: Left Bank Jazz Society Inc. collection
Call Number: Coll312
Creator: Welsh, Vernon L., (1919-2002)
Dates: 1953-1992
Size: 2.5 linear ft (1 bankers box, 1 oversized boxes)
Language: English
Abstract: The Left Bank Jazz Society was a Baltimore, Maryland- based organization formed in 1964, which hosted a series of concerts featuring nationally acclaimed performers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Count Basie. This collection contains the Left Bank Jazz Society Constitution, news releases, concert programs and flyers, “The Baltimore Jazz Scene” yearbooks, artists files, and publicity photographs of performers between 1964 and the early 1990s.
Citation: Left Bank Jazz Society Inc. Collection, Collection 312, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

Left Bank Jazz Society Inc. was founded by Vernon L. Welsh (10 February 1919- 8 August 2002) and Benny Kearse (16 MArch 1930- 29 June 1999) in 1964. Welsh recorded hundreds of jazz performances at the Famous Ballroom during the 1960s and 1970s. Kearse was president of the group, which sponsored 47 concerts per season at its peak. The Left Bank’s first gig was held at the Al- Ho Club, in the 2500 block of Frederick Ave., the year it was founded. The society established a long run at the Famous Ballroom in 1967.


Scope & Content

Arrangement

The Left Bank Jazz Society Inc. Collection is organized depending on the series and subseries. Series 1 subseries 1 and 2 are organized chronologically. Series 1 is organized alphabetically and Series 1 subseries 3 and Series 2 is alphabetically by last name. Series 1: Society Files A: Administrative Files B: Artists' Files C: Promotional Materials and Publications Series 2: Photographs Series 3: Scrapbook


Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Accessions MSS2020-07 and MSS2020-09.

Processing Note

Materials were initially housed with Second Story Books Inc., who obtained the items from the estate of Mr. Kearse.. The collection was initially housed in clear sleeves, loose papers, and three ringed binders. An additional accretion was transferred to the archive soon after and was consolidated with the collection. Items were separated by and rehoused into archival grade sleeves and folders.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.


Access & Use

Finding Aids

Finding aid available.

Access Conditions

This collection is open for research. There are no restricted materials.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Permission is required for all reproduction requests. Copyright maintained by the creator.


Subject Headings

Creators

Welsh, Vernon L., (1919-2002)

Kearse, Benny, 1930-1999

Subjects

Left Bank Jazz Society--Archives

Jazz--Maryland--Baltimore

Jazz musicians


Series Description & Container List

  1. Series I: Society Files

    Date: 1953-1992

    Description: This series contains the administrative records, publicity materials, and various files kept on many musical artists that performed as headliners for the Left Bank Jazz Society members.

    1. Sub-series 1.A Adminitrative Records

      Date: 1971-1973

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Articles of Incorporation of Left Bank Jazz Society, Inc. February 23, 1965 1 1
        DB Associates Letter to Benny Kearse July 18, 1966 1 2
        Left Bank Jazz Society News Release July 20, 1971 1 3
        Senate Resolution No. 163 April 7, 1971 1 4
        Left Bank Jazz Society Summer Education Program July-August 1972 1 5
        Left Bank Concert Accounting Sheets January-May 1973 1 6
        Left Bank Concert Planning Documents 1976-1977 1 7
        Left Bank Membership Calls and Constitution undated 1 8
        Proclamation of "Left Bank Jazz Society Week" in Baltimore Draft undated 2 1
    2. Sub-series 1.B Promotional Materials and Publications

      Date: 1964-1992

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        Left Bank Business Cards undated 1 9
        Left Bank Concert Programs 1964-1974 1 10
        Left Bank Concert Tickets (various) 1965-1976 1 11
        Left Bank Jazz Society Presents The Studio Band of the United States Army Field Band Concert Tickets 1970-1972 1 12
        Left Bank Presents The Naval Jazz Ensemble Tickets May 10, 1974 1 13
        Left Bank Flyers 1965-1967 1 14
        Left Bank Flyers 1970-1979 1 15
        Left Bank Flyers 1980-1988 1 16
        Left Bank Flyers 1990-1992 1 17
        Left Bank Flyers undated 1 18
        Left Bank Folded Flyer January 1967 1 19
        Left Bank Folded Flyer March-July 1967 1 20
        Left Bank Folded Flyer: Duke Ellington February 21\, 1971 1 21
        The Baltimore Jazz Scene 1968 1 22
        The Baltimore Jazz Scene 1970 1 23
        The Baltimore Jazz Scene 1971 1 24
        The Baltimore Jazz Scene 1972-1973 1 25
        Oversized Posters and Bumper Stickers undated 2 2
    3. Sub-series 1.C Artists Files

      Date: 1953-1982

      1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
        The Airmen of Note 1971-1973 1 26
        Toshiko Akiyoshi/ Lew Tabakin Big Band 1976-1977 1 27
        Joe Albany 1980 1 28
        Gato Barbieri 1970-1972 1 29
        Warren Chaisson 1976-1982 1 30
        Chris Connor May 1905 1 31
        Count Basie and His Orchestra with Jimmy Ricks undated 1 32
        The Duke Ellington Orchestra 1974, undated 1 33
        Don Ellis 1961-1977 1 34
        Marynard Ferguson undated 1 35
        Woody Herman 1968-1978 1 36
        Bobby Hutcherson 1975 1 37
        The Creative World of Stan Kenton undated 1 38
        Rahsaan Roland Kirk 1968-1977 1 39
        Azar Lawrence 1975 1 40
        Dave Liebman 1973-1974 1 41
        Barry Miles 1969-1971 1 42
        James Moody 1979 1 43
        Gerry Mulligan undated 1 44
        New Orleans Heritage Hall Jazz Band 1975 1 45
        Oregon 1973-1975 1 46
        Buddy Rich 1976 1 47
        William Schmidt 1953-1954 1 48
        The United States Navy Band undated 1 49
        Phil Woods December 14, 1976 1 50
  2. Series II: Photographs

    Date: undated

    Description: This series contains various photographs of Left Bank Jazz Society performers.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Julian "Cannonball" Adderley and Nat Adderley undated 1 51
      The Dave Akins Trio undated 1 52
      Lin Biviano undated 1 53
      Beryl Booker Trio undated 1 54
      The Brecker Brothers undated 1 55
      Bob Brookmeyer undated 1 56
      Lenny Bruce undated 1 57
      Charles Byrd undated 1 58
      Norman Connors undated 1 59
      Willis Conover with Duke Ellington undated 1 60
      The Crusaders undated 1 61
      The World of Ted Curson undated 1 62
      Raul Desouza undated 1 63
      Charles Eckstein undated 1 64
      Gil Evans and Tadd Dameron undated 1 65
      Sonny Fortune undated 1 66
      Funk Inc. undated 1 67
      Erroll Garner undated 1 68
      Luis Gasca undated 1 69
      Dizzy Gillespie undated 1 70
      Art Gore undated 1 71
      Dick Griffin undated 1 72
      Chico Hamilton undated 1 73
      Johnny Hammond undated 1 74
      Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra undated 1 75
      Sir Roland Hanna undated 1 76
      Al Henderson undated 1 77
      Eddie Henderson undated 1 78
      Freddie Hubbard undated 1 79
      Stafford James undated 1 80
      The Thad Jones- Mel Lewis Orchestra undated 1 81
      Lee Konitz undated 1 82
      Yusef Lateef undated 1 83
      Ronnie Mathews undated 1 84
      Mary Ann McCall undated 1 85
      Jimmy McGriff undated 1 86
      Carmen McRae undated 1 87
      The Modern Jazz Quartet undated 1 88
      Pleasure undated 1 89
      Sonny Red undated 1 90
      Max Roach undated 1 91
      Charles Rouse undated 1 92
      Don Shirley undated 1 93
      Jimmy Smith undated 1 94
      Warren Smith undated 1 95
      Sonny Stitt undated 1 96
      Supersax undated 1 97
      Buddy Terry undated 1 98
      Clark Terry undated 1 99
      McCoy Tyner undated 1 100
      Dinah Washington, Jimmy Cobb, and Keter Bettes undated 1 101
      The Cecil Youn Quartet undated 1 102
      Art Blakey and Benny Kearse in the Famous Ballroom Office undated 2 3
  3. Series III: Scrapbook

    Date: 1934-1934

    Description: This series contains the Gingham Club Scrapbook, featuring the Les Colvin Band, which was a dedicated space for jazz performers.

    1. Folder Title/Description Date Box # Folder # Additional Info.
      Gingham Club Scrapbook: Les Colvin Band 1934 1 103

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