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
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
Accessions MSS2020-07 and MSS2020-09.
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.
Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)
Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including
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This collection is open for research. There are no restricted materials.
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Welsh, Vernon L., (1919-2002)
Kearse, Benny, 1930-1999
Left Bank Jazz Society--Archives
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.
This series contains various photographs of Left Bank Jazz Society performers.
This series contains the Gingham Club Scrapbook, featuring the Les Colvin Band, which
was a dedicated space for jazz performers.