Thomas Paynter Music and Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Personal Papers and Photographs

Music Scores

Sound and Audiovisual Recordings

Tom Paynter Digitized Tape Cassettes Arranged by Jeff Machota

Electric Keyboard and UIUC Jazz Band USSR Tour Memorbilia



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Collection Overview

Title: Thomas Paynter Music and Papers, 1982-2019Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 26/20/230

Primary Creator: Paynter, Thomas (1969-2019)

Extent: 4.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Arranged into five series: 1) Personal Papers and Photographs, 2) Music Scores, 3) Sound and Audiovisual Recordings, 4) Tom Paynter Digitized Tape Cassettes arranged by Jeff Machota, and 5) Electronic Keyboard and UIUC Jazz Band USSR Tour Memorbilia. Materials in series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically by title. Materials in series 3 and 5 are arranged by material type. Materials in Series 4 were arranged sequentially using Jeff Machota's alpha-numeric code that he developed to arrange materials chronologically. Each series is divided into two subseries; the first subseries in each series contains physical/analog records, and the second subseries contains digitized and born-digital records.

Date Acquired: 08/14/2020

Subjects: Compositions-Music, Instrumental music, Jazz, Music -- Russia, Music - United States

Languages: English, Russian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of original music scores and parts, photographs, programs, posters, correspondence, scrapbooks, audiovisual recordings, a Korg Model X5D Electronic Synthesizer Keyboard, and memorbilia documenting Tom Paynter's career as a composer, band leader for his music ensemble, Ear Doctor, and music student at the University of Illinois between 1982 and 2019. Of particular note are Paynter's dissertation on Eric Dolphy and his original music compositions written for his band, Ear Doctor.

Biographical Note

Thomas Paynter (1969-2019) was composer, flutist, and jazz musician who earned his Bachelors in music composition and his Masters in flute performance and composition from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1990 and 1992.  He completed his PhD in music composition at the University of Chicago in 2001. His thesis project was a detailed transcription and analysis of Eric Dolphy's "Miss Ann" Variants.

As a student at the University of Illinois, he performed with Illinois Jazz Ensemble for its 1990 tour of Russia, and was a member of the University's New Music Ensemble, Andean Ensemble, and the Russian Folk Orchestra between 1988 and 1993.  Among the non-University ensembles her played for and directed include Ear Doctor, the Tom Paynter Trio, Quartet, and Quintet, and Desafinado.

Paynter was a frequent host of jazz programs for the WEFT public radio station. He also worked as a cataloging assistant for Chicago Jazz Archive in 1996 and as an assistant at the ACES Library at the University of Illinois.  His music compositions include numerious jazz arrangements, and varied works for piano, flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, percussion, violin, viola, cello, pipe organ, and stereo tape.  His most unique music series was titled, "Map of a Hundred Luckiness H/A."

Subject/Index Terms

Compositions-Music
Instrumental music
Jazz
Music -- Russia
Music - United States

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Jeff Machota

Acquisition Method: Gift


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[Series 1: Personal Papers and Photographs, 1982-2019],
[Series 2: Music Scores, 1986-2006],
[Series 3: Sound and Audiovisual Recordings],
[Series 4: Tom Paynter Digitized Tape Cassettes Arranged by Jeff Machota],
[Series 5: Electric Keyboard and UIUC Jazz Band USSR Tour Memorbilia],
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Series 5: Electric Keyboard and UIUC Jazz Band USSR Tour MemorbiliaAdd to your cart.
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Item 1: University of Illinois Jazz Band USSR Tour Vest, 1990Add to your cart.
Accession Number 2021.2620230.002. Vest includes University of Illinois Jazz Band Logo and two buttons.
Item 2: Jazz Club Kvadrat Leningrad Button, ca. 1990Add to your cart.
Accession number 2021.2620230.003.
Item 3: Donetsk - Pittsburgh Cultural Exchange Pin, ca. 1990Add to your cart.
Accession Number 2021.2620230.004.
Item 1: Korg Model X5D Electronic Synthesizer Keyboard, ca. 1995Add to your cart.
Accession Number 2021.2620230.001. Five Octave keyboard with pitch bend and modulating dials, 64 key, 32 voice, with pre-programmed midi sounds. Includes added decorative stickers including "Ear Doctor" logo and several lists of frequently used midi settings taped to the synthesizer. Case is not original to the instrument, includes power chord.

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[Series 5: Electric Keyboard and UIUC Jazz Band USSR Tour Memorbilia],
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