Jon A. English Papers


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Collection Overview

Title: Jon A. English Papers, 1978-1996Add to your cart.

ID: 26/20/245

Primary Creator: English, Jon A. (1942-1996)

Extent: 0.25 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into one series called Personal Papers.

Date Acquired: 01/20/2023

Subjects: Autobiography, Jazz

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of Jon A. English's Autiobiography, MEMORYspace, his memorial program, performance program, and correspondence between his mother, Sara English, and his first wife, Myra Williams.

Biographical Note

John A. English was born in Kankakee Illinois, March 22, 1942, and died September 25, 1996. He attended Burcham Elementary School and Bradley High School in Kankakee. In 1960, he attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. English graduated with a degree in music in 1965. During his undergraduate education, he was part of the Harry Partch Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Trombone Choir and Contemporary Chamber Players. As a student, he also met and married Myra Williams. Following their divorce, he married Candace N. English, who helped him write his autobiography.

His professional career as a musician started in his early 20s. He played the trombone, bass trombone, bass, and various percussion instruments. English was a part of recording at least 4 albums: "Contemporary Music From the University of Iowa" by Salvatore Martirano, "Gay American Composers" by Robert Helps, "Heiss/Brün/Yttrehus: Chamber Works" by Rolv Yttrehus, and "Philip Niblock - YPGPN" by Phill Niblock. English played throughout Europe between 1970 and 1984. Following this tour of Europe, he taught at Sonoma State University and UC Santa Cruz and directed the Bay Area Jazz Composer's Orchestra.

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Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Geoffrey P. Williams

Acquisition Method: Transfer through deed of gift.

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[Series 1: Personal Papers, 1978-1996],

Series 1: Personal Papers, 1978-1996Add to your cart.
Consists of an autobiography by Jon A. English, his memorial program and correspondence between his mother, Sara English, and his first wife, Myra Williams. Arranged chronologically.
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Folder 1: MEMORYspace by Jon A. English and Candace N. English, An Autobiography, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Jon English Memorial Program and Sara English to Myra Williams correspondence, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Jon English Performance Program - "Shagbolt", 1978Add to your cart.
Trifold program includes an overview of Jon English's life and career, and background information on solo trombone piece "Shagbolt" (1978), along with his repertroire.

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