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Primary Creator: Powell, Morgan (1938-2023)
Extent: 13.35 cubic feet
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in two series. Series 1 consists of scores and manuscripts acquired in 1995 from the Music Library. Series 2 consists of materials acquired from Morgan Powell in 2014. It is arranged in three subseries: Subseries 1 consists of sheet music, manuscripts, and scores; Subseries 2 consists of personal papers, including press releases, photographs, correspondence, concert programs, newspaper clippings, and posters; Subseries 3 consists of audio-visual and audio materials including recordings and digital photographs of Morgan Powell's collegiate jazz ensembles, the Tone Road Ramblers, the Boneyard Jazz Quintet, the Traditional Jazz Orchestra and other ensembles. Items are arranged in alphabetical order and chronological order thereunder by content received. Series 2, Sub-series 4 is arranged chronologically according to the original order of the materials.
Date Acquired: 10/10/1994. More info below under Accruals.
Formats/Genres: Sheet music
The collection consists of thirty-six boxes of material. Series 1 consists of original compositions and arrangements for large and small jazz ensemble, small chamber ensemble, chamber ensemble and dancers, and vocal ensemble. Many of the musical works were either composed or arranged for the University of Illinois Jazz Band. Of particular interest are Powell's "Ray's in the Window: Gaman" (1985) and "Red White and Black Blues" (1992) that were composed for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and "Dreams: Music for Dance" (1983) that was commissioned by One Plus One. Series 2 includes additional original compositions by Morgan Powell including "The Waterclown" (2000) and "The Common Root of All Organisms" (2003). It also includes photographs of Morgan Powell and his ensembles, correspondence, and posters regarding the Traditional Jazz Orchestra, the Boneyard Jazz Quintet, the Tone Road Ramblers, and the North Texas State University jazz ensembles. The audio-visual and audio recordings include dubs of LPs, recordings of concerts with Morgan Powell's ensembles, and recordings of his own original compositions. This collection also includes materials regarding John Garvey, the University of Illinois jazz ensembles, and Medicare 7 8 or 9.
See also record series number 35/3/68.
Morgan Powell (1938-2023), born in West Texas, was a composer and jazz trombonist whose works are performed internationally. Powell's primary compositional interests were in the areas of instrumental and vocal music. During his life, he explored the rich and complex components of improvisation and the spirit and elements of jazz, together with "New Music" compositional concepts, techniques and notation.
Among the awards Powell received were three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships; a Fromm Scholarship; two appointments (1972-1973 and 1991-1992) as Associate to the Center for Advanced Study - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC); Grants from the Research Board UIUC (1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2004) an American Music Center Grant (1992); Illinois Arts Council (1987, 1996 Finalist, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006); numerous Meet the Composer Awards; ASCAP Awards, 1976, yearly to present; two MacDowell Colony, ten Ragdale Foundation, and one UCross Foundation artists residencies; and selection by The International Rostrum of Composers - 1988, Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for "The Waterclown."
Powell's compositions were published by G. Schirmer, Inc., Lingua Press, Smith Publications, Brass Music Limited, Media Press, Brixton Publications and TUBA Manuscript; and are recorded on Crystal Records Company, University Brass Recording Series, Advance, Century, Opus One, GM, TR2, Einstein Records, Chicago Lakeside Jazz, TNC and New World Records. His numerous commissions include Spoleto Festival, USA; Cleveland Chamber Symphony; and Concert Artist Guild.
Powell's primary composition teachers were Samuel Adler, Kenneth Gaburo, Ed Summerlin and Sal Martirano; he taught at The Stan Kenton Clinics, 1960-1964, North Texas University, 1961-1963, Berklee School of Music, Boston, 1963-1964, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1966-1994 and was chairman of UIUC composition/theory division 1978-1983.
Accruals: Materials first received from the Library of the School of Music at the University of Illinois, October 10, 1994. Additional materials received from Morgan Powell March 28, May 9, and June 5, 2014. Audio recordings from Nature's Table were received from Morgan Powell through Jeff Machota on February 13, 2015.
Acquisition Source: Morgan Powell and the School of Music
Acquisition Method: Gift.
[a. Transparency Copy]
[b. Ozalid Copies 14" by 22"]
[c. Ozalid Copy 12" by 17"]
[d. Ozalid Copy 11" by 17"]
Interlude I: Duet for Trombone (bass) and flutes
Interlude II: flute, clarinet, trumpet, cello, and piano
Introduction and Allegro for trumpet, horn, and trombone (1960)
[b. Piece 2: Naej]
[c. Piece 3: Odomtn]
[b. Transparency Copy - version 2, 11" x 17"]
[without instructions or comments]
[a. Transparency copy - version 1, 17" x 12.5" with 8 pages of instructions and comments]
[g. Ozalid copy of version 1 (12 copies)]
[h. Ozalid copy of version 2, 25" by 17.5", pasted on cardboard]
[c. Ozalid Copy of version 2 with instructions and comments (3 copies)]
[d. Ozalid copy of version 2 without instructions]
[e. Ozalid copy of version 2 with instructions]
[3. Definitions and comments on 3 pages]
1. Bell, Book, and Candles 2. Jeridee, Prelude 3. Smithville, Volume XII 4. James Davis, Trombone 5.Solo, Happy Faces 6. Pokadots and Moonbeams 7. The Lamp is Low 8. Reflections 9. Camouflage 10. Vino for Doris 11. My Old Flame 12. Easy to Love 13. Three Cornered Cat 14. Camouflage 2x's 15. You and I 15. Happy Faces
Duet V, Morgan Powell, Tone Road Rambler Quintet at Roulette NYC
1. Robin's Nest 2. Walkin 3. Satin Doll 4. No Me Esqueca 5. Dig 6. Duo 7. Brass Trio 8. Stardust 9. It's You or No one 10. Blues March
Ray, Woody Woodward, piano, Tom Fredrickson bas, Bill French, drums
Team concept with Ray, Morgan Powell, trombone, Donny Heitler, piano, Dan Anderson, bass, Bill French, drums
1. Phleu 2. Ulustjest 3. Sampler 4. Thrown (Tone Road Ramblers). Live.
Disc 1- NTSU Counselors' Band- Kenton Clinic, recorded August 6, 1961. Tracks: 1. I'll Remember You, 2. Stompin' At the Savoy, 3. My Old Flame, 4. You and I, 5. The Meaning of Blues, 6. Waltz of the Prophets, 7. Royal Blue. Performers include: Saxes: Alan Sloganek, Archie Wheeler, Jerry Keys, Ray Kirelis, Alan Beutler; Trumpets: Marvin Stamm, Don Jacoby, Tom Wirtel, John Crews, Ron Towell, John Inglis; Trombones: Dee Barton, Willie Barton, Morgan Powell, Dave Wheeler; Rhythm: Lanny Steele, Don Gilliland, Toby Guynn, Paul Guerrero.
Disc 2- NTSU Band- Kenton Clinic, recorded August 10, 1961. Tracks: 1. Happy Faces (Quincy Jones), 2. S-1 (Bill Holman), 3. The Thrill Is Gone (Arr. Don Dimick), 4. La Procesion de los Esclavos (Larry Cansler), 5. Moon Bag (Morgan Powell), 6. Gold Road (Jim Knight), 7. Jerimy (Dee Barton), 8. Prelude and Improvisation (Morgan Powell), 9. end of "In a Mellotone" (Duke Ellington).
Disc 3- Lanny Steele Jazzette- Kenton Clinic, recorded August 6, 1961. Tracks: 1. Nik (Don Owens), 2. Broadway (arr. Steele), 3. Perspectives (Morgan Powell), 4. Yardbird Suite (arr. Steele), 5. Trombone Solo (Steele), 6. Long Ago and Far Away (arr. Steele), 7. James Davis (Toby Guynn). Performers include: Alan Beutler, Archie Wheeler, Herb Porter, Morgan Powell.