Brick Fleagle and Luther Henderson papers and collection of jazz recordings
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40 Cubic Feet (Approximately 78 boxes and 6 linear feet of unboxed material.)
Biographical / Historical
Luther Henderson was a pianist, composer, and arranger. He was born in 1919 and grew up in Harlem, where music was an early influence in his life. After studying math for a short time in college, Henderson attended the Juilliard Institute and received a bachelor's degree in music in 1942. He then joined the U.S. Navy and became the Naval Band arranger and later the staff orchestrator of the US Navy School of Music in 1944. Henderson received his master’s degree at the New York University Graduate School of Music in 1946.
Henderson was an arranger and composer for more than 50 Broadway musicals, including Jelly's Last Jam, starring Gregory Hines, for which Henderson received a Tony nomination for best score. During his career Henderson also arranged dance music and was music director for several television shows. Henderson maintained close professional relationships with musicians such as Duke Ellington, for whom he wrote some symphonic orchestrations.
The archives of the Arthur Friedheim Library mounted an exhibit of the Fleagle and Henderson collection in 1994.
Scope and Contents
The Brick Fleagle and Luther Henderson papers and collection of jazz recordings (1929-1977) are arranged in four series. Series 1 contains published scores by Brick Fleagle and other composers. Series 2 includes manuscript scores and gig books. Series 3 contains a large collection of mostly commerical jazz recordings on formats such as reel-to-reel tapes, audiocassettes, CDs, and phonographic records. Series 4 includes photographs and personal papers of Brick Fleagle.