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Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society Collection
2001/062  
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Description
The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society (STJS) began on Sunday May 5, 1968 with a group of local jazz musicians gathering at the Orangevale Grange Hall to play for a small group of jazz fans. The musicians included Dr. Bill Borcher, the Dean of Men at American River College and trumpet player for the Delta Moonlighters, John Knurr, a local high school music teacher, jazz trombonist Jerry Kaehele, and George Boyd and his Good Time Go-to-Meeting Band. The non-profit organization holds an annual Jazz Jubilee Festival on Memorial Day weekend and conducts jazz education programs and community outreach. The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society is the largest traditional jazz organization in the United States. The files date from 1952 to 2003, with the bulk of the material dating from 1974 to 1998. The collection includes correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, meeting records, grant applications, publications, directors files, photographs, programs, and brochures.
Background
The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society (STJS) began on Sunday May 5, 1968 with a group of local jazz musicians gathering at the Orangevale Grange Hall to play for a small group of jazz fans. The musicians included Dr. Bill Borcher, the Dean of Men at American River College and trumpet player for the Delta Moonlighters, John Knurr, a local high school music teacher, jazz trombonist Jerry Kaehele, and George Boyd and his Good Time Go-to-Meeting Band. Originally named the New Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society, the musicians met informally in the afternoon on the first Sunday of the month and elected Jerry Kaelhele as the first President, Jack Burke as Vice President, and Roy Harper as Secretary-Treasurer. As news of the Jazz Society spread, more jazz musicians joined the Sunday sessions and their membership grew. In October 1969, Bill Borcher helped friends arrange a fundraiser on the Delta King riverboat, which attracted a crowd of 4,000. Publicity from the fundraiser and two successful fundraisers in November and December of that year generated even more interest in jazz.
Extent
57 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Center for Sacramento History for private collections. All requests to publish or quote from private manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Center for Sacramento History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from records.
Availability
Collection is open for research.