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Guide to the Johnny Wittwer Papers, 1959
MS 177  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Johnny Wittwer papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1959
    Collection number: MS 177
    Creator: Wittwer, Johnny
    Extent: 1 half document box
    Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
    Santa Cruz, California 95064
    Abstract: Contains correspondence, performance guides and a photo documenting a Poetry and Jazz session performed by Kenneth Patchen and 'New Bed of Roses Chamber Jazz Group' by jazz musician Johnny Wittwer.
    Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the papers.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Johnny Wittwer Papers. MS 177. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Larry Smith, February 1998.

    Biography

    Jazz pianist Johnny (John) Wittwer contributed to the music scene in the West Coast during 1940's-1960's. Not only an interpreter of blues and ragtime tunes, he was an accomplished jazz performer sharing stage along side with such legends as jazz trombonist Kid Ory and poet Kenneth Patchen. He assembled and recorded during 1940's under Johnny Wittwer Trio, consisting of Joe Darensbourg, clarinet; Keith Purvis, drums, and Johnny Wittwer, piano.

    Some Recordings:

    • Ace in the hole traditional. Two kinds of people : traditional.Hollywood, CA.: Jazz Man, recorded December 1945 (solo piano)
    • Aunt Hagar's blues. Hollywood, CA: Jazz Man. 1946, 1945 (Ragtime music)
    • Bill Bailey. Hollywood, CA: Jazz Man, 1949 (Played with Cannon, James Cannon, Hughie Cannon, Joseph Lamb.)
    • Joe's blues. Seattle, WA: Exner, 1950-1959 (Johnny Wittwer Trio)
    • Piano rags, stomps and blues. New York: Stinson Records, 1955, 1945
    • World famous Kid Ory-Johnny Wittwer Sessions. Hollywood, CA: Jazz Man, 1954, 1944 (Played with Kid Ory's Creole Band; Kid Ory trombone & leader; the Johnny Wittwer Trio: Johnny Wittwer, piano; Joe Darensbourg, clarinet ; Keith Purvis, drums.) Recorded Sept. 26, 1944 & Feb. 12, 1945

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Contains correspondence, performance guides and a photo documenting a Poetry and Jazz session performed by Kenneth Patchen and 'New Bed of Roses Chamber Jazz Group' by jazz musician Johnny Wittwer.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Wittwer, Johnny.
    Jazz musicians.
    Pianists.
    Monologues with music.

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Patchen, Kenneth, 1911-1972. Kenneth Patchen archive