Guide to the Johnny Wittwer Papers, 1959

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Arts and Humanities--Music Geographical (By Place)--California--Bay Area

Guide to the Johnny Wittwer Papers, 1959

Collection number: MS 177

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

Contact Information:

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • University Library
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, California, 95064
  • Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
  • URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
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UCSC OAC Unit
Date Completed:
June 2003
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© 2003 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

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


Collection Contents

box 1

Correspondence 1959

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

Contains two letters written to Johnny Wittwer written by Nesuhi Ertegun and Kenneth Patchen.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.
box-folder 1:1

Kenneth Patchen to Wittwer reporting on session with Charles Mingus in New York, and noting other possible performances Mar 26, 1959

box-folder 1:1

Nesuhi Ertegun of Atlantic Recording Corp. NY, with advice to Wittwer on performance with Patchen Feb 24, 1959

box 1

Manuscripts 1959

Physical Description: 3 folders

Scope and Content Note

Contains performance guides and notes to a Poetry and Jazz session, performed by Kenneth Patchen and 'New Bed of Roses Chamber Jazz Group' in Seattle, February 27-28, 1959.
box-folder 1:2

Performance guide (4 p.); cues, key changes, musical notations by Wittwer Feb 27-28, 1959

box-folder 1:3

Set of note cards (5"x3", 9 p.); contains hand written notes by both Patchen and Wittwer Feb 27-28, 1959

box-folder 1:4

Two oversized cardboard sheets Feb 27-28, 1959

box 1

Photograph 1959

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Content Note

One 5x7 black and white photograph.
box-folder 1:5

[Johnny Wittwer (on the left) with a friend holding a "Poetry & Jazz: Kenneth Patchen" poster with empty pockets in Seattle] 1959