The collection consists of the papers of jazz
saxophonist Paul Desmond. Includes 36 pages of diaries (memos to myself) from
1947-1955, over 300 letters to and from Desmond throughout his childhood and
adult life, nearly 400 photographs, and a variety of other documents.
Paul Desmond is widely considered one of the great alto saxophonists in
jazz history. He was an essential member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the
1950s and 1960s. As a member of the Quartet, Desmond wrote "Take Five," the
best selling jazz single in history. Desmond was born Paul Emil Breitenfeld in
San Francisco on November 25, 1924. He played piano, clarinet, and saxophone
while growing up, but focused on alto saxophone during his professional
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