Sy Oliver papers, [ca. 1933-1990].

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Oliver, Sy. Sy Oliver papers, [ca. 1933-1990].

Sy Oliver papers, [ca. 1933-1990].

The bulk of the Sy Oliver papers contain musical scores and parts for works which Oliver composed or arranged. Numerous arrangements exist for the Jimmy Lunceford orchestra and Tommy Dorsey band, as well as recording projects of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s (among them the album "Sy Oliver Backstage"). There are several arrangements Oliver did for other bands, such as Fletcher Henderson, Erskine Hawkins, and Jimmy Webb. Sy Oliver's own compositions are well represented, including unpublished and little-known works. Also included are arrangements made for or used for the 1974 performances of the New York Jazz Repertory Company, as well as many arrangements used on European tours of the 1970s and those used at the Rainbow Room in New York City.

24.5 linear ft. (97 boxes)

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