Library - In Memoriam

Remembering oral history interviewees who have passed away.

Mundell Lowe is deservedly listed in just about every jazz encyclopedia. With a powerful, yet relaxed, approach to his playing, Mundell helped revolutionize the jazz guitar sound in bebop and modern jazz.

Charles Slater had a rich background in music publishing, having worked with a number of companies before arriving at JW Pepper.  At Pepper, Charles worked on many projects over the years and expanded his interest in the accounting department to the level of becoming the CFO.  Hi

George Avakian produced so many pop and jazz recordings over his 50 plus year career with several labels it might be easier to list the recordings he did not take part in.

Tetsuya Takagi served as Executive Vice President of Yamaha International Corporation (currently Yamaha Corporation of America) and worked for Yamaha Corporation in Japan holding several important positions during his long and successful career.  Mr.

Mark Kelly served on the Midwest Band Clinic board for over 30 years, beginning in the 1980s and played a vital role in the growth and popularity of the clinic and its programs. He attended his first Midwest program in 1954 and recalled with great details watching Harry Begain’s school band perform. 

John Stiernberg was active in the music industry for decades and provided services as a consultant that he developed from his experience and relationships.

Matanya Ophee was born in Jerusalem at the time when it was Palestine.  He began playing guitar as a young boy and continued to play it as a hobby while he trained to be an airplane pilot.  He flew for the Israeli air force and later as a commercial pilot.  When he retired from f

Peter Bartkus grew up in Rockford, Illinois and was proud to establish a music shop there in the early 1950s. Tru Tone Music became a hub for musicians and was known throughout the area for Peter’s creative and precise instrument repairs.

This audio only interview was conducted for a radio program by Dan Del Fiorentino and donated to the NAMM Oral History program: Grady Tate was a prolific jazz drummer who laid the beat for such performers as Ella Fitzgerald, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, and Ray Char

Betty Kline was getting a little tired of running to town for band accessories when her husband, a music director, needed something for his students.  What started out being a large box of accessories in her home developed into some of the key band and orchestra music stores in t

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