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Glenda Abdoo and Ken Crawford papers from the Kurt Weisbecker collection, 1931-2006

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Series 1. Correspondence, 1956-2006
Consists primarily of correspondence and greeting cards exchanged between Glenda Abdoo, Ken Crawford, and various jazz performers.
Arranged by date.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Glenda Abdoo correspondence, 1956-1972
George Avakian, 1956-10-09
Clark [Terry?], postmarked 1958-06-19
Tony Parenti, 1958-11-02
Johnny Letman, postmarked 1958-12-10
Ken Davern, 1960-03-28
Ernie Caceres, 1961-05-15
Ernie Caceres, 1961-05-26
Tony Parenti, circa 1962-04-02
Announcement card for Tony Parenti's engagement at Eddie Condon's Club in New York City.
John Bajo, 1965-06-24
Rudy Powell, 1965-09-09
Rudy Powell, 1965-09-13
Rudy Powell, 1965-10-21
Rudy Powell, 1965-11-30
Benny Moten, 1965-12-11
Ernie Caceres, postmarked 1966-12-31
Ernie Caceres, postmarked 1968-01-09
Carmen McRae, 1972-05-17
Postcards, 1959-1965
Correspondents include Pete Brown, Ken Davern, Johnny Letman, Rudy Powell.
BOX-FOLDER 1/2 Glenda Abdoo correspondence from James Rushing, 1957-1964
James Rushing, 1957-04-29
James Rushing, 1957-06-14
James Rushing, 1957-08-24
James Rushing, 1957-11-19
James Rushing, 1958-02-11
James Rushing, 1958-06-16
James Rushing, 1958-09-23
James Rushing, 1959-01-31
James Rushing, 1959-06-04
James Rushing, 1959-09-03
James Rushing, Christmas 1959
James Rushing, 1960-02-19
James Rushing, 1960-05-01
James Rushing, 1960-06-23
James Rushing, 1960-11-14
James Rushing, 1961-01-16
James Rushing, 1961-08-04
James Rushing, 1962-05-17
James Rushing, 1962-10-26
James Rushing, 1963-03-19
James Rushing, 1963-04-17
James Rushing, 1963-06-21
James Rushing, 1964-06-14
James Rushing, 1964-12-07
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 Glenda Abdoo correspondence with Jack Millar regarding Billie Holiday, 1968
See also the Billie Holiday discography, and the "Lady Day Sang the Blues" article, both originally filed with this correspondence.
Jack Millar, 1968-06-08
Jack Millar, 1968-06-27
Jack Millar's want list of Billie Holiday records, postmarked 1968-06-30
Jack Millar, 1969-01-27
BOX-FOLDER 1/4 Correspondence from Pete Brown, 1959, 1962
Pete Brown, 1959-12-10
Letter sent courtesy of Mrs. Walter Page.
Pete Brown, 1962-06-29
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Ken Crawford correspondence, 1965-1999
Correspondence sent to to Ken Crawford from various correspondents.
James Rushing, 1965-12-07
Charlie Barnet, 1977-04-25
Russ Carlyle, 1977-09-29
Letter from Walter Scott to Ken Crawford accompanying photographs of Ken Crawford and Glenda Abdoo, 1979-09-13
Eugene Miller, 1998-09-21
Bill Thompson, 1999-02-26
BOX-FOLDER 1/6 Letter from Ken Crawford's sister Dee Dee (Collette Matthews) to Kurt Weisbecker, 2006-06-02
BOX 2 Holiday greeting cards received by Glenda Abdoo and Ken Crawford
Correspondents include Buster Bailey, Blue Lu Barker, Count Basie, Harry Carney, Ken Davern, Wilbur De Paris, Vic Dickenson, Duke Ellington, Al Hall, Benny Moten, Tony Parenti, Rudy Powell, James Rushing, Zutty and Marge Singleton, and George Wettling.
Series 2. Photographs, 1940s-1995
Consists primarily of photographs of Ken Crawford and Glenda Abdoo with various jazz performers.
Arranged by subject.
BOX-FOLDER 1/7 Photographs of Ken Crawford and Glenda Abdoo, 1940s
3 photographic prints : 8 x 10 inches ; black and white
Ken Crawford in automobile driver's seat
Ken Crawford with sister Dee Dee's boyfriend and dog
Glenda Abdoo with her first husband and and unidentified man and woman
BOX-FOLDER 1/8 Photographs of Ken Crawford and Glenda Abdoo, 1960s-1995
Ken Crawford, 1960s
1 photographic print : 3.5 x 5 inches ; color
Sign for "Digging the Sounds" at the Record Club with Ken Crawford, circa 1965
1 photographic print : 3.5 x 5 inches ; color
Ken Crawford's cat, A.T. (All That) Jazz, sitting next to speaker, 1960s
1 photographic print : 3.5 x 5 inches ; color
A. T. Jazz lying next to turntable, 1960s
1 photographic print : 3.5 x 5 inches ; color
Glenda Abdoo with unidentified man, undated
1 photographic print : 5.25 x 7.25 inches ; color
Ken Crawford with Dick Rachelson and unidentified man, undated
1 photographic print : 4 x 6 inches ; color
Ken Crawford at Howard's room, Toronto, 1995-04-29
1 photographic print : 4 x 6 inches ; color
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 Photo souvenirs from Bill Green's casino and terrace gardens, Pittsburgh, 1940s
3 photographic prints : 5 x 7 inches ; black and white
Ken Crawford with sister Dee Dee and 4 unidentified men and women
Ken Crawford with sister Dee Dee's boyfriend and 2 unidentified women
Ken Crawford with unidentified woman
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 Photo souvenirs from Vogue Terrace, 1940s
3 photographic prints : 5 x 7 inches ; black and white
Ken Crawford with unidentified man and and 2 unidentified women
Ken Crawford with unidentified woman
Ken Crawford with unidentified woman
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 Photographs of musicians, undated
Glen Gray
1 photographic print : 8 x 10 inches ; black and white
Woody Herman
1 photographic print : 7 x 8 inches ; black and white
Pee Wee Hunt
1 photographic print : 8 x 10 inches ; black and white
Marian McPartland
1 photographic print : 8 x 10 inches ; black and white
Tony Parenti
1 photographic print : 8 x 10 inches ; black and white
Artie Shaw
1 photographic print : 7 x 8.5 inches ; black and white
BOX-FOLDER 1/12 Photographs of Duke Ellington with Ken Crawford and other persons, undated
3 photographic prints : 8 x 10 inches ; color
BOX-FOLDER 1/13 Photographs of bands, undated
2 photographic prints : 5 x 7 inches ; black and white
Benny Goodman [orchestra]
Piccadilly Players and Singers
BOX-FOLDER 1/14 Photographs of Jack Teagarden Sextet and the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra performing together at the Bali Kea club, Brentwood, Pennsylvania, 1954-12-12
10 photographic prints : 8 x 10 inches ; black and white
"On Monday December 12 the Dorsey crew was heading to a Tuesday date for two concerts in Aliquippa, a suburb northwest of Pittsburgh. While passing through Brentwood Borough, just south of Pittsburgh Tommy spotted a sign in front of the Bali Key [sic] Night Club promoting Jack Teagarden and his band. Stopping the bus, Tommy and the entire band poured into the club. Spotted by Jack, Tommy made some short remarks in which he pays the ultimate tribute to Teagarden: 'I've been copying him since 1928 and never came close.' As the Teagarden band concluded, Tommy ordered the band's music stands and instruments brought in and the Dorsey band made an appearance, which Tommy led but but he didn't play trombone in deference to Jack." Robert Stockdale. The Dorsey Brothers: That's It!, 300.

Musicians present at the event include Jack Teagarden (tb), Ray Bauduc (d), Tommy Turk (tb), Johnny Costa (p), Kass Malone (sb), Lee Castle (tp), Buddy Rich (d), Bob Carter (sb), Fred Greenleaf (tp), Harry Pierce, Harry Bosh, Tommy Dorsey (tb), Kenny Davern (cl), and Jimmy Dorsey (sax). The Teagarden band members are dressed in white. Also present in the photographs are Ken Crawford and Glenda Abdoo.

See also article in Pittsburgh Press Roto Magazine.
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