Collection:
Leonard Feather Jazz Collection

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Jazz journalist Leonard Geoffrey Feather was born in Hampstead, England on September 13, 1914. In the 1930s, he arranged, composed, and produced jazz sessions, and began to write about jazz for print media.  After moving to New York he worked with such greats as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Duke Ellington, establishing his reputation in various fields of jazz.  Writing for famous jazz journals and authoring several books, he was particularly influential in promoting Bebop.  Moving to Los Angeles in 1960, he became the chief jazz critic for the Los Angeles Times. Leonard Feather died on September 22, 1994.

The Leonard Feather Papers span the years 1900–1999, with the bulk of the materials dating 1935–1990, approximately. Included among the papers are photographs, negatives, scrapbooks and photo albums, pamphlets, notebooks, sketches, scores, soundsheets, correspondence, clippings, manuscripts (including those for books, articles, liner notes, and radio and television productions), promotional materials, research materials, travel and teaching notes, royalty statements and other financial papers, lists of Mr. Feather's personal collections (audio cassettes, records, and video tapes), ephemera, and papers related to Mr. Feather's last illness and documents gathered after his death.


Duke Ellington, Leonard Feather, Nat King Cole, and Johnny Hodges

Duke Ellington, Leonard Feather, Nat "King" Cole, and Johnny Hodges