Title:

Melba Liston collection

Identifier:

BMRC.CBMR.LISTON.SURVEY

Repository:

Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago

Extent:

54.4 Linear feet

Dates:

Bulk, 1958-1985

Dates:

1958-1999

Name:

Liston, Melba

Biographical note

Melba Liston was a jazz composer, arranger, and performer born in 1926. She was a trombonist during an era (1942–1985) when few women played brass instruments and even fewer toured with jazz bands. She played in the bands of several important jazz musicians, including Count Basie, Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Randy Weston, and Quincy Jones. Liston had an active career as an arranger for important jazz composers as well as popular music record labels. She also worked with youth orchestras in the troubled neighborhood of Watts, California, leaving the United States to teach at the Jamaica Institute of Music for six years (1973–1979). After suffering a stroke in 1985 that left her paralyzed, she continued to arrange using a computer through the 1990s until her death in 1999.

Scope and Contents note

Music manuscripts including lead sheets, scores, and parts and 1 letter box of papers concerning the career of Melba Liston.

Custodial History note

Donated by Thelma Stattion, 1999.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2011 January 5 by Lisa Calahan.

Subjects

INVENTORY