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Guide to the Jazz Institute of Chicago Don DeMicheal Papers 1962-1997

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The Jazz Institute of Chicago Don DeMicheal Papers were processed and preserved as part of the "Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project," funded with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Descriptive Summary


Jazz Institute of Chicago. DeMicheal, Don. Papers




3.25 linear feet (6 boxes)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Don DeMicheal, vibraphonist, music journalist, and critic. The Don DeMicheal Papers contain articles, book reviews, and liner notes written by DeMicheal as well as catalogs and discographies, jazz periodicals, a record journal, and other publications.

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This collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Jazz Institute of Chicago. DeMicheal, Don. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Don DeMicheal was born in Louisville, KY in 1928. DeMicheal was co-leader of the Don DeMicheal-Chuck Hedges Swingtet in which he played vibraphone, and a drummer in the Hot Three with pianist Art Hodes and clarinetist Kenny Davern. DeMicheal helped to bring Chicago jazz to New York City when he played with Hodes and Wild Bill Davison at the Goin' to Chicago Kool (Newport) Jazz Festival which took place at Carnegie Hall in 1981.

From 1961-1967, DeMicheal was the editor-in-chief of Down Beat magazine, where as a journalist interviewed prominent jazz figures such as Miles Davis and John Coltrane. DeMicheal also was president of the Jazz Institute of Chicago from 1974-1978 and as program chair in 1979, he spear-headed the first free Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park.

DeMicheal also wrote about jazz, including coauthoring a book, A Manual for the Modern Drummer and editing several trade magazines. Until his death, he was the editor of Plate World magazine.

DeMicheal died in 1982 at the age of 53.

Scope Note

The Jazz Institute of Chicago Don DeMicheal Papers are divided into three series: Series I, Personal; Series II, Catalogs and Discographies; and Series III, Publications. The papers contain articles, a book review, and liner notes written by DeMicheal as well as catalogs and discographies, jazz periodicals,a record journal, membership lists, and other publications.

Series I, Personal, contains writings by DeMicheal, membership lists, and an illustration. The book review is of Whitney Balliett's Alec Wilder and his Friends and the liner notes are for Walt Dickerson's To My Queen Revisited and Warren Kime's Jazz. DeMicheal wrote the biography and notes on the music of Red Norvo for Time-Life Records’ Giants of Jazz. Articles and books written by DeMicheal highlight jazz musicians such as Stan Getz and Paul Desmond. The illustration is of various jazz musicians. Also included are membership lists for the Chicago Federation of Musicians.

Series II, Catalogs and Discographies, contains various jazz record catalogs and discographies.

Series III, Publications, contains books, magazines, a pamphlet, jazz periodicals and a record journal. "Hot Jazz" is a pamphlet published for the Discographical Society. There are various books on jazz and blues, including Basic Jazz on Long Play, John Lucas; Jazz, Andre Francis; New Orleans Blues, Marty Most; The Poetry of the Blues, Samuel Charters; The Sound, Ross Russell; and This is Our Music, John Sinclair. Les Cahier du Jazz is in French and Schwarzer Gesang II: Blues is in German and English. Oversize publications are listed last and include jazz periodicals, Scholastic Roto, and Specifying Engineering.

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Series I: Personal

Box 1   Folder 1

Article, "A Day in the New Lives of Two Russian Defector-Jazz Musicians," undated

Box 1   Folder 2

Article, "A Day with Music Greats at WTTW," 1975

Box 1   Folder 3

Article, "Gene Lees: Cavalier of the Month," 1968

Box 1   Folder 4

Article, "A Long Look at Stan Getz," undated

Box 1   Folder 5

Book Review, "Alec Wilder and his Friends," undated

Box 1   Folder 6

Chicago Federation of Musicians, Membership List, 1957

Box 1   Folder 7

Chicago Federation of Musicians, Membership List, 1958

Box 1   Folder 8

Giants of Jazz: Red Norvo, 1980

Box 1   Folder 9

Illustration, Modern Jazzmen, undated

Box 1   Folder 10

Liner Notes, 1979

Box 1   Folder 11

Manuscript, "Paul Desmond," undated

Box 1   Folder 12

Manuscript, "Yearbook," 1979

Box 1   Folder 13

Notes on the History of Recording, undated

Series II: Catalogs and Discographies

Box 1   Folder 14

Chess Checker LP Catalog, 1968

Box 1   Folder 15

Discography, Art Tatum and Bud Powell, 1961

Box 1   Folder 16

Discography, Big Band, Vol. 1, 1965

Box 1   Folder 17

Discography, Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, 1961

Box 1   Folder 18

Discography, Charlie Barnet, 1965

Box 1   Folder 19

Discography, Dizzy Gillespie, 1961

Box 1   Folder 20

Discography, Duke Ellington, 1964

Box 1   Folder 21

Discography, Duke Ellington’s Story on Records, 1925-1931, 1966

Box 1   Folder 22

Discography, Hot Lips Page, 1961

Box 1   Folder 23

Discography, Jay Jay Johnson, 1962

Box 1   Folder 24

Discography, Les Brown, 1965

Box 1   Folder 25

Discography, Nat "King" Cole, 1965

Box 1   Folder 26

Discography, Stan Kenton, 1959

Box 2   Folder 1

Discography, Stan Kenton on Capitol, 1966

Box 2   Folder 2

Discography, Woody Herman Vol. 3, 1959-1965

Box 2   Folder 3

Index to Jazz, Vol. 3, 1947

Box 2   Folder 4

Jazz Catalog, Vol. 6, 1965

Box 2   Folder 5

Jazz Catalog, Vol. 7, 1966

Box 2   Folder 6

Jazz Catalog, Vol. 9-10, 1970

Box 2   Folder 7

Jazz Discography, 1958

Box 2   Folder 8

Jazz Discography: Additions and Corrections, 1944

Box 3   Folder 1

Jazz Katalog, 1962

Box 3   Folder 2

The Jazz Record Catalog, 1962

Series III: Publications

Box 3   Folder 3

Basic Jazz on Long Play, 1954

Box 3   Folder 4

Coda, 1973

Box 3   Folder 5

Down Beat Jazz Record Reviews, 1958

Box 3   Folder 6

Down Beat Jazz Record Reviews, 1960

Box 3   Folder 7

"Hot Jazz," 1947

Box 3   Folder 8

Kings of Jazz: Bessie Smith, 1961

Box 3   Folder 9

Kings of Jazz: Bix Beiderbecke, 1961

Box 3   Folder 10

Kings of Jazz: Charlie Parker, 1961

Box 3   Folder 11

Kings of Jazz: Dizzy Gillespie, 1961

Box 3   Folder 12

Kings of Jazz: Duke Ellington, 1961

Box 3   Folder 13

Kings of Jazz: Fats Waller, 1961

Box 4   Folder 1

Kings of Jazz: King Oliver, 1961

Box 4   Folder 2

Kings of Jazz: Louis Armstrong, 1961

Box 4   Folder 3

Les Cahiers du Jazz, 1963

Box 4   Folder 4

Les Cahiers du Jazz, 1965

Box 4   Folder 5

Les Cahiers du Jazz, 1966

Box 4   Folder 6

Jazz, 1960

Box 4   Folder 7

The Jazz Cats, 1960

Box 4   Folder 8

Just Jazz 3, 1959

Box 4   Folder 9

Negro Digest, 1961

Box 4   Folder 10

New Orleans Blues, 1964

Box 5   Folder 1

The Poetry of the Blues, 1963

Box 5   Folder 2

Schwarzer Gesang II: Blues, 1962

Box 5   Folder 3

The Sound,1962

Box 5   Folder 4

This is Our Music, 1965

Box 6   Folder 1

Down Beat NAMM Daily, 1962-1965

Box 6   Folder 2

Down Beat NAMM Daily, 1966-1967

Box 6   Folder 3

International Association of Jazz Record Collectors Journal, 1978-1980

Box 6   Folder 4

Radio Free Jazz, 1979

Box 6   Folder 5

Scholastic Roto, 1967-1968

Box 6   Folder 6

Specifying Engineering, 1967-1997