University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Charles Bryant Frederick Weeks Papers 1922-2004

© 2008 University of Chicago Library


The Charles Bryant Frederick Weeks Collection was processed and preserved as part of the "Uncovering New Chicago Archives Project," funded with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Descriptive Summary


Weeks, Charles Bryant Frederick. Papers




3.5 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.


Charles Bryant Frederick Weeks, drummer, banker, and board member of the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The Charles Bryant Frederick Weeks Collection includes ephemera on events and organizations in Chicago, administrative records for the Jazz Institute of Chicago, correspondence, catalogs, method books, audio material, articles, photographs, and a scrapbook. The collection documents Weeks' professional life and involvement in Chicago jazz, jazz events, and organizations in Chicago, particularly the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Information on Use


Series V, Audio-Visual, does not include access copies for part or all of the material in this series. Researchers will need to consult with staff before requesting material from this series.

The remainder of the collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Weeks, Charles Bryant Frederick. Papers, [Box#, Folder#], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Charles Bryant Frederick "Charlie" Weeks was born June 15, 1937 in Chicago and played jazz in the Northwestern University High School Band and the Northwestern University Band. Weeks attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he studied jazz drums with Joe Porcaro and graduated with an English degree in 1959.

After graduating, Weeks began a career as a banker at National Boulevard Bank of Chicago, performing music in his spare time. He joined the Chicago Federation of Musicians in 1961. Weeks played in Chicago clubs such as the London House, Basin Street, the Plugged Nickel, and the Hideaway, as well as performing with groups such as the Tom Herrick Orchestra, the Riverboat Ramblers, and the 85th Division Reserve Band.

As one of the founding members of the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1979, Weeks helped obtain initial funding from the City Arts Program and the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians. Weeks was president of the Jazz Institute of Chicago from 1980-1982 and 1999-2004. After retiring from banking, Weeks led a band, the Weeks Hornblowers, in private engagements.

Weeks died November 2, 2004.

Scope Note

The Charles Bryant Frederick Weeks Collection is arranged into five series: Series I, Professional; Series II, Jazz Institute of Chicago; Series III, Chicago Jazz; Series IV, Drums and Percussion; and Series V, Audio-Visual. The collection includes ephemera from events and organizations in Chicago, administrative records for the Jazz Institute of Chicago, correspondence, catalogs, method book, audio material, articles, photographs, and a scrapbook. The collection documents Weeks' professional life and involvement in Chicago jazz, jazz events, and organizations in Chicago, particularly the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Series I, Professional, contains material about Weeks' performing career. A biography highlights Weeks' musical career. There is a review of a compact disc that Weeks played on, which was recorded in a Chicago suburb. The correspondence is mostly about Weeks' performances. There is also an inventory of personal recordings, including many performances from the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Series II, Jazz Institute of Chicago, contains administrative records, correspondence, newspapers clippings, and other ephemera pertaining to the operation of the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The administrative records contain minutes from board meetings, correspondence between board members, calendars, budgets, financial reports, and balance sheets. There are also administrative records, articles, and correspondence about the Chicago Jazz Archive at the University of Chicago. See Series III for additional material on the Jazz Institute of Chicago. See Series II for additional material on the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

Series III, Chicago Jazz, has fliers, brochures, advertisements, concert programs, and other ephemera of jazz events and organizations based in Chicago, including the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Jazz Institute of Chicago. There are newspaper and magazine articles about musicians, jazz, and Chicago. Most articles are from Chicago area newspapers, but also The New York Times, The New Yorker, Jazztimes, and The New Republic. See Series V for photographs of events. Also included is a collection of quotes from a webpage about Lennie Tristano, a blind jazz pianist and Chicago native.

Series IV, Drums and Percussion, contains articles, catalogs, and music. There are method books and exercises for drums and percussion. There is also information about cymbals, including set-up patterns, history, and types of cymbals.

Series V, Audio-Visual, has two compact discs, an audio cassette, photographs, slides, and a scrapbook. The photographs and slides are of various Chicago jazz events. There scrapbook documents Weeks' playing career and contains photographs, postcards, event announcements, and business cards.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:


Jazz Subject Files

University of Chicago Library. Chicago Jazz Archive

Subject Headings


Series I: Professional

Box 1   Folder 1

Biography, 1998

Box 1   Folder 2

Business Cards, undated

Box 1   Folder 3

Correspondence, 1999-2003

Box 1   Folder 4

Instrument Insurance Policy, 1984

Box 1   Folder 5

Jazz Recordings , 1958-1999

Box 1   Folder 6

Performance Set List, 2000

Box 1   Folder 7

Performances, 1990-1998

Box 1   Folder 8

Review, 2001

Series II: Jazz Institute of Chicago

Box 1   Folder 9

Administrative, 1980-2002

Box 1   Folder 10

Administrative, 1999

Box 1   Folder 11

Administrative, 1999-2001

Box 1   Folder 12

Administrative, 2001-2002

Box 1   Folder 13

Administrative, 2002-2004

Box 1   Folder 14

Administrative, 2003

Box 1   Folder 15

Administrative, 2004

Box 1   Folder 16

Administrative, 2004

Box 2   Folder 1

By-Laws, 2002

Box 2   Folder 2

Chicago Jazz Festival, Event Application, 1979

Box 2   Folder 3

Chicago Jazz Festival, Financial Assistance, 1979

Box 2   Folder 4

Chicago Jazz Festival, Programming Committee, 2003-2004

Box 2   Folder 5

Correspondence, 2003-2004

Box 2   Folder 6

Correspondence, 2004

Box 2   Folder 7

Correspondence, Legal, 2000-2001

Box 2   Folder 8

Jazz Fair, 2000-2002

Box 2   Folder 9

Resumes and Accompanying Documentation, 2004

Box 2   Folder 10

Strategic Planning, 2004

Box 2   Folder 11

Strategic Planning, Whirlwind Reading in Motion, 2002-2003

Box 2   Folder 12

Trademark and Servicemark Application and Certificate of Registration, 1979-2004

Box 2   Folder 13

University of Chicago, Chicago Jazz Archive, 1982-2000

Box 2   Folder 14

University of Chicago, Chicago Jazz Archive, 1992-2004

Box 2   Folder 15

University of Chicago, Chicago Jazz Archive, 1998-2003

Series III: Chicago Jazz

Box 2   Folder 16

Articles, Jazz, 1985-1998

Box 2   Folder 17

Articles, Jazz, 1985-2004

Box 2   Folder 18

Articles, Jazz and Chicago, 1986-2000

Box 2   Folder 19

Articles, Jazz and Chicago, 1989-2004

Box 2   Folder 20

Articles, Non-Jazz Music and Composers, 1984-2004

Box 2   Folder 21

Articles, Non-Jazz Music and Composers, 1984-2004

Box 3   Folder 1

Events, Chicago Edge Concerts, undated

Box 3   Folder 2

Events, Chicago Jazz Festival, Access Passes, 2000-2003

Box 3   Folder 3

Events, Chicago Jazz Festival, Advertisements, 1979-2002

Box 3   Folder 4

Events, Chicago Jazz Festival, Articles, 1993-2004

Box 3   Folder 5

Events, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, 1999-2000

Box 3   Folder 6

Events, Jazz at Ravinia 1996-1999

Box 3   Folder 7

Events, Jazz Clubs, 1994

Box 3   Folder 8

Events, Jazz Institute of Chicago, 1993-1998

Box 3   Folder 9

Events, Jazz Institute of Chicago, Jazz City, 2003-2004

Box 3   Folder 10

Events, Jazz Members Big Band of Chicago, 1998-1999

Box 3   Folder 11

Events, Jazz on the Plaza, 2004

Box 3   Folder 12

Events, June Nights at Navy Pier, undated

Box 3   Folder 13

Events, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, 1994

Box 3   Folder 14

Events, Star Night, 1953

Box 3   Folder 15

Events, Symphony Center, 1997-1998

Box 3   Folder 16

Events, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999

Box 3   Folder 17

Events, William Claxton Exhibit, 1996

Box 3   Folder 18

Musicians, 1978-2004

Box 3   Folder 19

Musicians, 1984-1996

Box 3   Folder 20

Musicians, Barrett Deems, 1998

Box 3   Folder 21

Musicians, Charlie Parker, 1988-1999

Box 3   Folder 22

Musicians, Duke Ellington, 1993-1996

Box 3   Folder 23

Musicians, Duke Ellington, 1993-1998

Box 3   Folder 24

Musicians, Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, 1997-1999

Box 3   Folder 25

Musicians, Louis Armstrong, 1995-1999

Box 3   Folder 26

Organization, The Art Ensemble of Chicago Educational Foundation, undated

Box 3   Folder 27

Organization, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, undated

Box 3   Folder 28

Organization, The Historic Pullman Foundation, 2000

Box 3   Folder 29

Organization, Jazz Institute of Chicago, 2004

Box 3   Folder 30

Organization, Jazz Institute of Chicago, "Jazzgram," 1990-2004

Box 3   Folder 31

Organization, Mosaic Records, undated

Box 3   Folder 32

Quotes, Lennie Tristano, 1998

Series IV: Drums and Percussion

Box 3   Folder 33

Articles, Drums and Percussion

Box 3   Folder 34

Catalogs, Hubbel, 1929

Box 3   Folder 35

Catalogs, Ludwig, 1980

Box 3   Folder 36

Catalogs, Sabien, 1995

Box 3   Folder 37

Catalogs, Slingerland, 1950

Box 4   Folder 1

Catalogs, Stewart MacDonald's, 1996

Box 4   Folder 2

Catalogs, Zampino, 1993

Box 4   Folder 3

Catalogs, Zildjian, 1977-1997

Box 4   Folder 4

Cymbals, 1958-1995

Box 4   Folder 5

Drum Maintenance, undated

Box 4   Folder 6

Exercises and Techniques, 1948-1982

Box 4   Folder 7

Ludwig, undated

Box 4   Folder 8

Method Books

  • American Method of Double Drumming, Edward Straight; 1923
  • Control of the Drum Set, Phrasing for the Soloist, Alexander Lepak; Windsor Music Publications, 1978
Box 4   Folder 9

Method Books

  • Disco Drums!, John "Tony" Ruka; Limited, Ltd. Publishing, 1976
  • The Drumset Exerciser, Sam Piekarczyk; Opus Music Publisher's, Inc., 1978
  • Haskell W. Harr Drum Method, Haskell Harr; M.M. Cole Publishing Co., 1937
Box 4   Folder 10

Method Books

  • Sam Ulano's Solo Guide, Sam Ulano; Lane Publishing Co., 1955
  • Straight's Modern Syncopated Rhythms for Drums, Edward Straight; 1922
Box 4   Folder 11


  • "Contest Solos," Ludwig Drum Co. Educational Department; Ludwig Drum Co., undated
  • "The Frequencies of Musical Instruments," undated
  • "Swing Cadences for Marching Band," John Tatgenhorst; Slingerland Drum Co., 1971

Series V: Audio-Visual

Box 5   Folder 1

Audio Cassette, undated

Box 5   Folder 2

Chicago Jazz Festival, Photographs, 2002

Box 5   Folder 3

Chicago Jazz Festival, Slides, 1981

Box 5   Folder 4

Compact Disc, pastforward, Grażyna Auguscik, 2003

Box 5   Folder 5

Compact Disc, A Symphony of Cities, Famoudou Don Moye, Tatsu Aoki, 2002

Box 5   Folder 6

Photographs, 2000-2003

Box 5   Folder 7

Photographs, undated

Box 5   Folder 8

Photographs, Exhibit, "From Dreamland to Showcase: Jazz in Chicago 1912-1996," 2000

Box 6

Scrapbook, 1952-1999