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An Interview With Carroll Jenkins
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TitleAn Interview With Carroll Jenkins
AbstractInterviewer: Milton Smith. Interview recorded September 14, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesListed under the category of music. Carroll Jenkins was born October 14, 1927 in Parsons, Kansas. In the interview he discusses his early life and music with an emphasis on jazz. He mentions Charlie Parker and the Charlie Parker Foundation.
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 36, CD 36 (2 parts)
Local SubjectAfrican Americans
Jazz Musicians
Local Musicians
Jenkins, Carroll
Charlie Parker Memorial Foundation
Parker, Charlie
Oral History
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of Interview:

Born: October 14, 1927, Parsons, Kansas. Mother died when he was four years old. His father was a traveling minister. Mr. Jenkins talks about education and school days. Mr. Jenkins talks about his college days at Lincoln Junior College and Coe College. He received an A.A. degree from Lincoln Junior College but did not graduate from Coe College.

Mr. Jenkins talks about his early exposure to music--that it was a way of life in Kansas City. Mr. Jenkins discusses jazz or what is known as improvisational music.Mr. Jenkins talks about his decision to be a musician. He plays the guitar and talks about what makes music good or bad and particular bands and tunes that he likes. He also talks about religious music.

Then he gives a listing and brief comments on noted Kansas City musicians. Talks about the decline of jazz and what he sees as a revitalization of jazz. Mr. Jenkins talks about places where good jazz is played in Kansas City today. Talks about the development of Rhythm 'n Blues. Jenkins talks about Blues and Socio-political derivation.

Mr. Jenkins talks about the abstract jazz trend and new explorations in jazz. He talks about "Bird" or Charlie Parker and his techniques. Continues discussion of Charlie Parker and the Charlie Parker Memorial Foundation and the concerts which have been held to advance the notoriety of the center. As well, he talks about the Foundation's work with the young people of the Kansas City area.

Talks about Scott Joplin and Missouri as a geographical area that is greater than New Orleans in the history of jazz. Talks about Charlie Parker Foundation and the importance of music in living.
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Item ID210238
CONTENTdm number36298
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