Collection Number: 20510

Collection Title: Michael Jarrett Collection for the Study of Record Production, circa 1990-2010

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Archival processing of the Michael Jarrett Collection for the Study of Record Production was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Size 525 items
Abstract Michael Jarrett is professor of English at Penn State University, York. He is the author of Drifting on a Read: Jazz as a Model for Writing, Sound Tracks: A Musical ABC, and Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings. The Michael Jarrett Collection for the Study of Record Production Collection consists of interviews conducted by Jarrett with noted country music and jazz record producers. Notable interviewees include Dave Alvin, Pete Anderson, Chet Atkins, George Avakian, Carla Bley, Cowboy Jack Clement, Ornette Coleman, Lawrence Cohn, Michael Cuscuna, Milt Gabler, Tompall Glaser, Charlie Haden, Nat Hentoff, Bob Irwin, Orrin Keepnews, Jerry Kennedy, Buddy Killen, Teo Macero, Buddy Miller, Gurf Morlix, Ken Nelson, Jim Ed Norman, Creed Taylor, Bob Thiele, Jerry Wexler, and Joe Zawinul, among others. The interviews were originally recorded on audiocassette and later digitized to mp3 by Jarrett. The collection contains both the original audiocassettes and digitized interviews. The collection also contains digital graphic materials and correspondence compiled by Jarrett for his book, Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings.
Creator Jarrett, Michael, 1953-
Language English
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No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Michael Jarrett Collection for the Study of Record Production #20510, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Michael Jarrett in July 2015 (Acc. 102281).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Dr. Michael Jarrett (1953- ) is professor of English at Penn State University, York. He is the author of Drifting on a Read: Jazz as a Model for Writing, Sound Tracks: A Musical ABC, and Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings.

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The Michael Jarrett Collection for the Study of Record Production Collection consists of interviews conducted by Michael Jarrett with noted country music and jazz record producers. Notable interviewees include Dave Alvin, Pete Anderson, Chet Atkins, George Avakian, Carla Bley, Cowboy Jack Clement, Ornette Coleman, Lawrence Cohn, Michael Cuscuna, Milt Gabler, Tompall Glaser, Charlie Haden, Nat Hentoff, Bob Irwin, Orrin Keepnews, Jerry Kennedy, Buddy Killen, Teo Macero, Buddy Miller, Gurf Morlix, Ken Nelson, Jim Ed Norman, Creed Taylor, Bob Thiele, Jerry Wexler, and Joe Zawinul, among others. The interviews were originally recorded on audiocassette and later digitized to mp3 by Jarrett. The collection contains both the original audiocassettes and digitized interviews. The collection also contains digital graphic materials and correspondence compiled by Jarrett for his book, Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings.

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Contents list

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Approximately 300 items.

Arrangement: By type and alphabetical by interviewee. Please note that audiocassettes may contain more than one interviewee.

Processing Information: Audiocassette titles and descriptions compiled from original containers and transcripts found in DF-20510/1. Distinct interviews are separated by semi-colon. Please note that the digitized interviews found in DF-20510/1 have yet to be arranged, described, or associated with corresponding audiocassette.

Interviews that Michael Jarrett conducted with noted country music and jazz record producers for various publications, including Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings, on audiocassette and mp3. Created by Jarrett, the mp3 files found in digital folder 1 (DF-20510/1) consist of digitized versions of audiocassettes found in the collection, as well as a handful of digitized interviews with no corresponding audiocassette. Digital folder 2 (DF-20510/2) includes 107 corresponding digital transcripts created by Jarrett.

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/1

Dave Alvin, March 1999; Jack Clement, March 1999; Jerry Kennedy part 1, March 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/1

Audiocassette

Jerry Kennedy continues on FS-20510/37

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/2

Chet Atkins, 2 March 1999; Ken Nelson, 15 March 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/2

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/3

George Avakian parts 1 and 2 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/3

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/4

George Avakian parts 3 and 4 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/4

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/5

George Avakian on Louis Armstrong #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/5

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/6

George Avakian 2nd Time #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/6

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/8

Bob Belden, 31 July 1998 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/8

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/7

Bob Belden, 5 July 2001 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/7

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/9

Steve Berkowitz part 2, March 1999; Blake Chancey, March 1999; Lawrence Cohn, March 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/9

Audiocassette

Berkowitz interview begins on FS-20510/37

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/10

Carla Bley parts 1 and 2 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/10

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/11

Carla Bley parts 3 and 4 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/11

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/12

Stephen Bruton, 22 February 1999; Buddy Miller, 22 February 1999; Jeremy Tepper part 1, 23 February 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/12

Audiocassette

Tepper interview continues on FS-20510/55

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/13

Larry Cohn; Don Pierce, March 1999; Blake Mevis, March 1999; Don Cook, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/13

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/14

Ornette Coleman #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/14

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/15

Michael Cuscuna; Willie Mitchell #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/15

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/16

Michael Cuscuna; John Szwed, 5 July 2011 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/16

Audiocassette

Note on original container: "Szwed wrote a book on Miles Davis. Project was on MD's In a Silent Way"

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/17

Joel Dorn; Sue Mingus; Alfred Wertheimer; Krin Gabbard #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/17

Audiocassette

Note on original container: "Krin Gabbard (prof) working on a Mingus project. Alfred Wertheimer - early Elvis [Presley] photographer"

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/18

Joel Dorn parts 2 and 3; Marshall Crenshaw #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/18

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/19

Joel Dorn; Teo Macero #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/19

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/20

Tom Dowd, summer 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/20

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/21

Esmond Edwards, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/21

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/22

Manfred Eicher; Teo Macero; Hal Willner; Orrin Keepnews #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/22

Audiocassette

Note on original container: "Manfred Eicher - not for publication"

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/23

Leo Feigin, spring 1987 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/23

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/24

Tompall Glaser part 2; James Austin, March 1999; Sid Feller, March 1999; Pete Anderson, March 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/24

Audiocassette

Tompall Glaser interview begins on FS-20510/44

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/25

Bob Ferguson, March 1999; James Stroud, 30 March 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/25

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/26

Milt Gabler part 1, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/26

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/27

Milt Gabler part 2, summer 1998 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/27

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/28

Charlie Haden, 27 January 1997 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/28

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/29

Kip Hanrahan parts 1 and 2, December 1994 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/29

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/30

Kip Hanrahan parts 3 and 4, December 1994 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/30

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/31

Scott Hendricks, March 1999; Shelby Singleton, March 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/31

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/32

Nat Hentoff; Brian Bacchus, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/32

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/33

Watusi Guys [Kal Mann and Steve Caldwell]; Nat Hentoff #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/33

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/34

Dave Holland, 12 August 2001; George Avakian; George Moore [Dave Brubek's manager], 12 August 2001 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/34

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/35

Wayne Horvitz, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/35

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/36

Orrin Keepnews; Michael Cuscuna #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/36

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/37

Jerry Kennedy part 2, March 1999; Tony Brown, March 1999; Paul Worley, March 1999; Steve Berkowitz part 1, March 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/37

Audiocassette

Kennedy Interview beings on FS-20510/1; Steve Berkowitz interview continues on FS-20510/9

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/38

Buddy Killen, 17 March 1999; Allen Reynolds #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/38

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/39

Bob Koester, 18 May 1998; Manuel Cuevas #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/39

Audiocassette

Note on original container: "Cuevas for an article on clothes"

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/40

Steve Lake, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/40

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/41

Bill Laswell part 1, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/41

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/42

Bill Laswell part 2, fall 1995; Helen Keane, summer 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/42

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/43

Teo Macero #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/43

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/44

William E. McEuen part 2; Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, March 1999; Gurf Morlix, 24 February 1999; Tompall Glaser part 1 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/44

Audiocassette

McEuen interview begins on FS-20510/55; Glaser interview continues on FS-20510/24

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/45

Ed Michel, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/45

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/46

Walter Murch #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/46

Audiocassette

Note on original container: "Walter Murch (film)"

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/47

Ken Nelson part 1, 17 February 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/47

Audiocassette

Nelson interview continues on FS-20510/48

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/48

Ken Nelson part 2, 17 February 1999; Bob Irwin, 19 February 1999; Jerry Wexler, March 1999; Jeff Calder #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/48

Audiocassette

Nelson interview begins on FS-20510/47

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/49

Jim Ed Norman, 16 March 1999 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/49

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/50

Don Schlitten, fall 1995; Hal Willner #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/50

Audiocassette

Note on original container: "Hal Willner on Altman's KC" - referring to Robert Altman's film Kansas City

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/51

John Snyder #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/51

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/52

Craig Street, 24 September 1998 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/52

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/53

Creed Taylor, summer 1994 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/53

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/54

Creed Taylor; Artists on Packaging #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/54

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/55

Jeremy Tepper part 2, 23 February 1999; Thom Bresh, 23 February 1999; William E. McEuen part 1 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/55

Audiocassette

Tepper interview begins on FS-20510/12; McEuen interview continues on FS-20510/44

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/56

Bob Thiele, winter 1995; Herb Jordan, fall 1998 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/56

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/57

Michael Timmins; Margo Timmins #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/57

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/58

Lee Townsend, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/58

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/59

Bob Weinstock, fall 1995 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/59

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/60

James Blood Ulmer #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/60

Audiocassette

Note on original container: "Interviewed for liner notes" - Likely for liner notes to Harmolodic Guitar with Strings CD (DIW, 1993)

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/61

James Blood Ulmer #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/61

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/62

Joe Zawinul, 12 August 2001 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/62

Audiocassette

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/63

Sony Legacy Engineers and Producers #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/63

Audiocassette

Note on original container: "Much of this interview of Sony's offices in New York is lost"

SFC Audio Cassette FS-20510/64

unidentified sound recording #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." FS-20510/64

Audiocassette

Digital Folder DF-20510/1

Digitized interviews, 2015 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." DF-20510/1

132 files (.mp3)

Digitized audiocassette interviews conducted by Jarrett with various music producers. The digital folder contains digitized versions of audiocassettes in the collection, as well as digitized interviews with no corresponding audiocassette.

Arrangement: Files are arranged alphabetically by original file name.

Processing information: Files have yet to be arranged, described, or associated with corresponding audiocassette.

Digital Folder DF-20510/2

Interview transcripts, 2015 #20510, Series: "1. Interviews and Transcripts, 1999-2015." DF-20510/2

107 files (.doc, .docx)

Digital document files, or transcripts, that correspond to select interviews found in the collection.

Arrangement: Files are arranged alphabetically by interviewee, or file name.

Processing Information: Folder and file names were altered for ease of use. Please note that the corresponding audiocassettes may contain more than one interview, while the transcripts contain singular interviews or parts of singular interviews. Transcripts may therefore correspond to distinct parts of audiocassettes, rather than to the tapes in their entirety. Corresponding call number relationships are listed in the file description if known.

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171 items.

Processing Information: Folder names were altered for ease of use. Original file names remain intact.

Digital graphic materials and photographs used by Jarrett for his book, Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings. Images include album covers (.tif and .jpeg files) and headshots (.jpeg and .tif files) of country music producers. Also included in the series is supporting documentation regarding rights and captions to the headshots (.docx, .pdf, and .xlsx).

Digital Folder DF-20510/3

Producing Country: Album cover images, 2015 #20510, Series: "2. Graphic Materials and Supporting Documentation, 2015." DF-20510/3

186 files (.jpeg, .tif)

Digital Folder DF-20510/4

Producing Country: Producer photographs and supporting documentation, 2015 #20510, Series: "2. Graphic Materials and Supporting Documentation, 2015." DF-20510/4

27 files (.jpeg, .tif, .docx, .pdf, .xlsx)

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8 items.

Processing Information: Folder and file names were altered for ease of use.

Document files, or letters, from Jarrett to potential interviewees for his book, Producing Country: The Inside Story of the Great Recordings. All files are Microsoft Word (.docx) files.

Digital Folder DF-20510/5

Producing Country: Correspondence, 1995-2014 #20510, Series: "3. Correspondence, 1995-2014." DF-20510/5

8 files (.docx)

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Processing Information

Encoded by: Amanda Loeb, July 2015; Anne Wells, April 2017

Processed by: Anne Wells, April 2017

Archival processing of the Michael Jarrett Collection for the Study of Record Production was made possible through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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