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Dennis Ulysses Askey was born on May 13, 1919 in Gonzales, Texas. He graduated as valedictorian from I.M. Terrell High School in Fort Worth in 1935, and graduated from Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas in 1939. He relocated to Washington, D.C. in 1940, and served in the U.S. Army in the Second World War, landing at Normandy Beach two days after D-Day in 1944. According to his obituary in the
A lifelong jazz fan, Askey developed friendships with major artists including Duke Ellington, Teddy Wilson, Oscar Peterson, and Art Blakey; he was a prolific collector of jazz recordings, and occasionally wrote and gave lectures about jazz. Dennis Askey died in Washington, D.C. on March 1, 2009.
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The collection consists of three boxes, and contains various discographies of Duke Ellington (including four copies of Askey's own work), ten years of the
2 copies. No author indicated.
Printed from dot matrix printer; pages still attached vertically.
Hicksville, NY: Marlor Productions.
Overlaps with next issue: No. 1 for 1999 is designated as "March-May."
April 1999 = Issue 2 for 1999. Overlaps with previous issue (No. 1, March-May 1999).
Synopsis of Paramount Pictorial No. 837 (released October 11, 1933), featuring Baron Lee and his Blue Rhythm Orchestra [Mills Blue Rhythm Band], Cab Calloway and his Orchestra, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, and Irving Mills.
Four spiral-bound copies
Small book in poor condition
Beta, commercial copy. New York: Crown Movie Classics. ISBN 0-517-86361-8.
All venues in Los Angeles. CD copy, possibly from the Duke Ellington Music Society.
DE-1. Tracks 1-9 dated March 18, 1937; tracks 10-12 dated December 21, 1938; tracks 13-16 dated April 29, 1939.
Descriptions for this box rely heavily on Laura Treat's notes from digitizing the reels in 2015 and 2016.
Digitized as 06-073-003-001. 1 film (07 min., 45 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. Film stock was produced in 1960 and processed in May 1961.
Digitized as 06-073-003-002. 1 film (11 min., 32 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. 5 segments of home movies. The fifth segment has a large section of underexposed film and also has sustained some water damage which affects image quality. Early segments may have been shot in Afghanistan and show women working on textiles and children seeing doctor. Other segments show a jazz exhibit at a museum and African American Boy Scouts (Washington D.C.)
Digitized as 06-073-003-003. 1 film (15 min., 39 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. 3 segments of home movies and one commercial film produced by Blackhawk Films. The majority of the film appears to have been shot in the middle east, likely Afghanistan given Askey's travels. Large portions of the film are underexposed with little or no apparent image.
Digtized as 06-073-003-004. 1 film (12 min., 17 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. 6 segments of home movies including footage of what may be Afghanistan and a political rally or protest.
Digitized as 06-073-003-005. 1 film (43 min., 31 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. This item was affected by significant water damage, and consists of home movies.
Hilda Rogers, "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"; Herb Jeffries, "The Swamp Girl," "Solitude," and "Angel Eyes"
Digitized as 06-073-003-006. 1 film (13 min., 35 sec.) : sd., b&w. ; 16 mm. This item was affected by water damage.
Various jazz performers - First International Jazz Festival, Washington, D.C.
Digitized as 06-073-003-007. 1 film (29 min., 06 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm. The film can is labeled with a sticker reading "Century 21 Exposition Seattle World's Fair 1962," but the footage is largely or entirely from the First International Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C.
Digitized as 06-073-003-008. 1 film (36 min., 21 sec.) : si., col. ; 16 mm.