Gene Hall Collection, 1944-1993Add to your cart.

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Gene Hall Collection, 1944-1993Add to your cart.
ID: 06/ 041
Primary Creator: Hall, Gene (Morris Eugene) (1913-1993)
Extent: 16.0 Boxes
Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of sixteen boxes of papers, correspondence, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, and music for jazz ensembles of various sizes, as well as one piece of realia.

Biographical Note

Gene Hall was born on June 12, 1913 in Whitewright, Texas. He started playing the C-melody saxophone in his youth before switching to alto saxophone. He studied music at what is now the University of North Texas between economic hardships and stints with traveling bands, ultimately playing with Floyd "'Fessor" Graham's stage band and completing a master's thesis that provided the foundation for the jazz studies program at UNT. In the mid-1940s, Hall worked as staff arranger for Fort Worth radio station WBAP, and his manuscript arrangements are found in the UNT Music Library's WFAA-WBAP collection. He returned to North Texas as director of the Laboratory Dance Band (where the Lab Bands got their name) in 1947, and led the program to significant growth, with television and contest appearances. Hall departed North Texas for Michigan State University in 1959, later serving on the music faculty of the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California, and of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He served as the first president of the National Association of Jazz Educators, and received their Hall of Fame award in 1981. Hall died in Denton, Texas on March 4, 1993.

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Physical Access Note:

Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Accruals: January 10, 2018.
Acquisition Source: Leon Breeden, Morris Martin, others


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