MARC Record For Collection: Dennis Askey Collection, 1949-2005
LDR 00000npcaa a 4500
099 9 _a06/073
100 3 _aAskey, Dennis
245 00 _aDennis Askey Collection
506 _aAccess to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
520 2 _aThe collection consists of three boxes, and contains various discographies of Duke Ellington (including four copies of Askey's own work), ten years of the [i]Duke Ellington Music Society Bulletin[/i], materials from record clubs, VHS and Beta tapes, CDs, and film reels. The film reels include content related to jazz, and to Askey's work as a foreign service officer, with content from China and Afghanistan.
545 0 _aDennis 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 [i]Washington Pos[/i]t, he returned to Washington, D.C. after the war, and owned a print shop, designed publications, and put on weekend dances for teenagers. Askey attended American University from 1954 through 1956, and joined the United States Information Agency as an information specialist on December 10, 1956. Askey took a six-month assignment in Afghanistan in 1960, gathering material and designing the book [i]Afghanistan: Ancient Land with Modern Ways[/i]. He also served as an editor for USIA's Russian-language magazine America Illustrated. In 1963, he was named a Staff Assistant to USIA director Edward R. Murrow. Askey was named a Foreign Service officer in 1969, and served in Japan, and in Trinidad and Tobago from 1975 until he retired in 1979.
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.
600 0 _aEllington, Duke, 1899-1974
650 0 _aJazz
856 42 _3Control Card
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