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A Guide to the Eugene E. Grissom Collection

Finding aid created by Jim Liversidge

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

April 2017

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Grissom, Eugene E., 1922-2009
Title: Eugene E. Grissom Collection
Dates: c. 1940-2009
Abstract: The collection represents a sampling of the music research collected by University of Florida Professor Eugene E. Grissom, a professional musician (trombone), historian, art collector and educator, including ephemeral research resources, compiled over a 70 year period, with emphasis on the career of jazz legend Frank Rosolino and the jazz world, in general. Biographical ephemera, pertaining to the life and career of Professor Grissom, is also included.
Extent: 12 Linear feet. 13 Boxes.
Identification: MSS 0389
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Eugene E. Grissom (1922-2009), a Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at the University of Florida (retiring in 1987 after 34 years at UF), was also a professional musician and benefactor of the arts. Grissom served as the chairman of the UF Department of Art from 1962 until 1978 increasing the emphasis of creative photography as an important studio major at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as establishing the Print Collection in the Department of Art as an integral part of the art history program. A collector of fine prints himself, Gene Grissom also exhibited as a printmaker (studying under the world renown printmaker Maurice Lasansky at the University of Iowa) and he also designed the official logo for the International Federation of Jazz Societies, posters for the Gainesville (Florida) Friends of Jazz, Inc., and logos for the Frank Rosolino Memorial Fund. Eugene Grissom made gifts of prints and photographs from his private collection to such institutions as Princeton University, the University of Iowa, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Arizona, Emporia State University in Kansas and to the University of Florida. Mr. Grissom performed with the Gainesville Jazz Ensemble, the New Gainesville Jazz Orchestra, was a member of the Trombone Quartet and Trio and was a charter member of the Weekend Warriors with the International Trombone Association which performed annually at the International Trombone Workshop. He was active in symphony orchestras and small brass chamber groups at Kansas State Teacher's College / Emporia, KS, the University of Iowa, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Florida, as well as traveling with stage and dance bands (Frankie Trumbauer, Horace Heidt, Wayne McFadin and Art Kassell). He was a founding member and contributing sponsor to the Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship for jazz trombone with the International Trombone Association (1979-2002), established the not for profit Frank Rosolino Memorial Fund with NY jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig in 1994 and was its executive director 1994-2004. Also in 1994, he and his wife, Nancy, established the Grissom/Rosolino Trombone Award for the University of Florida School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. Research included ANTONIO POLLAIUOLO AND THE BATTLE OF THE NUDES AS A TREATISE OF HUMAN ANATOMY, the history of the trombone as depicted in the prints and drawings of the 15th and 16th centuries in Europe, exploration between new music notation systems and contemporary drawing marks, drawing workshops of the early 15th century in Italy, the contributions to music and performance of trombonist Abe Lincoln, and the biography and recording discography of jazz trombonist Frank Rosolino, as well as discography's of other jazz musicians. Publications include FOND MEMORIES OF FRANK ROSOLINO co-authored with NY trombonist Conrad Herwig and contributions to THE BASIX DISCOGRAPHY OF FRANK ROSOLINO by Roberto Machado, and the biographies of Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald by Dr. James Haskins.

Scope and Content

The collection (filed in archival folders) is housed in 13 archival boxes (8 flip-top/clam shell document cases and 5 Hollinger storage file boxes) including a single box (1) of biographical ephemera (photographs, documents, magazine and newspaper clippings, correspondence, etc.). Eugene E. Grissom's collection of songbooks, discographies, promotional material and history pamphlets is stored (alphabetically) in three boxes (2, 3 and 4) and two boxes (5 and 6) of alphabetically listed newsletters/fanzines (International Trombone Association, Jack Teagarden Appreciation Society, The (Stan) Kenton Network, etc.) are also included. Eugene Grissom's ephemeral resource material, used for his research activities as a founding member of the Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship for Jazz Trombone (International Trombone Association), co-founder of The Frank Rosolino Memorial Fund and for his many Frank Rosolino biographical publications (FOND MEMORIES OF FRANK ROSOLINO, etc.), is contained in Box 7. Professor Grissom used a hard copy of the epic 60 YEARS OF RECORDED JAZZ (created by Belgian musicologist Walter Bruyninckx) in support of his historical trombone research. The 8,000 plus pages were stored in numbered cardboard sleeves by Professor Grissom. The pages have been removed from these acidic sleeves and foldered, according to Grissom's numbering system, in boxes 8 through 13. The researcher will notice some alphabetized sections are out of sequence. According to Professor Grissom this is due to updates, corrections and supplements that were added as they arrived by mail.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Related or Separated Material

For additional information on Eugene Grissom and Frank Rosolino, see the Eugene Grissom/Frank Rosolino Trombone Award, presented each year, through the University of Florida School of Music/University of Florida Foundation.

Eugene Grissom has also donated musical scores to the Emporia State University (Emporia, Kansas) Special Collections and Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eugene E. Grissom Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

Donated by University of Florida Professor Emeritus Eugene and Nancy Grissom in 2008.

Contents List

Biographical information.

Information and ephemera pertaining to the private life and career of Eugene Grissom.

Box Folder
11 Photographs, clippings and correspondence - Miscellaneous photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings and correspondence pertaining to the professional career and private life of Eugene Grissom.
12 A Study of the Jazz Performance Techniques of Carl Fontana - A copy of the treatise by Michael M. Webb (Inscribed to Eugene Grissom and signed) by Michael M. Webb submitted to the Florida State University School of Music in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Music (1992).

Music ephemera.

Songbooks, discographies, history booklets and promotional material collected by Eugene Grissom.

Box Folder
21 Anderson, Ray (Musician) - Promotional press kit materials (collected by Eugene Grissom) pertaining to the trombonist (c. 1980).
22 Barber Shop Harmony (Songbook) - A songbook featuring "A collection of New and Old Favorites for Male Quartets" - Edited by Sigmund Spaeth published by Mills Music, Inc., NYC (1942).
23 The Blues (Songbook) - A Modern Jazz Series songbook featuring "Improvisational Patterns" for "The blues for all Bass Clef Instruments" by David N. Barker published by Charles Colin, NYC (1980).
24 Contemporary Techniques for the Trombone (Songbook) - An instructional songbook (Volume 2) featuring "A revolutionary approach to the problems of music in the Twentieth Century" by David N. Baker published by Charles Colin, NYC (1974).
25 The Count Basie Story (Booklet) - A LP record informational insert booklet from the 1969 Roulette/Birdland series 2-record vinyl box set (albums not included in folder) with biographical text by music historian Leonard Feather.
26 Dixieland Jazz for Small Combos (Songbooks) - Two songbooks (Bb and C books) arranged by Bill Howard and published by the Melrose Music Corporation , NYC (1953).
27 Giants of Jazz (Promotional) - Promotional mailer information pertaining to the 1977 TIME-LIFE LP record set featuring 2 flexi discs ("Earl Hines Remembers..."). According to Wikipedia: "The flexi disc (also known as a phonosheet, Sonosheet or Soundsheet, a trademark) is a phonograph record made of a thin, flexible vinyl sheet with a molded-in spiral stylus groove, and is designed to be playable on a normal phonograph turntable. Flexible records were commercially introduced as the Eva-tone Soundsheet in 1962,[1][2] and were very popular among children and teenagers and mass-produced by the state publisher in the Soviet government..."
28 Harry L. Alford's Hungary Five in Germany (Songbooks) - Five instrumentation songbooks for various instruments (Trombone, trumpet, bass, 1st Bb clarinet and 2nd Bb clarinet) by Harry L. Alford and published by Harry L. Alford, Chicago (1931).
29 Harry L. Alford's Hungary Five in Ireland (Songbooks) - Five instrumentation songbooks for various instruments (Trombone, trumpet, Eb bass, 1st Bb clarinet and 2nd Bb clarinet) by Harry L. Alford and published by Harry L. Alford, Chicago (1938).
210 Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All - Stars (Discography) - A printed (11-page) discography prepared by Robert Gordon for Jazz West Coast: Reunion and Reminiscence - The Lighthouse Years - August 26 and 27, 1993 - Lake Arrowhead, California. According to Wikipedia: "Howard Rumsey (November 7, 1917 – July 15, 2015) was an American jazz double-bassist known for his leadership of the Lighthouse All-Stars in the 1950s..."
211 The Institute of Jazz Studies (The Record Changer -Special Issue) - A July/August 1953 "Special Issue' of THE RECORD CHANGER (periodical) spotlighting "a group of seminars and commentaries designed to point out the new directions in jazz study" featuring contributions from Morroe Berger, Rudi Blesh, S. I. Hayakawa, Frederic Ramsey, Jr., etc.
31 J.J. Johnson Trombone (Songbook) - A songbook produced as part of the David Baker Jazz monographs and published by Shattinger International Music Corporation, NYC (1979).
32 Jazz Volume 1-11(Newsletters/liner notes) - Eleven volume liner notes text set of the Folkways Records album compilation (The South, The Blues, New Orleans, etc.) published in NYC (1950). Recordings not included in folder.
33 Jazz Classics Combork (Songbook) - A songbook collection of "...compositions which have made jazz history along with the jazz greats - COUNT BASIE - BOB CROSBY - BENNY GOODMAN - LIONEL HAMPTON - BUCK CLAYTON - LESTER YOUNG who composed and recorded these works..." arranged by Ben Kendall and published by Bregman, Vocco and Conn, Inc., NYC (1955).
34 Jazz Styles and Analysis: Trombone (Songbook/History) - A history of the jazz trombone via recorded solos transcribed and annotated by David Baker and published by Music Workshop Publications, Chicago (1973).
35 Johnny Richards - The Definitive Bio-Discography - A definitive study of Johnny Richards - one of the music world's most fascinating composers/arranger/musicians... by Jack Hartley and Jurgen Wolfer published by Balboa Books, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (1999).
36 Kai Winding Jazz Trombone Solos (Songbook) - A songbook of transcribed redorded solos by Kai Winding and published by Mel Bay Publications, Pacific, MO (1981).
37 Kenton on Capitol and Creative World (Discography) - A Stan Kenton discography by Michael Sparke and Pete Venudor (with Jack Hartley) compiled with the cooperation of Capitol Records, Inc. and Creative World Records, Inc. - published by Balboa Books, Lake Geneva, WI (1994).
38 Leonard Feather's 200 Omnibus of Jazz (Songbook) - A songbook featuring "200 of the World's Greatest Jazz Themes" compiled by music historian Leonard Feather and published by Prestige Music, Inc., Berkeley, CA (1974).
39 Lincoln, Abe (Musician - Research ephemera) - Miscellaneous research ephemera (photographs, correspondence, discographies, etc.), compiled by Eugene Grissom (c. 1989), pertaining to the life and career of trombonist Abe Lincoln. According to Wikipedia: "Abram 'Abe' Lincoln (March 29, 1907-June 8, 2000) was an American Dixieland jazz trombonist. He never led his own recording session, though he recorded copiously as a sideman...Lincoln began working professionally in the early 1920s. In the 1920s and 1930s he spent time playing with Adrian Rollini's California Ramblers (and was the replacement trombonist for Tommy Dorsey), as well as with Arthur Lange, Ace Brigode, Roger Wolfe Kahn, Paul Whiteman, and Ozzie Nelson. As a studio musician, Abe most prominently performed occasional solos and Dixieland-stylings during the musical portions on the Old Time Radio show on NBC, Fibber McGee and Molly from the mid-40s until 1953 with the Billy Mills Orchestra. In the 1930s and into the 1940s he work primarily in Los Angeles studios as a sideman. During the Dixieland revival of the 1950s his career saw a resurgence, playing with Wingy Manone, the Rampart Street Paraders, Red Nichols, Bob Scobey, Pete Fountain, Jack Teagarden, and Matty Matlock. Lincoln played his trombone for music and sound effects 'for Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker cartoons and some Buster Keaton comedies.' He recorded with Wild Bill Davison and did freelance work into the 1970s, though he went into semi-retirement by the 1980s..."
41 The Modern Trombone (Monograph) - "A Definition of Its Idioms" (with two flexi discs) presenting 'a series of monographs aimed at performers and composers on innovative post 1950 instrumental techniques" by Stuart Dempster published by University of California Press - Berkeley (1979).
42 Monster Jazz Volume 1 (Songbook/fakebook) - A jazz fakebook (containing over 400 songs) published by Monster Press, NYC (No date).
43 More Harms Hits Through the Years (Songbook) - A songbook (Words and music complete - Chord symbols incuded) published by Harms, Inc., NYC (1955).
44 The Nu-Arranger (Music Guide) - A music (chart) guide ("Solves at glance problems in harmony, instrumentation, transposition, etc. Indispensable to the composer, arranger, teacher and student.") published by Passantino Brands, NYC (1941).
45 Stan Kenton: The Studio Sessions (Discography) - A discography compiled by Michael Sparke and Peter Venudor and published by Balboa Books, Lake Geneva, WI (1998).
46 Songs of the Showboat (Songbook) - "A Collection of Favorite Songs that Never Grow Old" compiled to promote the radio show MAXWELL HOUSE SHOW BOAT () published by Maxwell House Coffee and G. F. Group , NYC (1935). The songbook was sent as a promotional premium to listeners. According to Wikipedia: "Maxwell House Show Boat was the top radio show in the United States from 1933 to 1935. The program was sponsored by Maxwell House coffee, and it aired on NBC Radio Thursday nights, 9 pm. The first show was broadcast in 1931. Maxwell House Show Boat was inspired by the success of the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat, which was based on the novel of the same name by Edna Ferber. It became an instant classic when it opened in 1927 on Broadway. The radio program starred Charles Winninger as Captain Henry, a role directly inspired by Winninger's stage performance as Cap'n Andy Hawks, owner of the showboat Cotton Blossom in the Kern-Hammerstein musical. (Otherwise, the Maxwell House program and the stage Show Boat had nothing to do with each other besides the fact that both had a Mississippi showboat as a setting for the action.) In 1932, the year before Maxwell House Show Boat premiered, Winninger reprised his role as Cap'n Andy in the first stage revival of Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat, a role he would once again play in the 1936 film version of the musical."
47 Tommy Dorsey's Trombonairs (Songbook) - "A group of selected classics arranged in the inimitable DORSEY STYLE for Trombone and piano" by Lewis Raymond and published by Embassy Music Corporation, NYC (1943).
48 The Upper Register (Monograph) - An encyclopedia (Inscribed and signed to Eugene Grisson and his wife Nancy) listing over 200 "lead" high note players and strong trumpet sections from the thirties through the nineties by Joe Urso and self-published by Joe Urso, Hudson, FL (1999).
49 Where's the Music (Discography) - A two-volume discography of Kai Winding compiled by Piet Van Engelen and self-published by Piet Van Engelen and Micrography, Amsterdam (1985).


Music newsletters and fanzines collected by Eugene Grissom.

Box Folder
51 Cadence - The American Review of Jazz and Blues - A single issue (Volume 1, Number 8 - July 1976) featuring articles on Ted Curson, Henry Coker, a look at Strata East, record reviews , jazz, blues and news... Published in Redwood, NY.
52 International Trombone Association - Part 1 - Newsletters, membership directories and supplements (1973-77).
53 International Trombone Association - Part 2 - Newsletters and supplements (1978-81).
54 Jack Teagarden Appreciation Society - A fan club newsletter/fanzine and supplements (1984-86). According to Wikipedia: "Weldon Leo "Jack" Teagarden (August 20, 1905-January 15, 1964), was a jazz trombonist and singer...Teagarden's trombone style was largely self-taught, and he developed many unusual alternative positions and novel special effects on the instrument. He is usually considered the most innovative jazz trombone stylist of the pre-bebop era - Pee Wee Russell once called him 'the best trombone player in the world - and did much to expand the role of the instrument beyond the old tailgate style role of the early New Orleans brass bands. Chief among his contributions to the language of jazz trombonists was his ability to interject the blues or merely a 'blue feeling' into virtually any piece of music. By 1920 Teagarden was playing professionally in San Antonio, including with the band of pianist Peck Kelley. In the mid-1920s he started traveling widely around the United States in a quick succession of different bands. In 1927, he went to New York City where he worked with several bands. By 1928 he played for the Ben Pollack band. Within a year of the commencement of his recording career, he became a regular vocalist, first doing blues material ('Beale Street Blues,' for example), and later doing popular songs. He is often mentioned as one of the best jazz vocalists of the era; his singing style is like his trombone playing, in much the same way that Louis Armstrong sang like he played trumpet. His singing is best remembered for duets with Louis Armstrong and Johnny Mercer. In the late 1920s he recorded with such notable bandleaders and sidemen as Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Jimmy McPartland, Mezz Mezzrow, Glenn Miller, and Eddie Condon. Glenn Miller and Teagarden collaborated to provide lyrics and a verse to Spencer Williams' Basin Street Blues, which in that amended form became one of the numbers that Teagarden played until the end of his days. In the early 1930s Teagarden was based in Chicago, for some time playing with the band of Wingy Manone. He played at the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago. Teagarden sought financial security during the Great Depression and signed an exclusive contract to play for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra from 1933 through 1938. The contract with Whiteman's band provided him with financial security but prevented him from playing an active part in the musical advances of the mid-thirties swing era (although Teagarden and Frank Trumbauer recorded a number of small group swing classics throughout his tenure with Whiteman on Brunswick). Teagarden then started leading his own big band. Glenn Miller wrote the song 'I Swung the Election' for him and his band in 1939 In spite of Teagarden's best efforts, the band was not a commercial success, and he was brought to the brink of bankruptcy. In 1946 Teagarden joined Louis Armstrong's All Stars. In late 1951 Teagarden left to again lead his own band, then co-led a band with Earl Hines, then again with a group under his own name with whom he toured Japan in 1958 and 1959. Teagarden appeared in the movies Birth of the Blues (1941), The Strip (1951), The Glass Wall (1953), and Jazz on a Summer's Day (1960), the latter a documentary film of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. He recorded for RCA Victor, Columbia, Decca, Capitol, and MGM Records...".
61 The Network (aka "The Kenton Network") - Part 1 - A Stan Kenton newsletter/fanzine and supplements (1985-89). According to Wikipedia: "Stanley Newcomb "Stan" Kenton (December 15, 1911-August 25, 1979) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger who led an innovative, influential, and often controversial progressive jazz orchestra. In later years he was active as an educator..."
62 The Network (aka "The Kenton Network") - Part 2 - A Stan Kenton newsletter/fanzine and supplements (1990-2000). According to Wikipedia: "Stanley Newcomb "Stan" Kenton (December 15, 1911-August 25, 1979) was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger who led an innovative, influential, and often controversial progressive jazz orchestra. In later years he was active as an educator..."

Frank Rosolino Research Ephemera.

Ephemeral resources, used by Eugene Grissom, for his research activities as a founding member of the Frank Rosolino Memorial Scholarship for Jazz Trombone (International Trombone Association), co-founder of The Frank Rosolino Memorial Fund and for his many Frank Rosolino biographical publications (FOND MEMORIES OF FRANK ROSOLINO, etc.).

Box Folder
71 Basic Discography of Frank Rosolino - Ring binder (1996) of notes, correspondence and reviews for THE BASIC DISCOGRAPHY OF FRANK ROSOLINO compiled by Roberto L. Machado (Author of the discography).
72 Basic Discography of Frank Rosolino (New Edition) - Ring binder (1996) of notes, correspondence and reviews for THE BASIC DISCOGRAPHY OF FRANK ROSOLINO (New Edition - revised and enlarged) compiled by Roberto L. Machado (Author of the discography). Inscribed and signed to Eugene Grissom from Roberto L. Machado.
73 Biographical Information (Frank Rosolino) - Notes, magazine and newspaper articles, etc. pertaining to the life and career of trombonist Frank Rosolino compiled by Eugene Grissom.
74 Discographies (Frank Rosolino) - Miscellaneous discographies (various sources) pertaining to the career of Frank Rosolino compiled by Eugene Grissom.
75 Machado, Roberto Lopes - Curriculum Vitae (Education, professional and intellectual activities) for Roberto Lopes Machado (Frank Rosolino biographer and historian).
76 Masters of the Trombone - Frank Rosolino - Biographical songbook ("Jazz Trombone Solos") transcribed by Freddie Mendoza/Edited by Richard Mitchell and published by Austex Music, Inc., Austin , TX (1995).
77 Memorial Funds/Scholarships - Miscellaneous information pertaining to memorial funds and scholarships presented in honor of Frank Rosolino.
78 Photographs Photo images of Frank Rosolino compiled by Eugene Grissom.
79 Research Projects Notes, promotional ephemera and correspondence pertaining to various Frank Rosolino research projects compiled by Eugene Grissom.

60 YEARS OF RECORDED JAZZ (1917-1977).

Eugene Grissom subscribed to this ongoing printed resource (An 8,000 page recording/biographical index (created by Belgian musicologist Walter Bruyninckx) to support his historical trombone research. The complete hard-copy set, collected by Dr. Grisoom, is included in Boxes 8-13.

8 Part 1 - Introduction, alphabetical index, instrument abbreviations, alphabetical label listings, biographical entries (A-B) and correspondence (late 1970s-2002) between Eugene Grissom and Walter Bruyninckx (creator/author of 60 YEARS OF RECORDED JAZZ).
9 Part 2 - Biographical Entries - B (continued) - E (with updates).
10 Part 3 - Biographical Entries - ELH - J (with updates).
11 Part 4 - Biographical Entries - H-M (with updates).
12 Part 5 - Biographical Entries - M (continued) - U (with updates).
13 Part 6 - Biographical Entries - U (continued) - W plus supplemental material (S - T) from the updated 85 YEARS OF RECORDED JAZZ by Walter Bruyninckx.

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Jazz musicians
Rosolino, Frank
Trombone music (Jazz)

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