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Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson papers

Title
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson papers, 1975-1978.
Author
Perkinson, Coleridge-Taylor.
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Box 1Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 07-3 Box 1Offsite
Box 2Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 07-3 Box 2Offsite
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Description
4.02 linear feet (6 boxes )
Subjects
Genre/Form
Scores.
Source (note)
  • Gordon, Richard
Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
  • in the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago.
Biography (note)
  • Although he was a multifaceted arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and educator, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) had a brief, but significant involvement with popular music, as an arranger for Motown recording artists in general, and Marvin Gaye in particular.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
JPB 07-3
OCLC
181340284
Author
Perkinson, Coleridge-Taylor.
Title
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson papers, 1975-1978.
Summary
The Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson papers document only a small part of Perkinson's long and varied career, but include some of his work as an arranger for Motown Records, as well as Marvin Gaye. The collection consists almost entirely of finished full scores, and instrumental parts along with some sketches (mainly in the television music). There is no directly personal or biographical material to be found in the papers.
Biography
Although he was a multifaceted arranger, composer, conductor, pianist, and educator, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) had a brief, but significant involvement with popular music, as an arranger for Motown recording artists in general, and Marvin Gaye in particular. Named after the Afro-British composer and conductor, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Perkinson was born in in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and moved to New York as a child. He attended the High School of Music and Art, New York University, and the Manhattan School of Music. Perkinson's professional accomplishments would span a remarkably wide range of fields, including classical music, jazz, popular music, dance, film soundtracks, scores for television, and music education. In 1965, he co-founded the Symphony of the New World in New York. His jazz credits include a short stint playing piano in Max Roach's Quartet and work with Donald Byrd and the Blackbyrds. He straddled the jazz and dance worlds when he wrote a ballet for Alvin Ailey inspired by Charlie Parker, For Bird, With Love (1985). Other work for dance companies included serving as music director for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jerome Robbins's American Theater Lab, and the Dance Theater of Harlem. Perkinson also had numerous film and television credits, including Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) and The Barbara McNair Show (1969-1971). His career in education began at Brooklyn College in 1959 and ended at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois, where he directed the Center for Black Music Research and the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble until the time of his death. Among his most notable efforts as an arranger of popular music are his work on Marvin Gaye's album, I Want You (1976) and Leon Ware's Musical Massage (1976).
Location of Other Archival Materials
See also Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson collection in the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Occupation
Arrangers (Musicians)
Composers.
Added Author
Gaye, Marvin.
Ware, Leon, 1940-
Blackbyrds (Musical group)
Research Call Number
JPB 07-3
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