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It’s that time again!  #OberlinWayBackWednesdays is our weekly series highlighting the awesomeness that is the Conservatory Special Collections.
This week, we take a look into the schedule of bassist Milt Hinton!
Legendary bassist Milt Hinton kept a meticulous record of his studio sessions in these small red notebooks. Hinton is one of the most recorded bassists, and this transcription of one page of the datebook attests to the calibre of musicians he accompanied: 
March 4 – 7, 1959
Wed 4
7 P.M. Col 30 (Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street) Epic (Epic Records)
Doc Goldburg (Goldberg)
Lee Castle
2 PM  24th st  (RCA Recording Studios, 24th Street)
Al Nevins
Neil Sedaka – Victor
Billy (Billie) Holiday, Ray Ellis
11 P.M. 106 St (Pathe Studios)
MGM Frank Carroll
Thu 5
Kostalantez (Andre Kostelanetz)
7 P.M. Col 30 (Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street) ½ over (half hour overtime)
EtenRaku – Kashmiri song
Sweet Lalloni (Leilani)
9 A.M. Bell Sound New
M. (Mac) Ceppos (contractor)
Fri 6
Kostilenes (Andre Kostelanetz) 1 hr over
8:30 P.M. Col 30th (Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street)
Shoobe (Lou Shoobe, music contractor)
2 P.M. Pythian  (Pythian Temple, recording studio)
Chet Amsterdam
Jack Hansen, Dick Jacobs
Mary Ann McCall
Johnny Richards
Sat 7
Jack Lemon – Marion Evans
7 P.M. Col 30 (Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street) 1 ½ gr, iver
Doc Goldberg
Harry Belafonte R.C.A.
1 P.M. R.C.A. 24th (R.C.A. Recording Studios, 24th Street)
Millard Thomas
 Harry Belafonte, R.C. A.  ½ over
10 A.M. R,C.A. 24th (R.C.A. Recording Studios, 24th Street)
Millard Thomas 

It’s that time again!  #OberlinWayBackWednesdays is our weekly series highlighting the awesomeness that is the Conservatory Special Collections.

This week, we take a look into the schedule of bassist Milt Hinton!

Legendary bassist Milt Hinton kept a meticulous record of his studio sessions in these small red notebooks. Hinton is one of the most recorded bassists, and this transcription of one page of the datebook attests to the calibre of musicians he accompanied: 

March 4 – 7, 1959

Wed 4

7 P.M. Col 30 (Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street) Epic (Epic Records)

Doc Goldburg (Goldberg)

Lee Castle

2 PM  24th st  (RCA Recording Studios, 24th Street)

Al Nevins

Neil Sedaka – Victor

Billy (Billie) Holiday, Ray Ellis

11 P.M. 106 St (Pathe Studios)

MGM Frank Carroll

Thu 5

Kostalantez (Andre Kostelanetz)

7 P.M. Col 30 (Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street) ½ over (half hour overtime)

EtenRaku – Kashmiri song

Sweet Lalloni (Leilani)

9 A.M. Bell Sound New

M. (Mac) Ceppos (contractor)

Fri 6

Kostilenes (Andre Kostelanetz) 1 hr over

8:30 P.M. Col 30th (Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street)

Shoobe (Lou Shoobe, music contractor)

2 P.M. Pythian  (Pythian Temple, recording studio)

Chet Amsterdam

Jack Hansen, Dick Jacobs

Mary Ann McCall

Johnny Richards

Sat 7

Jack Lemon – Marion Evans

7 P.M. Col 30 (Columbia Recording Studios, 30th Street) 1 ½ gr, iver

Doc Goldberg

Harry Belafonte R.C.A.

1 P.M. R.C.A. 24th (R.C.A. Recording Studios, 24th Street)

Millard Thomas

 Harry Belafonte, R.C. A.  ½ over

10 A.M. R,C.A. 24th (R.C.A. Recording Studios, 24th Street)

Millard Thomas 

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Welcome back to #OberlinWayBackWednesdays, our weekly series highlighting the awesomeness that is the Conservatory Special Collections.
This week, one of the most important jazz albums of all time, recorded right in here in Oberlin!

Dave Brubeck’s Jazz at Oberlin was a live album recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College in March 1953.
Not only is the album considered one of the best early recordings of Dave Brubeck, but the album was instrumental in helping jazz become acceptable music to perform in concert halls.  
Wendell Logan, founder of the Oberlin Jazz Studies program said, “The trend of going to a jazz concert [at Oberlin] simply to listen was a novel idea, and the Brubeck concert was a major factor in starting that trend.”

Welcome back to #OberlinWayBackWednesdays, our weekly series highlighting the awesomeness that is the Conservatory Special Collections.

This week, one of the most important jazz albums of all time, recorded right in here in Oberlin!

Dave Brubeck’s Jazz at Oberlin was a live album recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College in March 1953.

Not only is the album considered one of the best early recordings of Dave Brubeck, but the album was instrumental in helping jazz become acceptable music to perform in concert halls.  

Wendell Logan, founder of the Oberlin Jazz Studies program said, “The trend of going to a jazz concert [at Oberlin] simply to listen was a novel idea, and the Brubeck concert was a major factor in starting that trend.”

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WELCOME TO OBERLIN, CLASS OF 2018!

We know this is a big time in your lives.  You’ll be feeling all the emotions!

We all know you’re super excited…

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We all know you’re super nervous.

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We all know you’ll be super awkward.

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We know that this week, you won’t get enough sleep.

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We know that you won’t understand a lot of what’s said in the various panels and meetings.

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And we know that you will be generally overwhelmed.

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But one thing that we want YOU to know is that WE ARE HERE FOR YOU! If you have any questions or need any help, JUST ASK!

Remember to take a deep breath and enjoy this wonderful time of your life. Congratulations on the beginning of your new journey!

P.S. This is what all the orchestra concerts are like.

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We’re back with another entry in #OberlinWaybackWednesdays, a series highlighting items from the Oberlin Conservatory Special Collections.

Here we have two copies of the December 15, 1945 issue of DownBeat, one of the nation’s premiere jazz magazines. Notice a difference between the two?

The slimmed-down edition on the right was made specifically to distribute free of charge throughout the United States armed forces as a way for the publication to contribute to post-World War II cause. The conservatory owns a number of these “army editions” and they are quite rare! The bottom picture gives us a look inside the magazine.

These copies of Downbeat are part of the Neumann collection, alongside around 100,000 recordings in a various formats, 2,000 books on jazz, periodicals, film posters, autographs, artifacts, and concert programs, among other objects. Special thanks to Jeremy Smith, curator of the Special Collections, for giving us a look inside the vault!

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And we’re back with another installment of #OberlinWaybackWednesday featuring items from the Conservatory Special Collections!

 This week, a wall signed by Igor Stravinsky! 

Igor Stravinsky visited Oberlin in 1963 in conjunction with the Conservatory’s 13th Festival of Contemporary Music. In his short residency, Stravinsky gave a masterclass and was given a concert in his honor. He was so impressed with the quality of student performances that he signed a piece of an orchestra practice room in Warner Hall. Upon Warner’s demolition, the piece of the wall was saved. It reads: 

“March 19, 1963, Oberlin, Ohio: I heard here a good performance of my Septet by the young musicians of the school. Thank you. I Stravinsky.”

And we’re back with another installment of #OberlinWaybackWednesday featuring items from the Conservatory Special Collections!

This week, a wall signed by Igor Stravinsky!

Igor Stravinsky visited Oberlin in 1963 in conjunction with the Conservatory’s 13th Festival of Contemporary Music. In his short residency, Stravinsky gave a masterclass and was given a concert in his honor. He was so impressed with the quality of student performances that he signed a piece of an orchestra practice room in Warner Hall. Upon Warner’s demolition, the piece of the wall was saved. It reads:

“March 19, 1963, Oberlin, Ohio: I heard here a good performance of my Septet by the young musicians of the school. Thank you. I Stravinsky.”

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The first entry in our new series, #OberlinWaybackWednesday, where we take a look into the vault of the special collections at the Oberlin Conservatory! 

Heinrich Glarean (Mollis, Switzerland, 1488-1563) was a poet, theologian,  mathematician and, most importantly for us, a music theorist. In this text, Dōdekachordon, Glarean theorized the modes as we know them today.  Most significantly, Glarean coined the terms “Ioanian” and “Aeolian” or as we commonly know them, the major and minor diatonic modes.


The Dōdekachordon came to Oberlin as part of the Frederic R. Selch Collection. Also included in the collection are 800 instruments and 6-7,ooo rare books and scores.

Check back next week to see what musical treasures we dig up next!

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The ninth annual Oberlin Chalk Walk is in one week! On Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., local and regional professional artists will create detailed chalk drawings throughout downtown Oberlin. A rain date of Sunday, June 22 (also 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.) has been set in case of inclement weather. 

Volunteers will be on hand to provide free materials for visitors of all ages to add their own artwork to the sidewalk gallery. Chalk distribution “hubs” will be set up in front of the New Union Center for the Arts, Ben Franklin’s, Hall Auditorium, and the Main Street entrance to the Oberlin Heritage Center.

The Oberlin Chalk Walk is a collaborative event organized by the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA), Oberlin Business Partnership, Oberlin Heritage Center, and the Oberlin Public Library.    

Returning master artists participating in this year’s event include Dan Cherney, Hector Castellanos, Wendy Mahon, Augusto Bordelois, and Robin Van Lear. Local artists who will again be ‘painting’ the Oberlin Public Library Mural include Laura Dahle, Terry Flores, James Peake, Tony Trunzo, David Baker, Jan Drella, and Claudio Orso; other local artists include, Ian Blewitt, Dana Juliano, Beth Wolosz, Cara Romano, Joshua Chrosniak, and others.

We hope to see you next week!

<3 Chalk Walk <3

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