Jazz in the Twin Cities Oral History Project: Interview with Percy Hughes
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Percy Hughes, born 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota began playing the clarinet at age 11. After serving in the Army during World War II, he attended the Minneapolis College of Music, studying, conducting, arranging, and composing. He is one of the few post war musicians to make a living playing jazz music and not have to work a day job. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life; musical upbringing; playing in the army band; being in the service and World War II; becoming a full time musician; meeting and playing with her first wife; playing around the Twin Cities; jazz influences, including the radio; racial elements that held him back; having to be disciplined to make it; musicians union; venues in the Twin Cities from the 1940s through the 1970s; the evolution of the jazz community.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
12 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:58:47 running time
Creation Interviewee: Hughes, Percy Caesar Jr.
Interviewer: Robertson, Margaret A.
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 09/25/1989
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 129
Accession Number AV1989.212
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Jazz in the Twin Cities Oral History Project'

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