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Identifier: IJS-0146

Ed Berger papers and audiovisual recordings


  • circa 1940-2017

Scope and Contents

The Ed Berger papers and audiovisual recordings consist of materials related to the professional life of Ed Berger, including his jazz scholarship and career within the music industry. A significant portion of this collection comprises audiovisual recordings related to Benny Carter (1970-1990), Joe Wilder, and George Duvivier. These recordings include live performances, production materials, and interviews. The audiovisual content details Berger’s involvement with the jazz radio station, WBGO and his forty year career at the Institute of Jazz Studies. The audiovisual recordings include 655 cassette tapes, 661 CDs, ninety-three DATs, ninety-four VHS tapes, one hundred twenty-two open reel tapes, four vinyl records, and fourteen minidisks.

This collection also contains photographs by Berger of Benny Carter, Joe Wilder, Institute of Jazz Studies events, and his personal life.

The collection includes extensive research, interviews, and drafts related to the books authored/co-authored by Ed Berger. There are files related to his following publications: Benny Carter: A Life in American Music (both volumes and editions), Reminiscing in Tempo: The Life and Times of a Jazz Hustler, and Softly and With Feeling: Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music.


44.3 Cubic Feet

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is partially open for use. Contact the Institute of Jazz Studies for details.

Language of Materials