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Jeff Friedman papers, 1916-1999

Identifier: BCA-020

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of 3 boxes containing notes, papers, and teaching materials compiled by long-time Berklee faculty member Jeff Friedman. It is believed these materials were primarily used to support his class on Duke Ellington, and it is likely that some of the items were passed down to him by his predecessor, Herb Pomeroy. The bulk of the materials are scores, but also include articles, a few recordings, articles, and other ephemera by or about Duke Ellington.


  • 1916-1999
  • Majority of material found within 1995 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite. Use of audiovisual materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.

Biographical Note

Guitarist Jeff Friedman '79 served as Professor of Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music for more than twenty years, specializing in the music of Duke Ellington. Friedman earned his B.M. in composition from Berklee, where his teachers included Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson, and John Bavicchi. A prolific composer and arranger for college jazz ensembles, Friedman's works have been performed by student ensembles throughout the greater New England area, including Harvard, MIT, Brown, Brandeis, Boston University, Tufts, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


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The Jeff Friedman Papers are arranged in four series: Scores, the Music of Duke Ellington Course, Duke Ellington Articles, and Miscellaneous Duke Ellington Materials.

Series 1: Scores

This series contains a large amount of sheet music, the vast majority of which are works composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The Scores series is arranged alphabetically by work title.

Series 2: The Music of Duke Ellington Course

This series contains materials from the course Jeff Friedman taught at Berklee, The Music of Duke Ellington. Included in this series are the proposal for the course, lecture notes, and course outlines. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 3: Duke Ellington Articles

This series contains articles about Duke Ellington and his life, likely used both in Friedman's research and in his class. This series is arranged chronologically.

Series 4: Miscellaneous Duke Ellington Materials

This series contains materials that do not fit into any of the other three series in this collection. Materials include charts relating to the history of the Ellington band, papers from the Duke Ellington Society, and materials that specifically pertain to Billy Strayhorn, Ellington's close associate. This series is arranged chronologically.

Jeff Friedman Papers, 1916-1999
Amanda Axel; with SofĂ­a Becerra-Licha
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The processing of this collection and the creation of this finding aid were completed with support from a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the Berklee Archives Repository

Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston MA 02215 USA