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Norm Nathan interview collection, 1950s-1970s

 Collection
Identifier: BCA-029

Scope and Contents

Selected audio interviews with notable jazz performers, collected from "Sounds in the night" hosted by Norm Nathan and broadcast on WHDH radio in Boston from the late 1950s into the 1970s.

Dates

  • 1950s-1970s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research by appointment. Advance notice is required for access because materials are stored offsite.

Selected recordings have been digitized and can be requested via listening appointments. For items not yet transferred, patrons may request access to listening copies, however due to format obsolescence and condition, recordings many not be available for transfer. Contact Archives staff for further information.

Biographical note

For 52 years, Norm Nathan (1926-1996) was a disc jockey and talk show host on various Boston-area radio stations with a penchant for jazz. From 1957 - 1968 Nathan hosted “Sounds in the Night” on WHDH-AM and beginning in 1984 he hosted all-night talk show weekends on WBZ-AM. Programming included jazz performances as well as insightful interviews with musical legends such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sarah Vaughan.

Extent

1 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically. When available, item-level abstracts written by staff member Ralph Rosen and edited by student assistants Drew Houser and Andrew Schroeder have been made available in the finding aid.

Creator

Title
Norm Nathan interview collection, 1950s-1970s
Status
Completed
Author
Amanda Axel; with Sofía Becerra-Licha
Date
2017/04/03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
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

Contact:
Berklee College of Music
1140 Boylston St
Boston MA 02215 USA
617-747-8001