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Cole, Bill, 1977 - 1988

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Scope and Contents

Composer and musician Bill Cole delivered 3 lectures over an 13 year period: 11/15/1977 (2015-0002/RR120), 3/31/1987 (2015-0002/RR121), and 3/29/1988 (2015-0002/RR122).

RR 120 Hale Smith introduces Professor Bill Cole. Cole's presentation focuses on what he does and performs his music. In the beginning the sound drops and skips but settles by the 1 minute mark.

RR 121 Leon Bailey introduces and provides a description of the instruments Bill Cole plays and also mentions Cole's group "Wind and Thunder." Cole's presentation includes some of his personal background--himself and where he comes from, his music and then performs using a variety of instruments played in "their traditional and natural context" and also as he plays them.

RR 122 Leon Bailey introduces Bill Cole. Cole begins with his personal backgroundand then shows some videos illustrating what he's been doing most recently.


  • 1977 - 1988


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Biographical / Historical

William Shadrack Cole is an American jazz musician, ethnomusicologist, professor of music, professor of African-American studies, and author. Cole was professor of music at Amherst College (1972-1974) and at Dartmouth College (1974-1990). Dartmouth awarded Cole tenure in 1979, full professorship in 1985, and an honorary degree in 1987. Cole, for three years, beginning 1981, was Chair of the Music Department. From 2005 to 2010, Cole was Professor of African American Studies at Syracuse University, where he served as Chair of the Department. Cole retired in 2010 as Professor Emeritus.

Cole has performed with Ornette Coleman, Jayne Cortez, Julius Hemphill, Sam Rivers, James Blood Ulmer, and Fred Ho.

In addition to being a jazz musician and composer, Bill Cole is an ethnomusicologist and specializes in non-Western reed instruments from China, Korea, India, Ghana, Australia, and Tibet. Cole has taught at Amherst College, Dartmouth College, and is an emeritus professor at Syracuse University. Cole is also an author, having written a book on John Coltrane and Miles Davis.



3 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings ) : RR 120 1 reel, 2 sides; side A-1:04:14; side B-0:06:29; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. Combined for ease of listening 1:10:39. RR 121 1 reel, 1:18:36; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 122 1 reel, 1:18:36; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.

Language of Materials

From the Series: English