Major "Mule" Holley lectures at the University of Connecticut
- 1980 - 1990
Major "Mule" Holley (bassist) discusses his travels to the Soviet Union for the United Nations and plays some video and audio clips for the audience.
Biographical / Historical
Major "Mule" Holley, Jr., born in Detroit, Michigan, on July 10, 1924, was a prolific jazz double bass performing and recording artist. He attended the prestigious Cass Technical High School in Detroit. Holley played violin and tuba when young. He started playing bass while serving in the Navy, playing in the Ships Company A Band at Camp Robert Smalls, which was led by Leonard Bowden and included Clark Terry, and several other musicians recruited from civilian dance bands. In the latter half of the 1940s, he played with Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, and Ella Fitzgerald; in 1950 he and Oscar Peterson recorded duets, and he also played with Peterson and Charlie Smith as a trio. In the mid-1950s, he moved to England and worked at the BBC. Upon his return to America, he toured with Woody Herman in 1958 and with Al Cohn/Zoot Sims betweeb 1959 and 1960. A prolific studio musician, he played with Duke Ellington in 1964 and with the Kenny Burrell Trio, Coleman Hawkins, Lee Konitz, Roy Eldridge, Michel Legrand, Milt Buckner, Jay McShann and Quincy Jones in the 1960s and 1970s. From 1967 to 1970, he taught at the Berklee College of Music. Holley was known for singing along with his arco (bowed) bass solos, a technique Slam Stewart also used. Holley and Stewart recorded two albums together. Holley died on October 25, 1990 at the age of 66. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_Holley / https://apnews.com/article/a3031ae0eb09ff7a478bfb6be4f474bf / https://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/27/obituaries/mule-holley-bassist-dead-a... / https://archive.seattletimes.com/archive/?date=19901027&slug=1100752]
4 Reels (Magnetic tape audio recordings) : RR 181 1 reel, 1:37:41; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 182 1 reel, 1:07:42; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 183 1 reel, 1:20:10; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester. RR 184 1 reel, 1:22:29; tape speed 3¾ IPS; track position ½-Track Mono; Substrate: Polyester.
1 Cassettes (Audio cassette tape recording) : AC 9 1 reel, 0:48:28; 0:35:00. The recordings were combined for ease of listening. The combined run time of the digital recording is 1:23:25.
Existence and Location of Originals
Original audio recordings reside in the University of Connecticut, Black Experience in the Arts Collection, Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library.
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- Black Experience in the Arts Course (University of Connecticut) -- Sound recordings Subject Source: Local sources