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The University of Hartford

Academic journal article Notes

The University of Hartford

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The University of Hartford recently acquired the private collection of Jack Elliott (1927-2001), thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Bobbi Elliott. The collection contains scores and performance parts for symphonic jazz works by Hollywood composers and arrangers. Born Irwin Elliott Zucker, Elliott was a composer, conductor, music arranger, songwriter, and television producer. He graduated from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford, and studied composition with Isadore Freed, Bohuslav Martintt, and Lukas Foss. He worked as a jazz pianist in New York and Paris in the 1950s before moving to Los Angeles to be an arranger for Judy Garland's television show. He gained a reputation as one of Hollywood's premier composers and arrangers--providing music for, among others, Charlie's Angels, Barney Miller, The Love Boat, Oh God!, and Blade Runner--and became musical director for special events such as the Academy, Emmy, and Grammy awards. In the 1970s he helped found the American Jazz Philharmonic, the performance arm of the Foundation for New American Music, which commissioned new compositions by American Jazz and film composers.

The Elliott collection contains more than 350 Ozalid and onionskin scores and sets of ensemble parts. Some works are by Elliott (e.g., suites, vamps for awards shows, and early compositions), but most are by other composers (original or arranged), including Franz Waxman, Jerry Goldsmith, Jerry Fielding, Ray Brown, Dave Gruisin, Erich Korngold, Oliver Nelson, Eddie Karam, Bill Holman, and Roger Kellaway. …

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