John Graas Papers
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of a variety of music folders, scrapbooks, reel-to-reel recordings and two vinyl albums. Also included are a mute maker and two mouth pieces.
- Creation: 1939-1958
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Biographical Note / Historical Note / Administrative History
John Graas was one of the first jazz French horn soloists. Born in Dubuque, Iowa, on March 14, 1917, he began playing the French horn in high school. In his teens he won a national contest that took him to Tanglewood, where he played under Koussevitsky, learning the fundamentals of classical music. In 1942 he became a member of the Claude Thornhill Orchestra. After a period in the Army (1942-1945) and stints with the Cleveland Orchestra and Tex Beneke's big band, Graas' got his first high-profile gig, playing with Stan Kenton's Innovations Orchestra (1950-1951). Later, he settled in Los Angeles and worked as a studio musician in addition to being used on West Coast jazz dates by Shorty Rogers and others. As a composer, Graas sought to combine together jazz and classical music, and recorded fairly regularly as a leader during from 1953-1958. He died of a heart attack at the age of 45 in April 1962.
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