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Special Guest: Dr. Robert Saxe and the Music of Mexico Ensemble, 1964

Our special guest is Robert Saxe, UCLA '67, '79.  Saxe earned his Ph.D. in Management, but played violin, guitar, and jarana huasteca in the Music of Mexico ensemble.  I am thrilled he has agreed to share his memories of the early years of the Music of Mexico ensemble. - Maureen

Huasteca conjunto - Robert Saxe, Larry Saunders, Donn Borcherdt

Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: the Robert Kauffman Collection

Robert Kauffman did his fieldwork in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in 1960-1962.  His dissertation is entitled "Multi-Part Relationships in the Shona Music of Rhodesia" and he graduated UCLA in 1971.  He was a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Washington and the University of Pittsburgh.  He is now retired.

Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: The Bette Cox Collection

Bette Yarbrough Cox was a music educator in Los Angeles for more than 30 years, the founder of the BEEM (Black Experience Expressed through Music) Foundation for the Advancement of Music, a Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles, and a longtime friend of former Mayor Tom Bradley.

Autry National Center: Institute for the Study of the American West

The Braun Research Library was established more than one hundred years ago as part of the Southwest Museum (founded in 1903, it was the first museum in Los Angeles.)  The Library’s collections provide a historical, social, and cultural context for the artifact and archival coll

British Library Sounds

The Sound and Moving Image Collections at the British Library (formerly the British Library Sound Archive) hold over 3.5 million audio recordings, including one of the world's largest collections of recordings variously described as traditional, folk or 'world' music.&

Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: the Mickey Katz collection

Mickey Katz (June 15, 1909 - April 30, 1985) was a clarinetist, comedian, bandleader, songwriter, and producer.  He recorded Yiddish parodies of popular American (U.S.) songs from the 1940s to the late 1960s for RCA Victor and Capitol Records.  He was the father of inventor Ron Katz, Tony and Oscar®-winning actor Joel Grey, and grandfather of actress Jennifer Grey. 

Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: the David Morton collection

David Morton (1920-2004), a protégé of Dr. Mantle Hood, received his BA, MA, and Ph.D.

Highlights from the Ethnomusicology Archive: A World of Music

"A World of Music" is a documentary short about the UCLA Institute of Ethnomusicology.  A production of UCLA Public Information, it was released in 1972.  As the accompanying documentation explains, "Observes the activities of students and faculty at the UCLA Institute of Ethnomusicology, where a basis for international understanding is sought through cross-cultural studies in music and dance.

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