Billy Harper Collection MSS.0376
Born in Houston in 1943, Billy Harper grew up in a musical, religious family and played saxophone at school. He began singing at the age of 3, mimicking Ella Fitzgerald. Mr. Harper studied at North Texas State, which was renowned for its music department. There, he frequently practiced 8 hours per day. While in Denton, he collaborated with David "Fathead" Neuman, Dewey Redman, and Julius Hemphill. During graduate school, Mr. Harper left for New York, where he worked with Gil Evans and Art Blakely prior to organizing his own quartet.
The material in the Billy Harper Collection chronicles Mr. Harper’s musical career from his childhood to 1989. The collection consists of an oral history interview fully transcribed to 32 pages and promotional materials.
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Billy Harper Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.
Billy Harper Collection. MSS 376. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.
Donated by Billy Harper, August 27, 1989.
Processed by Charles Stephenson and Tammy Jordan. Biographical Note written by Andrew Hempe and Tammy Jordan, 2007.
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