The Fletcher Henderson Museum, Inc. Atlanta, GA 30301
Keeper of the Culture Opening 2008
If you consider yourself culturally literate, you'd better know your Fletcher Henderson." --Kevin Whitehead, Author, Jazz Critic & NPR's Fresh Air Contributor
The Museum's Unique Collection includes displays of Bandleader Fletcher Henderson's Baton, One Baby Shoe & Letters To His Mother Lena Horne's Lipstick Print & Autograph Billie Holiday's Original Recording of Strange Fruit" Bill Bojangles" Robinson's Rare Recording-Tap Dancing & Singing Black Swan Records (America's First African-American Company) First Recording Rare Autographs of Fletcher Henderson/Lester Young/W.C. Handy/Fats Waller/Ben Webster/Ella Fitzgerald/Louis Armstrong/Among Many Others Clarinetist-Soprano Saxophonist Sidney Bechet on Record Playing All Instruments With Original Photos To Match/& Much More
Reference and research material exhibits: Thousands of Vintage Magazines Including Downbeat/Melody Maker/Metronome/Jazz Magazine/Many Others Recorded Interviews of Many of Fletcher Henderson's Musicians & Contemporaries Vintage (Original) Sheet Music Written &/or Published by Musicians of The Harlem Renaissance"/"Jazz Age" & Beyond-St. Louis Blues/Ain't Misbehavin'/Honeysuckle Rose/Basin Street Blues/Sweet Georgia Brown/Sophisticated Lady/Soft Winds (Written & Arranged by Fletcher Henderson) & Many More Vintage Rare Recordings & Piano Rolls of W.C. Handy/Lester Young/Coleman Hawkins/Billy Strayhorn/ & of course Fletcher Henderson Autobiographies & Biographies of Fletcher Henderson/Mary Lou Williams/Lester Young/Eubie Blake/King Oliver/Coleman Hawkins/Sidney Bechet/Bessie Smith Etc./Other Rare Books on Jazz & Blues in General
Media Coverage on The Fletcher Henderson Museum/Fletcher Henderson: WRFG-FM 89.3-Monday February 25, 2008 (Recorded Interview) Atlanta Journal-Constitution --Sunday March 9, 2008 Georgia Music Magazine (Future Edition)-Spring 2008
Regional, National & International Coverage to Come
Quotes on Fletcher Henderson: Musician Benny Carter-"Playing with that band was the acid test. If you could make it with Fletcher, you could play with anybody." Trumpeter Jonah Jones-"In order to play Fletcher's music, you had to see around corners." Bandleader Lionel Hampton-"Fletcher's arrangement of 'Sometimes I'm Happy' reminds me of Bach's fugues." Bandleader Paul Whiteman-"If Fletcher were a white man, he'd be a millionaire." Harvard Crimson (1930s)-"Fletcher Henderson's arrangement of 'Sometimes I'm Happy' is considered one of the five top arrangements ever."
Recent Soundtracks Containing Fletcher Henderson Music: Bridges of Madison County (1995) Writer-"Soft Winds" The English Patient (1996)-Music Arranger Road To Perdition (2002) Performer- Queer Notions" Alex & Emma (2003) Performer-"Limehouse Blues" The Aviator (2004) Performer-"Down South Campmeeting" Hot Rod (2007) Writer/Performer-"Grand Terrace Blues"
Books on Fletcher Henderson: The Uncrowned King of Swing: Fletcher Henderson & Big Band Jazz-@ Major Bookstores Hendersonia: The Music of Fletcher Henderson & His Musicians (Rare Collectable) on the internet or rare book dealer Remembering: The Remarkable Henderson Family (Out of Print-possibly on the internet)
Recordings: A Study In Frustration: The Fletcher Henderson Story-4-CD Set & LP Wrappin' It Up-CD Tidal Wave-CD First Great Jazz Band-CD (Soon To Be Released/Pre-order-Amazon.com)
For More Information: P.O. Box, Atlanta, GA 30301 (404) 758-6871