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The Fletcher Henderson Museum in Atlanta


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Fletcher Henderson
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)

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/

For More Information:
P.O. Box, Atlanta, GA 30301
(404) 758-6871

For interview requests or more information contact .

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