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Tributes to Annie Kuebler - 1951-2012

 

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- From: "Michael Fitzgerald"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:01:58 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

The charm and friendliness that Annie exhibited in abundance can be seen in another light.

What I appreciated so much about Annie was her patron-centered approach to her work. She consistently went above and beyond the call of duty to connect materials with the researchers who would benefit most from working with them. This is in stark contrast to many archives where the researcher is made aware of not a single thing until it is specifically requested. One might think this would be intuitive: Who knows a collection better than someone who processes it and works with it every day? However, it is not. In too many institutions, the connections are not made - sometimes such a possibility does not even exist. Annie took the time to meet the patrons and to learn their interests, and that made all the difference. From what others have already said, this appears to have been commonplace, not a rarity witnessed by only a handful.

Such interactions were not simply for personal reasons (though Annie and I had many, many long chats that extended well beyond jazz research). She used that information in a professional way, taking it back and later pushing information out to the appropriate researchers (sometimes years after an informal conversation) instead of sitting back, doing her job, and waiting for requests. Especially in our field, with its curious intersection of academics and amateurs and their widely disparate approaches to research, this kind of public service from an archivist is essential. It should be cultivated and encouraged. I'm sure this was not something Annie was ever taught; she understood it implicitly and grasped its great importance.

Succeeding generations of archivists need to study and learn from their forebears, lest future researchers find themselves worse off than their predecessors. This goes beyond the "institutional knowledge" of knowing which unlabeled box holds what treasure or remembering the undocumented backstory behind an acquisition. It's about cultivating and following a philosophy that is rooted in the practical realities of a particular field.

We have lost more than we may ever truly know.

Mike

http://www.crj-online.org/
http://www.jazzdiscography.com/


 

- From: "Andrew Homzy"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 1:29:17 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Annie Kuebler -
She was the definition of love -
Love of family, love of friends, love of colleagues, love of jazz.
She rose like the Phoenix out of the ashes of a difficult life experience and triumphed.
Kuebler of the Flame became Keeper of the Flame.
"So long lives this, and this gives life to thee."

Andrew Homzy


 

From: "John Edward Hasse"

- "Annie was an ace archivist who was unstintingly helpful, a gifted researcher, a fine writer, a courageous human being, an esteemed colleague, and a valued friend.  When she took the position at the Institute for Jazz Studies, we were happy for Rutgers and for Annie, but we missed her--and still do--keenly.  She also wrote a splendid essay on 'The Growing Role of Women in Jazz' for the college textbook that Tad Lathrop and I recently produced for Pearson Higher Education, Discover Jazz."

John Edward Hasse, Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Annie’s first employer


 

- From: "Ed Berger"
To: "jazz-research@yahoogroups.com" <jazz-research@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:14:31 PM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

The outpouring of eloquent and heartfelt testimonials to Annie from list members is extremely gratifying to those of us who were fortunate to work with her at IJS. Even though we were able to witness on a daily basis her positive attitude and her willingness to help everyone who came through our doors, I'm not sure that we truly comprehended until now just how deeply she touched the lives of so many in the jazz community. As a small tribute, I've posted some photos of Annie during her years at IJS:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/eebeephoto/sets/72157631105285278/


 

- From: "Vincent Pelote"

I am so thrilled to see the wonderful tributes coming in from so many folks about Annie Kuebler. She was an excellent archivist and for her work on the Mary Lou Williams collection alone she deserves accolades. She and I had a great working relationship, but it was our friendship that I will always cherish the most. We loved our baseball teams (she was a Baltimore Orioles fan and I love the Mets), and we both loved anchovies on our pizza! She was a warm, genuine, and sensitive soul who I shall miss dearly.

Vincent


 

- From: "Dan Morgenstern"

Annie's coming to IJS was a blessing. Her first task was the huge and multi-faceted Mary Lou Williams Collection, which she transformed from the random contents of over 160 boxes to a model of intelligent organization and accessibility.  The many other things Annie did for the Institute, ending with her work on James P. Johnson, she did in the same calm and natural way, for Annie was a model colleague, with a fine sense of humor and a keen intelligence that would zero in on the essence of a problem or task. We all loved Annie.

Dan Morgenstern


 

- From: "Walter van de Leur"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 3:40:21 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I'm deeply saddened by the news of Annie's passing. I met her in 1992 at the Duke Ellington Collection, where I believe she had just started, but that dawned upon me much later--it seemed she had been a music archivist all her life. We ended up working together on a daily basis for the next year or so, sorting through the scores in the collection. Our paths crossed again when she had become the Mary Lou Williams archivist at the IJS and I was researching materials for the recordings of "The Lady Who Swings the Band."

Annie paired her beautiful personality with a sharp intelligence and a great sense of humor. She was a dear friend and an example on many levels.

Walter van de Leur


 

- From: "Ben Bierman"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 8:38:39 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I am another in continuing debt to Annie, and I am so sorry to hear this. She was a dedicated woman and was always sweet to me, and was very supportive in countless ways. Much of my research has depended upon her hard work.

Ben Bierman


 

- From: "Carl Woideck"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:32:49 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Annie was a great person, and a joy to know. I miss her.

Carl


 

- From: "Virginia A. Schaefer"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:44:17 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Michael and others have given inspired tributes to Annie's professional and personal character. Having had just one opportunity to enjoy her help and encouragement at the IJS, I'll just add my gratitude for Annie's contributions and sadness at her loss.

Virginia A. Schaefer


 

- From: "David Demsey"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com, jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:21:28 AM
Subject: RE: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

With all of the wonderful people and world-class scholars involved with the Institute of Jazz Studies that we're so lucky to have here "in our neighborhood," Annie was extraordinary.  

The room that she created to catalog and organize the Mary Lou Williams collection - four walls and everything covered with notes, charts and artifacts - is a model of a great mind at work. Whenever I bring my students to IJS for a tour, that room is always a highlight for me and them.  

As great as Annie was and always will be as a scholar, she far exceeded that as a person. That's saying something. We've all lost a great professional, and an even greater human being.

David Demsey
William Paterson University

 


 

- From: "Ratzo B. Harris"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:40:54 PM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I'm so sorry to hear this news, Annie was a great person and dedicated archivist. She went the extra mile for the Rutgers Jazz History students and always made us feel like we were doing something important, when, in fact, she was doing the important work! My world is a little smaller today, but she helped make our world of jazz a little bigger. RIP, Annie.

Ratzo B. Harris


 

- From: "Frank Büchmann-Møller"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 3:13:08 PM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I am also sad to hear of Annie's passing. When I visited IJS ten years ago during my research on Ben Webster, I met her for the first time, and when she heard about my research she immediately went into the Mary Lou Williams archive and came back with the correspondence between Mary Lou Williams and Ben Webster, which I could copy for my forthcoming book. I will never forget her kindness and willingness to help. Years later I met her in Stockholm at the Duke Ellington conference, and even at that time she remembered my research and was interested in hearing news about it. A dedicated woman who – for me - was at the right place at the right time.

Kindest regards
Frank Büchmann-Møller


 

- From: "George Avakian"
Date: Friday, August 17, 2012 1:53 PM
To: Jim Eigo <jim@jazzpromoservices.com>
Subject: RE: Archivist Annie Kuebler, veteran of Smithsonian and the Institute of Jazz Studies, dies at 61

Annie Kuebler was a tireless researcher who never received the recognition she deserved.  She was one of the best and a great friend as well.  Annie, we will miss you for who you were as well as for your scholarly  work.
George Avakian, Columbia Records producer of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, NEA Jazz Master


 

- From: "Lynne Mueller"
To: "Austin Kuebler"
Cc: "Tad Hershorn", "Ike Sturm", "Lynne Mueller"
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 2:14:17 PM
Subject: Re: Memorial at Saint Peters?  Archivist Annie Kuebler, veteran of Smithsonian and the Institute of Jazz Studies, dies at 61

Dear Austin,

OK!

Your mom was an amazing person.

I remember when she gave jazz trumpeter and me a tour of the Ellington collection at the Smithsonian.

Being in New Jersey I also talked with her many times at the Institute. The work she did on the Mary Lou Williams collection was spectacular. I remember the timeline she had developed on the wall and this huge table with all kinds of things of Mary Lou's. The exhibit she put together in the glass cases at the Institute was phenomenal.

She will be sorely missed.

Blessings to you and other members of your family.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Lynne


 

- From: "David Hajdu"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:03:10 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

This is heartbreaking news. This is the first time I've ever thought about Annie without feeling better about the world. I worked with her closely for quite a while when I was researching Billy Strayhorn at the Ellington Archives at the Smithsonian, and came to think of her as family. She was the sunniest, most positive person I've ever worked with. She loved the work of research, loved people who loved it, and took everyone else with a laugh and a shrug.  Annie was the most beautiful person I've ever known.

David


 

- From: "Matt Snyder"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:50:42 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Annie's death is a cruel blow on many levels. On the most basic human level, she was one of the most beautiful persons I've ever met, a deep inner beauty which was somehow intensified by the horrible damage wreaked upon her body in the fire. And yet, as she once noted to me with an ironic, almost humorous edge to her voice, if it hadn't been for the fire, she probably wouldn't have become an archivist. I learned an enormous amount from her in an internship which lasted for only a semester, yet left a huge mark on me. What other archivist, I wonder, would have let an intern work alone with newly-received James P. Johnson scores? The confidence she showed in me sparked my own self-confidence at the dawn of my career as an archivist.

As Mike Fitzgerald noted, Annie made the kind of human connection to researchers that should be basic to reference service but often isn't, for many reasons. I've always envied the way she could kibbutz with the patrons at IJS, simply because in my own job it's mostly not possible. In the end, I'm glad she's out of pain, because she was pretty much in constant discomfort for many, many years. But I will miss her, and will always point to her as the model for how researcher service should be conducted. And for how to live your life to the fullest regardless of what gets thrown in your way.

Can Bill or anyone at IJS please keep us informed of memorial or funeral plans? Thank you.

Matt Snyder
Archivist
Manuscripts & Archives Division
New York Public Library


 

- From: "Loren Schoenberg"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:50:37 AM
Subject: RE: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Let me add my appreciation of a long association with Annie, first at the Smithsonian and then at Rutgers. She was the very model of an engaged, sharing, caring and enthusiastic human being.

I know that so many are in her debt.

She is already greatly missed.

Loren Schoenberg
Artistic Director
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem


 

- From: "Jeff Sultanof"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:45:44 PM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I don't know where to begin when I think of Annie. We interacted on so many levels, from information she shared with me about the Ellington Collection, the Holman collection, Mary Lou Williams... and on and on. I had so many wonderful conversations with her, and I remember many of them vividly. Like Paul, I also benefited from Annie's memory. She knew that I was trying to find anything on Johnny Richards, and one day presented two Richards scores from the John Benson Brooks collection that Brooks somehow had. As far as I know, they are the only two surviving scores from Johnny's big band from the early forties. Of course I was overwhelmed to see them.

We also talked about family. She was thrilled when she knew I was going to become a dad, and called my now ex-wife to congratulate her and offer advice. Marni still talks of her.

She was one of a kind, and I will miss her very much.

Jeff Sultanof


 

- From: "Janice Greenberg"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 6:32:10 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

This is indeed very sad news. Annie was an inspiration to me.

During the decade I spent researching my book at the Institute of Jazz
Studies I got to know Annie a bit.

She dove into her work with passion, dedication and excellence. She was an inspiration for me as well as for so many others who were fortunate enough to cross paths with her.

I will also miss her much.

RIP!
Janice


 

- From: "Alex W. Rodriguez"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:10:20 PM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Not having had the privilege of working with so many of the wonderful
people who are memorialized in these passing obituary threads, when I hear the news that someone who has been so generous and integral to my own research has died...well, I feel closer to those of you who have worked closely with those who have passed on!

I might have been one of the last students to benefit from Annie's talents, knowledge, and generosity -- as a regular at the IJS during her last year there, she pointed me to an unopened box of materials that had been left by Jack Teagarden's sister Norma, which included a number of lovely surprises that deepened my project on Jack tremendously. But more important, I remember her unfailing friendliness and generosity, her insistence on stopping by to chat whenever I was in the archive, to talk up the latest projects that she was working on at the time, always with an ear out for anything Teagarden-related.

By the time that I met her, she seemed to struggle daily with pain in many facets of her life, so this news also comes as somewhat of a relief that she no longer has to struggle. But I will never forget Annie for how gracefully and genuinely she made herself of service to the jazz community even during those distressing times.

I sincerely hope that the new administration of the IJS is inspired by her skills, knowledge, and kindness in their search to find someone to fill her shoes.

-Alex


 

- From: "Paul Combs"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:35:15 PM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

What a shock! I will always treasure our conversations, whether in person or on the telephone. Annie was indeed such a cheerful and generous person. She gave me invaluable help with the Tadd Dameron biography.

I remember clearly the day we met at the IJS. She asked me what I was working on and when I told her she said "I'll be right back." She came back with some band parts in Tadd's handwriting labeled "Mary Lou" and asked me if I knew of this piece. I said I had never heard of it, and she lead me to the copy machine, where she copied the parts. She gave them to me and said "See what you make of these, and stay in touch." I did and later I was able to bring a recording of one of my bands playing the piece to the Colloquium she organized around the work of Mary Lou Williams. It was the first performance of this piece Tadd had written for Mary Lou to play with the Andy Kirk band. He had given it to here shortly before she left the band.

Annie helped me in many other ways as well, and we had so many conversations, not only about Dameron but so many other things.

Rest in peace Annie,

Paul Combs


 

- From: "Ed Green"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 9:59:36 PM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I am so sorry to hear the news about Annie. I never met a person with deeper enthusiasm about Duke Ellington, and rarely have I met a person as kind and generous with her time. If only she hadn't had to suffer for so many years. I know I must be among hundreds, if not thousands, personally in her debt. And I will never forget her.

All the best,
Ed Green


 

- From: "Patricia Willard"
To: hershorn@rulmail.rutgers.edu
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:59:16 PM
Subject: Re: The saddest news

Thank you, Tad, for thinking of me at this time.  What a terrible loss.  Annie was such a valuable person and she was a warm, generous and wonderful human being.  Her contributions to our music and its history should perpetuate her memory.

Patricia
Former Gershwin Consultant for Jazz and Popular Music, Library of Congress
Longtime Ellington associate and advisor to the Smithsonian on the Duke Ellington Collection


 

- From: "Virginia A. Schaefer"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 11:44:17 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Michael Fitzgerald and others have given inspired tributes to Annie's professional and personal character. Having had just one opportunity to enjoy her help and encouragement at the IJS, I'll just add my gratitude for Annie's contributions and sadness at her loss.

Virginia A. Schaefer


 

- From: "Katja von Schuttenbach"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 9:55:24 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Thank you for your beautiful email, Mike! I feel you caught the essence of a very complex dynamic: the passion and "detective spirit" that drives true archivists and researchers in their pursuits - and the satisfaction derived from finding what they were hoping to find (or never could have hoped of finding). That's what made Annie Kuebler inimitable, a true gem, who will be greatly missed.

Katja


 

- From: "Victor Svorinich"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:55:20 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

A great lady. She was so friendly and helpful to me. Years after college, I stopped by IJS and she knew me like it was yesterday. That really touched me. You will be missed Annie.


Victor Svorinich




- From: "Stephanie Crease"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2012 8:25:24 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I am so sorry to hear this news as well. Annie was always ready to help with so many requests - large and small. A beautiful person.

Stephanie Crease


 

- From: "Anthony Barnett"
To: "jazz-research" <jazz-research@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 9:52:35 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I am very sorry to hear of Annie's passing. I met her once, at Ellington in Stockholm. Later she helped over access to a small but important piece of research about strings with Mary Lou Williams.

Anthony


 

From: "Becca Pulliam"

- Thank you.

Thanks to Ed for the photos.
What a sad week though.

Becca Pulliam | Sr Producer, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
♫CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS jazzset.npr.org


 

- From: Rick Woodward
Date: Friday, August 17, 2012 11:45 AM
To: Jim Eigo <jim@jazzpromoservices.com>
Subject: Re: Archivist Annie Kuebler, veteran of Smithsonian and the Institute of Jazz Studies, dies at 61

I'm so glad you posted such a long notice, Jim. I didn't know her but my friend Mark Tucker spoke warmly about her and about the help she offered him on his Ellington projects.

Thanks, Rick Woodward


 

- From: Becca Pulliam
Date: Friday, August 17, 2012 11:14 AM
To: Jim Eigo <jim@jazzpromoservices.com>
Subject: RE: Archivist Annie Kuebler, veteran of Smithsonian and the Institute of Jazz Studies, dies at 61

We have inserted a link to the story in our post at
http://www.wbgo.org/blog/farewell-to-annie-kuebler-master-jazz-archivist
 It won’t update til 11:30.

Becca Pulliam | Sr Producer, JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater
♫CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS jazzset.npr.org
Ph. 973.624.8880 X 258 | Fax 973.824.8888 | JazzSet is on Facebook


 

- From: Jim Eigo
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 11:04 AM
To: Becca Pulliam
Subject: Re: Archivist Annie Kuebler, veteran of Smithsonian and the Institute of Jazz Studies, dies at 61

Thank you Becca!


 

- From: Ed Bride
Date: Friday, August 17, 2012 10:13 AM
To: Jim Eigo <jim@jazzpromoservices.com>
Subject: Re: Archivist Annie Kuebler, veteran of Smithsonian and the Institute of Jazz...

Thanks for circulating this, Jim. Annie was a wonderful spirit, her passing leaves a hole in the world.

Ed


 

- From: "F. Norman Vickers"
Date: Friday, August 17, 2012 10:29 AM
To: "F. Norman Vickers"
Subject: Jazz Researcher Annie Kuebler die
 To:  Musicians and Jazzfans list
From: Norman Vickers, Jazz Society of Pensacola

Here’s obituary of jazz researcher Annie Kuebler who worked at Smithsonian and Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers.  Likely few, of any, on this list have previously heard of this remarkable woman.  Thanks to publicist Jim Eigo for sending this out.  Also to Tad Hershorn, researcher at Rutgers and author of the recent book about Norman Granz.  ( See my review of Hershorn’s book at www.jazzpensacola.com

I remember hearing John Edward Hasse speak in the 1980s about saving the Ellington collection for the Smithsonian which was about to be sold to a collector in Japan.
As Hershorn’s remembrance, related Ms. Kuebler worked on this collection, among many others including those of Mary Lou Williams.  Thank God for devoted workers such as she!


 

- From: "Tim Wilkins"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 9:35:31 AM
Subject: RE: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

I share everyone's appreciation of Annie's keen mind and unfailing generosity of spirit, which will always be my memory of her as well. Her kindness extended well beyond scholarship: when I brought my infant daughter with me to the IJS in 2009, Annie was delighted, and whenever she saw me after that, she always excitedly asked for updates and wanted to see the latest photos. Becca Pulliam and I have opened an online tribute to Annie on the WBGO blog, with wonderful photos by Ed Berger, which can be read here: <http://www.wbgo.org/blog/farewell-to-annie-kuebler-master-jazz-archivist>

Our blog has a comments section: anyone who has memories of Annie and would like to share them would be welcome to do so.

Thanks, Tim Wilkins


 

- From: "Bill Saxonis"
Subject: Re: Annie Kuebler R.I.P.
Date: 17 August 2012 03:24:59 GMT+01:00
To: <Duke-lym@concordia.ca>
Reply-To: "Bill Saxonis"

Annie was a first rate archivist,  a first rate person. and  someone I will never forget.

I was honored to be among her many friends and  the news of her passing is in a word devastating.


 

- From: David Palmquist
Subject: Re: Annie Kuebler R.I.P.
Date: 17 August 2012 09:02:31 GMT+01:00
To: <Duke-lym@concordia.ca>
Reply-To: David Palmquist

Thank you for letting us know, Alyce. 

Annie was very kind to me when I was first discovering Ellington; she sent me copies of some of Ellington's music from the Smithsonian and explained how to access things there from the other side of the continent.  I was sorry when she left the Smithsonian.  .

I met Annie at Ellington 2000, and she was as nice in person as she was kind at a distance.  I think we met again in Stockholm in 2004, but I may be misremembering. 

I didn't know her health was failing, and I'm very sorry she's gone.  A wonderful person.

David


 

From: "Scott Wenzel"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2012 10:45:07 AM
Subject: RE: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

Was out of the office for the last few days and was shocked to hear of Annie's passing. Warm, funny, caring, energetic, enthusiastic - she worked hard and was passionate in her work. When I would see her at IJS, Annie would always ask how the kids were, talk about what Mosaic project I was working on, and say that if she could be of any assistance, I should just holler. She will be missed.

Scott Wenzel


 

From: "John Howland"
To: jazz-research@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 2:47:00 AM
Subject: Re: [jazz-research] Annie Kuebler, R.I.P.

It's been great to see all of your tributes to Annie. For my part, I should add how extremely important Annie was to all my various work on Ellington, and in turn how her friendship and repeated generosity led to various paths in my career as an academic. In 1999, as a graduate student, when I couldn't afford to visit the newly opened Ellington collection at the Smithsonian, Annie sent me **many** packages of photocopied Duke scores and parts, first for an Ellington class I was teaching, and then for the Black, Brown, and Beige reconstruction project I was involved in. These materials led directly to a dissertation (not to mention my firm commitment to pursuing a jazz topic), and much later to a book. When I met her in person in DC around 2000, she kindly gave me much of her professional time, but we also shared a lot of personal time and history (after that, she never failed to ask about family, career developments, my kids, etc.). Shortly after I joined the faculty of Rutgers-Newark, I was very pleased to hear of her plans to move to the IJS, where our friendship and her generosity continued, and we had many, many conversations about Duke, her work with the James P. Johnson collection (also something I was working on), and so many other things. She has my deepest thanks, and I feel very grateful to have known her and to have been a friend. She will be missed and fondly remembered.

John


 

- From: "Matt Schudel"
To: Tad Hershorn
Sent: Friday, August 17, 2012 2:11:15 PM
Subject: Annie Kuebler

Dear Mr. Hershorn,
This is Matt Schudel at the Washington Post.
I'm interested in writing an obituary of Annie Kuebler, and I was wondering if you could put me in touch with one of her children. Austin, perhaps?
I would like to move quickly on this and would hope to reach him today.
Thank you very much.

Matt Schudel

Click below for Obituary:
The Washington Post - by Matt Schudel, published August 18, 2012


 

Ben Young paid special tribute to Annie from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 23 on his radio show at WKCR, the Columbia University radio station.


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