Robert Garfias recordings: Sons & Daughters of Zion #9; J. Jackson, 1976-04-05

Overview of the Collection

Garfias, Robert; University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
Robert Garfias recordings: Sons & Daughters of Zion #9; J. Jackson
2 items  :  OT - 1 reel (7.5 ips, full-track, 7"); 1 AIFF file (48 kHz, 24-bit); Duration: 00:25:18
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Video recording of performances by the Sons & Daughters of Zion #9 and John Jackson at the University of Washington, April 5 1976.
University of Washington Ethnomusicology Archives
University of Washington
Ethnomusicology Archives
Box 353450
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065430974
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Robert Garfias was born in San Francisco in 1932, the child of Mexican-American parents. As a youngster he studied classical guitar and jazz saxophone. In high school he studied Western classical music composition, and he formed a jazz combo that played gigs for beatniks in the North Beach area of San Francisco, where he traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi, Harry Partch, and Bill Smith. During his career he founded the ethnomusicology program at the University of Washington; served as Dean of Arts at the University of California, Irvine, as a member of the Smithsonian Council, and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. National Council for the Arts; and conducted significant periods of fieldwork and language study in Japan, Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Central America, Burma, Romania, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, and among Okinawans in the United States.

- Society for Ethnomusicology Newsletter (Vol. 7, No. 4, September 2013)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Full title: Sons & Daughters of Zion #9; John Jackson.

Filmed in color.

Performers: 1) Sons & Daughters of Zion #9 (James Mitchell, John Mitchell, Lun Guffin/leader)/little drum, big drum, flute (fife?); 2) John Jackson/guitar and vocals.

Recorded by Fred Lieberman (sound) & Robert Garfias (camera) with Ampex 407, Nagra III, Neuman KM84.

Contents: 1) Sons & Daughters of Zion 9 (African-American fife/drum music): various short pieces, marches; 2) John Jackson (country blues): Matchbox Blues (from Blind Lemon Jefferson, from Texas) (learned from 78s); That Never Happen No More (from Blind Blake, Tampa, Florida) (learned from 78s); John Jackson Breakdown.

For video versions of film see - NK1 United States/96-18.3(VHS); NK1 United States/96-18.12 (Betacam)

For description of film originals, prints, etc., see 1996 film inventory.

Audio tape digitized 12/2010 (AIFF, 48 kHz, 24-bit) - 76-4.1.wav (25:18)

Documentation: See film log and documentation file for NK1 United States/96-18 (blues video)

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Description Dates
1 audiotape : Audio Reel; Tracks: 7

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African Americans--North America--Regional and Ethnic Cultures
  • Blues (Music)
  • Concerts
  • Drums (Musical instruments)
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Fife
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Vocal
  • country blues--blues

Geographical Names

  • North America
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • United States

Form or Genre Terms

  • Video recordings

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Jackson, John (performer)
    Corporate Names
    • Sons And Daughters Of Zion Nine (performer)