John L. Buchholz Jazz Library dedicated
A rare and extensive collection of jazz charts and recordings was donated to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in honor of John L. Buchholz, professor emeritus of English. The longtime jazz musician was among the founding members of the UW-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble in 1962 and performed throughout the region, beginning with a band led by his father, Carl. Buchholz taught at the university from 1969-2001.
This one-of-a-kind collection of more than 1,000 charts and 900 recordings includes Count Basie, Sammy Nestico, Bill Holman, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and many more legends of jazz.
The acquisition was made possible by the tireless efforts of Ron Keezer, associate professor emeritus of music and a longtime friend of Buchholz. Keezer appealed to alumni, faculty, staff, emeriti and friends, raising significant funds in short order. The collection's owner, Edward "Pete" Petersen, a Dallas area big band leader, donated a portion of the collection’s value because he found UW-Eau Claire to be a fitting permanent home.
The John L. Buchholz Jazz Library is second only in size to a jazz collection owned by the University of North Texas. An arrangement with Cologne University’s College of Music will give the jazz studies area of UW-Eau Claire additional access to rare and notable jazz charts in Germany.
In 2012, UW-Eau Claire celebrates 50 years of educating future musicians and cultivating an appreciation for America's original music — jazz.