Joe Castro papers, 1957-2009 and undated

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Abstract:
Collection comprises materials primarily related to Doris Duke and Joe Castro and to Castro's work with his jazz trio, dated 1957-2009 and undated. Includes approximately 200 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 color transparencies, 35 mm color slides, negatives, and various prints. Subjects of the images vary, but include approximately 50 casual images of Doris Duke in various locations, along with many casual and a few formal photographs of Castro, as well as some with various jazz artists. There is also a group of scores for jazz arrangements, some original, others marked by various composers, as well as a few pieces of printed sheet music. Manuscript material is limited to a few letters and cards that speak to the relationship between Castro and Duke, and to the formation of Clover Records. There is a compact disc of music by Loretta and Joe Castro, and other electronic files of images have been transferred to the server.
Extent:
3.6 Linear Feet
Language:
Materials in English
Collection ID:
RL.11090

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Collection comprises materials primarily related to Doris Duke and Joe Castro and to Castro's work with his jazz trio, dated 1957-2009 and undated. Includes approximately 200 2-3/4 x 2-3/4 color transparencies, 35 mm color slides, negatives, and various prints. Subjects of the images vary, but include approximately 50 casual images of Doris Duke in various locations, along with many casual and a few formal photographs of Castro, as well as some with various jazz artists. There is also a group of scores for jazz arrangements, some original, others marked by various composers, as well as a few pieces of printed sheet music. Manuscript material is limited to a few letters and cards that speak to the relationship between Castro and Duke, and to the formation of Clover Records. There is a compact disc of music by Loretta and Joe Castro, and other electronic files of images have been transferred to the server.

Biographical / historical:

Joseph Armand Castro was born Aug. 15, 1927, the son of John and Lucy Castro of Pittsburg, Calif. He began playing music professionally, as a pianist, at the age of 15. He formed his first jazz trio working on both the West Coast and in Hawaii and, in 1956, moved to New York City, where his trio successfully appeared in the city's top jazz clubs, including Basin Street East, The Embers, The Hickory House, and Birdland. Later, Doris Duke and Castro, her long-term boyfriend, along with Duke Ellington, formed record company Clover Records and music publishing company Jo-Do. Castro met and married vocalist/pianist Loretta Faith Haddad in 1966; the couple had two children and resettled in Las Vegas, where Castro continued to perform well into his retirement years. Castro died in 2009.

Acquisition information:
The Joseph Castro papers, 1957-2009 and undated were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2015.
Processing information:

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, November 2015

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0111.

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[Identification of item], Joseph Castro papers, 1957-2009 and undated, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.