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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Professor
Jazz Saxophonist
Music Composer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Sky Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Kingston, Jamaica, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
Be Prepared.

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1940
Birth Location:
Thomson, Georgia

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Music Professor
Jazz Saxophonist
Music Composer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Sky Blue
Favorite Food:
Seafood
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Kingston, Jamaica, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
Be Prepared.

Birthplace

Born:
11/24/1940
Birth Location:
Thomson
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Biography

Composer, jazz musician, and music educator Wendell Morris Logan, Ph.D., was born on November 24, 1940, one of three sons born to Dorothy Mae Horton and Simuel Morris Logan. Logan completed his elementary and secondary school education at the McDuffie County Training School and the R.L. Norris High School. Logan earned his bachelor’s of science degree in music from Florida A & M University in 1962, his master’s of music degree from Southern Illinois University in 1964, and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1968. In 1994, Logan was a fellow at the Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy.

Logan taught public school in 1963 and worked as a teaching assistant while completing the requirements for his Ph.D. in Iowa. Logan served on the faculties of Ball State University from 1967 to 1969; Florida A & M University from 1969 to 1970; and Western Illinois University from 1970 to 1973. Logan accepted the invitation to develop a program in African American music in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he went on to serve as the Chair of Jazz Studies and professor of African American music.

As a musician, Logan performed throughout the United States and in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean. Logan’s music was recorded on several labels, including Orion, Golden Crest, University of Michigan Press, Morehouse College Press, and RPM Records. Logan received numerous prizes and awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ohio Arts Council, ASCAP Awards, a Guggenheim Award, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and the Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Later compositions of Logan’s included “Doxology Opera: The Doxy Canticles” and “Ask Your Mama.”

Logan and his wife Betty raised two children, Wendell Jr. and Philecia; they also had one granddaughter, Karen.

Logan passed away on June 15, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wendell Logan lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wendell Logan describes his parents' family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wendell Logan describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wendell Logan describes his maternal family's migration to Kanas City, Kansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wendell Logan remembers the Asian population of Greenville, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wendell Logan describes how his parents met in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wendell Logan talks about his father's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wendell Logan describes his parents' move to Georgia and his mother's education and career
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wendell Logan recalls his brothers and jazz music in Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Wendell Logan remembers attending school in Thomson, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Wendell Logan recalls the civil rights era
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Wendell Logan describes the sights and sounds of growing up in Thomson, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wendell Logan describes his introduction to music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wendell Logan recalls his early musical influences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wendell Logan describes his experience as a music major at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wendell Logan describes the sights and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wendell Logan describes his experiences at Florida A&M University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wendell Logan recalls teaching near Kincheloe Air Force Base in Michigan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wendell Logan talks about his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wendell Logan describes pursuing his Ph.D. degree in music at the University of Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Wendell Logan describes transitioning from performing to composing music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Wendell Logan describes his doctoral project at the University of Iowa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Wendell Logan describes his mentors and the development of his musical style
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wendell Logan reflects upon developing his style as a composer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wendell Logan describes establishing a jazz department at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wendell Logan describes Oberlin Conservatory of Music's African American studies program in music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wendell Logan reflects upon African American music
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wendell Logan describes his composition 'Ask Your Mama'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wendell Logan reflects upon the reception to his musical compositions
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wendell Logan describes his experience on tour in Nigeria and Brazil
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wendell Logan reflects upon his career goals and the absence of black students at Oberlin College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wendell Logan reflects upon the lack of musical education for African American youth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wendell Logan describes outreach efforts at Oberlin Conservatory of Music
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wendell Logan describes his work with the Gullah people of Georgia and South Carolina
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wendell Logan describes the Gullah tradition of ring shouts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wendell Logan describes the inspiration for his composition 'Gullah Island Suite'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wendell Logan describes his mentor, Professor Richard Hervig
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wendell Logan reflects upon his achievements
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wendell Logan reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Wendell Logan reflects upon challenges for aspiring young musicians
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Wendell Logan describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wendell Logan names his musical compositions available on CD
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wendell Logan provides a bibliography of materials about African American musicians