John Kirby Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

P.O. Box 58, Winchester, VA 22604
(540) 662-9041 ext. 17

384 THL

Inventory created by Archives Staff on 05/98. Last Revised 03/17. 

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS: Collection is open to all researchers.

USE RESTRICTIONS: Restrictions may apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a member of the archives staff for information concerning these restrictions. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright.

EXTENT: 0.21 linear feet

DATES: 1908-1952

SCOPE AND CONTENT: The collection contains four long-playing albums, album covers, and new articles concerning the life and career of band leader and jazz bassist John Kirby of Winchester, VA. Note: CDs of John Kirby Music are available for circulation in library

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL:  John Kirby, a renowned jazz musician and band leader of the mid 20th Century, was born and raised in Winchester, VA. Originally trained on the trombone by Douglas School principal Powell Gibson, Kirby became known as one of the most accomplished string bass performers in the USA at the height of his career. Kirby performed with such jazz greats as Benny Goodman and Billie Holiday, and his band, the John Kirby Sextets, performed at New York City’s Onyx Club for many years. Kirby died in 1952 from complications stemming from diabetes.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Williams, Alan, Fall From Grace, The John Kirby Story, Alcorn Books, Pensacola, FL, 1996

CITE AS: John Kirby Collection # 384, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.




A New History of Jazz, Revised and Updated by Alyn Shipton, Continuum, New York, NY, 2008, excerpts about John Kirby, pages 312-319, 6 leaves, printed (photocopy)

Albums, “K.C. Caboose” and “J.K. Special” (two copies), “920 Special”    and “Maxine Dengoza”, “Mop Mop” and Passipied”

Album covers and notes

John Kirby Day – News Articles

The John Kirby Story in Pictures and Music produced by Alan Williams, 2002, 1 DVD

News Articles; unnumbered leaves


Volume 1 – (384-1); Volume 2 – (382-2); Volume 3 – (384-3)