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Don Ewell Collection

Identifier: HJA-005

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, LP records, performance cassette tapes, books, and other papers of Don Ewell.


  • 1950s-1990s, bulk range 1950s-1970s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Don Ewell (1916-1983) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he studied classical piano, but gravitated to playing jazz at an early age. After serving in World War II, he fell in with Bunk Johnson, and he subsequently played and recorded with a laundry list of great New Orleans musicians. During the late 1940s, Ewell was a regular in Chicago’s popular music bars. During the early 1950s he played with Kid Ory, and he was seen again with Ory at the 1972 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. In 1957 Ewell joined Jack Teagarden’s band, and he stayed until Teagarden’s death in 1964. Over the course of his career, Don Ewell recorded prolifically for several small labels, and he was admired by many piano players who enjoyed far greater fame than himself.


9 Boxes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Date acquired: 04/01/2008


Don Ewell Collection
Samantha Bruner
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US