Jenkins (Phillip E.) Papers

Phillip Jenkins sitting in radio studio in front of microphone [ 045 ] circa 1980s
Phillip Jenkins sitting in KXPR radio studio in front of microphone, circa 1980s, Phillip E. Jenkins papers, MS 52, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.
Phillip Eugene Jenkins (1917-1993) was born on August 9, 1917 in Sacramento, California to Aaron Arthur Jenkins and Grace Evelyn Grubbs Jenkins. Jenkins interest in music began at an early age and music was encouraged by his parents. Beginning in 1968, Jenkins became active in jazz preservation with the establishment of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society. He was active in the society’s activities and in the creation of the Sacramento Dixieland Jubilee, an international jazz festival held in Sacramento, California beginning in 1974. He was an active volunteer for the Jubilee over the next twenty years, and was eventually inducted into the Jubilee Hall of Fame in 1987 and served as the Jubilee’s Emperor of Jazz in 1991. His knowledge of jazz and personal collection of jazz recording led him to a radio career beginning in 1974, when he began a weekly jazz radio program, “Sacramento Classic Jazz” on the California State University radio station KXPR and subsequently on the university’s new jazz station KXJZ.

The Phillip E. Jenkins papers include photographs, educational materials, military records, and organizational records of the Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society. The collection is arranged into six series: musical activities, State of California, Department of Employment, military service, education, photographs, and assorted printed material.

Dates: 1930-1953
Bulk Dates: 1948-1953
Collection number: MS 11
Collector: Jenkins, Harold, 1890-1967
Creator: Joseph, E. J.
Collection Size: .25 linear feet (1 box)

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