The Treasury of Claremont Music

The Treasury of Claremont Music The Treasury of Claremont Music Archive Project (treasuryofclaremontmusic.com) is an online digital “Living Archive” that will showcase the rich cultural history of Claremont California's musicians both past and present.

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Welcome back to Claremont Heritage’s Treasury of Claremont Music.  Today we celebrate #InternationalWomen’sDay by lookin...
03/08/2021

Welcome back to Claremont Heritage’s Treasury of Claremont Music. Today we celebrate #InternationalWomen’sDay by looking back on the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade. Jen Rosen founded the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade in 2001. The collective started as a group of young women playing folk music on a back porch in Claremont and soon bloomed into a band. Their music can be described as eclectic folk combining bluegrass ballads, American blues, modern folk, beatnik jazz, and Irish originals. Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade played locally in Claremont and toured the coast of California and the Southwest. In 2003, the group recorded the album Home. In 2005, Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade recorded their second album, Bittersweet Bending. Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade recorded their third and final album, Peace of Mind, in 2010 with Trae Governatori on percussion and vocals. Though the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade disbanded in 2015, on February 17, 2020, the group gave a spirited performance at Claremont Heritage.

Click here (https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/sugar-mountain-mama-serenade-peace-of-mind-from-peace-of-mind-2010) to listen to Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade’s Peace of Mind.

Photography by Althea Sachs

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Welcome back to Claremont Heritage’s Treasury of Claremont Music.   Today we begin our celebration of the Women of the T...
03/01/2021

Welcome back to Claremont Heritage’s Treasury of Claremont Music.

Today we begin our celebration of the Women of the Treasury of Claremont Music as part of Women's History Month. Norma Tanega was born in 1939 in Vallejo, California, to a Panamanian mother and Filipino father. Tanega soon moved to Southern California, where she grew up in Long Beach. As a young woman, Norma became interested in music and art and would earn a B.A. from Scripps College in 1960 and a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from the Claremont Graduate School (now University) in 1962. While at Scripps College, Norma became heavily influenced by Joan Baez's music, inspiring her to pursue her music career. In 1966, Norma signed with New Voice Records and her debut single, "Walkin' My Cat Named Dog," produced by Bob Crewe, reached #22 on the U.S. Billboard charts. The song was a #1 hit in England, and Norma moved to London. For the next five years she wrote songs for the singer Dusty Springfield. After returning to the U.S. in 1971, Tanega lectured as an adjunct professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, for nearly 20 years and taught ESL at Claremont Adult School.

During her musical career, Norma wrote, recorded, and produced 15 albums of original music, including collaborations with John Zeretsky, Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble, Rebecca Hamm, Mike Henderson, and Native American flutist, Steve Rushingwind.

Norma Tanega passed away at the age of 80 on December 29, 2019, at her Padua Hills home in Claremont.


Photography by Mark Takeuchi
To click here (https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/baboonz-iru) to listen to Tanega’s Baboonz-I Remember You.

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Claudia Lennear is one of the greatest back-up singers in modern popular music. Lennear appeared on albums with many roc...
02/15/2021

Claudia Lennear is one of the greatest back-up singers in modern popular music. Lennear appeared on albums with many rock and roll legends and received numerous credits throughout her career. Lennear moved to Pomona, California, in her senior year of high school. After several local gigs around Los Angeles with the doo-wop group, The Superbs, Claudia passed an audition with Ike & Tina Turner, becoming an Ikette in their group.

Since the late sixties, albums from Stephen Stills, Humble Pie, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and Ry Cooder featured Lennear's voice. Claudia took part in George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. She was the inspiration for the Rolling Stones song, "Brown Sugar" from the album Sticky Fingers, and David Bowie's 1973 album cut "Lady Grinning Soul" from Aladdin Sane. In 1973, Claudia recorded an album under her name entitled Phew for Warner Bros. Records, which includes her penned song "Sister Angela" as a tribute to Angela Davis.

She was a featured singer in Joe Cocker's, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and Vanishing Point with Bonnie Bramlett and Rita Coolidge. Lennear provided the distorted voice for Linda Blair in The Exorcist and provided ambient sound in the Academy Award-winning film, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Lennear sang the title song "Take Me Higher" in the Academy Award-winning film Klute. In 1974, Claudia co-starred alongside Clint Eastwood, playing a secretary in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. More recently, Claudia was featured in the 2013 Academy Award-winning documentary film 20 Feet From Stardom. In April of 2019, Claudia was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. She has recently performed with Jackson Browne at the Grammy Museum and sings with The Ash Grove Players. Claudia is currently working on an album with blues legend Taj Mahal.

Photography by Norman Seeff, © 1972.

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Claudia Lennear is one of the greatest back-up singers in modern popular music. Lennear appeared on albums with many rock and roll legends and received numerous credits throughout her career. Lennear moved to Pomona, California, in her senior year of high school. After several local gigs around Los Angeles with the doo-wop group, The Superbs, Claudia passed an audition with Ike & Tina Turner, becoming an Ikette in their group.

Since the late sixties, albums from Stephen Stills, Humble Pie, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and Ry Cooder featured Lennear's voice. Claudia took part in George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh in 1971. She was the inspiration for the Rolling Stones song, "Brown Sugar" from the album Sticky Fingers, and David Bowie's 1973 album cut "Lady Grinning Soul" from Aladdin Sane. In 1973, Claudia recorded an album under her name entitled Phew for Warner Bros. Records, which includes her penned song "Sister Angela" as a tribute to Angela Davis.

She was a featured singer in Joe Cocker's, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, and Vanishing Point with Bonnie Bramlett and Rita Coolidge. Lennear provided the distorted voice for Linda Blair in The Exorcist and provided ambient sound in the Academy Award-winning film, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Lennear sang the title song "Take Me Higher" in the Academy Award-winning film Klute. In 1974, Claudia co-starred alongside Clint Eastwood, playing a secretary in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot. More recently, Claudia was featured in the 2013 Academy Award-winning documentary film 20 Feet From Stardom. In April of 2019, Claudia was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame. She has recently performed with Jackson Browne at the Grammy Museum and sings with The Ash Grove Players. Claudia is currently working on an album with blues legend Taj Mahal.

Photography by Norman Seeff, © 1972.

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Welcome to Music Mondays with the Treasury of Claremont Music! Today we showcase the Claremont Voodoo Society. Members i...
02/08/2021

Welcome to Music Mondays with the Treasury of Claremont Music!

Today we showcase the Claremont Voodoo Society. Members include Jerry O'Sullivan, Bill Barrett, Ray McNamara, Roy Durnal, and "Lazy" Brad Lewis. The Claremont Voodoo Society is a musical collective made of great musicians playing originals and obscure covers. Their music is an eclectic sound of gutbucket blues, rock, and epic ballads in the manner of Van Morrison and Muddy Waters.

Click here https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/claremont-voodoo-society-never-comin-back-from-live-homegrown-roots-music-2013 to listen to Never Comin’ Back (from Live Homegrown Roots Music, 2013) or visit the Treasury of Claremont Music website at https://treasuryofclaremontmusic.com

Photography by Mark Takeuchi

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Listen to a little Brahms performed by Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano) and Gary Bovyer (clarinet) on this Saturday's Aftern...
12/05/2020

Listen to a little Brahms performed by Genevieve Feiwen Lee (piano) and Gary Bovyer (clarinet) on this Saturday's Afternoon Concert at 1pm on KSPC! We are thankful to our campus radio station for helping us share this popular concert from October 2017, and others throughout the Fall! Listen at KSPC 88.7 @ http://37.187.79.93:8419/stream192

It’s Treasury of Claremont Music Monday!Today we honor musician and Claremont Heritage supporter, Chris Darrow (1944 – 2...
11/30/2020

It’s Treasury of Claremont Music Monday!

Today we honor musician and Claremont Heritage supporter, Chris Darrow (1944 – 2020).

Proficient on guitar, bass, fiddle, violin, banjo, Dobro, lap steel, and mandolin, Chris Darrow never actively sought employment as a musician, but the work always managed to find him. Darrow spent his early career playing in bluegrass combo, The Dry City S**t Band, with David Lindley and fronting rock 'n' roll group, The Floggs. Together with David Lindley, Darrow would go on to found revered psychedelic outfit Kaleidoscope, hailed by Jimmy Page as his "favorite band of all time." The group pioneered a blend of Middle Eastern, country, folk, blues, and psychedelic musical styles that introduced Western ears to intriguing instrumentation like the Turkish oud and bağlama (saz). The genre-defying sound of Kaleidoscope's 1967 debut, Side Trips, with its musical content anticipating the Worldbeat movement by decades. The diverse nature of Kaleidoscope's music allowed them the opportunity to perform with a broad spectrum of artists, including Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Taj Mahal, The Byrds, Ike and Tina Turner, Bo Diddley, Steppenwolf, The Grateful Dead, Mississippi John Hurt, Lightnin' Hopkins, The Impressions, and Procul Harum.
After seeing them perform in New York City, Chris Darrow next joined the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and returned to Los Angeles as an official member. Chris recorded two albums with the Dirt Band, including 1968's Rare Junk. The stint with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band led to The Corvettes' formation, which later resulted in long-term touring relationships with Linda Ronstadt and John Stewart.

Photography by Althea Sachs

To click here https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/chris-darrow-time-will-tell-from-fretless-lp to listen to Chris Darrow’s “Time Will Tell” from the Album Fretless. Visit the Treasury of Claremont Music at https://treasuryofclaremontmusic.com/ to learn more about Chris Darrow’s musical career.

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Welcome to the Treasury of Claremont Music.Today we visit the vital work of bringing music into the lives of Claremont’s...
11/23/2020

Welcome to the Treasury of Claremont Music.

Today we visit the vital work of bringing music into the lives of Claremont’s youth. Founded in 1983, the Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra is a non-profit organization that instills young musicians a lifelong love of music. Sponsored by the Claremont Symphony Orchestra (CSO), the Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra provides an affordable, educational, professionally directed orchestra program. Since 2014, CYSO’s music director has been Robert Sage, also the Music Director for the Claremont Symphony Orchestra. Like other musicians, the CYSO has been heavily affected by Covid-19 restrictions that curtailed their concerts, rehearsals, and performances. Claremont Heritage encourages our followers to support the musicians in the community, however possible.

To learn more about the Claremont Youth Symphony Orchestra, please visit http://www.claremontyouthsymphony.org/ . To hear the CYSO, visit http://www.claremontyouthsymphony.org/ , as the CYSO performs the “Music from the Lord of the Dance,” (February 1, 2020)

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Welcome the Treasury of Claremont Music! Today we share the music of John Harrelson (1950 – 2013), whose illustrious car...
11/16/2020

Welcome the Treasury of Claremont Music!

Today we share the music of John Harrelson (1950 – 2013), whose illustrious career spanned over 45 years. An accomplished musician, songwriter, and teacher, John received his bachelor's degree from Pitzer College and his master's and doctoral degrees in ethnomusicology from the Claremont Graduate University. Primarily a Claremont resident, Harrelson also lived and studied in London and Belgium and taught music and music history at numerous colleges.

In the late 1960s, Harrelson's band, Hard Luck Boy, opened for acts like Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, and John Mayall. Later, Harrelson was a member of the Southern California blues band, Blue Hwy.

Harrelson recorded and released nine albums, many on the Rubicon Recordings label. He played twenty instruments, including bass, guitar, piano, harmonica, saxophone, accordion, steel guitar, and vibes. Harrelson played in various genres, including rock, blues, country, zydeco, jazz, and big band. Harrelson also hosted a radio show at KSPC from 1991 to 1992 called "Frontiers Borders, Regions and Time."

In 2012, a documentary, Dead Man Rockin' - John Harrelson's Life in Music, chronicled his career. The documentary feature was produced and filmed by his former bandmates Roger Tessier and Michael Monteleone. The film was entered into film festivals across the nation, including the Southern California Film Festival, where it won "Best Documentary" in 2013. Sadly, John Harrelson passed away that same year at the age of 62.

Click here https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/john-harrelson-holt-blvd-from-dead-man-rockin to listen John Harrelson’s “Plymoth” from Dead Man Rockin’ or find it on our website The Treasury of Claremont Music (https://treasuryofclaremontmusic.com/)

Photograph from Dead Man Rockin’: John Harrelson’s Life in Music. © 2012, Michael Monteleone and Roger Tessier. All rights reserved.

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11/11/2020
Welcome the Treasury of Claremont Music by Claremont Heritage!Today we share the folk music of Jen Rosen. Jen Rosen move...
11/09/2020

Welcome the Treasury of Claremont Music by Claremont Heritage!

Today we share the folk music of Jen Rosen. Jen Rosen moved to Claremont to attend Pomona College. She received a classical six-string guitar as a graduation present from her father, which proved a pivotal moment in her life. Ms. Rosen would go on cross-country journeys throughout the U.S., during which Rosen formed her first female folk band, Sista Luv. When Ms. Rosen returned to Claremont, she and Joy McAllister co-founded the Sugar Mountain Mama Serenade. Rosen credits the late John Harrelson as her mentor and guitar teacher for several years.

Click here https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/jen-rosen-wishing-well-from-new-wings-2014 to listen to Jen Rosen’s “Wing Well” from New Wings (2014) or find it on our website The Treasury of Claremont Music https://treasuryofclaremontmusic.com/jen-rosen with link in the bio.

Image Credit: Althea Sachs
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Welcome the Treasury of Claremont Music! Today we share the music of Michael Ryan. Michael Ryan is a devoted guitarist w...
11/02/2020

Welcome the Treasury of Claremont Music!

Today we share the music of Michael Ryan. Michael Ryan is a devoted guitarist who received his B.A. in music from the University of La Verne. Ryan furthered his studies at California State University, Chico, where he received an M.A. in vocal performance. Ryan serves as an Instructor of Music at the University of La Verne. There he teaches private guitar instruction, classical guitar, chamber music, and songwriting. Ryan's compositions are influenced by a rich heritage of classical, flamenco, Latin, and Irish musical traditions, centered on the classical guitar's expressive sound.

Ryan has produced numerous concerts with an ensemble of musicians and dancers. These productions include Gypsy Passion, Spirit of Ireland, and Brazilian Nights. He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammy's) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Click here to listen to Michael Ryan’s performance of Rondo from Romance (1998) https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/michael-ryan-rondo-from-romance-1998 or find it on our website The Treasury of Claremont Music (https://treasuryofclaremontmusic.com/).

Image Credit: Althea Sachs
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Welcome back to Claremont Heritage’s Treasury of Claremont Music. Michael Brewster was a sound artist specializing in ac...
10/26/2020

Welcome back to Claremont Heritage’s Treasury of Claremont Music.

Michael Brewster was a sound artist specializing in acoustic sculpture. Brewster was born in Eugene, Oregon, and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He attended Pomona College from 1964-68 and Claremont Graduate University from 1968-70. During the 1960s, Brewster was associated with artists involved with California’s Light and Space Movement. He started making sculptures with sound waves in 1971. His installations explore 3-dimensional spaces created by sound when resonated or sustained through sonic fields and artifacts. The listener wanders inside volumes of sound through his sonic structures. One of the differences between sound art and music is that no one performs it, as it is “free-standing” with no beginning or end. The visitor controls the experience.

Brewster retired in 2015 as a Professor of Art at the Claremont Graduate University. Besides teaching, Brewster has exhibited his acoustic sculpture and sound installations throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Brewster received numerous grants and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988 and four National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowships. Michael Brewster passed away on June 19, 2016, among family and friends gathered for Father’s Day. He was 69.
Click here to listen to Michael Brewster’s recording of All of One (1998) https://soundcloud.com/treasuryofclaremontmusic/michael-brewster-all-of-before-from-three-acoustic-sculptures or find it on our website The Treasury of Claremont Music (link in the bio).
Photography by Althea Sachs
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