University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thomas Paynter Music and Papers

Physical collection consists of original music scores and parts, photographs, programs, posters, correspondence, scrapbooks, audiovisual recordings, a Korg Model X5D Electronic Synthesizer Keyboard, and memorabilia documenting Tom Paynter's career as a composer, band leader for his music ensemble, Ear Doctor, and music student at the University of Illinois between 1982 and 2019. Of particular note are Paynter's dissertation on Eric Dolphy and his original music compositions written for his band, Ear Doctor.

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