Mechanical Music Digest  Archives
You Are Not Logged In Login/Get New Account
Please Log In. Accounts are free!
Logged In users are granted additional features including a more current version of the Archives and a simplified process for submitting articles.
Home Archives Calendar Gallery Store Links Info
MMD > Archives > November 1999 > 1999.11.24 > 04Prev  Next

Max Kortlander Biography
By Bryan Cather

Mr. Barnett,  About a year ago, I presented a program for the Texas
Chapter of AMICA titled "Max Kortlander: Life on a Roll".  It occurs to
me that some of the information sources I used in preparing my program
may be of some use to you.

The vast majority of my information came from the Billings Rollography.
However, I also used biographical information found in the liner notes
for the LP recording "The Piano Roll Artistry of Max Kortlander", found
in my local library. I do not know where these two sources got their

Also, I seem to recall one of the chapters of AMICA (Pacific Can-Am?)
having a Max Kortlander program of some kind in the past.  I found a
meeting report for that chapter in the January/February AMICA bulletin
that mentions that a Walt Jones had attended a meeting, and that he was
Kortlander's nephew.  In the same report it was mentioned that former
QRS recording artist Harry Blond had attended, and brought a video of
the 1956 TV show "You Asked For It".  The particular episode was a
walking tour of the QRS plant in the Bronx hosted by Kortlander.

In the course of my research, I recall someone (perhaps in the MMD)
telling me about a fellow he knew of (in Florida???) who had lots of
Kortlander's personal and business correspondence. I did not contact
that person, because my program was too quickly approaching to be able
to use any information I might have obtained.

Finally, I do have a piece of sheet music composed by Max Kortlander
& Pete Wendling you're welcome to borrow, if you can use it.  The title
escapes me right now, as it is on loan to a friend.

I'm very pleased to find you're writing about Max Kortlander; he is
well deserving of critical attention.


Bryan Cather

(Message sent Wed 24 Nov 1999, 19:37:42 GMT, from time zone GMT-0600.)

Key Words in Subject:  Biography, Kortlander, Max

Home    Archives    Calendar    Gallery    Store    Links    Info   

Enter text below to search the MMD Website with Google

CONTACT FORM: Click HERE to write to the editor, or to post a message about Mechanical Musical Instruments to the MMD

Unless otherwise noted, all opinions are those of the individual authors and may not represent those of the editors. Compilation copyright 1995-2019 by Jody Kravitz.

Please read our Republication Policy before copying information from or creating links to this web site.

Click HERE to contact the webmaster regarding problems with the website.

Please support publication of the MMD by donating online

Pay via PayPal

No PayPal account required

Translate This Page

. .