Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles

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Clora Bryant, Buddy Collette, William Green, Steve Isoardi, Marl Young
University of California Press, Aug 31, 1999 - Music - 470 pages
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"From Buddy Collette's brilliant ruminations on Paul Robeson to Horace Tapscott's extraordinary insights about artistic production and community life . . . this collection of oral testimony presents a unique and memorable portrait of the 'Avenue' and of the artists whose creativity nurtured and sustained its golden age."—George Lipsitz, author of Dangerous Crossroads

"If ever the West Coast enjoyed its own equivalent of the Harlem Renaissance, it was here on Central Avenue. This too-often forgotten setting was nothing less than a center of cultural ferment and a showplace for artistic achievement. Finally its story has been told, with a richness of detail and vitality of expression, by those who helped make it happen."—Ted Gioia, author of West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California

"What a wonderful, comprehensive volume, full of knowledge and insight about an important time and place in jazz history. This book is a needed and welcomed addition on the rich African-American musical heritage of Los Angeles. It is well written and edited by people who were actually involved in the creation of the music, along with others who have a deep concern for preserving that legacy. This work gives the reader a truly in-depth look at the musicians, the music, and the social and political climate during that important development in American culture."—Kenny Burrell, jazz guitarist and Director of the Jazz Studies Program and Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles
 

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CENTRAL AVENUE SOUNDS: Jazz in Los Angeles

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Contents

Marshal Royal
22
Lee Young
51
Fletcher Smith
74
Coney Woodman
94
William Brother Woodman Jr 103
103
Brirt Woodman 114
114
Buddy Collette134
134
David Bryant 164
164
Gerald Wiggins
311
Gerald Wilson324
324
Clora Bryant
342
William Green 369
369
Marl Young381
381
Conclusion 401
401
Notes
407
Bibliography
415

Cecil Big Jay McNeely 179
179
The Eastslde at HIgh TIde
195

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The authors are members of the Central Avenue Sounds Editorial Committee, which includes seven musicians represented in the book: Clora Bryant, Buddy Collette, William Green, Jack Kelson, Horace Tapscott, Gerald Wilson, and Marl Young. Steven Isoardi is researcher/interviewer for the "Central Avenue Sounds" project of the UCLA Oral History Program.

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