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The Resource Central Avenue sounds : James Tolbert, interviewed by Steven L. Isoardi

Central Avenue sounds : James Tolbert, interviewed by Steven L. Isoardi

Label
Central Avenue sounds : James Tolbert, 1999
Title
Central Avenue sounds
Title remainder
James Tolbert
Statement of responsibility
interviewed by Steven L. Isoardi
Inclusive dates
1999
Creator
Contributor
Interviewee
Interviewer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The interview starts with Tolbert's childhood in New Orleans and in the Central Avenue and Watts neighborhoods of Los Angeles; it continues through his education at both Jordan and Jefferson high schools, his military service, his earning of a degree in law and his booking and promoting of jazz concerts at Music Town during the late '40s and early '50s. Major topics addressed are: his relatives, the Young family, particularly Lee and Lester Young; music venues and notable musicians around Central Avenue in the '30s and '40s; the former African American local of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 767; and the decline of Central Avenue in the '50s
Note
  • Forms part of: Central Avenue sounds.
  • Also forms part of: Oral History collection, Dept. of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Los Angeles.
Is part of
Additional physical form
Audio recordings also may be accessed in the UCLA Department of Special Collections by special arrangement.
Biographical or historical data
James Tolbert was born on October 26, 1926 in New Orleans, La. After his family moved to Los Angeles, he attended high school there, but left early. Later he finished his high school equivalency, then went on to East Los Angeles College, California State University, Los Angeles, Loyola Law School, then graduated with a law degree from Van Norman Law School. After successfully completing the bar, he spent much of the '40s and '50s booking and promoting jazz concerts at Music Town. In 1957, he started his own law firm, with various partners over the years, and continues with the firm to the time of this interview.
Cataloging source
CLU
Form designation
oral history transcript
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Location of originals duplicates
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Label
Central Avenue sounds : James Tolbert, interviewed by Steven L. Isoardi
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Transcript of a 3.2-hour interview completed under the auspices of the UCLA Oral History Program
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Volume includes index.
  • The UCLA Oral History Program : catalog of the collection. 3rd ed. / compiled by Teresa Barnett (Los Angeles : Oral History Program, Dept. of Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999); available in the UCLA Dept. of Special Collections.
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
viii, 117 leaves, bound
Other physical details
ports.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)83873509
  • ucoclc83873509
Terms governing use
Quotation, publication or reproduction permitted, subject to University policy. User must acknowledge the UCLA Department of Special Collections.
Label
Central Avenue sounds : James Tolbert, interviewed by Steven L. Isoardi
Publication
Note
Transcript of a 3.2-hour interview completed under the auspices of the UCLA Oral History Program
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Volume includes index.
  • The UCLA Oral History Program : catalog of the collection. 3rd ed. / compiled by Teresa Barnett (Los Angeles : Oral History Program, Dept. of Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles, 1999); available in the UCLA Dept. of Special Collections.
Dimensions
28 cm.
Extent
viii, 117 leaves, bound
Other physical details
ports.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)83873509
  • ucoclc83873509
Terms governing use
Quotation, publication or reproduction permitted, subject to University policy. User must acknowledge the UCLA Department of Special Collections.

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