Oral Histories

Interview of Cecil McNeely

Jazz saxophone player.
Central Avenue Sounds: Cecil McNeely
Central Avenue Sounds Oral History Project
African American History
Biographical Note:
Jazz saxophone player.
Isoardi, Steven L.
McNeely, Cecil
Persons Present:
McNeely and Isoardi.
Place Conducted:
American Federation of Musicians Local 47, Los Angeles, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Steven L. Isoardi, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Government, University of San Francisco; M.A., Government, University of San Francisco; M.A., Political Science, UCLA; Ph.D., Political Science, UCLA.In preparing for the interview, Isoardi consulted jazz histories, autobiographies, oral histories, relevant jazz periodicals, documentary films, and back issues of the California Eagle and the Los Angeles Sentinel.
Processing of Interview:
Alex Cline, editor, edited the interview. He checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Whenever possible, the proper names of nightclubs were checked against articles and advertisements in back issues of the California Eagle. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed.The edited transcript was sent to McNeely for review in February 1992. McNeely did not return the transcript. As a result, the transcript was completed without interviewee corrections or additions.Steven J. Novak, editor, prepared the table of contents, biographical summary, interview history, and index.
1.75 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series preserve the spoken memories of individuals, mainly musicians, who were raised near and/or performed on Los Angeles's Central Avenue from the late 1920s to the mid-1950s.