Oral Histories

Interview of Gerald Wiggins

Jazz bass and piano player.
Central Avenue Sounds: Gerald Wiggins
Central Avenue Sounds Oral History Project
African American History
Biographical Note:
Jazz bass and piano player.
Isoardi, Steven L.
Wiggins, Gerald
Persons Present:
Wiggins, Lynn Charney Wiggins, and Isoardi.
Place Conducted:
Wiggins's home in Woodland Hills, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in 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.Isoardi prepared for the interview by consulting 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. Wherever 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.Wiggins reviewed the transcript. He verified proper names and made some corrections and additions.Cline also prepared the biographical summary. Steven J. Novak, editor, prepared the table of contents, interview history, and index.
3.5 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.