Oral Histories

Interview of Anthony Ortega

Jazz woodwind player.
Central Avenue Sounds: Anthony Ortega
Central Avenue Sounds Oral History Project
African American History
Biographical Note:
Jazz woodwind player.
Isoardi, Steven L.
Ortega, Anthony
Persons Present:
Ortega and Isoardi.
Place Conducted:
Ortega's home in Encinitas, 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.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:
Kathleen McAlister, editorial assistant, edited the interview. She checked the verbatim transcript of the interview against the original tape recordings, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Whenever possible, McAlister checked the proper names of nightclubs against articles and advertisements in back issues of the California Eagle. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed.Ortega reviewed the transcript. He verified proper names and made extensive corrections and additions.Alex Cline, editor, prepared the table of contents and biographical summary. Derek DeNardo, editorial assistant, assembled the interview history. Swapna Sundaram, editorial assistant, compiled the index.
6.3 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.