Oral Histories

Interview of Hadda Brooks

Jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer.
Central Avenue Sounds: Hadda Brooks
Central Avenue Sounds Oral History Project
African American History
Biographical Note:
Jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer.
Isoardi, Steven L.
Brooks, Hadda
Persons Present:
Brooks and Isoardi.
Place Conducted:
Brooks's home in 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.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, Cline 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.Brooks reviewed the transcript. She verified proper names but made no corrections or additions.Alex Cline, editor, prepared the table of contents. Lisa Magee, editorial assistant, assembled the biographical summary and interview history. Gail Ostergren, editorial assistant, compiled the index.
5.5 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.