Oral Histories

Interview of Ruben Leon

Jazz saxophone player.
Central Avenue Sounds: Ruben Leon
Central Avenue Sounds Oral History Project
African American History
Biographical Note:
Jazz saxophone player.
Isoardi, Steven L.
Leon, Ruben
Persons Present:
Leon and Isoardi.
Place Conducted:
Isoardi's home in Pasadena, 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. Words and phrases inserted by the editor have been bracketed.Leon passed away before he was able to review the transcript, and therefore family names remain unverified.Alex Cline, editor, prepared the table of contents and biographical summary. Isoardi assembled the interview history. Victoria Simmons, editorial assistant, compiled the 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.