Oral Histories

Interview of James Tolbert

Entertainment attorney.
Central Avenue Sounds: James Tolbert
Central Avenue Sounds Oral History Project
African American History
Biographical Note:
Entertainment attorney.
Isoardi, Steven L.
Tolbert, James
Persons Present:
Tape I: Tolbert and Isoardi, Tape II and III: Tolbert's sister, Lucille Tolbert Brand; Tolbert's wife, Marie Ross Tolbert; and Isoardi.
Place Conducted:
Tolbert's home in Van Nuys, 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:
Shelby Sanett, Gold Shield intern, 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.Tolbert did not review the transcript, but he verified proper names via telephone.Alex Cline, editor, prepared the table of contents, biographical summary, and interview history. Victoria Simmons, editorial assistant, compiled the index.
3.2 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.