Oral Histories

Interview of Larry Bunker

Jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and percussionist. Timpani player for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Beyond Central: Larry Bunker
Beyond Central
African American History
Biographical Note:
Jazz drummer, vibraphonist, and percussionist. Timpani player for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Cline, Alex
Bunker, Larry
Persons Present:
Bunker and Cline.
Place Conducted:
Bunker's home in Los Angeles.
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 Alex Cline, series coordinator, UCLA Oral History Program; musician.Cline prepared for the interview by consulting jazz histories, autobiographies, oral histories, and relevant periodicals, listened to recordings, and viewed personal archival material when made available.
Processing of Interview:
The transcript is a verbatim transcription of the recording. It was transcribed by a professional transcribing agency using a list of proper names and specialized terminology supplied by the interviewer. Bunker did not review the transcript, and therefore some proper names may remain unverified.
9 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series extend the UCLA Oral History Program's "Central Avenue Sounds" series and preserve the spoken memories of musicians who were active in the jazz music scene in Los Angeles from the 1950s to the 1970s. This series includes a broad range of interviewees, some of whom are well known and others who may be less known, who were chosen to document their specific point of view, contribution, role, or experience. Particular areas of focus include the African American musicians' community and the development and emergence of the so-called jazz avant-garde in Los Angeles.