Oral Histories

Interview of Vi Redd

Jazz bandleader, vocalist, and saxophone player.
Series:
Central Avenue Sounds Oral History Project
Topic:
African American History
Music
Interviewer:
Isoardi, Steven L.
Interviewee:
Redd, Vi
Persons Present:
Redd, Isoardi, and Redd's husband, Al Avelino.
Place Conducted:
Redd's home in Inglewood, 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:
Alison Easterling, 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. Redd did not review the transcript. Consequently, proper names remain unverified. Alex Cline, senior writer, prepared the table of contents, biographical summary, and interview history. Jane Collings, principal editor, compiled the names list.
Length:
6.4 hrs.
Language:
English
Copyright:
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.