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Isoardi, Steven L.

Overview
Works: 73 works in 99 publications in 1 language and 2,289 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Oral histories 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewer, Other
Classifications: ML417.T18, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Steven L Isoardi
Songs of the unsung : the musical and social journey of Horace Tapscott by Horace Tapscott( Book )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Songs of the Unsung also includes Tapscott's vivid descriptions of the Watts neighborhood insurrection of 1965 and the L.A. upheavals of 1992, his interactions with both the Black Panthers and the L.A.P.D., his involvement in Motown's West Coast scene, the growth of his musical reputation abroad, and stories about many of his musician-activist friends, including Billy Higgins, Don Cherry, Buddy Collette, Arthur Blythe, Lawrence and Wilber Morris, Linda Hill, Elaine Brown, Stanley Crouch, and Sun Ra."--Jacket
Jazz generations : a life in American music and society by Buddy Collette( Book )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Buddy Collette has been a key figure in American jazz since the early 1940s. He is particularly noted as a principal participant in the Central Avenue jazz scene of Los Angeles, which rivals Harlem and New Orleans in its influence on the development of jazz. Collette worked closely with Charles Mingus and Eric Dolphy and went on to join the Chico Hamilton Quintet. He has led his own bands for thirty years as well as writing, arranging and playing on film soundtracks. In this fascinating autobiography, he illuminates the world of the studio musician and charts the developing jazz and social scene on the West coast from the 1930s, through the Watts upheavals in the 1960s, to the present
The dark tree : jazz and the community arts in Los Angeles by Steven Louis Isoardi( Book )

11 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"While still in his twenties, Horace Tapscott gave up a successful career in Lionel Hampton's band and returned to his home in Los Angeles to found the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, a group that focused on providing community-oriented jazz performance and training. Based primarily on one hundred in-depth interviews with current and former participants, The Dark Tree is the first history of the important and largely overlooked community arts movement of African American Los Angeles."--Jacket
Oral history interview with Tom Bane by Tom Bane( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bane discusses his early childhood moving from town to town and eventually settling in Burbank, Calif. He continues with working at Bullocks-Wishire while attending Los Angeles City College, later working as a mail carrier and insurance agent, changing party registration from Republican to Democrat, involvement in local politics, and running for the 42nd Assembly District seat. He continues with the formation of the California Democratic Council, left-wing political organizations, communist party members, winning an Assembly seat, arriving in Sacramento in 1958, encounters with Jesse Unruh, committee assigments, working with Gov. Pat Brown, the decision to run for Congress in 1964 and his retirement in 1989. Major issues covered include the Rumford Fair Housing Act, Bane's oppostion to Carmen Warschaw as national Democratic party committee person, ruling allowing legislators to hire consultants, opposition to Prop. 14, anti-discrimination legislation, Charles Keating and the savings & loan scandal, introducing legislation establishing state funding for lupus research, A.B. 2392 and the power of the NRA, and term limits
Central Avenue sounds Frank Morgan by Frank Morgan( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Morgan discusses his early musical background in Minneapolis and continues through his move to Los Angeles in 1948. Major topics discussed include Morgan's early musical development in Los Angeles, his professional career in Southern California until the mid-1950s, Central Avenue clubs, drug use on Central Avenue, and thoughts on the technique and playing of jazz
Central Avenue sounds Lee Young by Lee Young( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young discusses his early life and musical training and continues through his years performing on Central Avenue and his career as a studio musician. Major topics discussed include clubs on Central Avenue and elsewhere in the Los Angeles area, bands Young played with, discriminatory hiring practices in the motion picture industry, and Young's employment in the record industry
Central Avenue sounds Marshal Royal by Marshal Royal( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Royal discusses his childhood and education in Los Angeles. He continues through his professional career in Southern California when he leaves to rebuild the Count Basie band. Major topics covered include Royal's early musical development, Central Avenue clubs, the changing club scene during the postwar period, and the decline of Central Avenue
Central Avenue sounds Marl Young by Marl Young( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young discusses his early musical development in Chicago and continues with his professional career in Southern California through the 1950s. A major topic is Young's role in the amalgamation of Locals 47 an 767 of the American Federation of Musicians
Central Avenue sounds Coney Woodman by Coney Woodman( )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woodman discusses his childhood and education in Watts and continues on through his career as a jazz musician. Major topics covered include early experiences playing music with his brothers under his father's direction, contact with other musicians who played on Central Avenue, and playing in clubs throughout Southern California
Central Avenue sounds Britt Woodman by Britt Woodman( )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Woodman discusses his early music development in Los Angeles, his professional career in Southern California and New York, his experiences with Duke Ellington and his current career
Central Avenue sounds Gerald S. Wilson by Gerald Wilson( )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wilson discusses his childhood and education in Mississippi, Tennessee and Michigan and his later career as a composer, arranger and big band leader. There is much discussion of his fellow jazz musicians, composing and arranging for film and TV, Central Avenue clubs, Wilson's recording with his band, and his participation in the struggle to amalgamate black and white musicians unions in LA
Central Avenue sounds Ruben Leon by Rubén León( )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The interview begins with Leon's early childhood in El Paso, Texas, then continues with his move to Los Angeles in the 30s, his career as a saxophonist/pianist/arranger in LA, his years as a music teacher at Lincoln High School, and his decision to pursue a Ph. D. in psychology. Major topics of discussion include Leon's experiences as a Mexican American, music venues in Los Angeles during the 30s and 40s, Latin jazz in LA, and Leon's commitment to educating the youth of LA in the areas of both music and race
Central Avenue sounds. Clora Bryant by Clora Bryant( Book )

1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bryant discusses her childhood and education in Denison, Texas, her move to LA and her career as a musician. There is much discussion of the musicians who played Central Avenue, the clubs on Central Avenue and elsewhere in LA, prejudice against women in the jazz world, women's jazz groups, race relations and locals 767 and 47 of the American Federation of Musicians
Central Avenue sounds Hadda Brooks by Hadda Brooks( )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brooks discusses her childhood in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles and continues through her education, her early recording career playing boogie woogie piano music, and her career as an internationally known vocal stylist. Major topics covered include musicians, record producers, and disc jockeys in Los Angeles from the forties through the eighties; audiences in the U.S. versus those abroad; and Brooks's work in television and film
Central Avenue sounds Clifford Solomon by Clifford Solomon( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The interview begins with Solomon's childhood and early experiences in Los Angeles, then continues through his musical career as a saxophonist with jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues artists. Major topics of discussion include nightclubs and other businesses on Central Avenue, the shift of music venues away from Central Avenue to other parts of the city, influential LA musicians, and Solomon's career playing with such artists as Charles Brown, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Ike and Tina Turner, and John Mayall
Central Avenue sounds : Ernie Andrews : by Ernie Andrews( )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrews talks about his childhood in Philadelphia, his youth in New Orleans and his move to Los Angeles. Havng been one of the leading performers of Central Avenue, he duscusses that area's night club scene, fellow jazz musicians, the recording industry, and the waning of Central Avenue as a venue for jazz in the 1950's
Central Avenue sounds Leroy Hurte by Leroy E Hurte( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hurte discusses his early life and musical training and continues through his years as a vocalist, record producer, conductor, magazine publisher, radio station owner, and champion of classical music in Los Angeles's African-American community. Major topics covered include independent record labels in Los Angeles during the 1930s and 1940s, the difficulties faced by African Americans aspiring to positions in the classical music world, community orchestras in the Los Angeles area, and notable African Americans in the classical music field
Central Avenue sounds Minor Robinson by Minor Robinson( )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robinson discusses his childhood and continues through his career as a full-time and later part-time jazz musician. Major topics covered include musical training at Jordan High School in Watts nightclubs and businesses on Central Avenue and in Watts, musicians who grew up in Watts, and changes on Central Avenue over the years
Central Avenue sounds Jackie Kelso by Jack Kelson( )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kelson discusses his childhood and education in Los Angeles and his later music career. There is much discussion of his fellow musicians, musical styles, studio recording, the recording industry, the American Federation of Musicians, race relations, the rise and decline of Central Avenue and Kelson's philosophy of life
Central Avenue sounds Melba Liston by Melba Liston( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Liston discusses her childhood in Kansas City, Missouri and continues through her career as a musician in Los Angeles through the 1950s. Major topics covered include performers at the Lincoln Theatre, Gerald Wilson's band, and the difficulties of being a woman traveling with an all-male band
 
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Songs of the unsung : the musical and social journey of Horace Tapscott
Alternative Names
Isoardi, Steven L.

Isoardi, Steven L. 1949-

Isoardi, Steven Louis 1949-

Languages
English (43)

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Jazz generations : a life in American music and societyThe dark tree : jazz and the community arts in Los Angeles