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Oral history interview conducted by Sady Sullivan
January 22, 2008
Call number: 2008.030.53
Oral History Interview with Randy Weston
Randy Weston was born in New York City in 1926. A celebrated American jazz pianist, composer, and band leader, he grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. After serving in the United States Army during World War II, Weston's jazz career took off as be began playing with national jazz figures. In 2001 he received a National Endowment for the Arts lifetime honor as a Jazz Master.
In this interview, Randy Weston remembers his first performance at the Billie Holiday Theatre. He discusses the importance of music in African-American history. Weston recalls a number of influential musicians he has known and collaborated with throughout his life. He identifies several musicians and family members in a photograph, as well as a poster from a performance at the Billie Holiday Theatre. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) partnered on the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral history project in 2007-2008 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Restoration's founding as the first community development corporation (CDC) in the United States. Nearly sixty interviews were conducted with founding Board members, supporters, activists, artists, tenants, and other community members. Audio clips from these oral history interviews were included in the exhibit "Reflections on Community Development: Stories from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation" (BHS 2008, Restoration 2009).
CitationWeston, Randy, Oral history interview conducted by Sady Sullivan, January 22, 2008, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories, 2008.030.53; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
- Weston, Randy, 1926-
- African Americans
- Community centers
- Community organizing
- Popular music
- Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Finding AidBedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories