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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Weston, Randy, 2008 January 22

Biographical / Historical

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.

Scope and Contents

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.

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Subject Names

  • Weston, Randy

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community organi-ing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Musicians -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Popular music -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)