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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Evelyn Freeman Roberts

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Musician Evelyn Freeman Roberts, born on February 13, 1919, grew up in Cleveland, Ohio in a musical family. In high school, Roberts saw Duke Ellington perform and decided to become a bandleader. She formed a group in high school and led it through her tenure as a student of the Cleveland Institute of Music. The Evelyn Freeman Swing Band played with great success throughout Cleveland in the 1940s. During World War II, the band was drafted as a unit, making it the first all-black band in the U.S. Navy. After the war ended, Freeman met and married bandleader Tommy Roberts. Moving to New York, Freeman continued to work in music, composing and arranging for television and for notable recording artists. In the 1970s, she moved to California, forming the Young Saints, who would perform at the White House. With her husband, she co-founded and administered the Young Saints Scholarship Foundation.
Performers
Paul Brock, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
202 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Evelyn Freeman Roberts
Evelyn Freeman Roberts
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Los Angeles, California 2006 March 31.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 21 min., 48 sec.)) : sound, color
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