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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Charles Burrell

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Classical and jazz bassist Charles Burrell was born in Toledo, Ohio, in 1920, and grew up destitute in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his B.A. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Burell was drafted into military service during World War II and played in an all-black naval unit at Great Lakes Naval Base near Chicago. As a child, he excelled in music. After hearing a radio show of the San Francisco Orchestra, he wanted to play under the direction of conductor Pierre Monteux. Burrell moved to Denver, Colorado in 1948 and was hired by the Denver Symphony Orchestra. While on vacation in San Francisco, he auditioned for the San Francisco Symphony and fulfilled his childhood dream to be directed by Monteaux. Burrell was the first African-American to become a member of the San Francisco Symphony. He also played jazz and taught and mentored future jazz greats including Ray Brown and George Duke.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
142 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Charles Burrell
Charles Burrell
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Denver, Colorado 2002 June 21.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 21 min., 58 sec.)) : sound, color
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