This is a documentary celebration of the Eastside neighborhood of Los Angeles, down which runs the Central Avenue corridor. From 1920 to 1965, it celebrates Central Avenue with the likes of William "Buddy" Collette and his sextet, Jackie Kelso and Clora Bryant. It also celebrates the multi-cultural make up of the residents of that corridor, many who would never set foot in a nightclub.
The story tells itself by the people who lived it. Their mutual help and cultural background is something rarely seen in our modern neighborhoods, but something they would like to see return.
Don Jones, artist
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This project is made possible, in part, by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities as part of the Council's statewide California Stories Initiative. The Council is an independent non-profit organization and a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information on the Council and the California Stories Initiative, visit www.californiastories.org.
Los Angeles City Council Members Jan Perry and Bernard Parks
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Supervisor Yvonne Burke)
Stern Family Foundation
Community Redevelopment Agency
The Law Firm of O'Melveny and Myers