The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Oral history interview with Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
Repository: New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Collection Description (Extant): Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson is a pianist, conductor, composer and arranger. Born June 14, 1932 in New York City, Perkinson played piano and trombone in Music and Art High School where he also began conducting and composing. He went on to study composition at the Manhattan School of Music (M.A., 1953), travelled to Holland and attended the Mozarteum (1959-60), led the Calvary Quartet, composed the music for Alvin Ailey's For Bird--With Love, was musical director for the film From Montgomery to Memphis.
From 1960-65 Perkinson worked on the Martin Luther King, Jr. film From Montgomery to Memphis as its musical director. He explains how he was not involved with King during his lifetime and did not understand his ideology. While working on the film however, he was face-to-face with King's philosophy and work; the impact Perkinson experienced from this intense involvement was overwhelming.
Date(s): August 5, 1993
Digital Status: No
Existing IDs: Sc Visual VRA-196a, b Service copy.
Sc Visual VRA-196a, b Service copy.
Sc Visual VRC-19a, b Original of: Sc Visual VRA-196a, b.
Extent: 2 videocassettes (MII) ; 1/2 in.
2 hr., 5 min
Finding Aid URL: http://catalog.nypl.org/record=b13460932~S67
Interviewees: Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American musicians
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968