Goggin (Jim ) Oral History Collection

Photograph of Earl Watkins drumming with band at the Claremont Hotel Terrace Room
Performing at the Terrace Room of the Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, California, (left-right) : Earl Watkins, Wyatt Ruther, Wilbert Baranco, Jim Goggin Oral History Collection, MS 185, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library.

Jim Goggin was the founder of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation. During his career Goggin helped produce many West Coast jazz recordings and liner notes, and authored numerous jazz articles and ten published books about West Coast jazz music and its performers. The Jim Goggin Oral History Collection consists of 8 oral histories with jazz drummer and band leader Earl Watkins, an oral history with musician and session pianist Rodney Burge, and material as published in the book Earl Watkins: The Life of a Jazz Drummer by Jim Goggin.

Dates: circa 2000s
Collection number: MS 185
Creator: Goggin, Jim.
Collection Size: .5 linear feet ((1 box)

Guide to the Jim Goggin Oral History Collection

Available at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO)

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