Oral History of Abe White, interviewed by William Debruhl, Brody R. McGrath and Timothy Mullane, 13 April, 2017

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Oral History of Abe White, interviewed by William Debruhl, Brody R. McGrath and Timothy Mullane, 13 April, 2017

Description

Saxophonist Abe White was born in downtown Charleston in 1935. He attended Burke High and there he realized he could be a musician. Soon, with almost no training, he started playing at the local bars on Reynolds Avenue in North Charleston and in downtown Charleston. The job allowed him to make money and support his mother financially but also exposed him to the nightlife dangers. After graduating from high school, White joined the Air Force in an administrative position. He was stationed in Texas, Colorado, California, Florida, Germany, and Thailand. At each location, after his office hours, he pursued opportunities to play. When he returned to the civilian life, he started his own business, "The Abe White Affair". In the interview, White reflects about his music and career and the long journey that took him from playing at armors and bars to his performances in local concerts and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival.

Source

Working Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/621

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Duration

51 minutes

Interviewer

William Debruhl
Brody R. McGrath
Timothy Mullane

Interviewee

Abe White

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Oral History of Abe White, interviewed by William Debruhl, Brody R. McGrath and Timothy Mullane, 13 April, 2017,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed July 13, 2024, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/621.