Oral history interview with Isaac Azose, 2014  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Azose, Isaac
Oral history interview with Isaac Azose
2014 (inclusive)
Originals as received: 1 digital audio file (WAV format) and 1 computer file (transcript)
Collection Number
5867 (Accession No. 5867-001)
Oral history of Isaac Azose
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Isaac Azose was born in Seattle to parents from two prominent Sephardic families, the Azoses and the Maimons. He became the cantor (hazzan) at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, a position he held for more than thirty years. He is also responsible for publishing Hebrew-English Sephardic siddurim which are used in Sephardic congregations around the world.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

In this interview Isaac Azose discusses his Turkish Sephardic family history, childhood, service in the Air Force, and career at Boeing. He also discusses his role as hazzan (cantor) at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth and his efforts to compile and publish Hebrew-English Sephardic siddurim (prayer books). Lastly, he discusses his musical recordings and concerts and his work with Ladino in Seattle.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Forms part of the Washington State Jewish Archives.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Alternative Forms Available

Listen to the audio recording and view the transcript of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cantors (Church music)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Jewish men--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)
  • Personal Names :
  • Azose, Isaac--Interviews
  • Corporate Names :
  • Congregation Ezra Bessaroth (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Washington State Jewish Archives (University of Washington)