Monday, February 20, 2017

Jack Perlstein with Judith Still, Part 2 - Judith Still talks about some of her father’s music played on "From the Top" a few weeks ago.

Judith Anne Still

Judith is the daughter of African-American composer William Grant Still.  Her mother, Verna Arvey, was the composer’s wife, librettist, and publicist.   Verna Arvey was white and Jewish - which presented some challenges along the way.  Judith talks about some of the prejudice she and her family faced.

William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma,


Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan

February 17, 2017

Jack Perlstein writes to Judith Anne Still, daughter of William Grant Still:

Hi, Judy.  The Symphony No. 2 is airing right now. I aired 2 more excerpts from our interview of 2 weeks ago.  You can go to and find a link to the interview segments. Just click on your father's picture.  There are also pictures of your mother and you (one I took when we were together last March).

Thank you, Judy.  I enjoy our relationship so much, and working on all this with you.


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