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Jazz musicians at Sopris (Colorado) Restaurant

Archives of American Art
Photographic Print : 1

List of jazz musicians who visited Gertrude Abercrombie's home

Archives of American Art
1 note : handwritten ; 15 x 10 cm. Handwritten list with annotations next to some jazz musicians' names. Artur Schnabel, a classical pianist, is also on this list.
Date based on a date found on another page in the same group of notes.

Jazz Musicians, Trumpeter and Bass Player, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Missouri, Kansas City survey, 1994.

Commerce Bankshares, Inc., 2017.

Two standing figures of musicians in relief installed on the wall of a building. The shorter of the two is playing a standing bass. The taller figure plays a trumpet. They wear festive clothing and large boots. Figures may be African American.


National Portrait Gallery

Francis Wolff Jazz Photoprints, 1953-1966

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Wolff (b. 1907 or 1908 in Berlin, Germany, d. March 8, 1971 in New York City) was a record company executive, photographer, and record producer. After a career as a commercial photographer in Germany, Wolff emigrated to the United States in 1939. In New York his childhood friend Alfred Lion had co-founded Blue Note Records in the same year, and Wolff joined him in running the company. During Lion's war service, Wolff worked for Milt Gabler at the Commodore Music Store, and together they maintained the company's catalog until Lion was discharged. Until Lion retired in 1967, Wolff concentrated on the financial affairs of the business and only supervised occasional recording sessions produced during his visits to Europe. For the last four years of his life, when Blue Note was no longer an independent label, Wolff shared production responsibilities with pianist and arranger Duke Pearson. Wolff took photographs during the recording sessions and rehearsals throughout Lion's tenure with Blue Note Records. They were used on publicity material and LP album sleeves, and have continued to be used in CD reissue booklets. [Redacted from Wikipedia entry.] Most of these images were made in the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, N.J. or Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

Twenty-five silver gelatin photographic prints from negatives by the eminent jazz photographer Francis Wolff, depicting such greats as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and other important artists. These prints are posthumous, and most bear a "Francis Wolff Collection" blind stamp. Some have Morrison Hotel labels.

Letter to the Musicians' Protective Association from Duke Ellington

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A two page letter from Duke Ellington to the Musicians' Protective Association, Local 767 written May 10, 1942. In the letter Duke Ellington files a claim against three parties to recover money owed him for arrangements of five numbers made for the show "Jump For Joy": He writes: "I am informed that the title of 'Jump for Joy,' the show and certain assets thereof are being sold at the office of Attorney Leo Gold in the Fox Building . . ." Ellington sought $1800 from the parties named in the suit, for arrangements of "Suntan Tenth of a Nation," "Two Left Feet," "Uncle Tom's Cabin," The Emperor's Bones," and "Cymbal Sockin' Sam."

Joe Henderson at the Blue Note offices, New York City in October 1963 [black-and-white photoprint]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
This became the cover image for Henderson's album "Our Thing" (Blue Note).

Henderson is shown smoking a cigarette, with curling smoke.

The Opener [Curtis Fuller] [black-and-white photoprint], June 16, 1957

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Curtis Fuller at his June 16, 1957 session for "The Opener" at the Van Gelder Studio, New Jersey. Recording session with Mobley, Timmons, Chambers, Taylor. Fuller plays trombone and smoke curls above his head. This photograph became the album's cover image.

Forever Jazz single

National Postal Museum

Ernestine Anderson [ca. 1984-1990 : black-and-white photoprint]

Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Anderson singing into microphone. Made in either Charlie's Place or Blues Alley, Washington, D.C.
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