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Matt "Guitar" Murphy, 1990

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Matt "Guitar" Murphy playing a guitar at a performance in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is wearing a black hat and a white Blues Brothers t-shirt. His guitar strap is slung over his left shoulder.

Serenaders of Kingsboro

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of a group of young men, two of whom play guitars, posing for the photograph.

Gelatin silver print of Curly "Drum Boogie"

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white collaged promotional photograph of Curly "Drum Boogie," a member of the Lionel Hampton orchestra.

The print features two black and white images of Curly "Drum Boogie." On the left side of the print he is depicted seated behind a drum set, with both drumsticks poised on the cymbal. He wears a light-colored suit with a patterned bow tie and is looking down towards the drums, with his lips pursed as if whistling. On the right side of the print is a floating, close cropped headshot of him smiling and looking directly at the camera. The image features only his head and his patterned bow tie.

At the bottom of the print is black text typed on both sides below the image which reads [CURLY / "Drum Boogie"] on the left and [Associated Booking Corp. / JOE GLASER, President / NEW YORK, CHICAGO, HOLLYWOOD] on the right. There are no inscriptions, front or back.

Photograph of an unidentified man playing a trumpet

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph, portrait orientation, of John Handy (?) playing the trumpet in a tuxedo. The picture is very dark with a lot of shadowing, cannot see where he is playing. White border around the edge, and the front of the photograph is matte. Handwritten in black ink at the bottom reads [To Dizzy Gillespie/(illegible)/5-12-1958]. Handwritten in orange at the center of reverse, reads [Diz/#J].

Drumsticks used by Art Blakey

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A pair of wooden drumsticks, the last to be used by Art Blakey. The drumsticks are cylindrical with one rounded end and one tapered end with a small bulbous tip. Stamped labels in black read "VIC / FIRTH" and "AMERICAN CLASSIC 5A / USA". One of the sticks is scratched and gouged heavily, with material missing from the tip.

Photograph of a piano player

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a male piano player. The man is depicted in three quarters profile, from the waist up. He is seated at a piano, depicted on the right side of the image, with his face turned towards the viewer. His hands rest on the piano keyboard. He is depicted wearing a black jacket, white shirt, and black tie. There is a stylized photographer's mark printed in the negative in the bottom right corner. There are no inscriptions on the back of the photograph.

Big Jack Johnson, 1990

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Big Jack Johnson playing a dark guitar with his initials, BJJ, on the body of it at a performance in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is wearing a white hat and bracelet and he is smiling.

Contract for B.B. King and Orchestra

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A typewritten ink on Buffalo Booking Agency letterhead, contract "No. 3016" for a performance of "Four hours with usual intermission." Signature of B.B. King in lower left corner. It is unsigned by the second party.

Gelatin silver print of a violinist

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white photograph of an unidentified man with a violin.

The man is pictured seated against a plain background, holding the violin up in one hand and the bow in his other, resting against his knee. He looks directly at the camera and is wearing a dark colored suit. There are no inscriptions, front or back.

Poster advertising Fats Waller's performance at Empire Theatre at Finsbury Park

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A poster for an appearance of "Fats" Waller in London at the Empire Theatre at Finsbury Park, August 29th, 1938. The poster is extra-long printed in red and blue on off-white paper.

Popsy Dixon, 1996

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Popsy Dixon, drummer for the blues band, The Holmes Brothers, playing drums during a performance in Clearwater, FL. Dixon is photographed in right-profile while performing. He wears a patterned shirt and sings into a microphone. He wears gloves while holding drumsticks.

Drumstick used by Art Blakey

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A drumstick with a brown plastic tip used by Art Blakey. The stick is wood and cylindrical with one rounded end and one tapered end with a small, brown plastic tip. There are small gouges on the tapered area of the stick, and the shaft has a small crack.

Photograph of Jimmy Spencer

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of Jimmy Spencer. He is centrally depicted from the thighs up, leaning against a piano. He is wearing a dark suit, white shirt, and a black bow tie. His proper left arm rests on the piano while his proper right hand rests on his proper left forearm. The piano is in the lower right quadrant. The image is bordered with white and along bottom is black text on the left and right sides. The text in the lower left corner reads, [Jimmy Spencer]. The text in the lower right corner reads, [ABC / ASSOCIATED BOOKING CORP. / New York / Chicago / Beverly Hills / Miami / Dallas / Las Vegas / London]. There are no inscriptions on the back of the image.

C. J. Chenier, 1993

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of zydeco musician C. J. Chenier playing accordian during a performance in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Chenier stands in front of a microphone and is gesturing with his right hand. He wears a dark baseball cap and sunglasses. An electric advertising sign is out of focus but visible at the top of the frame.

Joyce Bryant

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A gelatin silver print of Joyce Bryant in front of an upright piano. She sits on the piano bench and faces the viewer while resting her arm on the piano's music desk. Also on the music desk are booklets of sheet music, including "My Lord and Master" and a Billie Holliday "Lady Sings the Blues" anthology. Partially obscured by Bryant is sheet music featuring the image of a European classical composer wearing a periwig. More sheet music is stacked on the piano's top. Above the piano, and dominating the top half of the photograph, is a large print of Joyce Bryant.

Indoor portrait of a woman singing

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of a woman singing. She is wearing a light gown with dark gloves that don't cover her fingers, a bracelet, necklace and earrings. She is standing in front of a microphone on shaggy carpet. Behind her is a drum set and curtain and to her right is a woman in a dark dress playing a piano.

Strut Miss Lizzie / Home Again Blues

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black vinyl record with a yellow label at its center printed with black text. The record label logo is above the center; it is an illustration of a swan encircled with the text of the record label name [BLACK SWAN RECORDS]. Beneath the record's center it lists the song title and production information for each side. Side A reads [Strut Miss Lizzie / (Creamer - Layton) / Lulu Whidby / Henderson's Novelty Orch.] Side B reads [Home Again Blues / Berlin - Akst / Lulu Whidby]. Beneath the song titles there is production information, the manufacturer's name is printed along the bottom arc of the label [MFD. BY PACE PHONOGRAPH CORP., NEW YORK].

M. Makeba & H. Masekela

National Museum of African American History and Culture
This is a black and white photograph of Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela. Makeba is seen on the left with Masekela on the right. Makeba has her proper left arm over the shoulders of Masekela and is slightly turned toward him. She is seen smiling with her eyes closed. She wears a geometric patterned wrap around her upper torso and arms. Masekela is captured looking at the camera, also smiling. He holds a flugelhorn in front of him. He wears a tie-dye shirt with an open collar. The image appears to be captured in a moment of movement. The image is bordered in a narrow band of black from the negative frame on a white background. Below the image is handwritten text which lists the title and date as well as the artist's signature.

Studio Portrait of a Man Standing Playing Guitar

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Studio Portrait of a Man Standing Playing Guitar

Sun Ra at Knitting Factory

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white photograph of Sun Ra in an empty performance space. Sun Ra sits behind an electric keyboard with sheet music in front of him. Behind and next to him are empty chairs, microphones, and musical instruments including a double bass, saxophone, and maraca.

Eubie Blake

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A three dimensional original portrait bust sculpture of Eubie Blake by the artist, Bobbiegita Walker. Made of high-fired stoneware clay, the bust (a) is complete with eye glasses (b), and depicts Blake wearing a collared shirt and tie. It is about 30 percent larger than life size.

Pinback button of B. B. King

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A pinback button with a depiction of B. B. King. The button has a sketched image of King playing the guitar and looking off to the right. The text to the left of the button reads [bb king / For / President]. The exterior edge of the button has the manufacturer's information. The back of the button has a metal pin with a clasp.

Eldee Young, 1990

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of jazz musician Eldee Young playing bass at a performance in Hollywood, FL. Young faces to his right in the photograph and stands in front of a patterned background. He plucks the bass and wears a dark suit jacket and glasses.

Milt Hinton, 1991

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of jazz musician Milt Hinton playing bass at a performance in Clearwater, FL. Hinton is photographed from the knees up as he plucks his bass. Hinton is looking at sheet music on a music stand to his left. He wears a dark suit jacket and elaborate bolo tie.
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