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Street Musicians

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of street musicians playing a guitar, string bass, and third unseen instrument on the sidewalk.

Great American Musicians

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, and David Howard at Club Oasis in Los Angeles, California.

Photographic print of five jazz musicians

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white photograph of five jazz musicians in the midst of a performance. They are positioned in a semi-circle; the man to the far left plays the conga drum. To the right of the congo player, are a man playing the piano, a man playing a drum kit, a man playing a saxophone, and a man playing bongo drums. The man playing the bongos is "Bongo" Kenny and smokes as he plays. The back of the photograph has two barcode stickers and a pink post-it.

Promotional card for a piano recital given by Eunice Waymon (Nina Simone)

National Museum of African American History and Culture
An advertising card for a piano recital performed by Eunice Waymon at age 21. The recital cost $1.30 to attend and was sponsored by the Philadelphia Branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc.

Cabaret Strip Dancer

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Black and white gelatin silver photographic print of a balcony view of woman dancing while musicians play on a stage behind her. To her left, audience members are watching while seated at a table.

Butch Morris, Musician

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Black and white photograph of Butch Morris seated on a stool. He is perched with his hands grasping the front of the stool with his legs posed on either side of his arms. He wears a dark sweater and light colored corduroy pants. He looks at the camera with his mouth slightly open. He is seated in front of a white background with shadows on the wall behind him. The shadows, in either side of Morris, appear to be music stands or other lighting equipment. The image is bordered in a narrow black line from the original negative frame. The image is on a white background. Below the image is hand-written text with the title, date, and artist's signature [Butch Morris - musician - '84'/A. Barboza].

Photograph of the Scoby Browne Quartet autographed by "Duke"

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph, landscape orientation, of four men playing instruments together, around a free-standing microphone, all in matching tan suit jackets and dark pants. Each man is identified with handwritten inscriptions in black ink above their image and an inscription at the bottom right corner reads [To My Boy / "Acey" / Best Wishes / Duke]. From left to right, "Scoby" is holding a clarinet, "Me" or "Duke" is playing an accordian, "Jim" is holding a guitar, and "Choc" is holding an upright bass. There is a keyboard in the left foreground that no one is playing in the image. The four are pictured in front of a plain white background. A printed caption in black type at the bottom center reads [SCOBY BROWNE 4-TET]. There are no marks or inscriptions on the reverse.

Swan shaped ring holder owned by Ginger Smock

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A silver plated ring holder in the shape of a swan owned by Ginger Smock. The swan's head is looking straight up and its neck fully extended. The swan is attached to a silver plated decorative plate with a green felt bottom. The plate has an embossed floral design with a roped edge. The bottom of the holder is covered with green felt.

Queen Ida, 1990

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of zydeco musician Queen Ida playing accordian during a performance in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She is photographed from a low angle and to her right. She stands in front of a microphone with her left hand held in front of her. She wears a patterned, slightly shiny blouse and dangling earrings.

Photograph of Erskine Hawkins

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white photographic portrait of Erskine Hawkins in a striped suit. He is holding a trumpet in his right hand with his left hand resting on top of his right. He is sitting down smiling directly into the camera with his shadow casts in the background. In the bottom border of the photo, it says "Erskine Hawkins/ And His Orchestra" In the middle of the border, there is a small tear. To the right of the tear in the bottom left hand corner it reads "Bluebird/ Recording Artists". There are no inscriptions front or back.

Gelatin silver print of Lead Belly playing the guitar

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white photograph of Lead Belly playing the guitar.

Lead Belly is sitting on a chair and is playing a guitar. He is wearing a white collared shirt, a suit, and a bowtie. Josh White is sitting in the background, also playing a guitar. Around them is a crowd of people sitting at tables with white table cloths. There is a mural painting of two men and a woman on the wall in the background. On the verso, handwritten in graphite, is the inscription: "LEADBELLY" / 1941 / JOSH WHITE

Gelatin silver print of Monk Montgomery singing and playing the guitar

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black and white photograph of Monk Montgomery playing the guitar and singing into a microphone.

Montgomery is pictured standing in front of a wass with a mural of boats on open water.

He is wearing a white collared shirt, a light colored suit jacket, black pants, a black tie, and has a dark colored pocket square. He is standing on a stage behind a microphone. His body is turned towards the proper left side. An inscription on the back reads: [MONK MONTGOMERY / b. 1921 - d. 1982 / 1st SIGNIFICANT ELECTRIC JAZZ BASSIST.].

Buckwheat Zydeco, 1989

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Buckwheat Zydeco playing an accordion behind a microphone during a performance in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is wearing glasses and a white shirt. The accordion is white and black.

Clarence Hollimon, 1992

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of blues musician Clarence Hollimon performing in Charlotte, NC. Hollimon is photographed from a low angle from the waist up. He is playing an electic guitar and wears a white collared shirt, black suspenders and glasses.

Luther Allison, 1994

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of blues musician Luther Allison performing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Allison is photographed from the knees up standing in front of a microphone and singing. A Gibson Les Paul is around his neck and his right hand is raised in front of him. He wears and black and white shirt with geometric patterns and dark slacks.

Noble "Thin Man" Watts, 1986

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of blues musician Noble "Thin Man" Watts playing saxaphone during a performance in Miami, FL. Watts is wearing a dark suit jacket and light colored panama hat.

Pinetop Perkins, 1988

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of blues musician Pinetop Perkins performing in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The photo is taken from a low angle and shows Perkins nearly in left-profile. He sits at a piano, the blurred outline of which is just visible in the bottom left of the frame. He is singing into a microphone and wears a white button up shirt, black cloth cap, and black rimmed glasses.

Carey Bell, 1988

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of blues musician Carey Bell playing harmonica during a performance in Miami, FL. Bell cups his hands around a microphone while performing and holds his face quite close. He wears a dark suit jacket and his eyes are closed while playing.

Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, 1995

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown playing violin at a performance in Miami, FL. He is wearing a black cowboy hat, black longsleeve shirt with a white design, and has a pair of sunglasses in his shirt pocket. He is holding the violin with his left hand and the bow with his right hand.

Jimmy Johnson, 1991

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Jimmy Johnson playing guitar at a performance in Delray Beach, FL. He is at the left of the frame wearing a dark jacket and standing behind a microphone. Another man is playing a bass guitar at the right of the frame.

Sherman Holmes, 1996

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Sherman Holmes playing guitar during a performance in Clearwater, FL. He is wearing a black cap and a dark shirt. He is wearing a white lanyard around his neck and his left hand is visible on the neck of the guitar.

Drumstick used by Art Blakey

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A drumstick with a tapered wood tip. The stick is wood and cylindrical with one rounded end and one tapered end with a small cone-shaped tip. There are small gouges on the tapered area of the stick, and the stick is cracked and missing material from two areas on the shaft.

Music stand used by Ginger Smock

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black, metal music stand owned by Ginger Smock. The stand has a metal tripod base and an adjustable music support with a small shelf. Embossed on the back of the support is the Belmonte company logo. Plastic extensions are screwed to the metal support above the shelf. Embossed on each side of the extension on top is “SNAP-OUTS.” The base and support is connected with an adjustable central pole with locking screws. Written in white paint on the bottom of the base is “GINGER” and “SHIPP.” Written in white paint on the shelf of the support is “SHIPP.”

Papa John Creach, 1994

National Museum of African American History and Culture
A black-and-white photograph of Papa John Creach playing violin at a performance in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is wearing a multicolored hat, white shirt, and a leather jacket. He is holding the violin in his left hand and the bow in his right hand.
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