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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.

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.

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

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.

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.].

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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].

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 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.
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