Spending too much time at the computer results in a stiff neck and eyestrain.
But these long obsessive hours in front of the monitor or laptop bring rewards I wouldn’t have imagined. An eBay seller has found and is offering for sale ($400.00) the scrapbook or photograph album of a singer, Lucille Hall (or Lucille Halle) who worked on the West Coast with, among others, Leon Herriford, Charlie Echols and his Dixie Rhythm Kings, appeared alongside the Mills Brothers. I had never heard of her, and doubt that many people have.
But the first picture in her scrapbook is a beautiful publicity shot of her playing trombone (which I can’t know for sure if she did) to the right of a wholly recognizable trombonist, one of my heroes, who spent some years in California, perhaps 1944-7.
It was worth the stiff neck and eyestrain to see this:
The little statuettes (jazz Oscars, more or less) are Vic’s Esquire Awards.