These photographs — by the esteemed photographer Otto F. Hess — just emerged on eBay (in my favorite evening-browsing pasture, Entertainment Memorabilia). I know that there were women reed players — in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm — but this young woman with a clarinet in a Benny-pose is not someone I recognize. And, in the second photograph, I don’t have any idea about the bassist and guitarist. My knowledge of obscure musicians is of course imperfect, but I wonder if this concert or performance was done somewhere besides New York City. Any suggestions?
That’s the trio. Here’s the back of one of the photographs:
And here she is, assuming the famous posture of jazz ecstasy:
And I seriously doubt that this young woman is Anat Cohen!