Louis (in a lovely white suit, playing softly), is flanked on the couch by an unknown to his right, Earl Hines (with glasses) to his left. Behind the coffee table, standing, are Arvell Shaw and Velma Middleton. Seated at the table, eyes on Louis, is Barney Bigard. At the back of the picture is Sidney Catlett, wearing a wildly beautiful necktie; to his left, smiling broadly and with a trombone, is one Jack Teagarden. The man slightly behind Jackson looks familiar, but his name eludes me. The other people in the photo: fans or fellow entertainers? Is it someone’s living room or a hotel room? Will we ever know?
This seems to me like a store — rather than someone’s living room? From the left, on a different day and time (Louis has on a dark suit), there’s Jack, his head whimsically tilted, Louis, the tantalizing gentleman again [why do I think I’ve seen him in a Soundie?], Velma, someone who looks like a prizefighter, Arvell, and Barney . . . . the latter dressed to take his leave.
Research! Research? (The eBay seller is sure that Ethel Waters is in the first photograph, which is amusing.)