The source: eBay. Where else? These photographs of my heroes are advertised as being from the “Burt Goldblatt Collection,” although some that I have not reproduced here were taken by other photographers, I believe. (For instance, a portrait of Eddie Lang would have to predate Lang’s 1933 death.) I am not posting these few portraits as an inducement to bid on them; by the time some people encounter this posting, the bidding will be over.
What captured me here is the marriage of personal idiosyncracy, personality, and the photographer’s art — to fully embody a human soul in one second’s pose. And these are my heroes, the people whose music has uplifted me long after they have left this planet. So I celebrate Burt Goldblatt and these musicians he obviously loved. As do I.
One of the sweetest-natured men in the whole “music business,” trombonist Bennie Morton:
His colleague in the Count Basie band, Dickie Wells:
A mournful or pensive study of trumpeter Emmett Berry:
Charles Ellsworth Russel in cuffed flannel trousers:
The Atlas of the trumpet, Oran Thaddeus “Hot Lips” Page:
May your happiness increase!