Clint Baker told me about this photograph — a reproduction for sale on eBay, inexpensively. I am trying to figure out where it might go, but so far haven’t solved the decor problem. The hero portrayed here is Sandy Williams — a wonderfully expansive trombonist who was one of the true stars of the Chick Webb and Fletcher Henderson bands, recorded with Sidney Bechet, Buck Clayton, Bunk Johnson, Ethel Waters, Art Hodes, Duke Ellington, Don Redman, Stuff Smith, Benny Carter, Coleman Hawkins, Hot Lips Page, Red Allen, Ella Fitzgerald, Fletcher Henderson, Roy Eldridge, Rex Stewart, and many others.
Where he is, and why he is wearing a parade uniform — these mysteries are for others to solve.
Here is where you can find your own copy to adorn that bare wall. Bedroom, living room, or foyer? Your choice. Operators are standing by.
This photograph is one-of-a-kind, so it was offered for sale for three hundred dollars (I believe) and it is — no doubt, as Mister Morton would say — already in someone’s collection. But it is a dream in itself: a photo portrait of Hot Lips Page, circa 1937, inscribed to Jimmy Rushing:
And a close-up of the inscription:
Finally, something very touching — I lifted this from Facebook, and its source is Michelle Fey, granddaughter of Bobby Hackett. Here is the earliest photograph of Robert Leo Hackett with his sister Dot — very touching (even if you ignore the tiny coveralls and the way he is holding her hand). In that serious gaze I see the beloved person who, with cornet, mustache, and bow tie, gave us imperishable music for almost forty years:
I could find wall space for Sandy Williams, Hot Lips Page, Bobby Hackett and his family. Couldn’t you?
May your happiness increase!