BILLIE, FATS, AND OTHER IMPROVISERS on eBay

Another small yet momentous eBay surprise: this seller has a mere five items to sell.  Two are intensely interesting to me, and I would assume, also to readers of this blog.

One, a young lady from Baltimore:

BILLIE autograph 4 16

Two, a born spreader of joy:

FATS autograph 4 16

I went to the seller’s site, expecting other marvels.  They are there, but not in the same realm.

Three, the comic film actor James Finlayson:

JAMES FINLAYSON

Four, Groucho’s memorable foil, Margaret Dumont (who, according to Groucho, was a peerless straight woman who had no sense of humor and would ask him, “Julie, why are they laughing?”:

MARGARET DUMONT

Five, a collection of signatures from the OUR GANG gang:

OUR GANG 4 16Jazz and comedy have this much in common: they rely on improvisation and when they work, they catch us by surprise and the surprise is integral to our delight.

May your happiness increase!

3 responses to “BILLIE, FATS, AND OTHER IMPROVISERS on eBay

  1. Sordoni III, Andrew

    Michael, This post captured my interest in its entirety. It is with respect that I suggest you google James Finlayson and consider the YouTube tribute, then revisit the music of Leroy Shield and Marvin Hatley. Regards, Andrew Sent from my iPad

  2. Dear Andrew, I know well who James Finlayson is, and can see him, irate, in my mind’s eye. I also know about Shield and Hatley. Not meaning to show off in the slightest, but I thought that them who knew would get excited, and perhaps the others — driven by that rare blessed quality, curiosity, would Google away. With every good wish, Michael

  3. Hey Michael,

    Another great piece!

    Here¹s an interesting item – http://www.ebay.com/itm/ULTRA-RARE-LOUIS-ARMSTRONG-VINTAGE-1930s-SIGNED-TOM- KELLEY-RELEASE-AUTOGRAPHED-/391436132026?hash=item5b23695eba:g:dMAAAOSw2GlXF CX6

    David Weiner

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