Another eBay sighting: five 5 x 7″ photographs that come from the collection of Robert Altshuler. This one is the most interesting: an onstage shot of James P. Johnson at the piano, possibly before the performance begins, discussing some detail with a female singer. A man in a light suit is moving behind the singer. Is the singer Chippie Hill? I would guess that the photograph comes from the middle Forties. I originally thought that the man in the light suit could be guiding genius Eddie Condon, but sharp-eyed Uwe Zanisch noted that the man is holding a trumpet. Thus: somewhat small-boned Caucasian trumpet player. Max Kaminsky? (Thank you, Uwe!)
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