Found on eBay! I see Eddie, Pee Wee, Bobby Hackett, George Wettling, Bud Freeman, Wild Bill Davison, George Brunis, and other brilliant stars shining in the jazz firmament or simply sitting in on a Tuesday night at the club.
Lions and tigers and jazzmen, oh my!
And others with sharper vision will identify the clarinet trio, I know.
And, for those sensitive to semantics, the item title was ORIGINAL JAZZ PHOTO PEE WEE RUSSELL AUTOGRAPH BIG BAND — which would have horrified both Condon and Russell, among others.
The photograph is labeled with the name of the club and its address — as well as the telephone number: GRamercy 3-8736. I wonder who answers that telephone now.
P.S. For better or worse, I was outbid on eBay, thus I am feeling mixed disappointment and financial relief. I console myself by thinking that the new owner must love it as much as I do.
It’s a holy picture in my religion.