A scan of eBay’s “Entertainment Memorabilia” section last night shows that treasures once held in secret are now up for sale — did the flagging economy force jazz conoisseurs (or their heirs) to put their cherished artifacts in the market?
Here’s a young Pee Wee Erwin. Who was lucky Diane?
And another famous trumpet player, in a checked shirt, signing with his characteristic green pen:
Was Maynard’s last name Ferguson? Or perhaps Krebs?
And this fellow — not precisely a jazz musician but someone jazz musicians and listeners hold dear:
And the woman who signed the pink page certainly knew how to sing Gershwin:
In the presence of all these riches, who needs groceries?
P.S. It’s obvious, though, that the sellers often don’t have the faintest idea of what they are putting up for sale: in the set of autographs above, one is identified as “Berry Carter,” and another seller is offering a fine photograph of Louis — identified as “Count Bassie.”
Posted in "Thanks A Million", It's A Mystery, Jazz Titans, Pay Attention!, The Real Thing, The Things We Love
Tagged Benny Carter, Billy Butterfield, Dizzy Gillespie, don Lamphere, Ebay, George Gershwin, Jay Migliori, jazz blog, Jazz Lives, Jo Stafford, Louis Armstrong, Maynard Ferguson, Maynard G. Krebs, Michael Steinman, Mildred Bailey, Paul Weston, Pee Wee Erwin, treasures