1920s African American JAZZ BLUES Music Club Photo



ICONIC image, deserves publication or exhibition. 

 

Kinetic energy with motion blur coming off trumpet slides and fiddle bows, musicians playing on chairs and atop the piano trying to fit in the tiny nightclub or boarding house make do stage. Drum skin is painted Blues Lawdy Lawd and the drummer with a STICK IN HIS TEETH.

 

Dating to the transition days of vaudeville to ragtime and early jazz, the photo is signed Schenley Heights Studio which likely puts it in the Hill District of Pittsburgh PA - an African American cultural center whose arts scene and famous Crawford Grill (Gus Greenlee also the owner of the Pittsburgh Crawfords Negro League Baseball Team) made it a national draw. 

 

Identifications are difficult, even tough to discern if this is a touring or local band. On board as original with soiling (stains and foxing), scratches and abrasion / loss to the sax player’s face and singers sleeve. 

 

Attentive packing and shipping included. 



Dealer Natalie M. Curley
Date: 1920s
Origin Pittsburgh PA
Artist/Maker Signed
Measurements 7.5 x 9.25"
Inventory View Dealer's Inventory
Website https://nataliemcurley.com
Price 2950
Contact Natalie Curley, 412 573 1352 or  curleysden@gmail.com

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