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Interesting Memoriabilia from the Collections

Duke Ellington Frame
This frame includes an autographed ("Best Wishes Mr. Pevi Duke Ellington") Cotton Club program from the mid-thirties. The program included Duke Ellington with Ivy Anderson, Ethel Waters with Eddie Mallory, the Nicholas Brothers and book and lyrics by, among others, Andy Razaf, Reginald Forsythe, Irving Mills and Will Vodery. If anyone knows the exact date of this show, email it to me!
Gene Krupa and some Cohorts
Marty and Teddy Napolean were highly respected piano players with the Gene Krupa Trio; later, Marty played with the Louis Armstrong All Stars.

A young Gene Krupa and Anita O'Day were made for each other. Sal Mineo played Krupa in a movie with Tommy Dorsey's Orchestra.

Max Kaminsky - Brockton, Massachusetts 1908
A great swing trumpet, Max played with 'em all - big an small. Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Carter, Eddie Condon and Willie "The Lion" Smith, the list goes on. The band pictured was playing at "The New Rio Casino" in Boston in 1951.
Lawrence "Larry" Lucie - Emporia, Virginia 1907
Larry Lucie worked and recorded with many great bands. He was at home with swing or dixieland. The list of folks he played with is star-studded - Duke Ellington, Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins and Satchmo.

His wife, Nora Lee (Susan) King was an excellent vocalist and artist. She also sang with Pete Brown and Mary L:ou Williams, among others. The gang pictured performed at the Streamliner in Columbus, Ohio, late '40's.

Meeting of the Reeds - Altos All!
Four legendary alto sax players met at a Jazz Arts Group of Columbus (Ohio) concert in December, 1988.
(left to right) John Williams (sometimes called "Bearcat", but he didn't like the nickname) was Mary Lou's husband and played along side her in the Andy Kirk Clouds of Joy Orchestra.

George James was one of the last remaining members of Louis Armstromg's 1931 aggregation. After playing with Teddy Wilson, he led his own band and played with Big John Greer and Harlem Jazz and Blues band.

Sammy Hopkins was born here in Columbus but now resides in California. He played in New York with the Lucky Millinder Band.

Benny Carter? What more can you say!

Louis Armstrong
LtoR: Time Magazine cover; Photo:taken in 1945 in Los Angeles. On Right, Charlie Higgins, bass player from Columbus, Oh. If anyone recognizes gentleman on left, let me know. Back of photo includes big band size cocktail! (probably taken at a gig while Satch was in Hollywood doing the movie "Pillar to Post" with Sidney Greenstreet); Life Magazine gatefold cover, Apr. 1966.; matted page from Vincent Lopez' Autograph Book.
Madam Rose Brown
Madam Rose was a singer/performer around Columbus, Ohio for a long time. In the forties and fifties she was a standard in the night club scene. She was a star for a short time when she co-starred with Bojangles Bill Robinson in Billy Rose's "Hot Mikado" In the early forties. It was thought that she came from the Akron area, but nobody knows. If there is ANYBODY out there that can shed some light on the life of Madam Rose - let us hear from you now! (The photo is from the Loeffler collection. The Hot Mikado program from the Hartman Theatre is from the Dave Meyers collection.)