The Art of the Gig #28

5 comments:

Laura Brown said...

What year is this from?

swac said...

From what I've read, this troupe was active until the 1930s, and looking at the modern, un-minstrelsy look of that jazz band photo at the bottom (it kind of reminds me of photos of Louis Armstrong's Hot Five), I'm going to guess this is from the mid-20s or thereabouts.

Jeffinprov said...

The jazz band photo at the bottom depicts Mamie Smith and her Jazz Hounds, which included a very young Coleman Hawkins. The photo dates to 1921.

swac said...

Great eye, Jeff. I'd say Coleman was young, he joined Smith's band when he was just out of high school. Always been a favourite of mine, one of the first artists I listened to when I started getting into jazz in junior high.

Wellwynder said...

Sorry, but Jeffinprov's ID is mistaken. The photo shows Ma Rainey and her Georgia Jazz Band in 1923. You can find many better prints of the photo around the web (by Googling Ma Rainey). Coleman Hawkins is not shown (because he was, as mentioned above, in Mamie Smith's band, not Rainey's), but the piano player is Georgia Tom Dorsey, later to make many records in partnership with Tampa Red, and later still to give it all up to compose gospel songs.