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Photograph of Jimmy Colvin and his band, taken at a wedding reception at the Carraway-Davie House, Birmingham, Alabama, August 9, 1986. Included with the photo is a one-page biography of Colvin. Courtesy Chad Fisher.

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Program for a celebration honoring jazz trumpeter Collins "Bo" Berry of Birmingham, Alabama, November 11, 2023. Organized by friends and admirers, the tribute honored Berry's fifty-five years as a professional musician.

Cover photo by Roger…

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Funeral program for educator, bandleader, and trumpeter Dr. Tolton C. Rosser (1932-2023), Birmingham, Alabama.

Newspaper advertisement for Lucky Leon Davis at Club Robert L, Lovick, Alabama, Birmingham News, October 26, 1961.

Newspaper advertisement for the Downbeat Club, Ensley, Alabama, featuring Ike "Boss Man" Williams and His Collegians and Lucky Leon Davis and His All-Stars.Huntsville Mirror, November 26, 1960.

Newspaper advertisement for Frank Adams and His Swingsters at the Woodland Club,Birmingham News, November 20, 1963.

Newspaper advertisement for Bob's Savoy Cafe (AKA Bob's Savoy, AKA The Little Savoy), "A New Deal In Dining Entertainment," featuring the Savoy Syncopators, Weekly Review, Birmingham, Alabama, March 16, 1946.

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Singer Rickey Powell at The Jaybird, Birmingham, Alabama, December 16, 2017. Photo by Roger Stephenson.

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Trumpeter Collins "Bo" Berry at The Jaybird, Birmingham, Alabama, December 16, 2017. Photo by Roger Stephenson.

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The Erskine Hawkins Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom, publicity photo, circa 1940, signed by members of the band.

Note the addendum, "DEAD," next to the signature of trumpeter Marcellus Green. Green's 1942 automobile death was widely mourned in…

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Pianist / composer / arranger Avery Parrish (1917-1959), creator of the jazz and blues piano standard "After Hours," first recorded with the Erskine Hawkins Orchestra in 1940.

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Sammy Lowe (1918-1993), trumpeter and arranger, Erskine Hawkins Orchestra.

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1989 radio broadcast featuring pianist Walter Miller live at the Birmingham bar and bistro Joe (sometimes known as Joe Bar).As a trumpeter, Miller performed for many years in the bands of Lionel Hampton, Ray Charles, and Sun Ra. Sun Ra in particular…

put your hands on your hips!.mp3
In this radio broadcast, circa 1988-1989, singer Laura Washington appears with the Jerry Grundy Trio at Grundy's Music Room in Birmingham, Alabama.From 1979 to 1992, Grundy's Music Room -- owned and operated by Jerry and Bernadine "Bernie"…

Newspaper article on the retirement of John T. "Fess" Whatley,Birmingham Post Herald, March 8, 1956.

Newspaper article by J. B. "Jay" Sims on the retirement of John T. "Fess" Whatley. One of Whatley's early students, Sims was an early member of the Bama State Collegians; a bandleader, musician, and emcee; an educator; and a longtime social and…

Newspaper advertisement for the (Franklin) Roosevelt Ball, a benefit for the March of Dimes, with concurrent dances in Birmingham's Masonic Temple and Elks Rest and "Music By 10 Big Bands": Dan Michael's QuartetJohn L. Bell Fess Whatley The Driver…

Newspaper advertisement for the Marva Louis Popularity Contest and Dance, featuring Fess Whatley at Birmingham's Masonic Temple.Weekly Review, June 1, 1946.

As this and other advertisements indicate, bandleader Sonny Blount -- performing here with "His 10-pc. Colored Orchestra" at the posh white venue, Queenstown Lake -- had by 1945 become popular with both Black and white audiences in Birmingham. Early…

Newspaper advertisement for a Victory Jubilee Dance ("An All-Star Jubilee Special") at Birmingham's Masonic Temple. On occasions like this, the Masonic Temple -- a center for Black life in segregated Birmingham, and a key venue for top local and…
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