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Bo Berry Tribute Cover.jpeg
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…

Erskine Hawkins Orchestra, Signed Photo.jpeg
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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Promotional poster for Erskine Hawkins with the Birmingham Heritage Band, Los Angeles Convention Center, June 30, 1990.

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

Fess Whatley's Saxo-Society 2.jpeg
Advertisement for Fess Whately's Saxo-Society Orchestra of Industrial High School, circa 1930: "A Neat Appearing Group of Men that Will Grace Any Function."

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Photo of an unidentified trumpeter, obtained from a Titusville, Alabama, estate.

Richard Clarke School Photo.jpg
Trumpeter Richard ("Dick" / "Dickie") Clarke belonged to Birmingham's musical Clarke family. Clarke performed in the bands of "Fess' Whatley, Baron Lee, Benny Carter, Billie Holiday, and others; performed in the pits of numerous Broadway shows; and…

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In this excerpt, Frank Adams shares memories of trumpeter Joe Guy. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, the Birmingham-born Guy performed in the bands of Cab Calloway, Lucky Millinder, Coleman Hawkins, Cootie Williams, and others—as well as in the…

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Detail from contact sheet by photographer Skip Aldeman. (For the full sheet of images, see "Billie Holiday and Joe Guy (2 Contact Sheets)." The Birmingham-born Guy, an early bebop pioneer, was widely known as Billie Holiday's husband, though the…

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Detail from contact sheet by photographer Skip Aldeman. (For the full sheet of images, see "Billie Holiday and Joe Guy (2 Contact Sheets)." The Birmingham-born Guy, an early bebop pioneer, was widely known as Billie Holiday's husband, though the…

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These original contact sheets by photographer Skip Aldeman include images of Billie Holiday and Joe Guy, her musical and romantic partner. Also pictured is their beloved bulldog, Mister.

The Birmingham-born Guy, an early bebop pioneer, was widely…

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Birmingham trumpeter Joe Guy, an early bebop pioneer, was Billie Holiday's musical and romantic partner. (Known as husband and wife, they likely never formally married.) When the couple was busted for narcotics possession in 1947, Guy returned to…

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Inaugural inductees to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, Birmingham, Alabama, 1978. From left to right: Sammy Lowe (trumpeter, arranger), Erskine Hawkins (trumpeter, bandleader), Frank Adams (reeds, educator), Amos Gordon (reeds, educator), Haywood…

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Birmingham trumpeter Richard Clarke (aka Dick or Dickie Clarke) belonged to a family full of musicians. His own career included work in the bands of Fess Whatley, Baron Lee, Benny Carter, Billie Holiday, and others; in a U. S. Army band; and in…

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Wilbur “Dud” Bascomb (1916-1972), trumpeter with the ‘Bama State Collegians / Erskine Hawkins Orchestra. Bascomb's solo on the 1939 Erskine Hawkins hit "Tuxedo Junction" was closely studied and faithfully reproduced by a generation of up-and-coming…

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