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Photograph of Jimmy Keith posed with his tenor saxophone and his band in silhouette behind him. This Christie studio photograph was likely taken in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

T. H. Holder’s orchestra posed with instruments; Claude Williams on left end. Source: Claude Williams.

Studio portrait of George E. Lee Singing Novelty Orchestra posed playing instruments, ca. 1926. Pictured from left are an unidentified trombonist; Bob Garner, clarinet; Thurston "Sox" Moppins, trombone; George E. Lee, baritone saxophone & vocals; Chester Clark, trumpet; Julia Lee (George's sister), piano & vocals; and an unidentified drummer. Source: Charles Goodwin.

Date: 
1926

Studio portrait of George E. Lee Singing Novelty Orchestra posed with their instruments, ca. 1926. Pictured: Bob Garner, clarinet; Thurston "Sox" Moppins, trombone; George E. Lee, baritone saxophone & vocals; Chester Clark, trumpet; Julia Lee (George's sister), piano & vocals; et al.. Source: Charles Goodwin.

Date: 
1926

Texas Tommies in posed shot in mock saloon at Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1926. Phil Baxter shown center behind the bar. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
1926

Texas Tommies in posed shot on stage at Submarine Ballroom, May 15, 1936. Phil Baxter shown standing third from right. The Submarine Ballroom was located in the Bright Building at the southeast corner of 31st Street and Prospect Avenue. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

Date: 
May 15th 1926

Group photo of Blue Devils band standing around their instruments at radio station KFJF; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, ca. 1928. Pictured from left: Oran "Lips" Page, trumpet; Henry "Buster" Smith, alto sax; Clair Benton, banjo; Walter Page, bass; Emir "Bucket" Coleman, trombone; Jones L. Grant, trumpet; Ernie Williams, vocals & drums; Bill Owen, alto sax & clarinet; Willie Lewis, piano & arranger. Source: Black Archives of Mid-America.

Portrait of Leroy "Buster" Berry with his banjo.

Full-length portrait photograph of jazz trumpet player Lammar Wright Sr. (1907-1973) in a tuxedo. Wright played in Bennie Moten's band starting in 1923 before relocating to New York City in 1927.

Circa 1925 photograph of Kansas City, Kansas band Paul Banks Syncopating Orchestra, posed with their instruments. Pictured left to right: Clifton Banks, reeds including alto saxophone and clarinet; Miles Pruitt, banjo; Robert Moody, trombone; James Everett, drums; Paul Banks; Ed Lewis, trumpet; Jasper "Jap" Allen, tuba (brass bass).

Photograph of jazz trumpet player Lammar Wright, who was active in Kansas City from the early 1920's until 1927. He is shown here as the lead trumpeter of Cab Calloway's Orchestra in New York City. This photograph is signed by Wright and addressed to VeEssa Spivey, owner of Kansas City's Black Hawk Barbecue.

Circa 1920 photograph with interior view of Carleton Coon seated with his drum set in front of a sign: "The Original Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra."

Photograph of Joe Sanders seated at the piano.

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