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Photograph of the Baby Lovett Orchestra, likely taken at the Chestnut Inn circa 1940. Pictured are Elbert "Coots" Dye, piano; Ernie Henderson, vocals; Gene Carter, saxophone; Samuel "Baby" Lovett, drums; Jimmy Hill, guitar. Also pictured is their "Feed the Kitty" tip jar.

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Photograph of Bennie Moten, standing in second row at right, and his band pose with their tour bus in front of a music shop.

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Panoramic photograph of the bands of the Musicians Protective Union Local 627, assembled for the annual Battle of the Bands at Paseo Hall, followed by a parade to the Musicians Association Building at 1823 Highland Avenue, where this picture was taken. The eight contestant bands pictured are Bennie Moten and George Lee's orchestras, Elmer Payne's Music Masters, Paul Banks's Rhythm Aces, Andy Kirk's 12 Clouds of Joy, Jap Allen's Troubadours, Julius Banks's Red Devils, and Bill Little and His Little Bills.

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Photograph by J. E. Miller of Woodie Walder's Swing Unit. Pictured from left: Woodie Walder, reeds; Elbert "Coots" Dye, piano; Bill Terry, vocals; Baby Lovett, drums; Jack Johnson, bass.

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Photograph of Bennie Moten's Orchestra on a stage with their instruments. Pictured, bottom row from left: Mack Washington, drums; Thamon Hayes, trombone; Ed Lewis, 1st trumpet; Paul Webster, 2nd trumpet; Leroy "Bus" Berry, banjo; Harlem Leonard, 1st saxophone; Woodie Waldon, 2nd saxophone; Jack Washington, 3rd saxophone. Pictured, top row from left: Vernon Page, bass; Bennie Moten, piano; "Tiny" Taylor, director & entertainer.

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Sheet Music

Sheet music cover for A Faded Summer Love, a fox trot ballad, with words and music by Phil Baxter and featuring Ziegfeld star, Ruth Etting. Autographed by Phil Baxter. Source: Cliff Haliburton.

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Publicity photo of the Boogie Woogie Boys: Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Meade Lewis, and Joe Turner, ca. 1938. Source: Claude Williams.

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13 piece swing orchestra, part of WPA Federal Music Project playing at the Kansas City Boy's Orphan Home, Sept. 16, 1938. The Kansas City Boy's Orphan Home was once located at the northwestern corner of 43rd Street, Westport Avenue (now Westport Road), and Belleview Avenue. Source: Lawrence Denton.

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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.

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Headshot portrait of George E. Lee, leader of the George E. Lee Singing Novelty Orchestra, in a tuxedo, ca. 1926. Source: Charles Goodwin.

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Bennie Moten's Orchestra, with instruments, taken by Bert Photo Studio, ca. 1926. Pictured from left: Thamon Hayes, trombone, Lammar Wright, cornet; Willie McWashington, drums; Leroy "Buster" Berry, banjo; Bennie Moten, piano; Harlan Leonard, reeds; Vernon Page, brass bass; Woody Walder, reeds; LaForest Dent, reeds. Source: Charles Goodwin.

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Snapshot on stage of Count Basie at piano, Lester Young at mic, no date. Source: Duncan Scheidt.

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