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Superb inscribed promotional photograph from Satchmo's first tour of Europe.
London: Ava Studio, 1933. Original silver gelatin "8 x 10" (243 x 196 mm), framed and glazed (overall 304 x 258 mm), with back stand. Creased at corners (more noticeably lower left), small pin holes top and bottom, short closed tear at right margin near inscription, with slight surface loss close to the trailing "m" of "from", a few other light marks and signs of handling yet still in in very good condition. A debonair and dj-ed Armstrong poses with horn in a Bruno Pollak RP-7 Bauhaus chair. Inscribed "Best wishes to Bill the Call Boy from Louis Armstrong 6/4/34". An appealing theatrical association; call boys were employed to alert performers that they were due on stage: their cry of "on in five minutes" resounded through many a backstage corridor. This image was originally captured in 1933, the inscription dating to the UK tour of the subsequent year. Following a marijuana bust in California and on-going mob-related management problems Satchmo took himself off to Europe on the S.S. Majestic in July 1932. His initial engagement for two weeks at the Palladium with his "New Rhythm Band" - in fact a scratch band thrown together largely from Paris-based African-American musicians - met with mixed reactions. On most nights a good proportion of the audience walked out "utterly shocked at the manic display on stage" (Scott, Louis Armstrong: The Life, Music, and Screen Career, p.43), while the jazz proselytising Melody Maker raved "Top F's bubble about all over the place he puts enough energy in his half-hour's performance to last the average man several years. He is, in short, a … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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