Illinois Jacquet Original Vintage 1948 Photograph By Richard Holtzclaw [SOLD]
Illinois Jacquet Original Vintage 1948 Photograph By Richard  Holtzclaw  [SOLD]
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Illinois Jacquet, original, vintage, 8" by 10", glossy, b&w photo, with stamp of photographer, Richard Holtzclow to verso and dated 1948. A candid, quite elegant photograph of a young Jacquet, taken at the Charlotte, North Carolina Armory, where the acclaimed tenor saxophonist was appearing with a band under his leadership which included trombonist J.J. Johnson and drummer Jo Jones. Photographer Holtzclaw is regrettably little known today, but was Charlotte's foremost photo-journalist of the 30's-40's and early 50's, recording the appearance of all the major jazz orchestras and other entertainers of the era. His jazz photographs suggest a talented, sympathetic eye and deserve to be better known; we have it from the previous owner that Holtzclaw's negative archive does not seem to have survived him, which makes these original images scarce and of real interest to collectors of jazz photography. The photograph captures Illinois at a time when he had briefly parted company with Norman Granz's Jazz At The Philharmonic concert tour where he had become a crowd favourite with his aggressive free wheeling solos, anticipating by almost a decade the honking tenor saxophone styles popularized in 50's r&b. By 1951 Jacquet had rejoined the JATP tour and signed with Granz's recording label Clef and later Verve, recording some fine small group sides over the years. He was to enjoy a long and illustrious career as a soloist, big band leader and educator, playing his last engagement at Lincoln Center in New York less than a week before his death on July 22 2004 at the age of 81. Photograph is very good+, light corner and edge creasing, scattered surface marking, pencil annotations to verso with "Illinois Jacquet" in ink and photographer's stamp. A very uncommon photograph of one of the preeminent tenor saxophonists in jazz captured in his early prime. J1457

Illinois Jacquet Original Vintage 1948 Photograph By Richard  Holtzclaw  [SOLD]
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Illinois Jacquet Original Vintage 1948 Photograph By Richard  Holtzclaw  [SOLD]
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Illinois Jacquet Original Vintage 1948 Photograph By Richard  Holtzclaw  [SOLD]
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