Original, vintage, 8" by 10", glossy, b&w, promotional photo, dated 1946/47 to verso, with stamp of photographer, Richard Holtzclow. SIGNED in blue ink by the great jazz drummer Jo Jones, to bottom left on his bass drum. A marvellous, informal, candid photo of "Papa" Jo, taken at the Charlotte, North Carolina Armory, where Jones was appearing with the tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet's band. Photographer, Holtzclaw, was Charlotte's foremost photo-journalist of the 30's and 40's, who recorded the appearance of all the major jazz orchestras and other entertainers of the era.
Jo Jones (1911-1985) came to fame with the Count Basie Orchestra, where from 1934-48, he perfected a highly innovative style which influenced a generation of jazz drummers. He was perhaps the first to truly master the art of brush playing and is credited with simplifying the often elaborate traditional drum set, eliminating flashy accessories, reducing the size of the bass drum and tuning his drums open and unmuffled. His greatest contribution to the evolution of jazz drumming was to transfer the ride rhythm from the bass drum to the hi-hat cymbal, which marked a radical shift in the concept of timekeeping and created his signature sound, combining a driving attack with a spacious legato feel - the epitome of swing. Photo condition is a strong very good, light crease to bottom left corner, touch of soiling to margin at bottom edge, minimal edge wear, a few mild surface dings, pencil annotations and edge soiling to verso. A scarce jazz collectible, quite uncommon signature of one of the great drummers in jazz . J1290