Elvin Jones Original SIGNED Black & White Photograph [SOLD]
Elvin Jones Original SIGNED Black & White Photograph  [SOLD]
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Elvin Jones, Original, Glossy, B & W, 8" by 10", Gretsch Drums promotional photo, originally SIGNED by the great jazz drummer at the top right in blue ink; a striking portrait of Elvin sitting astride his floor tom, leaning on a cymbal, with the Gretsch imprint and his printed facsimile signature to bottom right. The photograph is about fine with hint of toning to edges. The younger brother of the illustrious Detroit jazzmen, pianist Hank, and trumpeter Thad, Elvin Jones (1927-2004), was one of the greatest and most influential drummers in jazz history. During the early 1950's he served a demanding apprenticeship in his native Detroit, a jazz hot-bed, as a member of the house band at the Bluebird Inn, where he performed with visiting luminaries including Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt and Miles Davis. In the mid 50's Elvin moved to New York where he worked as a sideman with Charles Mingus, Art Farmer, and Bud Powell, before joining John Coltrane's celebrated Quartet in 1960, with McCoy Tyner on piano and Jimmy Garrison, on bass. In this seminal band Elvin's boundless energy, virtuosic technique and driving polyrhythmic approach, redefined the role of a percussionist in a jazz ensemble, bringing the drums to the forefront in a radically new way. After leaving Coltrane in 1966 Jones went on to a long and successful career, recording extensively and leading notable bands, including several innovative piano-less trios which featured saxophonist, Joe Farrell. Scarce signed jazz photo ephemera in collector's condition. J1813

Elvin Jones Original SIGNED Black & White Photograph  [SOLD]
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