Cozy Cole Signed Original Vintage B&W Photograph [SOLD]
Cozy Cole Signed Original Vintage B&W Photograph  [SOLD]
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Original, 8" by 10", vintage, glossy, b&w promotional photo for the Cab Calloway orchestra "Featuring Cozy Cole All American Drummer", undated but certainly 1939-1942, the period in which Cole starred with Calloway's band. Boldly SIGNED, and warmly inscribed, in black ink on his floor tom tom by acclaimed jazz drummer, Cozy Cole, "To X, Best of Everything, Lots of Happiness, Sincerely Cozy Cole". William Randolph 'Cozy' Cole (1909-1981) was a major figure in the development of jazz drumming, with a technical mastery of drum rudiments which he applied to jazz in developing a personal style of hand and foot coordination and independence which anticipated the 1940's bop drum innovations by many years. In 1930 he recorded with Jelly Roll Morton, came to national prominence in the Cab Calloway Orchestra between 1939-42, subsequently worked and recorded with jazz luminaries, Lionel Hampton, Coleman Hawkins, and Louis Armstrong, and as a indication of his extraordinary flexibility, recorded with the 'new' generation of jazz greats, Parker and Gillespie in 1945. In later years he founded an influential drum school with his friend Gene Krupa, became one of the first African Americans to be hired as a staff musician at CBS radio, and in 1958 had one of the few drum hit singles Topsy Pt 2. Mild horizontal crease to upper half of photograph, light corner and edge creasing, touch of ink bleed through to the verso, else, a strong very good+, with a fine inscription and signature, clean, bright with no loss or fading. A scarce vintage jazz collectible with the uncommon signature of one of the finest drummers in jazz history. J1288

Cozy Cole Signed Original Vintage B&W Photograph  [SOLD]
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Cozy Cole Signed Original Vintage B&W Photograph  [SOLD]
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Cozy Cole Signed Original Vintage B&W Photograph  [SOLD]
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