Original Typed Letter SIGNED by the great Swing trumpeter and band leader, Bunny Berigan, a single page on his personal stationary, from New York City, dated April 30 1938, SIGNED at the bottom in blue ink. In response to a fan letter, it reads in part: "Thanks millions for your kind comments... I appreciate them sincerely and...I am sending you my autographed photo. Here's hoping you'll be in our unseen audience every time we take the air...I hope you'll drop in to see us and swing out...Cordially yours, Bunny Berigan".
Laid in is a promotional postcard of the Berigan Orchestra additionally SIGNED "Bunny Berigan" in white ink to lower right side. With original transmission envelope, post marked May 2 1938.
Rowland Bernard "Bunny" Berigan's short life (1908-1942) is an all too perfect fit for the stereotypical 'jazz life'. Like his famous contemporary and peer, Bix Beiderbecke, Berigan was addicted to alcohol, an addiction which led to his death at the age of 33. Prodigiously gifted, Berigan was playing professionally in his late teens before coming to fame with the Benny Goodman band of the mid-30's and then spent time as a featured soloist with the Tommy Dorsey band, before assembling his own orchestra in 1937, launching his solo career with an immortal version of "I Can't Get Started". His business acumen did not match his musical talent and the pressures of maintaining his band, exacerbated by acute alcohol problems, led him to declare bankruptcy in 1940. He rejoined Tommy Dorsey for a brief period before touring again with a small band under his own name. Utterly worn out and diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver, he died in New York of a massive hemorrhage, May 30 1942. In his short career Berigan made numerous outstanding recordings and is considered one of the great trumpeters of the Swing Era.
TLS, 10.5" by 7.25", on recto only of Berigan's personal stationary, two mailing creases, hint of toning to verso, else about fine, umarked. Original envelope is near fine, with Berigan's logo to upper left, light diagonal off setting to front panel from unsealed flap, neatly slit at one end, light pencil notation to top right is presumed date of delivery, "5-3-38". Laid in is a Berigan Orchestra postcard, 5.5" by 3.5", some surface creasing, else very good+. Letter and post card original signatures are fine without loss or fading. A scarce vintage jazz collectible, twice signed with the uncommon autograph of an early jazz luminary. J1439