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JAZZMEN!<BR>First Edition of the Classic 1939 Jazz Tome<BR>15 Autographs Including Louis Armstrong, Lil Hardin Armstrong,<BR>Zutty Singleton, Edward "Kid" Ory, Barney Bigard,<BR>Minor Ram Hall and many more!<BR>SOLD!

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Click on above image for close up of fabulous signed photo page of a very young Louis Armstrong with his mother (seated) and sister.

"Jazzmen" by Frederic Ramsey, Jr. and Charles Edward Smith. First Edition, 1939. Loaded with rare early jazz photos.

Here is an absolutely fabulous find. The book itself is very difficult to find, being one of the earliest tomes on the history of jazz (let's face it, jazz didn't really have much history in 1939).

This copy of "Jazzmen" was owned by a lady by the name of Kay Perfect, who apparently carried it around with her to every jazz show she saw. She used it as a sort of diary/autograph book for a period of approximately 10 to 15 years.

Her own notations in the book are quite interesting, making notes of the different jazz legends she saw, sometimes her tone is quite emotional. A typical notation; "Heard Billie - 1933 with Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson piano - she says it all". At one point she speaks of going to see a jazz combo at an "after hours roadhouse" in Des Moines and being let into a special private jam session (which she was very proud of). To document this, Joe Sullivan writes in fountain pen, "Regards from the Friday Nite session/ Sincerely, Joe Sullivan". Her notations make for an interesting "witness to an era" effect. She ws apparently familiar enough with Velma Middleton that she managed to get Velma to jot down her address and phone number in the book.

There are 15 autographs here in all (plus some notations), some of them almost unheard of - it isn't every day you come across a Minor Ram Hall signature (Minor was the brother of Tubby Hall. Both brothers were drummers in some of the earliest New Orleans combos.) The Zutty Singleton signature is a prize as well. Lil Hardin's autograph is fairly difficult to come by - and she has signed the book 3 times!

For me the showpiece of this book is the signed photo page of the classic shot showing a very young Louis Armstrong sitting with his mother and sister. You don't see signed images like that very often.

Condition of this book is fair as it is well worn for the reasons stated above. There is no dust jacket, there is some light markings on the back cover, the binding is somewhat loose (but all pages intact) and there is some deterioration of the cloth at the edges of the cover. The pages themselves are in very good shape with only minor yellowing from age. Miss Perfect has put many notations within the book, but her notations do add a certain charm to the book as a whole.

Because there are so many signed pages and I want you to get a feeling of what this book is about, I did not place the scanned images grouped together on one page (it would take forever to load) but rather provided descriptions with links to the images below. Enjoy your journey through this fascinatingly documented book courtesy of Miss Kay Perfect.

Click here to view early image of the Kid Ory Band autographed by Edward "Kid" Ory

Click here to view great 1921 outdoor image of King Oliver Creole Jazz Band autographed by Lil Hardin Armstrong and drummer Minor Ram Hall

Click here to view another early image of the King Oliver Creole Jazz Band autographed by Lil Hardin Armstrong

Click here to view image of the Louis Armstrong Hot Five signed by both Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin Armstrong (Please not that there are two Louis signatures here, the one in blue pen is real, the one in black is a facsimile)

Click here to view early image of the post-Bix Wolverines autographed by Jimmy McPartland and "false start" Louis Armstrong autograph. (Louis began to write "Satchmo", making his distinctive "S", then decided to sign on another page).

Click here to view handwritten notations by Louis and Lil Armstrong. Louis has written "First rockin' chair" above his picture in the King Oliver Band and Lil has written beside it in parentheses "(Louis)".

Click here to view early image of the Duke Ellington Orchestra autographed by Barney Bigard (Bigard is pictured in the fornt row holding clarinet)

Click here to view page autographed by Joe Sullivan

Click here to view autographed pages of Zutty Singleton and Max Kaminsky

Click here to see Velma Middleton's handwritten address and phone number.

Click here to view images of autographs from Don Ewell, Vic Dickenson and Velma Middleton


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