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    Carl Donnell "Kansas" Fields Passport Signed by Frank Sinatra Plus A Billie Holiday Handwritten Letter, 1950s. "Kansas" Fields was a Jazz drummer, beginning in Chicago in the late 1920s; he played with Cab Calloway, Sidney Bechet, Dizzie Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, and more, and recorded with John Coltrane and Kenny Burrell in the 1950s.. Here's his passport from 1952, featuring numerous stamps from countries he visited plus his signature in three different places. Additional signatures of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner appear on page 8; and a Christmas card Billie Holiday sent to the drummer is included, handwritten in black ballpoint ink, reading in part "Hey Kansas / What's happening / with my trunk... / I've / got to have those / things. / Have a Merry Christmas / Lady Day." Also included is a small flyer from a French nightclub dated 1953 noting Frank Sinatra's name -- interestingly, the date on this flyer is the day that Sinatra, Gardner, Holiday and Fields met. Items are 4" x 9.5" and smaller; Very Good condition overall.

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    December, 2014
    6th Saturday
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