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    Jazz - Group Of Thirteen Signed Black And White Photographs Of Male Jazz Vocalists (circa late 1940s-early 1950s). All vintage prints, three stamped "Character Artists, Cleveland, Ohio" to lower right corner. The majority of the images showing the singers on stage at various venues in and around Cleveland, Chicago or New York. Largely, the autographs are personalized to "Nat", signed in blue, green or white fountain pen including: Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine, Billy Banks, Tony Bennett, Cab Calloway, Johnny Ray (x3), The Mills Brothers (x3), Perry Como and George Kirby. All 8" x 10 or 10" x 8". Como and Calloway photos are in Good condition, with fading to signatures, loss and yellowing. The balance are generally in Fine to Excellent condition, some with remnants of yellow tape to left edge from when they were mounted in an album. Some minor curling. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Provenance: From The Nat Singerman Jazz Archive.
    See "Antiques Roadshow", PBS, Episode #2005, Little Rock, 2015.


    More Information: Nat Singerman was a professional photographer and co-owner of Character Arts Photo Studio in Cleveland, Ohio during the 1940s and 1950s. During this period he met and befriended many jazz legends who performed at clubs in and around Cleveland. He took many photographs of performances as well as numerous candid shots taken backstage. He also hosted jam sessions and dinners at his studio where other images from the archive were shot. At a later date, the musicians signed these photos for him that he had printed as 8" x 10"s, often in white ink. In some of the photos a bottle of white ink that he provided can be seen clearly..

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