DescriptionJazz - Twenty-Eight Unpublished Stereoscopic Slides Of Louis Armstrong And His All Stars Performing At Towne Casino, Cleveland (March, 1953). All original glass slides with "Character Arts, Cleveland, Ohio" paper label with typed details of artist (s), venue and date. Eleven of the images feature Louis, the remainder show other members of the band including Barney Bigard, Cozy Powell, Arvell Shaw, Trummy Young and Velma Middleton. All slides measure approximately 4" x 1.75". Generally the slides are in Fine to Excellent condition, with some loss to trim on slides, discoloration to labels. The actual images are in Excellent condition.
In order to appreciate the three dimensional qualities of these images we strongly encourage interested bidders to view this lot in person.
Provenance: From The Nat Singerman Jazz Archive. See "Antiques Roadshow", PBS, Episode #2005, Little Rock, 2015.
These stereoscopic slides are part of a remarkable collection of largely unpublished color stereoscopic images of many of the foremost jazz artists of the time, including Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and many more. Due to the close relationships that he developed with his subjects, Nat was able to take candid, relaxed shots as well as performance shots. The quality of these color three dimensional photographs is astonishing, not only in terms of their clarity and richness of color, but, also because of the depth of the images, which almost allow the viewer to be placed in the very moment that they portray.
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