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    Julius Schwartz' 78 Jazz Collection (1930-1940s). Julius Schwartz is a legendary name to comic book collectors, having served in various executive capacities with DC (the folks that brought us Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and many others) for over five decades prior to his passing in 2004. He is generally acknowledged as the major force in launching the Silver Age of comics by introducing new superheroes to DC's lineup, often reinventing 1940s-era superheroes who had been out of print for years. But this is about his superb collection of Jazz 78s from the 1930s and 1940s. Well over 100 records are included here with an average condition grade of VG/VG+. The records are included in eleven 78-collector folders, which has contributed to keeping them in nice shape, although the folders themselves do show some wear and tear. Also included is a particularly attractive three record set folder of Louis Armstrong All Stars with Jack Teagarden "Live at Town Hall" - Satchmo never sounded better! A special bonus comes in the form of seven acetates of radio shows, including three featuring Louis Armstrong. Five Christmas LPs from various artists are the only non-78 records in the bunch. Julius' collection is heavy on Dixieland and Ragtime, but also included a number of Blues recordings, including several on the famed Blue Note label. Just a few of the artists represented are Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bunk Johnson's Band, Bunny Berigan, Lionel Hampton, Bud Freeman, Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell, Bix Beiderbeck, Art Hodes Trio, Baby Dodds' Jazz Four, Frank Sinatra, Frances Langford, Eddie Condon and his Orchestra, Trixie Smith, Ted Lewis, and the Emperors of Jazz. A number of the records have some warping, but all but a relatively few play fine. Assigning no value to those records that do not play well, and estimating others on the conservative side, this collection is still valued at over $800. And you thought Julius only knew comic books?

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    April, 2005
    21st-22nd Thursday-Friday
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