Friday, January 16, 2015

Chicago, 1941, the blues (but no Earl Hines)

While browsing a recently, and lavishly, published book about a historical jazz record label, I saw this picture:

In the book the picture comes cropped and tilted, and the caption reads "Earl Hines at the mic during a gig in Chicago, April 1941". But that's not Earl Hines. Not even close., where I found this version of the image, carries this caption: April 1941. "Tavern on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. Interestingly, in the comments section someone says "looks like bandleader and pianist Earl Hines is at the mike". Oh, well...

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

They've killed Cabu

Picture: Q. Houdas / DDM M.C.

Still in shock after the massacre in Paris a few hours ago, but as a jazz person I am thinking of Cabu, who would have been 75 next week; his drawings will surely be familiar to any readers who've browsed for records in European shops. Our deepest condolences go to family, friends and all the staff at Charlie Hebdo.

These are some examples of his work.