Thursday, May 21, 2009

Groove Juice

This shot of Jack McVea & his band has to be one of my all time favourite musical images . Jack founded one of the earliest R & B combos and played with a who's who of musicians including T-Bone Walker, Wynonie Harris, Gatemouth Brown, Lionel Hampton, Slim Gaillard, Illinois Jacquet, Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. Both rhythm & blues and jazz musicians were well known for some pretty outrageous stage attire at times. Tiny Grimes & his Rocking Highlanders sporting matching kilts & tam o shanters springs to mind. However there is just something a little more surreal about this photo. Gotta love sombreros & bowler hats in the same band.

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