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African-American band looking at the sheet music, "Are you Thinking of Me To-Night?"
An unidentified band, possibly the "Sensationals," gathered among their instruments, looking at the sheet music "Are You Thinking Of Me To-night?"., No date; likely 1930s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
All about the fight at the Canidrome
Tamara Lewis; Jimmie Carson; Joe McCutcheon with Teddy Weatherford; newspaper clippings about the fight in the Canidrome Ballroom that resulted in Buck Clayton and his Harlem Gentlemen leaving Shanghai; Shanghai, China., No date; likely 1937, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Mixed media of 3 photos with handwritten captions and 4 newspaper clippings. Top row newspaper clippings, left to right: "Fistic Comedy--Drama At Canidrome", "Notice Served On B. Clayton's Band Because of Fight", and from the Shanghai Show World by Max Chaichek, "Shanghailanders are critical, but they are also fair". Middle row, left to right: Newspaper clipping titled "Clayton Band to Leave Shanghai", and a portrait photo captioned Tamara Lewis. Bottom row, left to right: a photo captioned Joe & Teddy.
Aritha Anne Dorsey-Clayton age unknown
Aritha Anne Dorsey-Clayton in open-necked white shirt, hair up, aged around mid-60s., Late 1930s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Note on verso: Mom.
Ben Webster and Benny Morton at the Famous Door
Ben Webster speaking with Benny Morton outside the Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York City with the street, including passing car and pedestrian, behind them., 1938, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on verso: Clayton w/ Dickie Wells, Famous Door.
Ben Webster and Benny Morton at the Famous Door
Ben Webster speaking with Benny Morton outside the Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York City., 1938, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on verso: Dicky Wells, Famous Door, 52nd St.
Ben Webster and Benny Morton on 52nd Street
Ben Webster speaking with Benny Morton outside the Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York City with the street, including pedestrian behind them., 1938, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on verso: Ben Webster & Dickie Wells, Famous Door.
Ben Webster, Eddie Barefield, and another man on 52nd Street
Ben Webster joking around with Eddie Barefield and an unidentified man holding a beer and cigarette outside the Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York; the awning for Club Nocturne can be seen a littler farther down the street., 1938, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on verso: Ben Webster (Middle.
Billie Holiday
Signed portrait of Billie Holiday., No date; likely between 1931 and 1940, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Signed by Holiday: Best of everything always to the one man here's hoping to Wilbur (?) from Billie Holiday.
Billy Eckstein at the Apollo
Billy Eckstine on stage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York., No date; likely between 1931 and 1940, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on verso: Billy Eckstein, Apollo.
Billy Eckstein on stage
Billy Eckstine singing into a microphone at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York., No date; likely between 1931 and 1940, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Three copies of photo, handwritten note on two copies: Billy Eckstein.
Bon Voyage to Shanghai
Gladys "Derb" Henderson and Buck Clayton surrounded by a group of people including Duke Ellington, in front of a ship in California., No date; likely 1934, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Photograph is laminated
Booker T. Hotel on Vine
Exterior view of the Booker T. Hotel on 1821 Vine Street in Kansas City, Missouri., 1936, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on verso of larger copy: Booker T. Hotel Vine St. Kansas City, Mo.
Buck Clayton Band at Pantages, Portland, Oregon, 1933
Buck Clayton, trumpet, bandleader, and his Harlem Gentlemen (Jack Bratton, trumpet; Happy Lewis, trombone; Herbert Myers, Couchy Roberts, Arcemia Taylor, saxophone; Joe McClutchen, violin; Frank Pastley, banjo; Reginald Jones, bass; Eddie Beal, piano; Baby Lewis, drums). At the Pantages Theatre, Portland, Oregon. Side 1 of 2-sided photo-album panel., November 14, 1933, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten caption on matting reads: "Pantages Circuit" Portland Ore.
Buck Clayton Band at Pantages, Portland, Oregon, 1933 - autographed
Buck Clayton, trumpet, bandleader, and his Harlem Gentlemen (Jack Bratton, trumpet; Happy Lewis, trombone; Herbert Myers, Couchy Roberts, Arcemia Taylor, saxophone; Joe McClutchen, violin; Frank Pastley, banjo; Reginald Jones, bass; Eddie Beal, piano; Baby Lewis, drums). At the Pantages Theatre, Portland, Oregon. Side 1 of 2-sided photo-album panel., November 14, 1933, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Autographed note reads: To my loving mother -- all the love in the world from Wilbur "Buck" Clayton 14/11/33. The names of the band personnel are handwritten in cursive on the back in pen with their instruments written in pencil.
Buck Clayton and his Harlem Gentlemen on the Canidrome Ballroom Stage
Portrait of Buck Clayton and his Harlem Gentlemen at the Canidrome Ballroom; Shanghai, China. Teddy Buckner, Joe McCutchin, Reginald Jones, Arcima Taylor, Duke Upshaw, Frank Pasley, Buck Clayton, Bumps Myers, Jack Bratton, Caughey Roberts, Baby Lews, Happy Johnson, Eddie Beal., No date; likely 1934, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten captions: Shanghai China, "Buck Claytons "Harlem Gentlemen, "Teddy" Joe "Jonsy" Arcima Upshaw Frank "Buck" "Bumps" Jack Couchy "Babe" "Happy" Eddie.
Buck Clayton and his Harlem Gentlemen on the Canidrome Ballroom Stage, November 6th, No date; likely 1934
Portrait of Buck Clayton and his Harlem Gentlemen at the Canidrome Ballroom; Shanghai, China. Teddy Buckner, Joe McCutchin, Reginald Jones, Arcima Taylor, Duke Upshaw, Frank Pasley, Buck Clayton, Bumps Myers, Jack Bratton, Caughey Roberts, Baby Lews, Happy Johnson, Eddie Beal., November 6, 1934, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten caption: Canidrome Ballroom Nov. 6th "34".
Buck Clayton in his first tuxedo
Formal portrait of Buck Clayton in his first tuxedo in Los Angeles., 1932, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Inscribed on photo: "To my sweet little sisters Jean & Margery from Wilbur D. Clayton" ; copy (18 x 13 cm) with typewritten note: First tuxedo Red Mill Dance Hall 1932, Los Angeles, Calif.
Buck Clayton outside the Famous Door
Buck Clayton standing with an unidentified man under the awning of the Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York City., 1938, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Buck Clayton playing his trumpet at 21 years of age
Buck Clayton on trumpet (inscribed to Simeon Clayton)., 1933, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten on back: Buck at 21. Hand written on front: To Dad "and the Proffession" Wilbur C.
Buck Clayton portrait, 1933
Portrait of Buck Clayton., 1933, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten Inscription to Clayton's mother "To My Darling Mother" and Family All The Love in The World. Wilbur D. Clayton, 1933.
Buck Clayton with his band
Buck Clayton standing with members of his band at the Cotton Club in Culver City, California (left to right): (Kid Lips Hackett, Teddy Buckner, Arcima Taylor, Ike Bell, Red Callender, Bert Johnson, Herschel Evans, Allen Durham, Bumps Myers, Frank Pasley, Winslow Allen, Caughey Roberts, Eddie Beal). Side 2 of 2-sided photo-album panel., No date; likely 1938, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Buck Clayton's first professional band
Portrait of the Red Mill Dance Hall Band (Buck Clayton's first professional band) Buck Clayton, trumpet; Theodore Cruz, alto saxophone; Pete Kinard, tenor saxophone; Ronald Wharton, guitar, banjo; La Vern Floyd, piano; Jack, drums. Two smaller photographs included 13 x 18 cm with personal notes on the back., 1931, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., 3 identical photos. 1st photo 21 x 26 cm, 2nd and 3rd photos 7 x 5 cm., Handwritten description and personnel listed on back.
Buck Clayton's wedding
Gladys "Derb" Henderson and Buck Clayton's being married at Paramount Studios; Hollywood, California; Surrounded by actors, musicians, and the Cotton Club Chorus Line., March 5, 1934, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., 2 identical photos. 1st photo 17 x 22 cm, 2nd photo 7 x 5 cm., Handwritten description on back.
Buck, Ben, and Benny at the Famous Door
Ben Webster speaking with Benny Morton and Buck Clayton under the awning of the Famous Door on 52nd Street in New York City., 1938, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Canidrome Ballroom with Mort Ruby pointed out
Buck Clayton and his Harlem Gentlemen performing as people dance at the Canidrome Ballroom. Mort Ruby with an arrow is written on the picture; Shanghai, China., No date; likely between 1934 and 1937, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., A professional photograph of the Canidrome ballroom by "Ahjong Shanghai", mounted on a photo album page, with a handwritten caption, "Canidrome Ballroom and Band, Shanghai". There is the name "Mort Ruby" written in pen on the photo with an arrow pointing to a man in the photo, Mort Ruby, born 1903, managed musicians such as Charlie Barnet, Spike Jones, and Nat King Cole.
Canidrome Ballroom with an "X" where the fight took place.
Buck Clayton and his Harlem Gentlemen performing before an audience at the Canidrome Ballroom with an "X" and a dotted line following where the fight took place; Shanghai, China., No date; likely 1937, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., A professional photograph of the Canidrome ballroom by "Ahjong Shanghai" with a handwritten caption "The Prize Fight Ring" (x marks the spot) with an handwritten "X" and a dotted line mapping out where the fight took place.
Canidrome yards
The Canidrome race track gate building, Shanghai, China., No date; likely between 1934 and 1937, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., A professional photograph by "Ahjong Shanghai" mounted on a photograph album page of the gate building into the Canidrome racetrack.
Charlie Echols Rhythm Kings with Kid Ory
The Charlie Echols Rhythm Kings on a stage featuring (Charlie Echols, Milton Ellsworth, trumpets, Parker Berry, Kid Ory, trombones, Grover Diggs, Herschel Coleman, Hubert Bumps Myers, Saxophone, Eddie Beal, piano, Joe Lewis, guitar, Joe Mendosa, bass, Preston "Peppy" Prince, drums)., March 21, 1932, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Handwritten note on verso: Charlie Echols Rhythm Kings; photograph signed on face: To my mother & father from Peppy 3/21/32.

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