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Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands in front of an illustrated graphic of the New York skyline
Claude "Fiddler" Williams intertwines his fingers as he stands in front of a large illustrated graphic of New York tourist sites from a bird's eye view. He wears a fedora hat. A small bird's eye view graphic of the New York skyline is on the left side of the photograph. Art deco floor lamps stand on either side of the large graphic. The graphic has a black marble frame and is displayed in the center of a wall of mirrors. The date, "10 13 '99," is imprinted by the camera on the bottom left-hand corner., October 13, 1999, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands next to an illustrated graphic of the New York skyline with a large floral arrangement in front of it
Claude "Fiddler" Williams intertwines his fingers as he stands in next to a large illustrated graphic of New York tourist sites from a bird's eye view. A large floral arrangement sits on a table in front of the picture. He wears a fedora hat. Art deco floor lamps stand on either side of the large graphic. The graphic has a black marble frame and is displayed in the center of a wall of mirrors. The date, "10 13 '99," is imprinted by the camera on the bottom left-hand corner., October 13, 1999, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands on stage at the Savoy Lounge
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, from his left side, holds his fiddle across his body as he stands on stage in front of a juke box and behind a microphone. A drum set is on the left side of the photograph. A sign hanging by chains on the back wall of the bar reads, "Savoy Lounge, 41 St. East of 9 Ave." Album covers and speakers hang on the walls., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands outdoors with a man of the clergy
An unidentified member of the clergy, who is a white man, stands outside beside Claude "Fiddler" Williams and both smile at the camera. Claude wears a fedora hat and a boutonniere. There is a small white clapboard church across the road behind them along with many trees. Cars and a van are parked on the road behind them. On the left side of the photograph, a man's back is to the camera as he packs or unpacks an instrument or sound system case., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands tall as he performs on the fiddle at the Levee with Larry Holloway
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands tall as he plays the fiddle at the Levee Bar & Grill on 43rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri, with Larry Holloway on the double bass at the back of the stage., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands tall as he performs on the fiddle at the Levee with Larry Holloway
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands tall as he plays the fiddle at the Levee Bar & Grill on 43rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri, with Larry Holloway on the double bass at the back of the stage., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands with friends and family at the Merging Generations Concert
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands with friends and family in the lobby of the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, Missouri during the Merging Generations concert. He wears a tuxedo and bow tie. The woman seated is Claude's wife, Blanche, wearing a suit of staffs of music on a white background. He stands second between an unidentified African American woman and man. Farthest to the right in the photograph stands Regina Carter, fiddler., June 16, 1999, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Stamped on the verso in black ink, "PHOTO BY ROSCOE CRENSHAW, 1999."
Claude "Fiddler" Williams sways as he plays his fiddle with Larry Holloway on the double bass at the Levee
Claude "Fiddler" Williams sways as he plays his fiddle at the Levee Bar & Grill on 43rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri, with Larry Holloway playing the double bass at the back of the stage., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams takes a break from performing at the Levee by sitting with his wife, Blanche
Claude "Fiddler" Williams takes a break from performing at the Levee Bar & Grill on 43rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri, by sitting at a table with his wife, Blanche Williams. He smiles at the camera as he sits in front of Blanche. She appears to begin to speak as she smiles., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams takes a dance step as he performs with Larry Holloway at the Levee
Claude "Fiddler" Williams seems to take a dance step as he plays his fiddle while performing at the Levee Bar & Grill on 43rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Larry Holloway focuses on his double bass as he plays on stage behind Claude., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams takes a dance step as he performs with Larry Holloway at the Levee
Claude "Fiddler" Williams seems to take a dance step as he plays his fiddle while performing at the Levee Bar & Grill on 43rd Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Larry Holloway focuses on his double bass as he plays on stage behind Claude., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams takes a moment to turn sideways to the stage and smile at the camera as the band plays on
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, from behind a seated audience member, stands sideways to the stage to smile at the camera; his fiddle tucked under his right arm. An unidentified white male pianist sits and plays a grand piano with the top open on the right side of the photograph. His back is to the camera. He wears a jacket with "The New Reformation Dixieland Band, Saginaw, Michigan," printed on the back. Standing behind Claude and on the left side of the photograph is a white male trombone player, a whte male trumpet player, and a white male saxophone player playing their instruments. Possibly they are warming up before a performance in a large room with tall windows and a vaulted ceiling., No date; likely early 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams takes the solo as the rest of the Statemen of Jazz listen
The Statesmen of Jazz perform on stage in Boca Raton, Florida on May 16, 2000. The date, "5 16 '00"," is imprinted on the lower right-hand of the photograph by the camera. Eddie Higgins sits and plays a baby grand piano on the left side of the photograph as Claude "Fiddler" Williams smiles and bends slightly to play his fiddle. Claude wears a ball cap. The other band members, David "Fathead" Newman, Jerry Dodgion, Eddie Locke, and George Masso, on the right side of the photograph are turned toward Claude and listening. Eddie Locke has a grin on his face as he sits behind the drum set., May 16, 2000, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams tries out a Mark Wood Viper violin
Claude "Fiddler" Williams concentrates as he tries out a Mark Wood Viper violin while John Blake provides accompaniment by playing the piano at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Conference in San Diego, California. John's head is turned away from the camera and toward Claude. Two more conference attendees stand behind Claude and John., 2002, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams visits the Northeast neighborhood organization
Claude "Fiddler" Williams smiles as he stands holding a plate of food and balancing a beverage on the plate. He stands next to a desk at the Northeast neighborhood organization in Kansas City, Missouri, with an unidentified white woman sitting there and smiling at the camera. A poster behind her partially reads, "Historic Northeast." There are many posters on the walls with photos of home and boxes of snacks. She has a bouquet of flowers on her desk and a plant with a decorative bow on a stack of boxes. The date, "10 16 '99," is imprinted by the camera on the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph., October 16, 1999, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams waves
Claude "Fiddler" Williams smiles and waves as he stands between the stair cases outside of the Topeka Performing Arts Center, 214 SE 8th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. The marquis reads, "PRESENTS TOPEKA JAZZ FESTIVAL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND." Three sets of art deco entrance doors are at the top of the stairs. The date, "5 28 '00," is imprinted by the camera on the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph., May 28, 2000, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams with a couple of friends at the park
Claude "Fiddler" Williams grins as he stands two other unidentified African American men outside of a stone park shelter in a park. The man in the middle wears a Kappa Alpha Psi ball cap., September 26, 1999, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams with a jazz guitarist
An Afican American male guitarist leans over and smiles, as he holds the neck of a guitar, to be included in a photograph with Claude "Fiddler" Williams who sits and holds his fiddle by the neck. Both wear tuxedos with bow ties., No date; likely 1980s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams with a young friend
Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands outside of the mess hall with a young white girl who is attending the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp in Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee. He puts his arm around her shoulders as the both smile at the camera and hold their commemorative drinking cups with the Montgomery Bell State Park logo on the cups. Claude's cup has his name written on the lid in black marker., No date; likely April 1999, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams with a young lady
Claude "Fiddler" Williams and a white teenage girl sit side-by-side grinning at the camera as they sit in possibly a mess hall at a fiddler camp. Claude wears a "St. Louis Church" t-shirt under a jacket. The girl wears summer clothing. There is a crowd standing and visiting behind the two., No date; likely April 1999, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams' trio entertains at a café
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, fiddle, and Spencer Barefield, jazz guitar, sit beside Dan Pliskow, double bass, as they perform from the corner of a barista bar, Columbine's Champagne Cellar at the Harlequin Café, 8047 Agnes, Detroit, Michigan (8045 Agnes). The backs of the seated audience are visible as they sit around small round tables with tablecloths. A baby grand piano is beside Dan Pliskow. Oriental rugs hang as decorations on the wall behind the trio. A pink and blue rabbit head wearing a bow tie is a picture hanging on the wall by the door. The date, "4 13 '01," is imprinted by the camera on the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph., April 13, 2001, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Blanche Williams, and Buck O'Neil visit in front of a food truck
Claude "Fiddler" Williams turns his head to look at the camera as he stands in front of a food truck with his wife, Blanche, smiling and standing in the center between him and Buck O'Neil. Buck smiles toward Claude. Buck wears a t-shirt that reads, "Hometown Grocers Presents The Buck O'Neil Negro Leagues Baseball Classic, June 2, 2001, Satchel Paige Memorial Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri." All three wear ball caps., June 29, 2001, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections., Stamped on the back of the photograph in black ink, "2001 Evie Quarles, 3418 Karnes Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64111, 816-931-7074." Handwritten on the back in black ink, "Claude & Blanche Williams . Buck O'Neil . Myra Taylor Tribute . 18 & Woodland . K.C. MO."
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Bobby Watson, and J.T. Lotozo perform during the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival
In the glow of a light hanging from a tent or awning covering the stage, Claude "Fiddler" Williams stands sideways to the camera drawing his bow across the strings of his fiddle as he share the stage with Bobby Watson holding his saxophone, and a seated J.T. Lotozo playing a jazz guitar, during the evening during the 2000 Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival held in Penn Valley Park in Kansas City, Missouri., July 21-23, 2000, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Claude Williams Combo
The Claude Williams Combo arrange themselves in front of an opened grand piano and smile at the camera. The unidentified African American male pianist on the left side of the photograph leans toward the center behind Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Claude sits holding a Danelectro double guitar from the body on his lap up to the two string boards up by his left ear. The unidentified African American male drummer stands on the right side of the photograph and leans toward the middle. They wear matching suit jackets. Printed on the lower right-hand corner of the photograph, "Bruno of Hollywood, NYC, KC, MO." Printed in the margin below the photograph, "CLAUDE WILLIAMS COMBO. Entertainment, Inc., Midland Bldg. 1221 Baltimore, Kansas City, Mo.", No date; likely 1960s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Collaboration
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, on the right side of the photograph stands sideways to the audience to look back at Dan Pliskow, double bassist, and the guitarist, Spencer Barefield, as Claude plays his fiddle. Charlie Gabriel, the saxophone player, looks up as he plays on the left side of the photograph. A stage is up behind them with rows of folding chairs on risers in a school auditorium. A basketball goal is above their heads. The date, "4 8 '01," is imprinted by the camera on the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph. The trumpet player, Marcus Belgrave, is standing in the center of the photograph with his back to the camera., April 8, 2001, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Dan Pliskow and Spencer Barefield perform in a barista bar as Claude "Fiddler" Williams looks on
Dan Pliskow, double bass, sits on a tall stool and plucks the string of his bass as he sits next to a baby grand piano that has no lid in a barista bar, Columbine's Champagne Cellar at the Harlequin Café, 8047 Agnes, Detroit, Michigan (8045 Agnes). Spencer Barefield, jazz guitar, looks down at his music on a music stand as he sits in a chair and plays. Claude "Fiddler" Williams, sits at a small round table with a tablecloth near the performance area. His fiddle and bow sit on the top of the table. An oriental rug hangs on the wall behind Dan as a decoration. The date, "4 13 '01," is imprinted by the camera on the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph., April 13, 2001, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Dan Pliskow's band is to the camera as he speaks with the guitarist, Spencer Barefield, and Claude "Fiddler" Williams
The double bass player, Dan Pliskow's, back is to the camera as he speaks with Spencer Barefield, the jazz guitarist. Claude "Fiddler" Williams listens with his hands in his pockets and his fedora hat is on his head. The bassist and the guitarist each hold their instruments in the auditorium of a school. The drummer, Jerome "Scrooge" Harris, is mostly out of the left side of the photograph. The date, "4 8 '01," is imprinted by the camera on the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph., April 8, 2001, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.
Dancing Cobras performing in Old Northeast
The Dancing Cobras, a dance troupe of African American children, perform in the middle of the street in Old Northeast in Kansas City, Missouri., No date; likely 1990s, Digitizing agency: University of Missouri--Kansas City. Library. Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Special Collections.

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