Eddie Shaw, wearing a straw fedora, closes his eyes as he stands behind a microphone and blows into a tenor saxophone that has a microphone pointed as its bell on Beale Street, Memphis, for the W.C. Handy Awards.
Little Hatch laughs up to his right as he holds the microphone on the stand at the Grand Emporium. A guitarist is barely visible sitting behind Hatch. A Marcus Roberts Back in the House poster is on the wall behind Little Hatch.
Etta James, one of the national acts to perform at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita, KS, holds a microphone to the left of her head and smiles to her right as a trumpet player plays behind the right side of her head.
Frank "Iron Jaw" Oakley, L.C. Gant, and Dawayne Gilley are smiling at the photographer from their seats during the Kansas City Blues Society's 20th Anniversary at one of the juke joints in Kansas City called the Grand Emporium. The crowd is visible behind them.
Honey Piazza, a member of the band, Mighty Flyers, one of the national acts to perform at the Grand Emporium, looks up over her right shoulder as she sits and plays a keyboard. A guitar neck and a bass player are visible behind her right shoulder.