In Hollywood, in 1946, Count Basie smokes his pipe and enjoys the company of his supporters Dave Dexter, Jr., the writer and record producer; John Hammond, who discovered him in Kansas City; and Sonny Burke, the bandleader who later became Frank Sinatra's record producer and who died in 1980 (from photo caption).
Luqman Hamza (piano) and LaVerne Barker (bass), wearing a ball cap, rehearsing at Mutual Musicians Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. Ahmad Alaadeen's soprano saxophone can be seen on the left of photograph (mostly obscured).
Rosco Gordon plays a grand piano and sings into a microphone as Doug James waits, sitting on a high stool at the head of the piano looking down at the floor while holding a baritone saxophone between his legs at the 4th Annual Blues Masters at the Crossroads at Blue Heaven Studios, Salina, KS.
Allen Monroe, facing to the right of the photographer, plays a white console piano with his left foot crossed over his right knee, wearing a Fair Isle sweater as Jay McShann looks on seated at a table behind Allen at the Jackson County 175 Anniversary Awards. Two women standing in overcoats facing sideways to the photographer are having a conversation. A large group of unidentified people are standing behind Jay McShann.
Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham on stage at the Blue Note in New York City; Jeannie, in red, is seated at a piano, playing and singing into a microphone; Jimmy, wearing a red hat, is doing something at the right of the photo; several members of the audience can be seen as well as part of a sign for the Blue Note above the stage.
Gerald Dunn is blowing into a alto saxophone as he looks at Geneva Price. Luqman Hamza is playing a piano behind Geneva and turning his head to the right to look at the photographer. Geneva is standing and singing into a microphone as she looks at the photographer in the Blue Room, 18th & Vine.
Matt Dennis kneeling next to a playpen in a yard outside with his two children. Dennis is handing a block to one of the children seated in the playpen. The other child is standing in the corner holding a stuffed animal.
Roy Searcy, wearing a pinstripe suit and a fedora hat, grins at the photographer with a cake in front of him that has written in frosting, "God Bless You Roy - Kansas City Loves You Happy 81 Birthday" during the Living Blues Party at the Gem Theater.