Photograph of a big band performing on stage

A silver gelatin print depicting a black-and-white image of a big band performing on stage. The image is oriented so that the viewer is looking up to the band on stage. On the left side of the image is a large drum set with the bass drum featuring decals of letters and musical notes, [J.J. / C / B]. The drummer’s head is just visible above the bass drum. In a diagonal line from the middle of the image down to the lower right corner, there are two (2) rows of musicians. The front row of musicians are seated behind four (4) music stands with the initials [C / B] in the upper left corner of the front of the music stands. All four (4) musicians in the front row are playing saxophones. A second row of six (6) musicians stand behind the seated saxophonists. Five (5) of the musicians are holding trumpets. There are no inscriptions on the front or back of the image.

Object Details

Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Photograph by
Subject of
Unidentified Man or Men
early 20th-mid 20th century
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (Image): 7 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (19.1 × 24.1 cm)
H x W (Sheet): 8 1/8 × 10 1/16 in. (20.6 × 25.5 cm)
gelatin silver prints