Paris 1890’s Jazz Club Musicians

Paris 1890's Jazz Club Musicians by Harvey Tillis

Paris 1890’s Jazz Club Musicians by Harvey Tillis

Some say this is a long lost sketch, found in the stacks of a Paris library, by a little known artist of the day, Marvin Lowtreck, while he was living in poverty in Paris in the late 1800s. He practiced his drawing at jazz clubs in seedy neighborhoods where he lived hoping to sell them to sustain himself. And, the story goes, some other guy copied his style and name and became better known. Well maybe. I seem to remember photographing a group of 12 musicians recently, the Chicago Yestet, who look surprisingly like these people. I think that’s Chris Madsen on the left, Nick Mazzarella standing, Joel Adams on trombone, and Geof Bradfield on the right, but hey, you never know.

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