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Price: $300.00

VIC DICKENSON - TROMBONIST

MINT CONDITION

Autographed, original Al White 8” x 10” matte, double-weight photograph of the legendary jazz trombonist. Bassist Bob Haggart is in the background, so he’s playing with the World’s Greatest Jazz Band in this image. The photograph is inscribed to the photographer.

Dickenson (1906-1984) was from Ohio.  He learned to play the trombone in high school and when he was 21 decided to pursue his work as a trombonist.  He first played with Luis Russell’s band and then moved onto Cab Calloway’s sister Blanche’s orchestra.  His big break came when he joined Benny Moten’s Kansas City Band where he met Count Basie who was the pianist. He played at the end of the 1930’s and beginning of the 1940’s for Claude Hopkins and Benny Carter’s bands. When Basie was looking for a unique trombone sound that he heard in Moten’s band in the early 1940’s, he hired Dickenson to lead his trombone section. He stayed with Basie for a little over a year and then decided he wanted to tour with smaller groups and played regularly with Hot Lips Page, Sidney Bechet, Eddie Heywood and Frankie Newton.   Later, he played with Red Allen, Edmond Hall, Bill Davison and was particularly close with Bobby Hackett. He also played regularly at  Eddie Condon's Club after it moved uptown. He also led concerts and recorded with a septet that bears his name.   Bechet would call Dickenson to fly to Paris to play with him quite regularly in his later years.  There are videos of his performances with Bechet on Youtube.

Two fun facts about Dickenson, he is on Langston Hughes recording, “The Weary Blues” and he is also pictured at the top right of the legendary jazz photograph “A Great Day in Harlem” by Art Kane.

A rare jazz autograph and this is a sensational image!