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James Everett “Jimmie” Caldwell’s Jazz Jesters

Jimmy Caldwell's Jazz Jesters

from left to right: Chuck Cheney, Virge Leach, Don Murray, Jimmie Caldwell and Jimmie Fallis

A gorgeous vintage 7″ by 10″ photograph of the Jazz Jesters, a Northern University jazz band founded by Jimmie Caldwell and based in the Chicago of the early 20s. I can’t help but imagine the wild soirees these five slick musicians played for, and how much illegal alcohol they saw flowing.

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This photograph is attached to a grey album backing with a note stating the organist (Jimmie Caldwell) played at a venue (I can’t decypher) in Omaha.

A big thank you to Mavis Purdy of The Vintage Photo Booth group on Facebook and Christian Perales of the Jazz Age group on Facebook too.

Sources:

For in-depth info on this group please visit Jimmie Caldwell’s Jazz Jesters by Albert Haim

James Everett Caldwell’s Find A Grave

Photographer: J.D.Taloff. Evanston ILL.

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1922 Mr. Pappas from Lewiston, Maine.

RPPC. 1922 (digitally erased date at bottom). Private Collection.

RPPC. 1922 (digitally erased date at bottom). Private Collection.

Roaring Twenties gentleman. On this photo I like the trousers’ pocket flap peeking from below the waistcoat. This gentleman is rocking his suit and hat, isn’t he? I like the classic 20’s look very much…but if you’re a regular reader of my blog you already knew that.

And the man was a shoe craftsman. A coincidence after the cut.

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