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Jelly Roll Morton
at the RCA Manufacturing Company, Inc., studio #3 in New York, N.Y.
28th September 1939

This photograph was taken on the day of Morton’s second Bluebird recording session in 1939. Otto F. Hess took photographs while visitors Harry Lim (left) and Steve Smith looked on.

Harry Lim was a Dutchman from Java, the main island of the Dutch East Indies. He collected jazz records before he travelled to the Netherlands in the late 1930s. He left for New York just before the war broke out in Europe.

Steve Smith was the owner of the Hot Record Society store, which was located at 827 Seventh Ave, at 53rd St., New York, N.Y.

The photograph was first published in April 1940, in a handout for Morton’s General records. It was later reproduced in Jazz Journal, Vol. 21, No. 10, dated October 1968. [22]  Various prints at hand were used by Peter Rijkhoff, so that the left-hand and right-hand sides are more complete.

The Otto Hess collection now partially resides in the New York Public Library.

Not shown in Oh, Mister Jelly (1999) edited by William Russell and in Mr. Jelly Lord (1980) by Laurie Wright.

courtesy of Ate van Delden

2011 Ate van Delden Collection

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