The Ollie Powers Harmony Syncopators, playing at the
Vendome Theater, most likely around 1923.
This photo was published in Destination Chicago Jazz, by
Demlinger and John Steiner (Charleston, Arcadia
Publishing, 2003), p.
It is an enormously improved reproduction over the only
available version known to me, which appeared in
A Pictorial History of Jazz: People and Places from New
to Modern Jazz, by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer, Jr.
(New York: Crown
Publishers, 1955), p. 37
Many thanks to Brian Goggin for alerting me to this much
Previously, it was thought that this photo was taken at
Café, which was one of the venues in which the
Harmony Syncopators played.
However, another photo identified as the Dreamland
(here) shows a very
different background. The railing, on the other hand, is
identical, perhaps leading to the confusion.
Since the two sides Ollie Powers recorded for
1923 had entirely different personnel (Brian Rust: Jazz
4th ed., p.1245), it is not certain exactly who is
present in this
the exception of Ollie Powers, behind the drums.
However, from comparison with other available
photographs it does appear that the pianist is Glover
Compton. Brian Goggin writes also that it is
definitely Tommy Ladnier on cornet. This then
leaves us with the following:
Possibilities: PIANO: Glover Compton;
or Mike McKendrick; CLARINET: Jimmie Noone (most likely)
or Stump Evans; TUBA:
William “Bass” Moore; SAXOPHONE: Horace Diemer; CORNET:
Tommy Ladnier; TROMBONE: Eddie Vincent or Preston