‘Jazz Messengers’ signed photo sells for $20,000 at auction

A vintage photograph of ‘The Jazz Messengers’ signed by members of the band sold for $20,016 according to Boston-based RR Auction. The glossy photo of the band taken during a performance is signed by Art Blakey, Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Walter Davis Jr, Jymie Merritt. The influential jazz combo that existed for over thirty-five years beginning in the early 1950s as a collective, and ending when longtime leader and founding drummer Art Blakey died in 1990. The image was among a collection of photographs originating from the jazz fan club, 'The Hot Club of Belgium.’ The club was founded in 1939 by Willy De Cort, Albert Bettonville, Carlos de Radzitzky, and others, which operated until the mid-1960s. The “Willy” and “Johnny” that many of these photos are inscribed to may very well be the founder, Willy De Cort, and Johnny Dover, a Belgian

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