“Jazz Me Blues”; Stella Brooks; Joe Sullivan; Sidney Bechet; Frank Newton; George Brunies; George Wettling; Jack Lesberg; Tom Delaney; Disc (5031B); May 7, 1946


PM, April 16, 1946 (Unidentified Photographer)


“Parallel Fifths”; Frankie Newton and his Cafe Society Orchestra; Newton; Vocalion (5410); April 15, 1946


PM, 1946

Don Freemans’ Newsstand Finds Frankie Newton Practicing in the Furnace Room

Frankie Newton, considered by some people who should know, to be the greatest living trumpet player, had a busy day last week – it was a matter of going from ashes to Asch’s. I found him sitting in front of his apartment house on E. 17th Street… “Man,” he said, “you can’t beat this place for a joint to practice in. I could blast all night long and nobody would get wind of it.”…
PM, 1946


“The Onyx Hop”; Frankie Newton and his Uptown Serenaders; Frank Newton and Pete Brown; Frank Newton; Vocalion (v 3839); July 13, 1937


Weegee, Weegee’s People, 1946

A group of night club musicians, finished with their night’s work spread the word that a friendly superintendent would let them hold a ‘jam” session in the sub-basement of his building…
Weegee, Weegee’s People, 1946


“Frankie’s Jump”; Frank Newton & his Cafe Society Orchestra; Newton; Parlophone (R 2708); September 1939

Frank Newton (January 4, 1906 – March 11, 1954), born 117 years ago today…

A map of where every photo in Weegee’s book “Naked City” was made.

A map of crime scenes, fires, circuses, tenements, and townhouses… a map of people sleeping, laughing, loving, dancing, dying… crowds in Coney Island, Times Square, Lower East Side, and Harlem… A map of the inhabitants of New York City (mostly during World War Two)… A map of some of the 8 million stories, the “beauty and ugliness,” the “real,” New York City…

A map of Weegee’s “Naked City.”


“Gotta Find My Baby”; Doctor Clayton; Joe Clayton; Bluebird (B-8901-B); Publication date: November 11, 1941

745 Moved to New Prison And Not One Was Lost
[$20,000,000 had the same buying power as $387,028,571 in October 2022.]


PM, November 11, 1941, p. 18

Waxy Gordon…


“Doctor Clayton Blues”; Doctor Clayton; Joe Clayton; Bluebird (B-8901-A); Publication date: November 11, 1941


“Take It Off The “E” String”; Peter Piper and his Orchestra; Cahn; Akst; Hit (7055); September 1943


PM, November 8, 1940, p.16

Burlesque… By Reginald Marsh

The Artist as Reporter

…Reginald Marsh [1898–1954], for this page, worked backstage at Harold Minsky’s [1915-1977] Gaiety, Broadway at 46th St…


PM, November 8, 1940, p.17

Bellevue Morgue By Frederick Castellon [1914–1971]

The artist-as-reporter in the house of death…


“I’m a Prisoner”; Eddie Boyd and His Chess Men; E. Boyd; Chess (1606); 1955



PM, November 7, 1941 (Photos by Irving Haberman)

Prisoners Go to the New ‘Tombs’ Some Dark Night Soon – Shhh!


“Jail Bird”; Joe Mitchell; King Curtis; Monarch (MO-703)


“How About That Mess”; Lucky Millinder And His Orchestra; William Anderson; Decca (4099 A); Publication date: November 6, 1941


PM, November 6, 1941

Murder by Suggestion:


“Let Me Off Uptown”; Lucky Millinder And His Orchestra; Trevor Bacon; Earl Bostic; Redd Evans; Decca (4099 B); Publication date: November 6, 1941


Screenshots, “Ladies in Retirement,” 1941


Ladies in Retirement, 1941


PM, November 7, 1941 (By Louise Levitas)

Some Crackpot Ladies Make Murder


“That’s All”; Lucky Millinder and his Orchestra; Rosetta Tharpe; Decca (48057 A); Publication date: November 6, 1941