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    It Happened in Harlem (All-American, 1945). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Filmed at the famous Smalls Paradise night club, this jumping jive comedy featured performances from some of the biggest names in the 1940s jazz scene. Perhaps most outstanding of all the musicians listed was the famed Christopher Columbus, leader of the Swing Crew. Columbus led his own band for more than two decades, beginning in the 1930s, and played such prestigious venues as Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. In later years, he played with Louis Jourdan, Wild Bill Davis, and, in the 1960s, Duke Ellington. With a career that continued well into the 1990s, Columbus died shortly after his 100th birthday in 2002. This film was one of the only screen appearances for many of the musicians involved, making it a rare and desirable piece for any jazz enthusiast. Professional restoration has addressed mild chips in the borders and folds and applied touchup to the folds. There is a minor unrestored chip in the lower left corner. Fine+ on Linen.


    Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000.

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