Anderson's Syncopated Orchestra
Portrait of five musicians from Anderson's Syncopated Orchestra. Men wearing suits and ties pose with banjo, soprano saxophone, double bass, French horn, trumpet, trombone and baritone. Piano in background. Label on back: "Picture from files of John Lane, director Chas. Young Amer. Legion Post Band, 540 E. Forest; of 5 piece orchestra early 1920's playing Westwood and Eastwood Parks. Donated by Mr. Lane, member band." Clipping excerpt on back: "Borrowed from the files of John Lane, director of the Chas. Young Legion Band, is this photo of the members of what was known as Detroit's 'hottest' band in the early 1920's, 'Anderson's Syncopated Orchestra.' The handsome gentlemen in this group played such spots as Westwood Inn, out Michigan Avenue and Eastwood park, on Gratiot, holding a three-year run at the latter amusement center. The group include [sic] John Lane, left, Fred Anderson, the European trained director of the orchestra; Jack Johnson, deceased; Billie Butler, who now makes N.Y.C. his home; and Ben Mitchell. All of the players could 'double' on instruments and possessed fine singing voices."
- Resource ID:
- African American musicians
- Big bands--Michigan--Detroit
- Brass instruments--Michigan--Detroit
- Photographic prints
- 1 photographic print ; 8 x 10 in.
- E. Azalia Hackley Collection
- Groups, Instrumental--A
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