Photograph of the All-Woman Jazz Band The Parisian Redheads (later known as The Bricktops)
[circa 1930]·New York
New York: Aldene. [circa 1930]. Sepia-toned gelatin silver photograph. 10.75" x 7.75". Photographers mark in the negative in lower right corner. Staining on the verso, but overall the image is near fine. Ink note on verso: "Will send the others later. Taken Sat. before we left N.Y." A photograph for one of the first all-female bands, the all red-head women's Chicago-style jazz dance band that toured nationally beginning in 1926 and into the early 1930s. Unlike the most famous bricktop of the era, Ada "Bricktop" Smith, the African-American owner of a nightclub in Paris, these bricktops were white. Apparently in an effort to coast along on Smith's fame, this group also occasionally performed and recorded as either The Parisian Red Heads or The Bricktops. The orchestra toured the country in their own custom tour bus. References to the band in newspapers of the era are numerous, recordings exist, and a few photographs are known, but are very uncommon. A very pleasing image of an all-girl band. . (Inventory #: 411020)
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