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The Nabob Girls Orchestra

Photograph shows the Nabob Girls Orchestra at the Western Board Broadcasting studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Left to right front: Marj DeBoldt?, Sally Lee (Levine), unknown trumpet player, unknown piano player, Nellie McIntosh? (conductor). Left to right rear: unknown guitar player, Dolly Madison? (drums), unknown accordion player. Date of photograph is uncertain, circa 1930.

Slides of musicians and venues

Colour and black and white slides depicting musicians and entertainment landmarks around Manitoba, many of which were featured in Owen Clark’s book “Musical Ghosts”.

Promotional autograph card for the Cave Supper Club

A promotional card for the Cave Supper Club, located at the corner of Donald Street and Ellice Avenue. The inside has a dedicated space to collect autographs and has a photo of the The Cave Orchestra affixed (taken by Gibsons Photographers). The names of the band members are hand-written in the autograph section, from left to right: unknown on piano; Maxine Ware on vocals; "BB?" on drums; Stan Hykaway on bass; Ed Peterson on trombone; Joe Paley on saxophone; Lloyd Somers and Johnny Bering on trumpet; and unknown and Gil Hanson on saxophone. November 13, 1944 is written in the date section.

Owen Clark collection

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  • Collection
  • 1890-2007

The collection consists of material relating to Winnipeg and its music history, particularly its jazz, blues, and big band music from the late 1890s to 2007. This material was used by Clark in Musical Ghosts: Manitoba’s Jazz and Dance Bands, 1914-1966. As well, the collection includes vintage photographs and related material on Winnipeg-based musicians, music and dance venues, and the bands, singers and performers who worked in these establishments. The collection also records the architecture of dance halls and clubs in Winnipeg and in Manitoba and Saskatchewan towns. In addition, social and cultural activities in Manitoba are represented in the descriptions recorded on many of the photographs. The collection contains digital, visual and audio media of interviews and musical sessions by musicians captured in many of the photographs.

The main body of the Owen Clark Collection contains records given to Owen Clark or records from his private collection. It also contains a bound scrapbook that was compiled by Manuel Finkelman, a dancer at the Orpheum Theatre from 1922-1923. It contains newspaper clippings (many from The Winnipeg Tribune) documenting the entertainment scene in Winnipeg, Manitoba, especially the Orpheum Theatre and vaudeville acts from 1921-1927. The scrapbook was discovered by Gene Shelley (Eugene Schibler) during demolition of the Theatre in 1948 and given to Owen Clark around 2004.

Textual records and ephemera in the Collection include local band business cards, newspaper clippings, music magazines, telegraphs, letters, menus from restaurants in Winnipeg, achievement certificates, and newsletters, among other items.

Neepawa Nighthawks

Photograph shows (Front row, L-R): George Burnett, Al Gallemoie, Al Brooker, Howard Alguire (saxophone section), Emerson Townsend (piano), Arleigh Pulfer (vocals), Vern Lord (bass). (Second row): Albert Newell , Reidmond George, Bruce Pedler, Percy Aikenhead, Harold Thomson (drums).

National Park Orchestra

Photograph shows unknown (trumpet), Frank Yarwood (saxophone and clarinet), Jack Warnick (trumpet), Andy Rothwell (saxophone and clarinet), Russ Goundry (drums), Horie Russell (saxophone and clarinet), Bill Winters (piano and leader), Herb Lord (bass).

National Park Orchestra

Photograph shows (L-R): Russ Goundry (drums), Unknown (trumpet), Andy Rothwell (saxophone and clarinet), Frank Yarwood (saxophone and clarinet), Herb Lord (bass), Jack Warwick (trumpet), Bill Winters (piano and leader).

Nankin Gardens Orchestra

Photograph shows Ann Foster (piano), Jack Hunter (drums), Art Strauss (banjo), Cam Christie (saxophone), Clif Marshall (saxophone), Hugo Menard (trumpet). Date of photograph is approximate, [ca. 1927].

Louis Armstrong's Band at Rancho Don Carlos

Autographed photo of Louis Armstrong's band at Rancho Don Carlos. Photograph shows (L-R): Barney Bigard, George Reznick, Larry Schwartz, Trummy Young, Johnny Bering, Carl Riller, Kenny John, Arvel Shaw. (Seated, L-R): Charlie Mazzone, Louis Armstrong. Date of photograph is uncertain, taken in late 1940s.

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