Written by
Bob Stumpel

February 19

Is That Ray Charles, Playing That Piano At The Trianon In Seattle, In 1948?!

Off topic

I scanned this photo from my copy of Paul De Barros, Jackson Street After Hours: The Roots Of Jazz In Seattle (Sasquatch Books, October 1993, ISBN-10: 0912365927), depicting trumpet player Floyd Standifer at the Trianon Ballroom in Seattle, in the Summer of 1948. 

Ray Charles expert Joël Dufour pointed me at the possibility that the piano player might be Ray Charles. Looking closer at  the perfect round form of the pianist’s ear, his skinny ankles, and his glasses, I think Joël just might be right…


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