Glasgow's home to all that jazz...

IT'S not every jazz star who finds time to pick up a copy of the Evening Times.

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  • Louis Armstrong, 1956
    Louis Armstrong, 1956
  • Louis Armstrong, 1956
  • Louis Armstrong, 1956
  • Louis Armstrong, 1956
  • Louis Armstrong, 1956

But then, Duke Ellington was no ordinary jazz legend.

The pianist and bandleader was caught in this revealing photograph while on a visit to the city in February 1967, when he brought his band to the Odeon, at that time one of the biggest venues in town.

He was only too happy to pose for the cameras with his commemorative issue of the Evening Times.

The photograph is one of 10 in a special exhibition put together by journalist Alison Kerr for the 2014 Glasgow Jazz Festival, which runs until Sunday.

You can enjoy the photographs at the City Halls until then. They will then go on show at Rio Cafe, in Hyndland Street, until the end of July.

The pictures show just a fraction of the jazz stars who have played in the city over the decades. Apart from Ellington we have:

l Dizzy Gillespie, at the Central Hotel in July 1987

l Cleo Laine & Johnny Dankworth, pictured at Central Station in July 1991

l Gerry Mulligan at the same venue in July 1988

l Fats Waller in August 1938, probably at the Central Hotel

l Lena Horne at the City Halls in July 1979, appearing with the Count Basie band

l Nina Simone at the Theatre Royal in May 1990

l Cab Calloway at Lewis's Royal Polytechnic, Dunlop Street, in March 1934

l Louis Armstrong at the Kelvin Hall in May 1956

l The Mills Brothers at Arnott's Warehouse, Jamaica Street, in August 1937.

Says Alison: "Over the decades, Glasgow has played host to the biggest stars in the jazz world.

Almost all the greats performed in the city at some point in their careers - often, as in the case of the 'founding fathers' of the music, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, several times."

Jazz Stars in Glasgow is part of Stars in Scotland, Alison's research project about the visits of movie, music and entertainment stars to Scotland in the 20th Century.

Photographs which have featured in her exhibitions have all been sourced from the Evening Times and Herald archive.

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