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Jazz Photo Collection Up for Sale

The Smithsonian wants it, as does Jazz at Lincoln Center and Rutgers’ Institute of Jazz Studies. The thing is, nobody can afford it.

The photo collection of former jazz journalist and record producer Frank Driggs is valued at more than $1.5 million and contains nearly 80,000 photos, from 1898 shots of Scott Joplin and Tom Turpin to live shots of big bands playing at long-gone clubs in Harlem and East Village in the 1950s. Driggs was the single biggest supplier of pictures for Ken Burns’ 17-hour Jazz series.

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