Saxophone, saxophone used by James Palao, circa 1915. Silver, brass, plastic, wood, cork, paper, leather, and metal. Made by C.G. Conn, Ltd., Elkhart, Indiana. Gift of Clotile Palao Wilson. 1990.387.3a-e
Saxophone, reeds in envelope, strap, case, and mouthpiece; a) Silver-plated saxophone with brass-plated interior and mother-of-pearl buttons; front labeled MADE BY/C.G. CONN LTD./ELKHART/IND surrounded by floral pattern; lower back stamped PATD DEC. 8. 1914/1119954/C/36524/L Condition: good, except some tarnish and polish residue. Size: 25" x 9" b) Mouthpiece with silver-plated neck connected by cork and green rubber to black plastic mouthpiece with reed intact. Mouthpiece covered by detachable metal cover. Condition: Good, except some tarnish and polish residue. 11" x 3 1/2" c) Yellow envelope labeled "LYON/HEALY and Everything Known in Music" with musical staff and 16 city names. Contains two 3/4" x 3 1/8" reeds (stamped RICO and V-3 on back), held in joined paper envelopes, each labeled LYON/HEALY and 243 S. Wabash, Chicago/Wabash 2 -7900 and 6 city names on front. Small envelopes read thank you-/-Call Again on back. Condition: good. 6" x 3 3/8" d) Dark brown strap with hook
This saxophone was played by James Palao, member of the Original Creole Orchestra and King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in 1920.
This saxophone helps document the era when musicians from New Orleans and other southern locales came to Chicago and introduced the revolutionary sounds of jazz to northern audiences. It was played by James Palao, member of the Original Creole Orchestra and King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in the early 1920s.