Dizzy Gillespie – Handwritten & Signed 1946 Letter

A handwritten letter, circa 1946, from bebop and modern jazz giant Dizzy Gillespie to Jack Stein, treasurer of the New York musician's union Local 802. Gillespie writes 'Dear Jack, I'd appreciate it very much if you'd send my transfer out immediately. In regards to the tax forms from the last week at the Spotlight Club NY I believe there was enough 10% tax money collected on my one nighter to cover any tax I owe—if not I'll be in N.Y. in about 4 weeks and will straightened (sic) everything out. Kindest Regards, Dizzy Gillespie.' Gillespie biographer Don Maggin told us Gillespie opened at the Spotlite Club (on West 52nd St.) with a sextet on Feb 25, 1946, expanding to a big band on April 24. Maggin thinks Gillespie's mention of a transfer refers to moving from one union local to another. His band at that time included Milt Jackson, James Moody, Ray Brown and John Lewis. The letter is written in pencil on stationery from the Hotel DeLuxe, St. Louis, Mo; at some point it was folded in eighths. On the reverse is a note in another hand to actress and singer Dorothy Dandridge. A rare letter from a Jazz giant, written during the early days of bebop. As with everything we offer, this is guaranteed authentic in writing, with no time limit.

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