Stetson Trooper modified
If you're the patient type you'll find straw trooper hats on ebay. I'm happy with this straw after dropping the front with a bit of steam.
Unfortunately the site won't allow the photo upload from my computer.
Kaye was one of dozens performers incubated in the Catskill Mountains between the 30s and 60s.
Billy Crystal tried to capture some of the flavor of that entertainment culture in "Mr. Saturday Night". Any book on the subject will certainly mention Danny Kaye.
I came across this today in my search for the remaining members of the JATP.
Anyone interested in jazz or the social history of mid-20th century America will enjoy this.
Norman Granz, 83; Visionary of the Jazz World Was Producer, Promoter and
I'm the guy who posted this article a couple of years ago.
The Canadians have a similar tradition for graduate engineers. But instead of getting hats they're given narrow banded, plain iron pinky rings.
In trying to add some variation to my existing hat collection I've come across this company www.coloradohorsehair.com. They make all kinds of accessories from woven horsehair. I own a couple of belts made by them and I can vouch for the quality of workmanship. Their hatbands are attractive and...
THEN & NOW
Dancing with my sister at her wedding in 1960.
With my nephews in Long Beach, NY, summer of 1969.
With my wife of 34 years earlier this year at Pesach.
Sorry the pics are small.
Nice thread and interesting stories about the common need to perform music.
I'm one of the posters referred to in the original post who promote my band's performances on the FL. I play guitar (primarily rhythm) in a 17 piece jazz big band called "The Big Band Sound of...
IF YOU FIND A DECENT ONE, BUY IT!
It's been a while since I posted a comment on one of the best sites on the web.
I bought a Portis "Stratoliner" clone off ebay last year. It is a tan color hat with a 2 7/8" brim. I'm no hat maven by any standard but this hat stands up to any vintage...
RICHIE At GABE'S BACKSTAGE LOUNGE.JPEG
Here's my first shot at attaching a photo file. It was taken last week at a gig my band, "The Big Band Sound of Deerfield" played at a club in Highwood, IL (a Chicago suburb). That's me in my Stetson "Playboy" holding my Guild X-170 archtop. It was fun...