Tenor saxophonist Charlie Ventura (from left) plays at Janzen Beach in north Portland around 1953-54; Duke Ellington, the greatest jazz composer and bandleader of his time, performs at McElvoy’s on Southwest Fourth and Taylor around 1953; and Louis Armstrong at Portland’s old Civic Theater for a “Jazz at the Philharmonic” national touring show around the same period. The photos are from the estate of Carl Henniger.
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