Hot Club de Buenos Aires Plaque

Hot Club de Buenos Aires Plaque

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This is a rectangular shaped plaque with rounded corners, made of metal, with a mirror finish front with black text, a gold and black stylized trumpet, in a black and gold plastic frame, with a metal hanger on the back. The plaque was previously owned by jazz musician Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham. The plaque is printed:

[image of a trumpet]
de Buenos Aires

Adolphus Anthony “Doc” Cheatham (1905-1997), first learned to play saxophone as well as trumpet. Early in his career, Cheatham performed with the African American Vaudeville theater in Nashville. Around 1924, Cheatham moved to Chicago where he heard trumpeters King Oliver and Louis Armstrong, both would have a lifelong influence on Cheatham’s playing.

Cheatham performed with several jazz musicians including Benny Carter, Fletcher Henderson, and Benny Goodman throughout the 1930s to the 1960s. In the 1970s, Cheatham worked to improve his playing by recording and listening to himself. After the age of 70, Cheatham’s self-assessment work would result in him receiving his best acclamations and critical reviews.

Currently not on view
Object Name
Cheatham, Doc
place made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
overall: 5 3/4 in x 8 1/8 in x 3/8 in; 14.605 cm x 20.6375 cm x.9525 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Amanda N. Cheatham
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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