Here's 25-year-old guitarist Herb Ellis with pianist Lou Carter and bassist Johnny Frigo. All three were part of Jimmy Dorsey's tight rhythm section in the 1940s. In 1946, they broke out as a lounge act known as the Soft Winds, which lasted a few years.
This image comes from Betty's fabulous collection of photos, sent along by her friend Chris. Betty has donated all of her prints, including this one, to Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies. But since she and Chris also are big JazzWax readers, they wanted you to see them, too.
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JazzWax tracks: Back in the late 1990s, Chiaroscuro Records issued a fine album of Soft Winds recordings that featured their music from today and a date made circa 1947. The album is Then & Now: The Soft Winds 1946-1996. You'll find it at iTunes and here.