(MUSIC.) DOUGLASS, JOSEPH. Silver print photograph of Frederick Douglass' grandson, Joseph Douglass and his wife Fannie Howard Douglass, 9-3/8 x 6-1/2 inches, on the original photographer's cardboard mount Np, circa 1910-1915Estimate $800-1,200 (SwannGalleries.com)
John Malveaux of www.MusicUNTOLD.com writes:
Joseph Douglass (1871-1935)
While his grandfather and father were amateur violinists, this grandson of Frederick Douglass became a noted concert artist who toured the USA and Europe for three decades. In 1914 he became the first violinist ever to record for Victor Talking Machine Company, however those recordings were never released.
Please see partial list (string players of African descent) http://www.jazzbows.com/blackviolinlinks.html
String players of African descent and others have the extraordinary challenge of learning standard repertoire which is a full time job and still find time to learn additional music not taught in the standard curriculum. During the 150th Anniversary Emancipation Proclamation Concert produced by MusicUNTOLD and KUSC Classical Radio, Violinist Sanford Allen, Violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, and Violinist Annelle Gregory performed compositions by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and William Grant Still respectively. Additionally, Allen and Ngwenyama played a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart duo. Their performances were recorded and will be heard on a forthcoming KUSC Classical Radio 91.5 FM broadcast and 5-7 days on-demand.