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March 22nd, 2018, 10:01 pm #11

Using MS Word for a better look - 

First, open a blank MS Word document.  Next, full-screen this hidden-head image, and then press the "Print Screen" key once... "Print Screen" is the upper-left key in that block of nine keys, between Enter & the far right 0-9-etc block.

Next mouse-click the white of that MS Word blank document once again, and do a Paste (I do this via the double-key press <Control><V>... mouse left-click, another option).  When Paste has placed the image into Word, click the image once again, to make it the focus / selected.

Now you can zoom in & out on the Word image (I used a 0% to 100% slider bar on the bottom right boundary of my MS Word version).

Further with MS Word, on the main Menu bar select Format, and then Brightness, and then select Picture Corrections Options... it's down at the bottom of the drop-down.  This will bring up the Format Picture box of controls, on which in left column you click "Picture," and finally, proceed to play around with those two slider bars Brightness & Contrast (you need to have the image selected via mouse-click, remember).

On my MS Word screen, adjusted as described, I've got the Zoom slider-340%, Brightness-70%, and Contrast-80%.  Looking closely at that possible sax-bell protruding around the announcer's elbow, with varying brightness/contrast/zoom etc, possibly it's something other... say, the end of a long light lamp metal shade, atop a music stand, one guess.

I concur regarding the photo superimpositions... seems like at least three, to me... announcer / Goldkette / casual snapshot capturing some of the band's players.

To conclude, as the nose can help differentiate in photo ID, so too the ears.  That does look like a Bix ear, on the background partial head... angles outward on the upper lobe.
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Joined: March 15th, 2018, 6:05 am

March 22nd, 2018, 11:20 pm #12

We went through this before. This is not the actual opening of the hotel - which occurred in late December - but a Lions Club celebration in honor of the new hotel and Goldkette. Those are Lions Club celebrants in the background.

We identified every identifiable musician in the photo when we first saw this. The mystery ear belongs to neither Dorsey nor Murray, neither of whom were there (though I'm making a logical guess about poor streptococcal Murray). Forget about who's placed where. This is not a typical setup; it's a remote from an atypical location. Nobody is playing at this moment. (Read the speech; it's interminable.) That is Bix's ear, Bix's hair, Bix's forehead and nobody else's. I said it then and feel every bit as certain now.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 22nd, 2018, 11:58 pm #13

Indeed, discussed about two years ago.

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March 23rd, 2018, 3:52 am #14

I've flip-flopped about the mystery ear a few times now. My initial instinct was that it belonged to Bix, but the possible tenor sax jutting from the Mayor's back led me to the Don Murray side. The hairline looks more like Bix than Murray, and I'm not entirely sure whether the mystery person is actually holding the saxophone or if it, too, is in the background. I agree that there are one or more superimpositions--definitely Goldkette. I think I lean Bix now, but with great hesitation.
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March 23rd, 2018, 4:01 am #15

I am a self professed expert on the Murray ear.

That's not it.
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March 24th, 2018, 8:44 pm #16

Another example of the huge differences between Don and Bix hairlines. 

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March 25th, 2018, 5:57 pm #17

 
Comparisons are provided below for Bix, the 'mystery' musician behind mayor John W Smith and Jimmy Dorsey (all photos taken within roughly the same period, give or take a year or so). Jimmy Dorsey provides the best match for the hairline. Bix does not have the same square hairline, especially on the right side around the temple (which is the side we are looking at in the Goldkette photo) - Bix's hairline is higher. Both have similar protruding ears.
 

 
Both perspective and lighting indicate that Jean Goldkette and the mayor have been superimposed on the original photo, as previously discussed, and if so then the snapshot of the Goldkette band behind them could have been taken somewhere other than the Hotel Savarine in Detroit. I know it's a bit of a long shot to suggest that the background photo of the band might have been taken in New York in the last week of January 1927 - which is when Jimmy Dorsey was temporarily in the band - but in my estimation it is no less valid a proposal than the suggestion that the mystery man is Bix temporarily sitting in the sax section holding a sax. Both scenarios can have holes picked in them, but in the absence of further evidence (such as the publication date for the issue of Graystone Topics in which the photo appeared), I believe that both are worthy of our consideration.
 
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