|Glenn Turner, Jason Bowen, G. Valmont Thomas, and|
Charles Weldon in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,
photo: T. Charles Erickson
"We consulted a brass specialist at Rayburn music who to confirm that the instruments we had selected are of the correct vintage. We made the design choice to keep them in decent condition in order to convey that these musicians take pride in their instruments. From the stage they look more pristine than they actually are, when in fact they are slightly tarnished with dings here and there. If they were shined and polished, they would gleam too brightly under the stage lights."