Wendell Phillip Culley in Count Basie Orchestra

    The journey to find pictures of my Grand Uncle Wendell Culley has truly become fruitful.  I have searched the World Wide Web, searched e-bay, looked at online photo’s of band’s Wendell played in, traveled to Worcester, MA and Washington D.C to search libraries and archives, and even made requests from family members to search their personal photo collections.  I was met with some success and some disappointments.  My greatest success came when I connected with Armin Büttner, the writer and researcher for CROWNPROPELLER’S Blog. (Click Link to see blog)
 
     I came across a post featuring Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra.  In the photo that was posted, Wendell Culley was situated in the back with the Trumpet section.  When I inquired about the photo, I was granted permission to share on my blog for my family history.  I was so thrilled with this, and with much surprise was sent another photo of a close-up with Wendell.  Check out this post Wendell Culley: Treasure Chest Thursday.
 
    When I thought Christmas was over, I received another email with a photo attachment of Wendell Culley from the “Otto Flueckiger Collection.”
Wendell P. Culley
photo by Ernest Zwonicek via the Flueckiger Collection
Photo possibly taken in Geneva, Switzerland, 1956

Wendell Culley played trumpet with the Count Basie Orchestra from 1951-1959.

Other photo’s and story of Wendell and the Count Basie Orchestra on the Crownpropeller Blog (Link)


     Here are a couple more photo’s of Wendell Culley by Ernest Zwonicek via the Flueckiger Collection”

Benny Powell (???), Wendell Culley, Marshall Royal
Count Basie, Wendell Culley, and others.
Joe Williams
At the train station
Others may or may not be band members.
(If you can identify anyone please contact Crownpropeller’s Blog)

In regular and on-going research, I came across one of the passenger lists of 1956 of Count Basie’s Orchestra. I was hoping that it was the travel record of the Basie Orchestra to Geneva Switzerland in 1956, but the one below is to Prestwick, Scotland.  I hope that eventually the passenger lists will be posted on ancestry.com.

Travel Record of Count Basie Orchestra
Prestwick, Scotland
Ancestry.com
Driggs Collection

I have another blog: The Cully Family-An African American Legacy that will include a detailed history of Wendell Culley and all of his siblings.  This blog is currently being worked on, so check back often.

Copyright
The material, both written and photographic on these pages is the copyright of Yvette Porter Moore unless stated. Material on this site may be used for personal reference only. If you wish to use any of the material on this site for other means, please seek the written permission of Yvette Porter Moore
© 2010-2011

Wordless Wednesday: Searching for Wendell Phillip Culley on e-bay

A couple of times a month I get on e-bay and search for anything that is related to the Culley/Cully Family.  I have had some successes.  I did not know what my Great Uncle Wendell looked like, and I could not find a relative that had a photo of Wendell in their collection (as he hated to take pictures).

Through my searches, I have been able to secure at least 4 photo’s of Wendell.  Below is a magazine ad that was being sold on e-bay and I bid on it and won.  I had it made into posters for a few of my cousins.
Wendell Culley, Count Basie & Reunald Jones
Here is a flyer that I was able to find and purchase on e-bay.
Wendell Culley, (bottom-far left)
More about Wendell Culley go here and here, or google Wendell P. Culley for information on his career as a musician.

Copyright
The material, both written and photographic on these pages is the copyright of Yvette Porter Moore unless stated. Material on this site may be used for personal reference only. If you wish to use any of the material on this site for other means, please seek the written permission of Yvette Porter Moore
© 2010-2011

Tombstone Tuesday (Wendell Culley and Zara Cully Brown)

My Daughter Tori and I placing flowers on Wendell Culley’s unmarked Grave

Summer of 2010, My daughter and I went to locate my Great Uncle Wendell Phillip Culley’s grave and headstone.  Wendell was born January 8, 1906-May 8, 1983. Wendell was a jazz musician from Worcester, MA and played trumpet for Sissle Noble, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and played on over 200 recordings for many other singers and musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughn. Wendell was one of Zara Cully Brown’s from the “Jefferson’s” younger brothers.  Much to my surprise there was no headstone.  There will be some family efforts to get Wendell a marker on his Grave. Our loved one’s should never be forgotten.

Location of Grave:
Rose Hills Memorial Park
Whittier
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Garden of Affection, Sec 9, Lot 3149 Grave 4

Zara Cully Brown, listed are her husband and two of her children.

Photo by Scott Michaels

Location of Gravesite:  Photos from Findagrave.com
Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale)
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Freedom Mausoleum, Columbarium of Victory

Photo by A.J. Marik: Zara Cully Brown’s wall nitch

© Yvette Porter Moore-All Rights Reserved