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Dizzy Gillespie [ca. 1984-1990 : black-and-white photoprint]

Donor:
Bress, Chuck
Bress, Pat
Subject:
Gillespie, Dizzy 1917-1993
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper, unmounted
1 item, 8-7/8" 13-1/4" image on 11" x 14" paper
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
2008
ca 1984-1990
1950-2000
1980-1990
Summary:
Gillespie playing trumpet.
Cite as:
Dizzy Gillespie, ca. 1984-1990, by Pat and Chuck Bress. Pat and Chuck Bress Jazz Portrait Photographs, ca. 1984-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artists
Topic:
Trumpet
Jazz musicians
Local number:
AC1219-0000001.tif (AC Scan No.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment
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Pat and Chuck Bress Jazz Portrait Photographs, ca. 1984-1990
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Benny Goodman

Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964
Sitter:
Benny Goodman, 30 May 1909 - 13 Jun 1986
Medium:
Pencil and gouache
Dimensions:
Image: 37.2 x 20.5 cm (14 5/8 x 8 1/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1941
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Caricature
Music\Musical instrument\Clarinet
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Alfred Bendiner Foundation
Object number:
NPG.85.202
Rights:
© Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation
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Ella Fitzgerald

Artist:
Stephen Longstreet, 18 Apr 1907 - 20 Feb 2002
Sitter:
Ella Fitzgerald, 25 Apr 1917 - 15 Jun 1996
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 24.8 × 21.6 cm (9 3/4 × 8 1/2")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1975
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry\Earring
Ella Fitzgerald: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Ella Fitzgerald: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Stephen Longstreet
Object number:
NPG.87.278
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Cab Calloway

Artist:
Walt Disney Studios, founded 1922
Animator:
Robert Stokes
Sitter:
Cab Calloway, 25 Dec 1907 - 18 Nov 1994
Medium:
Pencil and colored pencil on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 17.7cm x 14.6cm (6 15/16" x 5 3/4")
Sheet: 25.5cm x 30.5cm (10 1/16" x 12")
Type:
Drawing
Place:
United States\California\Los Angeles\Los Angeles\Hollywood
Date:
c. 1938
Topic:
Cab Calloway: Literature\Writer
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Miriam and Stuart Reisbord
Object number:
NPG.93.307
Rights:
© Disney Enterprises, Inc.
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Oscar Levant

Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964
Sitter:
Oscar Levant, 1906 - 1972
Medium:
Black conte on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 23.2 × 33.2 cm (9 1/8 × 13 1/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1943
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Stool
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie
Oscar Levant: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Oscar Levant: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Oscar Levant: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Alfred Bendiner Foundation
Object number:
NPG.84.42
Rights:
© Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation
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Dizzy Gillespie

Artist:
Stephen Longstreet, 18 Apr 1907 - 20 Feb 2002
Sitter:
Dizzy Gillespie, 21 Oct 1917 - 6 Jan 1993
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 26.8 × 20.5 cm (10 9/16 × 8 1/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1978
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Stephen Longstreet
Object number:
NPG.87.279
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Roy Eldridge

Artist:
Stephen Longstreet, 18 Apr 1907 - 20 Feb 2002
Sitter:
Roy Eldridge, 30 Jan 1911 - 26 Feb 1989
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 27.9 × 21.6 cm (11 × 8 1/2")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1970
Topic:
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Roy Eldridge: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Stephen Longstreet
Object number:
S/NPG.87.285
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Popular Song Composers

Artist:
Al Hirschfeld, 21 Jun 1903 - 21 Jan 2003
Sitter:
Richard Rodgers, 28 Jun 1902 - 30 Dec 1979
Lorenz Milton Hart, 2 May 1895 - 22 Nov 1943
Cole Porter, 9 Jun 1892 - 15 Oct 1964
Harold Arlen, 15 Feb 1905 - 23 Apr 1986
Dorothy Fields, 15 Jul 1905 - 28 Mar 1974
Jerome Kern, 27 Jan 1885 - 11 Nov 1945
Johnny Mercer, 19 Nov 1909 - 25 Jun 1976
Ira Gershwin, 6 Dec 1896 - 17 Aug 1983
Irving Berlin, 11 May 1888 - 22 Sep 1989
Hoagy Carmichael, 22 Nov 1899 - 20 Dec 1981
George Gershwin, 26 Sep 1898 - 11 Jul 1937
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Ink over pencil on illustration board
Dimensions:
Image/Board: 60.9cm x 50.4cm (24" x 19 13/16")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1983
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry\Earring
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Pipe
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Duke Ellington: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Cole Porter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Cole Porter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Cole Porter: Oscar
Richard Rodgers: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Richard Rodgers: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Richard Rodgers: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Richard Rodgers: Pulitzer Prize
Richard Rodgers: Oscar
Hoagy Carmichael: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Hoagy Carmichael: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Hoagy Carmichael: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Hoagy Carmichael: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Hoagy Carmichael: Oscar
Lorenz Milton Hart: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Harold Arlen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Harold Arlen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
Harold Arlen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Harold Arlen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
Harold Arlen: Oscar
Dorothy Fields: Education\Educator\Teacher
Dorothy Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Dorothy Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
Dorothy Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Dorothy Fields: Oscar
Jerome Kern: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Jerome Kern: Oscar
Johnny Mercer: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Johnny Mercer: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
Johnny Mercer: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Johnny Mercer: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Johnny Mercer: Oscar
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
George Gershwin: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Portraitist
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
George Gershwin: Congressional Gold Medal
Ira Gershwin: Visual Arts\Artist
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Ira Gershwin: Pulitzer Prize
Ira Gershwin: Congressional Gold Medal
Irving Berlin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Irving Berlin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Irving Berlin: Military and Intelligence\Army
Irving Berlin: Oscar
Irving Berlin: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Irving Berlin: Congressional Gold Medal
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.84.323
Rights:
© Al Hirschfeld. Art reproduced by special arrangement with Hirschfeld's exclusive representative, the Margo Feiden Galleries, Ltd., New York.
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Benny Goodman

Artist:
Burton Philip Silverman, born 11 Jun 1928
Sitter:
Benny Goodman, 30 May 1909 - 13 Jun 1986
Medium:
Pencil on paper
Dimensions:
image: 40.4cm x 35.6cm (15 7/8" x 14"), Accurate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1977
Topic:
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Irving and Frances Phillips
Object number:
NPG.89.227
Rights:
© Burton Philip Silverman / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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Ethel Waters

Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964
Sitter:
Ethel Waters, 1896 - 1977
Medium:
Pencil, ink and gouache on board
Dimensions:
Sheet: 15.1 × 15.6 cm (5 15/16 × 6 1/8")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1940
Topic:
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Pipe
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Stool
Caricature
Ethel Waters: Literature\Writer
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Blues
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Alfred Bendiner Foundation
Object number:
NPG.85.194
Rights:
© Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation
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Lester Young

Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964
Sitter:
Lester Willis Young, 27 Aug 1909 - 15 Mar 1959
Medium:
Crayon on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 23.1 × 32 cm (9 1/8 × 12 5/8")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1945
Topic:
Caricature
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Lester Willis Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Lester Willis Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Alfred Bendiner Foundation
Object number:
NPG.85.199
Rights:
© Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation
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Fats Waller

Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964
Sitter:
Fats Waller, 1904 - 1943
Medium:
Pencil on paper
Dimensions:
20cm x 17.1cm (7 7/8" x 6 3/4"), Image
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1941
Topic:
None
Fats Waller: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Fats Waller: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Fats Waller: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Fats Waller: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Fats Waller: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.84.37
Rights:
© Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation
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Louis Armstrong

Artist:
Ben Shahn, 12 Sep 1898 - 14 Mar 1969
Sitter:
Louis Armstrong, 4 Aug 1901 - 6 Jul 1971
Medium:
Gouache on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 30.9 x 25.3cm (12 3/16 x 9 15/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9cm (28 x 22")
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1956
Exhibition Label:
Ben Shahn's 1956 drawing is one of a series commissioned by Edward R. Murrow and CBS producer Fred Friendly for a documentary on the legendary trumpeter, singer, and bandleader Louis Armstrong. Shahn had recently represented the United States at the Venice Biennale and been asked to give a prestigious series of lectures at Harvard. Armstrong was hitting even greater peaks of international renown. Performing in Europe in 1956, Armstrong and his band were sent by CBS on a historic side trip to Africa. In May Armstrong received worldwide attention performing for a huge crowd in Accra, Ghana. The African visit was an exhilarating experience for Armstrong, who felt especially connected to the Ghanaian people. Murrow's documentary was first edited for a television show and then released by United Artists as the documentary film Satchmo the Great (1957).
Topic:
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Comedian
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Louis Armstrong: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2006.32
Rights:
© Estate of Ben Shahn/ Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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Ornette Coleman

Artist:
Frederick J. Brown, 1945 - 2012
Sitter:
Ornette Coleman, 9 Mar 1930 - 11 Jun 2015
Medium:
Oil and charcoal on linen
Dimensions:
Stretcher: 121.9 x 101.6cm (48 x 40")
Frame: 124.5 x 105.4 x 7cm (49 x 41 1/2 x 2 3/4")
Type:
Painting
Date:
1992
Exhibition Label:
Born Fort Worth, Texas
For both his musical virtuosity on alto saxophone and his compositions, Ornette Coleman is one of the major forces in American music in the late twentieth century. Like painter Jackson Pollock and writer Walt Whitman, who rejected traditional forms as too constrictive for human expression, Coleman broke with existing jazz diction, creating a raw sound that seemed to deliberately avoid the musical scale in favor of "playing in the cracks." In 1959, Coleman's quartet produced The Shape of Jazz to Come, a musical manifesto that was the aural equivalent of Pollock's abstract expressionism. Coleman disavowed the idea that "free jazz," as his music was called, was pure improvisation, maintaining that careful planning went into each composition. In the 1970s Coleman moved into jazz funk, using electrified instruments. He is still a prolific musician, and his album Sound Grammar won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2007.
Topic:
Ornette Coleman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Ornette Coleman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Ornette Coleman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Ornette Coleman: Pulitzer Prize
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Joel and Sherry Mallin and Sebastienne and Bentley Brown
Object number:
NPG.2006.112
Rights:
© 1992, Frederick J. Brown
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Ella Fitzgerald

Artist:
Lisette Model, 1901 - 1983
Sitter:
Ella Fitzgerald, 25 Apr 1917 - 15 Jun 1996
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 34.9 x 27.5 cm (13 3/4 x 10 13/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Frame: 71.9 x 56.7 x 3.2 cm (28 5/16 x 22 5/16 x 1 1/4")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1954
Exhibition Label:
Ella Fitzgerald entered a Harlem talent contest in the mid-1930s, intending to do a dance. On stage, however, her legs froze, and in desperation she launched into song. Her fallback alternative proved good enough to win the contest, and so began a singing career that would make Fitzgerald the "First Lady of Song." Blessed with a voice capable of seamlessly spanning three octaves, Fitzgerald soon perfected her remarkable gifts for vocal improvisation, known as "scat" singing. Her "songbook" recordings of American standards, made from 1956 to 1964, are the definitive tributes to Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and others. Fitzgerald's respectful understanding of a composer's intentions made these songwriters some of her most ardent fans. "I never knew how good our songs were," lyricist Ira Gershwin once said, "until I heard Ella Fitzgerald sing them."
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry\Earring
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry\Ring
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Stole\Fur
Ella Fitzgerald: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Ella Fitzgerald: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.88.62
Rights:
© The Lisette Model Foundation, Inc. (1983). Used by permission.
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Wynton Marsalis

Artist:
Ted Thai, born 1952
Sitter:
Wynton Marsalis, born 18 Oct 1961
Medium:
Color photograph on paper
Dimensions:
30.2cm x 22.7cm (11 7/8" x 8 15/16"), Accurate
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1990
Topic:
Exterior
Architecture\Window
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Architecture\Building
Wynton Marsalis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Wynton Marsalis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Wynton Marsalis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Object number:
NPG.93.TC54
Rights:
© Ted Thai
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Dave Brubeck (with Paul Desmond)

Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Sitter:
Dave Brubeck, 6 Dec 1920 - 5 Dec 2012
Paul Desmond, 25 Nov 1924 - 30 May 1977
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 33.4 x 23.9 cm (13 1/8 x 9 7/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1954
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Artwork
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Paul Desmond: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Paul Desmond: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Dave Brubeck: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Dave Brubeck: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Dave Brubeck: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.90.39
Rights:
© Estate of Carl Van Vechten
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Willie "the Lion" Smith

Artist:
Arnold A. Newman, 3 Mar 1918 - 6 Jun 2006
Sitter:
William Henry Smith, Nov 1897 - Apr 1973
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 32.8 x 21.8 cm (12 15/16 x 8 9/16")
Sheet: 35.4 x 27.7 cm (13 15/16 x 10 7/8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Frame: 56.7 x 41.4 x 3.2 cm (22 5/16 x 16 5/16 x 1 1/4")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1960 (printed later)
Exhibition Label:
Willie "The Lion" Smith was a jazz pianist, songwriter, and raconteur at the center of the vibrant New York music scene for a half century. At first a successful ragtime pianist on the East Coast, Smith fought in World War I with the famous Harlem Hellfighters division. In the 1920s The Lion, James P. Johnson, and Fats Waller formed an unholy trinity of New York City pianist-composers who created the tempo and dances of the time. Duke Ellington apprenticed to his musical leadership and stride style, and a young George Gershwin absorbed jazz sitting under Smith’s piano at Harlem rent parties. The Lion evoked his time in several later records and in his memoir, Music on My Mind (1964). His style is ingrained in jazz iconography, as can be seen here: relaxed at the piano in his trademark derby and with his cigar, he awaits the night’s crowd and warms up the keyboard.
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Interior\Nightclub
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Headgear\Hat\Derby hat
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Spot Light
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette holder
William Henry Smith: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
William Henry Smith: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
William Henry Smith: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Arnold Newman
Object number:
NPG.91.89.77
Rights:
© Arnold Newman / Getty Images
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Bessie Smith

Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Sitter:
Bessie Smith, 15 Apr 1894 - 26 Sep 1937
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 25.2 x 18.6 cm (9 15/16 x 7 5/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Frame: 56.7 x 41.4 x 3.2 cm (22 5/16 x 16 5/16 x 1 1/4")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1936
Exhibition Label:
Bessie Smith was the most influential blues singer in history and the first major feminist voice in American music. With her deep, powerful contralto, Smith foregrounded an individual woman’s experience in her songs: she sang alternately with lusty pride and melancholy of sexual desire, economic hardship, loneliness, and transience. She drank and fought as hard as any man, ran her own vaudeville troupe, and once scared off a bunch of Klansmen by herself. During the Jim Crow era, Smith’s songs mediated the experience of the Great Migration out of the South and evoked intense emotional response from black audiences. A protégé of Ma Rainey, Smith sang of the road as a metaphor for life: "I’m a rambling woman . . . with a rambling mind." Her artistic influence remains vital in artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Erykah Badu, and Lucinda Williams. Janis Joplin put up half the money for Smith’s new gravestone in 1970.
Topic:
Clothing & Apparel\Jewelry\Earring
Interior
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Fan
Clothing & Apparel\Accouterment\Feather
Bessie Smith: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Bessie Smith: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rhythm and Blues
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.91.108
Rights:
© 1936 Carl Van Vechten Trust
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Ella Fitzgerald

Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Sitter:
Ella Fitzgerald, 25 Apr 1917 - 15 Jun 1996
Medium:
Photogravure
Dimensions:
22.4cm x 14.9cm (8 13/16" x 5 7/8"), Image
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940 (printed 1983)
Topic:
Interior
Ella Fitzgerald: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Ella Fitzgerald: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.83.188.15
Rights:
Photograph © Carl Van Vechten Trust Gravure and compilation ©Eakins Press Foundation
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