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[Duke Ellington sitting at the piano. Black-and-white photoprint.]

view [Duke Ellington sitting at the piano. Black-and-white photoprint.] digital asset number 1
Photographers:
Scurlock Studio (Washington, D.C.)
Photographer:
Scurlock, Robert S [Saunders] 1917-1994
Subject:
Ellington, Duke 1899-1974
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
Culture:
African Americans Washington (D.C.)
Type:
Photographs
Place:
United States
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1950
1960
1950-1960
Summary:
Photograph probably taken by Robert Scurlock.
Topic:
Piano
African American musicians
African American composers
Jazz
African American pianists
Musicians
African Americans
Local number:
AC0618.001.0000020.tif (AC Scan No.)
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Black-and-white photoprints (Series 1), Scurlock Studio Records, ca. 1905-1994
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

[Fletcher Henderson's Band

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Subject:
Henderson, Fletcher 1897-1952
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item, 8" x 10"
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
1900-1950
Summary:
Photographer unidentified.
Cite as:
Horace and Fletcher Henderson Music and Photographs Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Jazz
African American musicians
Local number:
AC0797-0000003.tif (AC Scan No.)
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Horace and Fletcher Henderson Music and Photographs Collection
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

[George Wein (pianist) at La Grande Parade du Jazz] [black-and-white photoprint], 1984

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Donor:
Myers, Stephanie
Subject:
Wein, George
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1984
1950-2000
1980-1990
Cite as:
Photograph by Stephanie Myers, 1984. From Stephanie Myers Jazz Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist
Topic:
Jazz
Musicians
Pianists
Local number:
AC0887-0000001.tif (AC Scan No.)
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Stephanie Myers Jazz Photographs, 1984-1987
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Miles Davis in Switzerland. [Photoprint, black-and-white, July 1991.]

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Photographer:
Leonard, Herman 1923-2010
Subject:
Davis, Miles
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Date:
1991
July 1991
1950-2000
Notes:
From black copy print notebook in reading room.
Cite as:
Herman Leonard Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Musicians
Jazz
African American musicians
Local number:
94-3292 (SI Neg. No.)
AC0445-0000001.tif (AC Scan No.)
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Herman Leonard Photoprints
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Thelonious Monk [making notes at the piano]. [Photoprint, black-and-white, undated.]

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Photographer:
Leonard, Herman 1923-2010
Subject:
Monk, Thelonious
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Date:
1960
undated
1940-1990
1950-2000
Notes:
From black copy print notebook in reading room.
Summary:
The subject is leaning on the piano, smoking a cigarette while he writes.
Cite as:
Herman Leonard Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Piano
Smoking
Cigarettes
Jazz
African American musicians
Musicians
Local number:
94-3283 (SI Neg. No.]
AC0445-0000002.tif(AC Scan No.)
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Herman Leonard Photoprints
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Louis Armstrong -- Paris [backstage at Olympia Theatre,] 1960 [photoprint, black-and-white]

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Photographer:
Leonard, Herman 1923-2010
Subject:
Armstrong, Louis 1900-1971
Olympia Theatre (Paris, France)
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Place:
Paris (France)
Date:
1960
1950-2000
Summary:
Subject holds trumpet on lap. Title under image at left, signed at lower right.
Cite as:
Herman Leonard Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
African American musicians
Jazz
Musicians
Local number:
AC0445-0000003.tif (AC Scan No.)
00044501.tif (AC Scan, duplicate)
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Herman Leonard Photoprints
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Charlie Parker -- Birdland [New York City] [Photoprint, black and white,] 1949

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Photographer:
Leonard, Herman 1923-2010
Subject:
Parker, Charlie 1920-1955
Birdland (New York, N.Y.)
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Date:
1949
1950-2000
Summary:
Parker playing saxophone, dramatically photographed from a low angle. Title, signature, date in lower margin.
Cite as:
Herman Leonard Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Saxophone
African American musicians
Jazz
Musicians
Local number:
AC0445-0000008.tif (AC Scan No.)
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Herman Leonard Photoprints
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Max Roach -- NYC [black-and-white photoprint,] 1950

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Photographer:
Leonard, Herman 1923-2010
Subject:
Roach, Max 1924-2007
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Date:
1950
1950-2000
Summary:
Roach is shown playing the drums in a recording studio. Title, signature, date in lower margin.
Publications:
Used April 27, 2010, on the Smithsonian Photographic Initiative web site, "click! photography changes everything" (http://click.si.edu) to accompany contributor Jeremy Wolfe's (a professor at Harvard School of Medicine who investigates visual attention) story, which reflects on how photography changes what and how much we remember
Cite as:
Herman Leonard Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist
Topic:
African American musicians
Drums
Drummers (Musicians)
Jazz
Musicians
Local number:
AC0445-0000009.tif (AC Scan No.)
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Herman Leonard Photoprints
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Lester Young -- Paris. [Black-and-white photoprint,] 1958

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Photographer:
Leonard, Herman 1923-2010
Subject:
Young, Lester 1909-1959
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Two-dimensional graphics
Place:
Paris (France)
Date:
1958
1950-2000
Summary:
Lester Young is holding his saxophone. Title, date, signature in lower margin.
Cite as:
Herman Leonard Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Saxophone
African American musicians
Jazz
Musicians
Local number:
AC0445-0000010.tif (AC Scan No.)
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Herman Leonard Photoprints
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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

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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.)
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Pat and Chuck Bress Jazz Portrait Photographs, ca. 1984-1990
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

[Billie Holiday singing : black-and-white photoprint]

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Subject:
Holiday, Billie 1915-1959
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item, 10" x 8"
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Photographs
Date:
1950
1959
Ca. 1950?
1940-1950
1950-1960
Notes:
Archives Center's Women in Jazz
In Box 6, Folder 29.
Summary:
Close-up publicity photograph of Billie Holiday singing, dramatically illuminated. Photographer unidentified.
Cite as:
W. Royal Stokes Collection of Musicians' Publicity Photprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Singers
Jazz
African American musicians
Women musicians
Women in music
Women in jazz
Local number:
AC0766-0000011.tif (AC Scan No.)
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W. Royal Stokes Collection of Musicians' Publicity Photoprints
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

[Ivie Anderson : black-and-white photoprint]

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Publisher:
William Morris Agency
Subject:
Anderson, Ivie
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item, 10" x 8"
Type:
Photographs
Publicity photographs
Date:
1940
Ca. 1940
1940-1950
Notes:
Archives Center's Women in Jazz
Summary:
Publicity photograph of Ivie Anderson at microphone in the early 1940s. William Morris Agency imprint in lower right margin.
Cite as:
Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Singers
Microphones
Jazz
African American musicians
Women musicians
Women in jazz
Local number:
AC0704-0000003.tif (AC Scan No.)
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Edward and Gaye Ellington Collection
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Benny Carter / Alto Saxophone / Marian McPartland / Piano [black and white photoprint]

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Photographer:
Seidel, Wayne
Publisher:
Concord Records
Subject:
McPartland, Marian
Carter, Benny 1907-2003
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item, 10" x 8"
Culture:
African Americans
Type:
Photographs
Publicity photographs
Date:
1960
1950-2000
Notes:
Archives Center's Women in Jazz
In Box 2, Folder 11.
Summary:
Marian McPartland sitting at piano with Benny Carter standing behind. Photo credit at right edge: "Photo by Wayne Seidel, Vanguard Photography." Concord Records imprint at lower right.
Cite as:
Photograph by Wayne Seidel. W. Royal Stokes Collection of Musicians' Publicity Photoprints, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Women in music
African American musicians
Women musicians
Piano
Jazz
Women in jazz
Local number:
AC0766-0000029.tif (AC Scan No.)
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W. Royal Stokes Collection of Musicians' Publicity Photoprints
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

Louis Armstrong

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Artist:
Bob Willoughby, 30 Jun 1927 - 18 Dec 2009
Sitter:
Louis Armstrong, 4 Aug 1901 - 6 Jul 1971
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 35.2 x 24 cm. (13 7/8 x 9 7/16")
Sheet: 40.2 x 30.3 cm. (15 13/16 x 11 15/16")
Culture:
Louis Armstrong: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\California\Los Angeles\Culver City
Date:
1956 (printed 1994)
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie
Interior\Studio\Film
Louis Armstrong: Male
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; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Willoughby
Object number:
NPG.97.92
Rights:
© Bob Willoughby
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Billie Holiday

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Artist:
Bob Willoughby, 30 Jun 1927 - 18 Dec 2009
Sitter:
Billie Holiday, 7 Apr 1915 - 17 Jul 1959
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.2 x 35.3 cm. (19 15/16 x 13 15/16")
Sheet: 40.2 x 30.2 cm. (11 7/8 x 15 13/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
Culture:
Billie Holiday: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\California\Los Angeles\Los Angeles
Date:
1951 (printed 1991)
Exhibition Label:
Duke Ellington called Billie Holiday "the essence of cool," a reference to her equipoise in performance. The most influential jazz vocalist of all time, Holiday had a controlled emotional power that transformed even trite ballads into romantic short stories. Born Eleonora Harris and partially raised in a New York City brothel, she crafted a cool vocal style by tempering Bessie Smith’s shouting power with Louis Armstrong’s rhythmic nuance, then honed her craft on the road with the Count Basie Orchestra. Lester Young named her "Lady Day," and in their chamber jazz classics, such as "All of Me," voice and saxophone curl around each other into smoky swirls of late-night yearning. Late in life Holiday, a drug addict and survivor of abusive relationships, sang in a cracked, broken voice that remained true to the jazz practice of self-expression.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Interior
Billie Holiday: Female
Billie Holiday: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Willoughby
Object number:
NPG.97.96
Rights:
© Bob Willoughby
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Gerry Mulligan

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Artist:
Bob Willoughby, 30 Jun 1927 - 18 Dec 2009
Sitter:
Gerry Mulligan, 6 Apr 1927 - 19 Jan 1996
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 32.1 x 25.4 cm. (12 5/8 x 10")
Sheet: 40.3 x 30.3 cm. (15 7/8 x 11 15/16")
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\California\Los Angeles\Los Angeles
Date:
1953 (printed 1990)
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Interior\Studio\Recording
Gerry Mulligan: Male
Gerry Mulligan: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Willoughby
Object number:
NPG.97.94
Rights:
© Bob Willoughby
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Louis Armstrong

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Artist:
Philippe Halsman, 1906 - 1979
Sitter:
Louis Armstrong, 4 Aug 1901 - 6 Jul 1971
Medium:
Chromogenic print
Dimensions:
Image/sheet: 40.5 x 50.6 cm (15 15/16 x 19 15/16")
Culture:
Louis Armstrong: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1966 (printed later)
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Ring
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Bowtie
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch
Louis Armstrong: Male
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.98.36
Rights:
© Philippe Halsman Archive
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Artie Shaw

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Artist:
Anton Bruehl, 1900 - 10 Aug 1982
Sitter:
Artie Shaw, 23 May 1910 - 29 Dec 2004
Medium:
Dye transfer print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 35.5 x 27.7 cm. (14 x 10 15/16" )
Mount: 40.6 x 33 cm. (16 x 13")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1939
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Drum
Artie Shaw: Male
Artie Shaw: Literature\Writer
Artie Shaw: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Artie Shaw: Education\Educator\Lecturer
Artie Shaw: Performing Arts\Producer\Motion Pictures
Artie Shaw: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Artie Shaw: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Artie Shaw: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.98.54
Rights:
©Estate of Anton Bruehl
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn

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Artist:
William Paul Gottlieb, 28 Jan 1917 - 23 Apr 2006
Sitter:
Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn, 1915 - 1967
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 33.2 x 26.7 cm (13 1/16 x 10 1/2")
Sheet: 35.3 x 27.9 cm (13 7/8 x 11")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Culture:
Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1945 (printed 1979)
Exhibition Label:
Composer/pianist Billy Strayhorn never achieved the celebrity that some other jazz musicians enjoyed in their lifetimes. Nevertheless, his composing and arranging collaboration with Duke Ellington over three decades yielded many of the most memorable compositions in the history of jazz. In fact, Ellington and Strayhorn worked so closely that it was often difficult to determine where one began and the other left off. As Ellington once put it, "Billy Strayhorn was my right arm, my left arm, all the eyes in the back of my head."
Among Strayhorn's greatest assets was a solid musical education that included thorough grounding in classical music. Doubtless that training contributed to the remarkably sophisticated character of many of his compositions and the echoes of such composers as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel that can be found in them.
Topic:
Interior
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar
Costume\Jewelry\Bracelet
Music\Sheet music
Costume\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn: Male
Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.98.87
Rights:
© William P. Gottlieb, from the Library of Congress Collection
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Lionel Hampton

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Artist:
Andre Da Miano
Sitter:
Lionel Hampton, 20 Apr 1908 - 31 Aug 2002
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.9 x 33.9 cm (10 3/16 x 13 3/8")
Sheet: 25.9 x 33.9 cm (10 3/16 x 13 3/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Culture:
Lionel Hampton: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1937
Exhibition Label:
Lionel Hampton began his musical career as a drummer in Les Hite's band, but that changed in the early 1930s, when he tried playing a vibraphone in an idle moment at a recording session. The vibraphone was soon his instrument of choice, and over the next several years, his skill on it earned it a significant place in the jazz idiom. In 1940, after playing for four years with the Benny Goodman Quartet, Hampton formed his own band. Claiming a roster of musicians that included such jazz notables as Quincy Jones and Charlie Mingus, the group became one of America's most highly regarded big bands. Hampton's most endearing trait was his high-energy spontaneity that sometimes raised audience enthusiasm to a fever pitch. "We got no routine," he once said, "We just act the way the spirit moves us."
Topic:
Interior
Music\Musical instrument\Drum
Lionel Hampton: Male
Lionel Hampton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.99.149
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

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