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Frank Sinatra: [photograph,] January, 1961

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Photographer?:
Fitzgerald, Ella
Subject:
Jazz Photographs: Composed and Improvised (Archives Center display cases, National Museum of American History, March 28-May 10, 2005)
Physical description:
Silver gelatin on paper
1 item 3-1/2" x 3-1/2"
Type:
Photographs
Place:
Washington (D.C.)
Date:
1961
January, 1961
1950-2000
Summary:
Photograph of Frank Sinatra rehearsing for Kennedy Inaugural Gala, January 1961. Ella Fitzgerald, possible photographer.
Topic:
Presidents--Inauguration
Singers
Jazz musicians
Local number:
AC0584.0000005.tif (AC Scan, Front)
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

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

Jazz

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Artist:
William Sharp, 1900 - 1961
Sitter:
William Henry Smith, Nov 1897 - Apr 1973
Al Block, born 1926
Ed Kane, born 1920
Harold Shachner, born 1920
Francis Joseph Spanier, 1906 - 1967
Medium:
Color lithograph
Dimensions:
Image: 56cm x 33cm (22 1/16" x 13")
Sheet: 66.3cm x 58cm (26 1/8" x 22 13/16")
Culture:
William Henry Smith: American\African American
Harold Shachner: American\African American
Francis Joseph Spanier: American\African American
Type:
Print
Date:
c. 1960
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Music\Musical instrument\Trombone
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Music\Musical instrument\Drum
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Derby
Music\Musical instrument\Bass
Music\Musical instrument\Flute
Music\Musical instrument\Clarinet
William Henry Smith: Male
William Henry Smith: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
William Henry Smith: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
William Henry Smith: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Al Block: Male
Al Block: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Ed Kane: Male
Ed Kane: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Ed Kane: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Flutist
Harold Shachner: Male
Harold Shachner: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bass
Francis Joseph Spanier: Male
Francis Joseph Spanier: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ruth Sharp
Object number:
NPG.90.53
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Jazz

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Artist:
Joseph Holston, born Washington, DC 1944
Medium:
screenprint
Dimensions:
image: 27 7/8 x 20 in. (70.8 x 50.8 cm) sheet: 35 3/4 x 25 1/8 in. (90.8 x 63.8 cm)
Type:
Graphic Arts-Print
Date:
1990
Topic:
Figure male
Ethnic\African-American
Performing arts\music\jazz
Object\musical instrument\saxophone
Object\written matter\newspaper
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist
Object number:
2014.9.7
Copyright Credit Line:
© 1990, Joseph Holston
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Sidney Bechet

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Artist:
Chargesheimer, 1924 - 1972
Sitter:
Sidney Bechet, 14 May 1897 - 14 May 1959
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
26.1cm x 25.6cm (10 1/4" x 10 1/16"), Image
Culture:
Sidney Bechet: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1955
Topic:
Sidney Bechet: Male
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.90.91
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National Portrait Gallery

Fats Waller

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Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964
Sitter:
Fats Waller, 21 May 1904 - 15 Dec 1943
Medium:
Pencil on paper
Dimensions:
20cm x 17.1cm (7 7/8" x 6 3/4"), Image
Culture:
Fats Waller: American\African American
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1941
Topic:
None
Fats Waller: Male
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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Paul Whiteman

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Artist:
William Auerbach-Levy, 1889 - 1964
Sitter:
Paul Whiteman, 28 Mar 1891 - 29 Dec 1967
Medium:
Ink on paper
Dimensions:
26cm x 22.8cm (10 1/4" x 9"), Image
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1925
Topic:
Paul Whiteman: Male
Paul Whiteman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Conductor
Paul Whiteman: Performing Arts\Performer\Showman
Paul Whiteman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.89.126
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
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National Portrait Gallery

Dizzy Gillespie

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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")
Culture:
Dizzy Gillespie: American\African American
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1978
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Dizzy Gillespie: Male
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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Dizzy Gillespie

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Artist:
Avi Farin, born 22 Jun 1943
Sitter:
Dizzy Gillespie, 21 Oct 1917 - 6 Jan 1993
Medium:
Color photolithographic halftone poster
Dimensions:
Sheet: 95.7 x 61 cm (37 11/16 x 24")
Culture:
Dizzy Gillespie: American\African American
Type:
Print
Date:
1979
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Poster
Dizzy Gillespie: Male
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 Jack Rennert
Object number:
NPG.2007.167
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Cab Calloway

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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")
Culture:
Cab Calloway: American\African American
Type:
Drawing
Place:
United States\California\Los Angeles\Los Angeles\Hollywood
Date:
c. 1938
Topic:
Cab Calloway: Male
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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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Ornette Coleman

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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")
Culture:
Ornette Coleman: American\African American
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: Male
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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Miles Davis

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Artist:
Tom Palumbo, 1921 - Oct 2008
Sitter:
Miles Dewey Davis, 25 May 1926 - 28 Sep 1991
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 49.9 x 50 cm (19 5/8 x 19 11/16")
Sheet: 55.8 x 55.9 cm (21 15/16 x 22")
Culture:
Miles Dewey Davis: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1955 (printed 2009)
Topic:
Miles Dewey Davis: Male
Miles Dewey Davis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Miles Dewey Davis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Miles Dewey Davis: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Patricia Bosworth
Object number:
NPG.2010.25
Rights:
Copyright © 2005 Tom Palumbo
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Sarah Vaughan

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Artist:
Josef Breitenbach, 1896 - 1984
Sitter:
Sarah Vaughan, 27 Mar 1924 - 3 Apr 1990
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 34.2 x 26.7 cm (13 7/16 x 10 1/2")
Sheet: 25.4 x 27.8 cm (10 x 10 15/16")
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")
Culture:
Sarah Vaughan: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1950
Exhibition Label:
Born Newark, New Jersey
Known popularly as “the divine Sarah” and “Sassy,” Sarah Vaughan was regarded as one of the premier female vocalists of her day. Drawn to music from an early age, she studied piano and sang in her church choir as a youth. When Vaughan was eighteen, she entered an amateur talent contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theater on a dare and won first prize. This success led to frequent invitations to perform alongside the leading figures in contemporary jazz, including Earl “Fatha” Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, and Billy Eckstein. Adept at bebop improvisation, Vaughan possessed a wonderfully versatile voice that complemented a larger jazz ensemble. By 1950—the year in which Josef Breitenbach created this portrait—she was selling upwards of three million records a year. During this period, a poll in Down Beat magazine named her the top female singer for six consecutive years.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Indeterminable
Sarah Vaughan: Female
Sarah Vaughan: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Sarah Vaughan: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Sarah Vaughan: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.99.160
Rights:
© The Josef and Yaye Breitenbach Charitable Foundation
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Hazel Scott

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Artist:
James VanDerZee, 29 Jun 1886 - 15 May 1983
Sitter:
Hazel Scott, 11 Jun 1920 - 2 Oct 1981
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 24.1 x 19.3 cm (9 1/2 x 7 5/8")
Sheet: 25.2 x 20.3 cm (9 15/16 x 8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Culture:
Hazel Scott: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1936
Exhibition Label:
A gifted pianist and singer who moved easily between jazz and the classics, Hazel Scott dazzled audiences with her witty, daring, and sophisticated performances. Her prodigious talent was evident at an early age. Only fifteen when she appeared as soloist with Count Basie and his orchestra in 1935, Scott made her Broadway debut just three years later. In 1940 her Carnegie Hall performance of a "swing" version of Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody created a sensation, delighting her fans and confounding the critics. From 1939 to 1945 (the year in which she married Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr.), Scott not only enjoyed star status as a nightclub performer in New York, but also appeared in several films and toured extensively. A staunch proponent of equal rights, she maintained a professional contract enabling her to refuse to perform before racially segregated audiences.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry
Interior
Hazel Scott: Female
Hazel Scott: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Hazel Scott: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.94.18
Rights:
©Donna Mussenden VanDerZee
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Betty Carter

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Artist:
Anthony Barboza, born 1944
Sitter:
Betty Carter, 16 May 1930 - 29 Sep 1998
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 34.3 x 34.3 cm (13 1/2 x 13 1/2")
Sheet: 50.4 x 40.6 cm (19 13/16 x 16")
Culture:
Betty Carter: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1976
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace
Betty Carter: Female
Betty Carter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.2005.125
Rights:
© Anthony Barboza
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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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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
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National Portrait Gallery

Charles Mingus

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Artist:
Antonio Rudolfo Frasconi, 28 Apr 1919 - 8 Jan 2013
Copy after:
Unidentified Artist
Sitter:
Charles Mingus, 22 Apr 1922 - 5 Jan 1979
Medium:
Woodcut on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 64.4 x 85.1cm (25 3/8 x 33 1/2")
Sheet: 64.5 x 99.7cm (25 3/8 x 39 1/4")
Culture:
Charles Mingus: American\African American
Type:
Print
Date:
1973
Exhibition Label:
Born Nogales, Arizona
Jazz musician, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus grew up in Los Angeles. A virtuoso on the bass, he elevated it from a strictly rhythmic instrument to a melodic, solo presence. At age twenty he toured with Louis Armstrong, and in 1951 he moved to New York City, playing with Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, and Duke Ellington. The next year he cofounded the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop, where his compositional skills flourished with sketches and chords he gave musicians to explore, letting the main melody emerge from their improvisation. From the mid-1950s on he recorded many outstanding albums, his favorite being Tijuana Moods (1962). His life was cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
In 1953 Time magazine named Uruguayan-born Antonio Frasconi “the foremost U.S. woodcut artist.” His command of the medium is visible here in the alternation of flat and voluminous shapes, from the bass to Mingus’s face and hair.
Nacido en Nogales, Arizona
El músico, compositor y director de jazz Charles Mingus creció en Los Angeles. Intérprete consumado del contrabajo, liberó al instrumento de su papel estrictamente rítmico para darle presencia melódica como solista. A la edad de veinte años ya estaba de gira con Louis Armstrong y en 1951 se estableció en New York, donde tuvo ocasión de tocar junto a Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach y Duke Ellington. Al año siguiente cofundó el Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop y sus habilidades compositivas se hicieron evidentes en los sketches y acordes que hacía explorar a los músicos, dejando que la melodía principal surgiera de la improvisación misma. Desde mediados de los años cincuenta grabó muchos discos de un nivel extraordinario, siendo su favorito Tijuana Moods (1962). Su vida fue truncada por la esclerosis lateral amiotrófica (enfermedad Lou Gehrig).
En 1953 la revista Time reconoció al uruguayo Antonio Frasconi como “el principal artista del grabado en madera en Estados Unidos”. Su dominio de la técnica se hace patente aquí en la alternancia de formas planas y volúmenes, desde el contrabajo hasta el rostro y el pelo de Mingus.
Topic:
Charles Mingus: Male
Charles Mingus: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Charles Mingus: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Charles Mingus: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.82.119
Rights:
© Antonio Frasconi, courtesy VAGA, New York
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition:
20th Century Americans: 1950 to 1990
On View:
NPG, South Gallery 342
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

Billie Holiday

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Artist:
Sid Grossman, 1913 - 1955
Sitter:
Billie Holiday, 7 Apr 1915 - 17 Jul 1959
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 33.5 x 27.2 cm (13 3/16 x 10 11/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Culture:
Billie Holiday: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1948
Exhibition Label:
Renowned for making songs her own, Billie Holiday once explained, "I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know." This attitude characterized not only her singing style but her life as well. Having endured a difficult childhood, Holiday moved to New York City in 1927. Although intent on fashioning a musical career, she began performing to supplement her meager income as a housemaid. Success onstage led to recording opportunities and, beginning in 1937, a close working relationship with Count Basie's band. Holiday later joined the Artie Shaw Orchestra, becoming one of the first African American singers to headline an all-white band. Despite the stardom she achieved, Holiday suffered various personal crises during the last two decades of her life, several of which were the result of drug and alcohol abuse.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Billie Holiday: Female
Billie Holiday: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.87.44
Rights:
© Miriam Grossman Cohen, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery
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Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery

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