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William Paul Gottlieb, 28 Jan 1917 - 23 Apr 2006  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald, 25 Apr 1917 - 15 Jun 1996  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie, 21 Oct 1917 - 6 Jan 1993  Search this
Ray Brown, 13 Oct 1926 - 2 Jul 2002  Search this
Milt Jackson, 1 Jan 1923 - 9 Oct 1999  Search this
Timme Rosenkrantz, 6 Jul 1911 - 11 Aug 1969  Search this
Gelatin silver print
Image: 33.1 × 26.6 cm (13 1/16 × 10 1/2")
Sheet: 35.4 × 28 cm (13 15/16 × 11")
United States\New York\Kings\New York
1947 (printed later)
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Hailed as the “First Lady of Song,” Fitzgerald topped DownBeat magazine’s annual readers’ poll as the best female vocalist for seventeen consecutive years (1953–70). She was just a teenager when her victory in an amateur contest at Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater led to the opportunity to sing with Chick Webb’s orchestra in 1935. Fitzgerald soon secured her standing as a leading swing-era performer and scored a major hit with “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” (1938). After Webb’s death in 1939, she led his orchestra for three years before launching a highly successful solo career. With a supple voice that spanned three octaves, as well as an immense talent for improvisational “scat” singing, Fitzgerald built a wide-ranging repertoire encompassing jazz and popular song. Her long and fruitful association with jazz impresario Norman Granz resulted in the legendary series of “songbook” recordings that marked Fitzgerald as one of the greatest interpreters of American popular music.
Costume\Jewelry  Search this
Costume\Headgear\Hat  Search this
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Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone  Search this
Interior\Nightclub  Search this
Home Furnishings\Curtain  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Female  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz singer  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Presidential Medal of Freedom  Search this
Ella Fitzgerald: Grammy  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie: Male  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz musician  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn player\Trumpeter  Search this
Dizzy Gillespie: Grammy  Search this
Milt Jackson: Male  Search this
Ray Brown: Male  Search this
Ray Brown: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz musician  Search this
Timme Rosenkrantz: Male  Search this
Timme Rosenkrantz: Literature\Writer  Search this
Portrait  Search this
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Lisa Ruthel and Anup Mahurkar
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