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Herman Leonard Photographic Collection

Creator:
Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010  Search this
Former owner:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Musical History  Search this
Names:
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Baker, Chet  Search this
Bennett, Tony, 1926-  Search this
Blakey, Art, 1919-1990  Search this
Brown, Clifford  Search this
Camero, Candido, 1921-  Search this
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965  Search this
Cole, Nat King, 1917-1965  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Eckstine, Billy  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Garner, Erroll  Search this
Getz, Stan, 1927-1991  Search this
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-  Search this
Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990  Search this
Haig, Al, 1924-1982  Search this
Heath, Percy, 1923-2005  Search this
Holiday, Billie, 1915-1959  Search this
Horne, Lena  Search this
Marsalis, Wynton, 1961-  Search this
Monk, Thelonious  Search this
Mulligan, Gerry  Search this
Parker, Charlie, 1920-1955  Search this
Pettiford, Oscar, 1922-1960  Search this
Roach, Max, 1924-2007  Search this
Russell, Curly  Search this
Sims, Zoot  Search this
Sinatra, Frank, 1915-1998  Search this
Stitt, Sonny  Search this
Strayhorn, Billy (William Thomas), 1915-1967  Search this
Terry, Clark  Search this
Washington, Dinah, 1924-1963  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Extent:
5.6 Cubic feet (10 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Photographs
Date:
1948-1993
Summary:
Jazz club photographs by noted Jazz photographer Herman Leonard.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of 110 black-and-white photographic prints depicting musicians performing at various American and European jazz clubs between 1948 and 1991. The collection contains mounted and unmounted 11" x 14" and 16" x 20" prints made by Leonard. Artists represented among these photographs are Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Thelonious Monk. The photographs are organized into three series: Series 1: 11"x 14" prints, Series 2: 16" x 20" prints, and Series 3: Addenda. The series are arranged alphabetically by performer's last name. Unmatted 16" x 20" prints can be found in box 2 but are listed alphabetically by performer.
Biographical / Historical:
Herman Leonard (1923‑2010) was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania and served as a military photographer in Burma during World War II. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in photography from Ohio University and began working with Yousuf Karsh, a Canadian portraitist. Settling in New York in 1949, Leonard began photographing jazz musicians at various jazz clubs on Broadway and Fifty‑Second Streets, and in Harlem for such publications as Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Life, Look, Playboy, and Time. He later to Paris to begin a fashion and advertising business. He also continued photographing jazz musicians. In 1988 Leonard presented his first exhibition, "Images of Jazz," in London. This show established his reputation as a leading photographer of jazz and sparked further shows and publications.
Provenance:
The Herman Leonard Photographs were donated to the National Museum of American History by Mr. Leonard on December 17, 1991 and in 2006.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
The Archives Center does not own the rights to the Leonard photographs. All requests for permission to use these photographs for non‑museum purposes must be addressed to: Herman Leonard Photography, LLC, 530 South Lake Avenue #503, Pasadena, CA 91101 (818) 509-8987.
Topic:
Jazz musicians -- United States  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Music -- 20th century  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century
Citation:
Herman Leonard Photographic Collection, 1948-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0445
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Herman Leonard Photographic Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8e44f9017-2701-439c-ac51-9916f1092b09
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0445
Online Media:

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

Photographer:
Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010  Search this
Names:
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Collection Creator:
Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Silver gelatin on paper.)
Container:
Box 1, Folder 34
Culture:
African Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Place:
Paris (France)
Date:
1958
Scope and Contents:
Lester Young is holding his saxophone. Title, date, signature in lower margin.
Local Numbers:
AC0445-0000010.tif (AC Scan No.)
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Collection Rights:
The Archives Center does not own the rights to the Leonard photographs. All requests for permission to use these photographs for non‑museum purposes must be addressed to: Herman Leonard Photography, LLC, 530 South Lake Avenue #503, Pasadena, CA 91101 (818) 509-8987.
Topic:
Saxophone  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Jazz  Search this
Musicians -- 1950-2000  Search this
Collection Citation:
Herman Leonard Photographic Collection, 1948-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Herman Leonard Photographic Collection
Herman Leonard Photographic Collection / Series 1: 11" x 14" Prints
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep8c747bdbe-d1ae-44e6-8ec0-8fb97c94fc04
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0445-ref50
Online Media:

Lester Young with the Oscar Peterson Trio: #2

Performer:
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Peterson, Oscar, 1925-2007  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-3497

Morgan.6
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Morgan
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-3497
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Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5318f676d-b770-4f25-a4d8-7f6e99e609ac
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref17778

Lester Young memorial album, / vol. I

Artist:
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Date:
196x
Contents:
Pound cake --Rock-a-bye Basie --Riff interlude --Shoe shine boy --Clap hands, here comes Charlie --Taxi war dance -- Ham 'n' eggs --Lester leaps in --Dickie's dream --Blow top -- Broadway --Boogie woogie.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-LP-4166

Epic.3576
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Epic 196x
General:
Program notes on container. Performer(s): Lester Young, saxophone, with Count Basie and his Orchestra. Production notes: Recorded 1936-1940.
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Saxophone  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-LP-4166
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / LP
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5dea74ff8-adb9-4f97-ab46-29928f2b66d3
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref18085

Jazz at the Philharmonic: Crazy Rhythm, Parts 1 & 2, Vol. 3

Artist:
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 78 rpm, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-78-0126

Disc.2003
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Disc
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-78-0126
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / 78 RPM
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk508a12f2a-83ce-4015-ac60-70ef3e28e9c4
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref21567

Lester Blows Again/D. B. Blues

Performer:
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 78 rpm, 10 in.)
Culture:
Americans  Search this
African American  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Track Information:
101 Lester Blows Again / Saxophone.

201 D.B. Blues / Saxophone.
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-78-0475

Aladdin.123
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Aladdin
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Topic:
Jazz  Search this
Saxophone  Search this
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-78-0475
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / 78 RPM
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk53f7836c6-764d-4fb5-872a-8a6013b5fdcd
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref21838

Tenor Sax

Artist:
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Byas, Don  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 78 rpm, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Contents:
4 discs--broken
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-78-0626

Savoy.S 500
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
Savoy
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-78-0626
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / 78 RPM
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk5318a4284-ff24-463c-8468-4de24a5c99bb
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref21959

Jazz at the Philharmonic: Lester Leaps In, parts 2 & 3

Artist:
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Collection Creator:
Asch, Moses  Search this
Distler, Marian, 1919-1964  Search this
Folkways Records  Search this
Extent:
1 Phonograph record (analog, 78 rpm, 10 in.)
Type:
Archival materials
Phonograph records
Local Numbers:
FW-ASCH-78-2500

Disc.6026
Publication, Distribution, Etc. (Imprint):
New York Disc
Restrictions:
Restrictions on access. No duplication allowed listening and viewing for research purposes only.
Collection Rights:
Copyright restrictions apply. Contact archives staff for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
CFCH.ASCH, Item FW-ASCH-78-2500
See more items in:
Moses and Frances Asch Collection
Moses and Frances Asch Collection / Series 9: Audio Recordings / 78 RPM
Archival Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/bk52627a2b4-2092-44f6-b56b-88447b312f84
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-cfch-asch-ref23490

[Lester Young, undated.] [Black-and-white photoprint]

Collector:
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993  Search this
Names:
Young, Lester, 1909-1959  Search this
Collection Creator:
Gillespie, Dizzy, 1917-1993  Search this
Fishman, Charles  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (3-1/2" x 2-1/2".)
Culture:
African Americans  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Photographs
Scope and Contents:
Subject appears to be sleeping in an airplane seat. Photographer unidentified.
Arrangement:
Box No.1.
Local Numbers:
AC0979-0000015.tif (AC Scan No.)
Exhibitions Note:
Included in Archives Center Jazz Appreciation Month display, April 1-May 31, 2010, "Jazz at the Philharmonic--Bringing Jazz to the World," curated by Wendy Shay.
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Gloves required with unprotected photographs.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning intellectual property rights. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Jazz musicians  Search this
African American musicians  Search this
Air travel  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- 20th century -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin
Collection Citation:
Charismic Productions Records of Dizzy Gillespie, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Charismic Productions Records of Dizzy Gillespie
Charismic Productions Records of Dizzy Gillespie / Series 8: Photographs / 8.1: Dizzy Gillespie / Personal and professional photographs of Dizzy Gillespie
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ep812b36706-1e5e-497f-b9b4-a248869b4b6a
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0979-ref1273

You just fight for your life : the story of Lester Young / Frank Büchmann-Møller ; foreword by Lewis Porter

Author:
Büchmann-Møller, Frank  Search this
Subject:
Young, Lester 1909-1959  Search this
Physical description:
xvi, 282 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1990
Topic:
Jazz musicians  Search this
Call number:
CT275.Y685 B9 1990
CT275.Y685B9 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_389550

A Lester Young reader / edited by Lewis Porter

Author:
Porter, Lewis 1951-  Search this
Subject:
Young, Lester 1909-1959  Search this
Physical description:
xiii, 323 p., 8 p. of plates : ill, music ; 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1991
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_416573

You got to be original, man : the music of Lester Young / Frank Büchmann-Møller ; foreword by Lewis Porter

Author:
Büchmann-Møller, Frank  Search this
Subject:
Young, Lester 1909-1959 Discography  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 528 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1990
C1990
Topic:
Jazz--Analysis, appreciation  Search this
Call number:
ML156.7.Y7B8 1990X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_413773

Lester leaps in : the life and times of Lester "Pres" Young / Douglas Henry Daniels

Author:
Daniels, Douglas Henry  Search this
Subject:
Young, Lester 1909-1959  Search this
Physical description:
524 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Jazz musicians  Search this
Call number:
CT275.Y685 D36 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_633637

Lester Young / Lewis Porter

Author:
Porter, Lewis 1951-  Search this
Subject:
Young, Lester 1909-1959  Search this
Physical description:
xxi, 190 p. ; 23 cm
Type:
Biography
Place:
United States
Date:
1985
Topic:
Jazz musicians  Search this
Call number:
ML419.Y7P7 1985X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_275903

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