“William P. Gottlieb was an American photographer and newspaper columnist who is best known for his classic photographs of the leading performers of the ‘Golden Age’ of American Jazz in the 1930s and 1940s. Gottlieb’s photographs are among the best known and widely reproduced images of this era of jazz.” (x)

Photographed are: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, 52nd Street, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, Teddy Hill, and Lena Horne.


Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins: Cannes 1958

From the 1958 Cannes festival comes this rare (and unfortunately visually incomplete) clip with Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, JC Heard, Arvell Shaw, Lou Levy, Vic Dickenson and two Parisian stars baritone Michel de Villers and clarinetist Hubert Rostaing whose initial fame came with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1940.

-Scott Wenzel

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Louis Armstrong blowing his horn in Ghana, 1956,
over 100,000 went into a frenzy.

“I feel at home in Africa. I’m an African-descended down to the bone, and I dig the friendly ways these people go about their things.”
Louis Armstrong 


Louis Armstrong souffle dans sa trompette, au Ghana, en 1956,
devant 100 000 personnes en liesse.

“Je me sens chez moi en Afrique. Je suis un descendent d'Afrique jusqu'à l'os et j'aime la disposition amicale de ces gens.
Louis Armstrong