From Phillis Wheatley to Angela Davis to Tyra Banks, Ava got to learn about these inspiring women by embodying them for the camera. And, for those who stumbled across the project as it spread across the Internet, Rodgers included short biographies of each subject.
Queens; A collection of favorite songs from the queens of jazz. [listen]
It’s A Beautiful Evening, Dorothy Dandridge / Cry Me A River, Ella Fitzgerald / Sophisticated Lady, BillieHoliday / Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Nina Simone / Mad About the Boy, Dinah Washington / Someone to Watch Over Me, Lena Horne / Moonlight in Vermont, Sarah Vaughan / Here’s That Rainy Day, Nancy Wilson / I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face, EllaFitzgerald / Stay With It, Dorothy Dandridge / Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye, DinahWashington / I’ll Be Around, Lena Horne / Back In Your Own Backyard, Nancy Wilson / I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good), Nina Simone / Dreamsville, SarahVaughan / One For My Baby (And One More For the Road), BillieHoliday
“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.