Duke Ellington
© William Gottlieb
Dizzy Gillespie
© William Gottlieb
Charlie Parker
© William Gottlieb
Sarah Vaughan
© William Gottlieb
Machito
© William Gottlieb
Ray McKinley
© William Gottlieb
Leadbelly
© William Gottlieb
Sidney Bechet
© William Gottlieb
Louis Armstrong
© William Gottlieb
Louis Armstrong
© William Gottlieb
52 Street, New York City, Center of the Jazz World
© William Gottlieb

William Gottlieb

 
Born in 1917 in Brooklyn, NY, Gottlieb began his career in jazz as a journalist covering jazz shows for the Washington Post. When the newspaper decided not to pay a photographer to accompany him, Gottlieb took it upon himself to photograph musicians to illustrate his column. After World War II, Gottlieb went to New York City to work at Downbeat magazine and there he photographed many of the early stars of jazz at clubs such as Club Downbeat, The Three Dueces, Birdland, and Jimmy Ryan's to name a few. He quickly became known for his photographs more than for his writing, and his portraits of musicians like Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong are classic depictions of these artists at the height of their careers.
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