June 20, 2017

William P. Gottlieb: Jazz photographer

William Paul Gottlieb (January 28, 1917 – April 23, 2006) 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.       

During the course of his career, Gottlieb took portraits of hundreds of prominent jazz musicians and personalities, typically while they were playing or singing at well-known New York City jazz clubs. Musicians Gottlieb photographed included Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Jo Stafford, Thelonious Monk, Stan Kenton, Ray McKinley, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Louis Jordan, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Carter.

WINX radio station, Washington 
photographer unknown

Billie Holiday - February 1947

Art Tatum - 1946-48
Vogue Room, New York City, N.Y.

Louis Armstrong - July 1946 
the Aquarium, New York City

Ella Fitzgerald - November 1946

Dizzy Gillespie -1946 - 1948 
Club Downbeat, West 52nd Street

Charlie Parker & Miles Davis - August 1947 
the Three Deuces, New York City

Django Reinhardt & Duke Ellington - November 1946
the Aquarium, New York City

Net links:   
Library of Congress Gottlieb collection links:     
       about the collection    
       collection overview   
       collection items  
New York Times obit        
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