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William P. Gottlieb: Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz

includes 2,000 digital images taken by writer-photographer William P. Gottlieb. From 1938 to 1948, the "Golden Age of Jazz," swing reached its peak and modern jazz developed. While on assignment for the Washington Post, Down Beat magazine, and Record Changer, Gottlieb photographed and interviewed jazz pioneers primarily in Washington, D.C., and New York City. (Library of Congress)

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Interesting Fact:

When the elusive Thelonious Monk disappeared from the jazz scene in 1947, Gottlieb embarked on a mission to track down the jazz giant. With the help of Mary Lou Williams, Gottlieb located Monk and took him to Minton's Playhouse where he had once worked as house pianist.
Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. Feb. 1947

Billie Holiday

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