Wednesday, February 24, 2021

38 Amazing Photos of Celebrated Female Jazz Artists of the 1940s

 William Paul Gottlieb (1917-2006) 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. Well-known 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, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Carter.

These selected photos from his work are portraits of female jazz artists that he took from the 1940s in New York.

Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, Feb. 1947.

Dardanelle and Joe Sinacore, Hickory House, New York, July 1947.

Dardanelle, Sheraton Hotel, New York, June 1946.

Deryk Sampson, Lynn Carver, Justin Arndt, and Clair Dorward, Famous Door, New York, Sept. 1947.

Doris Day, Aquarium, New York, July 1946.

Dottie Reid and Chubby Jackson, Onyx, New York, July 1947.

Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Brown, Milt (Milton) Jackson, and Timmie Rosenkrantz, Downbeat, New York, Sept. 1947.

Ella Fitzgerald, New York,  Nov. 1946.

Eve Young, Jan. 1947.

Gene Williams and Fran Warren, Hotel Pennsylvania, New York, Oct. 1947.

 Gloria King, New York, Apr. 1947.

Gracie Barry and Dick Stabile, New York, between 1946 and 1948.

Imogene Coca, Mary Lou Williams, and Ann Hathaway, between 1938 and 1948.

Jerry Wald and Alberta Grusd, New Yorker Hotel, New York, Aug. 1947.

Josephine Premice, Village Vanguard, New York, July 1947.

 June Christy, Club Troubadour, New York, Sept. 1947.

Lena Horne, New York, between 1946 and 1948.

 Lilyann Carol, National studio, New York, Oct. 1946.

Linda Keene, New York, July 1946.

Machito and Graciela, Glen Island Casino, New York, July 1947.

Margaret Whiting, New York, between 1946 and 1948.

Marion Hutton, Gordon MacRae, Jerry Wald, Mel Tormé, and Jerry Jerome, Saturday Teentimers Show, New York, Aug. 1947.

Mary Lou Williams, New York, 1946.

Maxine Sullivan, Village Vanguard, New York, Mar. 1947.

Mildred Bailey, Carnegie Hall, New York, Apr. 1947.

Nellie Lutcher, New York, between 1946 and 1948.

Norma Sheppard, between 1938 and 1948.

 Sarah Vaughan, Café Society (Downtown), New York, Aug. 1946.

Sylvia Syms, Little Casino, New York, June 1947.

Teddy Kaye, Vivien Garry, and Arv(in) Charles Garrison, New York, between 1946 and 1948.

Vivien Garry, Dixon's, New York, May 1947.

A vocalist with Justin Stone's ensemble, between 1938 and 1948.

Adele Girard and Joe Marsala, Hickory House, New York, between 1946 and 1948.

Ann Hathaway, Café Society (Downtown), New York, between 1946 and 1948.

Bertha Chippie Hill, New York, between 1946 and 1948.

Beryl Davis and Tommy Dorsey, WMCA, New York, Oct. 1947.

Betty George, Copacabana, New York, Sept. 1947.

Billie Holiday, Carnegie Hall, New York, between 1946 and 1948.

(Photos by William P. Gottlieb)

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