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January 10, 2018

38 Amazing Portrait Photos of Celebrated Female Jazz Artists Taken by William P. Gottlieb

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.

Celebrated female jazz artists taken by William P. Gottlieb.

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



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