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Gjon Mili’s Jazz and Blues

Gjon Mili (1904-1984), [Duke Ellington at piano, Dizzy Gillespie (to the left of Ellington) on trumpet, and musicians during a jam session in studio of Life photographer Gjon Mili], 1943 (1999.2005) Gjon Mili’s studio was transformed into a semblance of … Continue reading

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It’s Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington’s 111th Birthday Anniversary Today!

Gjon Mili, Duke Ellington, 1943 There’s a 24-hour birthday broadcast on WKCR. And festivities around Duke Ellington (1899-1974) circle (110th Street and 5th Avenue). Jazz and Jam After attending one of my parties, George Frazier, Life’s Entertainment Editor, a jazz … Continue reading

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Herman Leonard’s Jazz Portraits

Herman Leonard, Duke Ellington, Paris, 1958 (c) Herman Leonard Photography, LLC Herman Leonard, Billie Holiday, NYC, 1949 (c) Herman Leonard Photography, LLC Herman Leonard, Charlie Parker with the Metronome All Stars, NYC, 1949 (c) Herman Leonard Photography, LLC Herman Leonard, … Continue reading

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