Experience the Golden Age of Jazz as if you were there! Photographer William P. Gottlieb passed his collection of 1,600+ photographs of jazz musicians–most taken between 1938-1948–into the public domain. The Library of Congress curates the collection and has made them available online through Flickr.

Over and over, Gottlieb captures the essential personality of the musician. See big names–Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald–up close and personal. Gottlieb’s respect for the music and musician shines; he was an early jazz fan and had the first newspaper column on jazz. Take a moment and travel back in time!

More info:

William Gottlieb

Gottlieb Collection from Library of Congress’s Performing Arts Encyclopedia

Gottlieb “In His Own Words”

Titles from JTCC Library:

Jazz age:  people and perspectives by Mitchell Newton-Matza, editor

Thriving on a riff:  jazz & blues influences in African American literature and film edited by Graham Lock and David Murray

Where the dark and the light folks meet:  race and the mythology, politics, and business of jazz by Randy Sandke\

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