Max Roach -- NYC. [black-and-white photoprint,] 1950
Leonard, Herman 1923-2010
Silver gelatin on paper
African American musicians
AC0445-0000009.tif (AC Scan No.)
Roach is shown playing the drums in a recording studio. Title, signature, date in lower margin.
Used April 27, 2010, on the Smithsonian Photographic Initiative web site, "click! photography changes everything" (http://click.si.edu) to accompany contributor Jeremy Wolfe's (a professor at Harvard School of Medicine who investigates visual attention) story, which reflects on how photography changes what and how much we remember
Herman Leonard Photographs, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Duke Ellington: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Duke Ellington: Presidential Medal of Freedom
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Tony Bennett
Deed of Gift transfers copyright to NPG
In the first rank of American composers, Duke Ellington was "beyond category": his more than 2,000 jazz compositions include "Satin Doll" and "Sophisticated Lady," as well as Black, Brown and Beige and the later "Sacred Concerts." Legendary performer Tony Bennett (born Anthony Benedetto), who has had a lifelong interest in painting, here portrays the man he celebrated as his mentor. "When I worked on his portrait, I was inspired by the look of divine serenity on his face," Bennett noted, and he inscribed the painting, "God Is Love." Whenever Ellington completed a new piece, he sent Bennett roses to mark the occasion, and their presence here reflects the close bond the two artists shared.
Stretcher: 92.1 x 62.2 x 2.5cm (36 1/4 x 24 1/2 x 1")
Frame: 114.3 x 84.5 x 8.9cm (45 x 33 1/4 x 3 1/2")
Clothing & Apparel\Dress Accessory\Tie\Necktie
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
George Gershwin: Visual Arts\Artist\Painter\Portraitist
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
George Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
George Gershwin: Congressional Gold Medal
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
In the early decades of the twentieth century, when waves of immigration and explosive urban growth transformed the face of America, George Gershwin emerged as a transcendent voice of modernism. His staccato-paced, syncopated rhythms helped define the Jazz Age on Broadway in the 1920s in such shows as Lady Be Good and Girl Crazy. At the height of the Great Depression, his "folk opera" Porgy and Bess attempted to catch the clash and blends of cultural "interfusions" that he saw as distinctively American. And he was part of the Hollywood scene during the golden age of the silver screen, notably completing-with his lyricist brother Ira-the score for The Goldwyn Follies just before his death in 1937, at age thirty-nine. Gershwin had become a centrifugal force in the lively arts in years marked by a search for a modern American identity.
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
A leader of the postwar jazz revolution, Thelonious Monk—along with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker—sparked the "bebop" movement, a jazz style more frenetic than the swing style that had held sway since the 1930s. Monk’s piano technique has been called eccentric: "his melodies were angular, his harmonies full of jarring clusters." His recording career took off in the mid-1950s, and he won an enthusiastic following, often playing with such other avant-garde musicians as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. His compositions "’Round Midnight," "Blue Monk," and "Epistrophy" are considered classics of modern jazz.