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Popular Song Composers

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Artist:
Al Hirschfeld, 21 Jun 1903 - 21 Jan 2003
Sitter:
Richard Rodgers, 28 Jun 1902 - 30 Dec 1979
Lorenz Milton Hart, 2 May 1895 - 22 Nov 1943
Cole Porter, 9 Jun 1892 - 15 Oct 1964
Harold Arlen, 15 Feb 1905 - 23 Apr 1986
Dorothy Fields, 15 Jul 1905 - 28 Mar 1974
Jerome Kern, 27 Jan 1885 - 11 Nov 1945
Johnny Mercer, 19 Nov 1909 - 25 Jun 1976
Ira Gershwin, 6 Dec 1896 - 17 Aug 1983
Irving Berlin, 11 May 1888 - 22 Sep 1989
Hoagy Carmichael, 22 Nov 1899 - 20 Dec 1981
George Gershwin, 26 Sep 1898 - 11 Jul 1937
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Ink over pencil on illustration board
Dimensions:
Image/Board: 60.9cm x 50.4cm (24" x 19 13/16")
Culture:
Duke Ellington: American\African American
Irving Berlin: European\Russian
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1983
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace\Pearl
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigar
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Pipe
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Duke Ellington: Male
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
Cole Porter: Male
Cole Porter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Cole Porter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Cole Porter: Oscar
Richard Rodgers: Male
Richard Rodgers: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Richard Rodgers: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Richard Rodgers: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Richard Rodgers: Pulitzer Prize
Richard Rodgers: Oscar
Hoagy Carmichael: Male
Hoagy Carmichael: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Hoagy Carmichael: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Hoagy Carmichael: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Hoagy Carmichael: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Hoagy Carmichael: Oscar
Lorenz Milton Hart: Male
Lorenz Milton Hart: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Harold Arlen: Male
Harold Arlen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Harold Arlen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
Harold Arlen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Harold Arlen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
Harold Arlen: Oscar
Dorothy Fields: Female
Dorothy Fields: Education\Educator\Teacher
Dorothy Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Dorothy Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
Dorothy Fields: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Dorothy Fields: Oscar
Jerome Kern: Male
Jerome Kern: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Jerome Kern: Oscar
Johnny Mercer: Male
Johnny Mercer: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Johnny Mercer: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
Johnny Mercer: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Johnny Mercer: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Johnny Mercer: Oscar
George Gershwin: Male
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
Ira Gershwin: Visual Arts\Artist
Ira Gershwin: Male
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Ira Gershwin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Lyricist
Ira Gershwin: Pulitzer Prize
Ira Gershwin: Congressional Gold Medal
Irving Berlin: Male
Irving Berlin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Irving Berlin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Irving Berlin: Military\Army
Irving Berlin: Oscar
Irving Berlin: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Irving Berlin: Congressional Gold Medal
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.84.323
Rights:
© Al Hirschfeld. Art reproduced by special arrangement with Hirschfeld's exclusive representative, the Margo Feiden Galleries, Ltd., New York.
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Count Basie Band - 2nd Jam

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Artist:
Gjon Mili, 28 Nov 1904 - 14 Feb 1984
Sitter:
Count Basie, 21 Aug 1904 - 26 Apr 1984
Lester Willis Young, 27 Aug 1909 - 15 Mar 1959
Buck Clayton, 12 Nov 1911 - 8 Dec 1991
Earle Warren, 1 Jul 1914 - 4 Jun 1994
Jo Jones, 7 Oct 1911 - 3 Sep 1985
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 26.1 x 20.1 cm (10 1/4 x 7 15/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Culture:
Count Basie: American\African American
Buck Clayton: American\African American
Jo Jones: American\African American
Lester Willis Young: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1944
Exhibition Label:
This group portrait by Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili pictures Count Basie (lower right, in front of the piano) and other members of his band, including celebrated saxophonist Lester Young (center, with black hat). Influenced by the piano styles of Willie "the Lion" Smith and Fats Waller, Basie formed his first group in 1935. For the next forty years, Basie performed and recorded with a frequency unmatched by any other big band. In addition to routinely crisscrossing the United States, he led thirty European tours and traveled eight times across the Pacific Ocean to entertain audiences. In 1961 he gave a memorable performance at President John F. Kennedy's inauguration, solidifying his national reputation. Basie's ability to adapt to changing musical tastes, while maintaining the group's artistic integrity, was a hallmark of this extraordinary jazz orchestra.
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Interior\Studio
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Music\Musical instrument\Trumpet
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Music\Musical instrument\Drum
Music\Musical instrument\Clarinet
Count Basie: Male
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Count Basie: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Buck Clayton: Male
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Trumpet
Buck Clayton: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
Earle Warren: Male
Earle Warren: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Earle Warren: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Earle Warren: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Earle Warren: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Jo Jones: Male
Jo Jones: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Jo Jones: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Drummer
Lester Willis Young: Male
Lester Willis Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Lester Willis Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.95.381
Rights:
© TIme, Inc.
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Hazel Scott

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Artist:
James VanDerZee, 29 Jun 1886 - 15 May 1983
Sitter:
Hazel Scott, 11 Jun 1920 - 2 Oct 1981
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 24.1 x 19.3 cm (9 1/2 x 7 5/8")
Sheet: 25.2 x 20.3 cm (9 15/16 x 8")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 cm (22 x 16")
Culture:
Hazel Scott: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1936
Exhibition Label:
A gifted pianist and singer who moved easily between jazz and the classics, Hazel Scott dazzled audiences with her witty, daring, and sophisticated performances. Her prodigious talent was evident at an early age. Only fifteen when she appeared as soloist with Count Basie and his orchestra in 1935, Scott made her Broadway debut just three years later. In 1940 her Carnegie Hall performance of a "swing" version of Liszt's Second Hungarian Rhapsody created a sensation, delighting her fans and confounding the critics. From 1939 to 1945 (the year in which she married Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr.), Scott not only enjoyed star status as a nightclub performer in New York, but also appeared in several films and toured extensively. A staunch proponent of equal rights, she maintained a professional contract enabling her to refuse to perform before racially segregated audiences.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry
Interior
Hazel Scott: Female
Hazel Scott: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Hazel Scott: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.94.18
Rights:
©Donna Mussenden VanDerZee
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Pee Wee Russell

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Artist:
Ronny Jaques, 1910 - 2008
Sitter:
Pee Wee Russell, 27 Mar 1906 - 15 Feb 1969
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 25.7cm x 21cm (10 1/8" x 8 1/4")
Sheet: 35.5cm x 28.1cm (14" x 11 1/16")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1946-1948
Topic:
Interior
Costume\Jewelry\Ring\Wedding Band
Music\Musical instrument\Clarinet
Pee Wee Russell: Male
Pee Wee Russell: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Pee Wee Russell: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Pee Wee Russell: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.96.73
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Mary Lou Williams

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Artist:
Gjon Mili, 28 Nov 1904 - 14 Feb 1984
Sitter:
Mary Lou Williams, 8 May 1910 - 28 May 1981
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 33.9 x 26.7 cm (13 3/8 x 10 1/2")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Culture:
Mary Lou Williams: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
1943
Exhibition Label:
Mary Lou Williams began playing the piano at an early age, and by the time she reached her teens, she was performing on the road. Although many jazz musicians disliked working with female musicians, Williams persevered. As part of the Clouds of Joy Orchestra in the 1930s, she was billed as "The Lady Who Swings the Band," and she supplied arrangements to such top musicians as Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines. An early convert to the bebop revolution of the 1940s, Williams also composed symphonic jazz. She retired briefly from her music career in the 1950s, converting to Catholicism and using profits from her record company to support her work helping troubled musicians. Religious themes inspired much of her later work, including the "Music for Peace" mass, which Alvin Ailey choreographed as "Mary Lou's Mass" in 1971.
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Costume\Jewelry\Brooch
Costume\Dress Accessory\Flower
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Interior\Nightclub
Music\Musical instrument\Bass
Mary Lou Williams: Female
Mary Lou Williams: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Mary Lou Williams: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Mary Lou Williams: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Humanitarian
Mary Lou Williams: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Mary Lou Williams: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Arranger
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.95.382
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Opening Night Party of "The Member of the Wedding"

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Artist:
Ruth Orkin, 3 Sep 1921 - Jan 1985
Sitter:
Ethel Waters, 31 Oct 1896 - 1 Sep 1977
Carson Smith McCullers, 1917 - 1967
Julie Harris, 2 Dec 1925 - 24 Aug 2013
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 18.3 x 23.9cm (7 3/16 x 9 7/16")
Mat: 35.6 x 45.7cm (14 x 18")
Culture:
Ethel Waters: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1950
Exhibition Label:
This photograph was taken for Life magazine in the wee morning hours of January 6, 1950, and despite its sense of letdown, the picture is really all about triumph. Earlier that evening, Ethel Waters (far left) and Julie Harris (far right) had opened on Broadway in Carson McCullers's own adaptation of her novel The Member of the Wedding. By the time of the photograph, it had become clear that the play was a smash. McCullers's adaptation, wrote one reviewer, was "masterly," and Waters's performance had been "rich and eloquent." But perhaps the plaudits that meant the most went to young Harris. At first Harris could not grasp the meaning of what was happening to her as she took curtain call after curtain call for her poignant portrayal of a motherless tomboy. But as the reviews flooded in, it was clear that she had become the theater's newest star.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Costume\Jewelry\Ring
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Glass
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Cigarette
Interior\Domestic
Costume\Jewelry\Ring\Wedding Band
Home Furnishings\Lighting Devices\Lamp
Costume\Dress Accessory\Handkerchief\Bandana
Home Furnishings\Drinking vessel\Cup
Carson Smith McCullers: Female
Carson Smith McCullers: Literature\Writer
Julie Harris: Female
Julie Harris: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Julie Harris: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Julie Harris: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television
Ethel Waters: Female
Ethel Waters: Literature\Writer
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Blues
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.95.387
Rights:
© Ruth Orkin/TimePix
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Huddie Ledbetter

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Artist:
Sid Grossman, 1913 - 1955
Sitter:
Huddie Ledbetter, 15 Jan 1888 - 6 Dec 1949
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 42.9 x 35.2 cm (16 7/8 x 13 7/8")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Culture:
Huddie Ledbetter: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1946-1948
Exhibition Label:
Playing his signature twelve-string guitar, Huddie Ledbetter was instrumental in introducing African American traditional music to national audiences. Known popularly as Lead Belly, a nickname given to him by a prison chaplain, he amassed a vast song repertory that ranged from the blues to early jazz and ragtime. Ironically, although a series of arrests in Louisiana and Texas almost cut short his career, they gave Ledbetter the break that transformed his life while he was in prison. In 1933, Ledbetter met folklorist John Lomax, who was traveling through the South recording folk songs from inmates-among others-for a music archive at the Library of Congress. Lomax helped to secure his parole and then accompanied him to New York. There, Ledbetter became a star, performing and recording for large audiences, many of whom had never encountered such music before.
Topic:
Interior
Music\Musical instrument\Guitar
Huddie Ledbetter: Male
Huddie Ledbetter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Huddie Ledbetter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Huddie Ledbetter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Huddie Ledbetter: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rhythm and Blues
Huddie Ledbetter: Law and Law Enforcement\Criminal\Murderer
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.94.19
Rights:
© Sid Grossman, courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC
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Ethel Waters

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Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Sitter:
Ethel Waters, 31 Oct 1896 - 1 Sep 1977
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 8.8cm x 13.8cm (3 7/16" x 5 7/16")
Culture:
Ethel Waters: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
Oct 28, 1938
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Interior
Costume\Dress Accessory\Flower
Costume\Jewelry\Bracelet
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Boater
Postcard
Ethel Waters: Female
Ethel Waters: Literature\Writer
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Blues
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.95.337
Rights:
© Carl Van Vechten Trust
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Cab Calloway

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Artist:
Carl Van Vechten, 17 Jun 1880 - 21 Dec 1964
Sitter:
Cab Calloway, 25 Dec 1907 - 18 Nov 1994
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image/Sheet: 8.7cm x 13.7cm (3 7/16" x 5 3/8")
Culture:
Cab Calloway: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1933
Topic:
Interior
Artwork\Poster
Postcard
Cab Calloway: Male
Cab Calloway: Literature\Writer
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
Cab Calloway: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.95.201
Rights:
© Carl Van Vechten Trust
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Nat "King" Cole, Jack Palance, and Gig Young

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Artist:
Sid Avery, 12 Oct 1918 - 1 Jul 2002
Sitter:
Nat "King" Cole, 17 Mar 1919 - 25 Feb 1965
Jack Palance, 18 Feb 1918/1920 - 10 Nov 2006
Gig Young, 4 Nov 1917 - 19 Oct 1978
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 24.8 x 32.9 cm (9 3/4 x 12 15/16")
Sheet: 27.7 x 35.5 cm (10 7/8 x 14")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9 cm (16 x 22")
Culture:
Nat "King" Cole: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Place:
United States\California\Los Angeles\Los Angeles\Hollywood
Date:
1954
Exhibition Label:
Nat "King" Cole first made his name in pop music primarily as a pianist with the King Cole jazz trio that he formed in 1939, and some experts think that his most significant contribution to music was a keyboard technique that influenced a number of other noted musicians. But by 1950, the public at large was coming to know Cole as the crooner whose relaxed manner went hand-in-glove with his caressing voice. As hits such as "Mona Lisa" and "Unforgettable" followed one another, he became one of America's favorite entertainers, and in the fall of 1956, he was the first African American to host a network television show. Cole was sometimes faulted for not being more outspoken in the civil rights cause, but his broad popular appeal was in itself a contribution to the struggle against racism.
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Table
Equipment\Sound Devices\Microphone
Nat "King" Cole: Male
Nat "King" Cole: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
Nat "King" Cole: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Nat "King" Cole: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Popular
Nat "King" Cole: Performing Arts\Performer\Television Personality
Nat "King" Cole: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Nat "King" Cole: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Jack Palance: Visual Arts\Artist
Jack Palance: Male
Jack Palance: Literature\Writer\Poet
Jack Palance: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Jack Palance: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Jack Palance: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television
Jack Palance: Oscar
Gig Young: Male
Gig Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Gig Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Television
Gig Young: Oscar
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ronald B. Avery
Object number:
NPG.96.91
Rights:
© 1978 Sid Avery
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Benny Goodman

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Artist:
Alfredo Valente, 1899 - 27 Jun 1973
Sitter:
Benny Goodman, 30 May 1909 - 13 Jun 1986
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 24.6cm x 19.5cm (9 11/16" x 7 11/16")
Sheet: 25.3cm x 20.3cm (9 15/16" x 8")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1937
Topic:
Interior
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Music\Musical instrument\Clarinet
Benny Goodman: Male
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.91.103
Rights:
© The Valente Collection
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Count Basie and Stan Getz

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Artist:
Seymour Chwast, born 1931
Sitter:
Count Basie, 21 Aug 1904 - 26 Apr 1984
Stan Getz, 2 Feb 1927 - 6 Jun 1991
Medium:
Color photolithographic poster
Dimensions:
93.4 x 48.1cm (36 3/4 x 18 15/16")
Image/Sheet/Mount: 93.4 x 48.1cm (36 3/4 x 18 15/16")
Sheet: 93.3 x 47.9cm (36 3/4 x 18 7/8")
Board (Verified): 98.4 x 53.3cm (38 3/4 x 21")
A to G Depth: 7/8"
Culture:
Count Basie: American\African American
Type:
Print
Date:
1963
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument\Piano
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Poster
Count Basie: Male
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Pianist
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Count Basie: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Count Basie: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Stan Getz: Male
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Stan Getz: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.95.37
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Benny Goodman

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Artist:
Burton Philip Silverman, born 11 Jun 1928
Sitter:
Benny Goodman, 30 May 1909 - 13 Jun 1986
Medium:
Pencil on paper
Dimensions:
image: 40.4cm x 35.6cm (15 7/8" x 14"), Accurate
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1977
Topic:
Benny Goodman: Male
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Composer
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Benny Goodman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Bandmaster
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Irving and Frances Phillips
Object number:
NPG.89.227
Rights:
© Burton Philip Silverman / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
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Ethel Waters

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Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964
Sitter:
Ethel Waters, 31 Oct 1896 - 1 Sep 1977
Medium:
Pencil, ink and gouache on board
Dimensions:
Sheet: 15.1 × 15.6 cm (5 15/16 × 6 1/8")
Culture:
Ethel Waters: American\African American
Type:
Drawing
Date:
1940
Topic:
Equipment\Smoking Implements\Pipe
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Stool
Caricature
Ethel Waters: Female
Ethel Waters: Literature\Writer
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Theater
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Ethel Waters: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Blues
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Alfred Bendiner Foundation
Object number:
NPG.85.194
Rights:
© Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation
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Lester Young

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Artist:
Alfred Bendiner, 23 Jun 1899 - 19 Mar 1964
Sitter:
Lester Willis Young, 27 Aug 1909 - 15 Mar 1959
Medium:
Crayon on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 23.1 × 32 cm (9 1/8 × 12 5/8")
Culture:
Lester Willis Young: American\African American
Type:
Drawing
Date:
c. 1945
Topic:
Caricature
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Lester Willis Young: Male
Lester Willis Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Lester Willis Young: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Alfred Bendiner Foundation
Object number:
NPG.85.199
Rights:
© Alfred and Elizabeth Bendiner Foundation
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Sidney Bechet

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Artist:
Chargesheimer, 1924 - 1972
Sitter:
Sidney Bechet, 14 May 1897 - 14 May 1959
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
26.1cm x 25.6cm (10 1/4" x 10 1/16"), Image
Culture:
Sidney Bechet: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1955
Topic:
Sidney Bechet: Male
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.90.91
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Billie Holiday

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Artist:
Sid Grossman, 1913 - 1955
Sitter:
Billie Holiday, 7 Apr 1915 - 17 Jul 1959
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 33.5 x 27.2 cm (13 3/16 x 10 11/16")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
Culture:
Billie Holiday: American\African American
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1948
Exhibition Label:
Renowned for making songs her own, Billie Holiday once explained, "I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know." This attitude characterized not only her singing style but her life as well. Having endured a difficult childhood, Holiday moved to New York City in 1927. Although intent on fashioning a musical career, she began performing to supplement her meager income as a housemaid. Success onstage led to recording opportunities and, beginning in 1937, a close working relationship with Count Basie's band. Holiday later joined the Artie Shaw Orchestra, becoming one of the first African American singers to headline an all-white band. Despite the stardom she achieved, Holiday suffered various personal crises during the last two decades of her life, several of which were the result of drug and alcohol abuse.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry\Necklace
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Billie Holiday: Female
Billie Holiday: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.87.44
Rights:
© Miriam Grossman Cohen, courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery
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Duke Ellington

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Artist:
Antonio Rudolfo Frasconi, 28 Apr 1919 - 8 Jan 2013
Copy after:
Unidentified Artist
Sitter:
Duke Ellington, 29 Apr 1899 - 24 May 1974
Medium:
Woodcut on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 101.2 x 61.5cm (39 13/16 x 24 3/16")
Sheet: 114 x 76.5cm (44 7/8 x 30 1/8")
Culture:
Duke Ellington: American\African American
Type:
Print
Date:
1976
Topic:
Duke Ellington: Male
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
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.82.117
Rights:
Visual Artists and Galleries Association, Inc. ©Antonio Frasconi
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Zoot Sims

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Artist:
W. Eugene Smith, 30 Dec 1918 - 15 Oct 1978
Sitter:
Zoot Sims, 29 Oct 1925 - 23 Mar 1985
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
Image: 33.5cm x 24.8cm (13 3/16" x 9 3/4")
Sheet: 35.3cm x 27.9cm (13 7/8" x 11")
Type:
Photograph
Date:
c. 1960
Topic:
Interior
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Zoot Sims: Male
Zoot Sims: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Zoot Sims: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Daniel and Noémi Mattis
Object number:
S/NPG.96.185
Rights:
© The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith, W. Eugene Smith Archive, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona
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Sidney Bechet

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Artist:
Unidentified Artist
Copy after:
Herdet
Publisher:
Paris Vogue Record Company
Sitter:
Sidney Bechet, 14 May 1897 - 14 May 1959
Medium:
Color halftone poster
Dimensions:
Image: 119.3 x 75.2cm (46 15/16 x 29 5/8")
Sheet: 120.3 x 85cm (47 3/8 x 33 7/16")
Culture:
Sidney Bechet: American\African American
Type:
Print
Date:
c. 1955-1956
Topic:
Music\Musical instrument
Music\Musical instrument
Music\Musical instrument\Saxophone
Poster
Sidney Bechet: Male
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Horn\Saxophonist
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Jazz
Sidney Bechet: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Clarinet
Portrait
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number:
NPG.90.26
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