Tuesday, August 28, 2012
RETRO FILES / 1940s MANHATTAN’S MUSIC SCENE
JAZZ AGE CHRONICLED--Down Beat was a popular magazine focusing on the jazz scene in New York City during the 1940s.William P. Gottlieb [1917-2006] was one of the photographers on staff of the magazine. The following are photos that Gottlieb donated to the Library of Congress and are in the public domain. The images include many of the icons of the music industry in America.
Public domain photographs by William P. Gottlieb, Down Beat magazine
Top to Lower:
--Frank Sinatra, Liederkrantz Hall, NYC with conductor Axel Stordahl, 1947; Note the sheet music says “Laura.”
--Charlie Parker at the Three Deuces NYC August 1947 Left to right: Bass Tommy Potter, Parker, Miles Davis and Duke Jordan-
-52nd street, NY, Ca 1948 by William P. Gottlieb, photographer, public domain
--Doris Day and Kitty Kallen, Central Park NYC April 1947 posing for a cover of Down Beat magazine.