William Gottlieb (1917 – 2006) is known for his sensitive, dignified depictions of jazz greats. Gottlieb developed an interest in their music while listening to a friend’s records while recovering from a spell of food poisoning. Gottlieb documented jazz’s Golden Era for numerous publications, including the Washington Post and Downbeat. For 10 years he took more than 1,600 photos of jazz legends, including Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman and Louis Armstrong.
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