Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sepia Saturday - 31 August 2013

 Introducing "Mr. Jazz" himself, William Gottlieb

Gottlieb grew tired of hanging out in nightclubs every night, as he explained in an interview:

 "Most important of all, I was really something of a square; I had a wife and children, and the joys of staying out until 4 a.m. with musicians, even those who were my idols, had evaporated, especially since I was often the only sober one there."

This is, William P. Gottlieb, famous Jazz Photographer.


Our theme prompt today, is a delightfully, clear view from within the magical year of 1947; featuring the jazz musician Stan Kenton by the noted photographer William P. Gottlieb, this photograph forms part of the Flicker Commons collection of the Library of Congress (one of my favorite sources for photos and discoveries)

Jazz Explosions - The sky's the limit!

Did you know this beautiful lady, and most heavenly songstress was a favorite capture of his?

Billie Holiday and her dog, Mister.  Downbeat, New York 1946 by William P. Gottlieb.

A loved dog is a wonderful thing, and Billie's dog was truly loved.  What a beautiful life it is indeed.
Another Jazz threesome favorite below.

Machito, Jose Mongual. and Carlos Vidal at the Glen Island Casino, New York, NY in 1947 by William P. Gottlieb.
Three times and you're out!
Portrait of June Christy
1947 or 1948
William P. Gottlieb
Shep Fields and Tex Benke May 16, 1947 at the Glen Island Casino by William P. Gottlieb.
Shep was the bandleader for the "Shep Fields"
a band that's new to me, so let's Google to hear them play.
Very interesting story in video, not to be missed.
A man, a woman and an innovation from way back when to brighten your day.
Go here
Shep Fields (another favorite of Gottlieb to shoot) and his new music.
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Cloudia said...

Jazz gave me a husband...... Go Gotleib!


Filip and Kristel said...

Funny how the dog looks into the clens.


Alex Daw said...

I love the pineapple sitting on the dressing table.

Titania said...

Wonderful to let all these old pictures come alive again.

Postcardy said...

I especially like photos of people with their dogs.

Little Nell said...

The look on that dog's face speaks volumes; he probably saw some pretty dark dealings - not such a wonderful life - for either him or his mistress. A great talent like that squandered. Thank you for reminding us of her Karen.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Oh how I loved the Stan Kenton arrangements of rock songs we played in Stage Band during high school.

Mike Brubaker said...

A super post! Picking out the photographer from the theme was a brilliant idea. I enjoyed the video too and learning about Shep Fields. Most of my interest is in musical photos from the pre-jazz eras, so it's always entertaining to meet new musicians.

Karen S. said...

Mike- I agree, and they were new to me as well!


Love Gottlieb's self-portrait.
I leave you with this:


Jackie van Bergen said...

Always amazes me how the sepias come up with such different approaches - well done - and interesting.

anyjazz said...

A fine post! Being a jazz and big band fan I have seen Gottlieb photographs often. I also saw a few Ken Curtis westerns with one of my favorite small bands, The Hoosier Hot Shots. Thanks for the link!

Nancy said...

Thanks for an interesting post about someone completely unknown to me. He took wonderful photographs, didn't he?

Wendy said...

I remember seeing the movie about Billie Holiday starring Diana Ross. Sad story!