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Jazz musicians Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and Fats Waller look at letters in their hometown of Harlem, New York in May 1937 by Charles Peterson ”

Charles Peterson - Jazz musicians Willie ‘The Lion’ Smith and Fats Waller look at letters in their hometown of Harlem, New York, May 1937

Legendary photographer Herman Leonard captured rare moments of jazz icons, like this stunning portrait of Charlie Parker at work. See more at BrainPickings.org

Rare Photos of Jazz Icons by Herman Leonard

Charlie Parker, Birdland, New York City, Photographed by that great jazz photographer Herman Leonard.

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton ranks among the greatest names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Hamp was blaring at our house!

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 1908 – August was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor.

The 1920s weren't deemed roaring without a reason -- a beautiful look at the glamor and glitz that defined New York in the 1920s!

An Amazing Photographic Tour Of New York In The 1920s

donald byrd, new york city, 1959. credit: william claxton

Photo © William Claxton, Donald Byrd in subway, NYC, Jazz Seen - The Life and Times of Photographer William Claxton is a documentary about West Coast jazz.

Chet Baker

Chet Baker, New York City, 1956 - Herman Leonard - Artists - Jackson Fine Art - Photography - Atlanta

Wynton Learson Marsalis: Trumpeter, Composer, Teacher, Music Educator, & Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, United States. Promoted appreciation of classical & jazz music often to young audiences. Wikipedia

Wynton Learson Marsalis,Petruciani trouvait qu'il jouait comme un vieux

Charlie Parker, New York City, 1948 by Herman Leonard. See and read more jazz history at www.jerryjazzmusician.com

Herman Leonard Charlie Parker, NYC, Miles Davis once said, "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong.

"The jazz Messengers"  Left to right:  Hank Mobley, tenor sax; Horace Silver (back to camera) piano;  Kenny Dorham, trumpet; Art Blakey, drums.  New York City – 1955

The Sorrows of Gin The Jazz Messengers Hank Mobley, Horace Silver (back to camera), Kenny Dorham & Art Blakey, New York City - 1955

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