October 16, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Jazz Music

Jazz audio recordingsJazz webcasts and performance videosJazz image setGottlieb jazz photos on Flickr"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free" images & scoreJazz sheet musicJazz life historiesJazz Chicago 1 Jazz Chicago 2 Jazz Chicago styleJazz Singers online exhibitionJazz magazine clippings from the William P. Gottlieb collectionHistorical newspaper coverage: jazzMore jazz textsInfluence of Jazz on Modern Music … [Read more...]

Today in History: Ella Fitzgerald

Today in History–April 25–the Library of Congress features Ella Fitzgerald, born on this date in 1917. One of the greatest jazz singers of all time, Fitzgerald got her start at Amateur Night at Harlem's Apollo Theater and went on to win 13 Grammys, including two of the first awarded in 1958. Learn more about this legendary vocal artist by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access some more primary sources.Ella Fitzgerald Was Born from America's … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Capturing Character on Camera

The Today in History section for July 10 features Jelly Roll Morton, one of jazz music's primary influences. From 1938 to 1948, William P. Gottlieb took over 1600 photographs of celebrated jazz artists. Carl Van Vechten also took a similar number of photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance. The Library has two great resources for learning about the art of photography and how photographers capture and present a music performer's character on camera, which we … [Read more...]