William P. Gottlieb’s arresting photo of a jam session at the National Press Club features a drummer I don’t recognize who’s having the time of his life, Art Hodes, Red Allen, Pete Johnson, Lou McGarity, Lester Young.  What would you like to bet that they are playing a blues?  And that the very heavens are rocking?


One response to “PARADISE, 1940

  1. Pres, known for playing his tenor horizontally, is here playing the tenor vertically but his head is tilted horizontally.

    Did Gottlieb ask him to do this so he could get him in the frame? Is there something he is peering at in the distance?

    Zenishly Funny.

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