Here are two of William P. Gottlieb’s less known but highly evocative photographs from the collection now held by the Library of Congress. First, a wonderful trio — three musicians who never found themselves in a recording studio, although the pianist and clarinetist joined forces, however briefly, for a famous and elusive 1936 radio broadcast called “A Demonstration of Swing.” Here they are, circa 1939, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. — Joe Marsala, Zutty Singleton, and Teddy Wilson:
And this must have been a very sedate night at Jimmy Ryan’s in 1947 — featuring Hot Lips Page, J. C. Higginbotham, Bud Freeman, and Freddie Moore, with — no doubt — other stomping compatriots out of the range of the photograph. Moore looks atypically somber, but I am sure that he was alone in that regard:
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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?
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