Bebop Forever

How do the words “Ella Fitzgerald singing to Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, NYC, 1949” strike you? If they send chills to the spine, as they should, “Jazz Giants: The Photography of Herman Leonard” is bound to please you, a lot. Leonard was friends with Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, and others in New York and Paris in the 1940s and '50s, happened to be a gifted photographer, and the resulting images are iconic. A concurrent exhibition of his is up now at NYC's Jazz at Lincoln Center — and everyone knows New Yorkers do not mess around with either their jazz or their art.
April 5-May 16, 2010

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