twostriptechnicolor:

Big bands in color, 1934 - 1943

Featuring Glen Gray and the Casa Loma orchestra, Kay Kyser, Benny Carter, the Benny Goodman Quartet, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller and Ted Fiorito.

(I originally wanted to do a video montage of these and other scenes, but I couldn’t think of a tune that fit all the clips.)

vintageblackglamour:

Cab Calloway, shot here in 1946 by the great William Gottlieb, was born on Christmas Day 1907 in Rochester, New York and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Calloway worried his family by dropping out of law school to pursue a career in entertainment, but clearly it worked out for him in the end.

vintageblackglamour:

Cab Calloway, shot here in 1946 by the great William Gottlieb, was born on Christmas Day 1907 in Rochester, New York and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Calloway worried his family by dropping out of law school to pursue a career in entertainment, but clearly it worked out for him in the end.

blackhistoryalbum:

The Duke……Duke Ellington, 1930s
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blackhistoryalbum:

The Duke……Duke Ellington, 1930s

Black History Album, The Way We Were
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Billie Holiday, 1943.

Billie Holiday, 1943.

wehadfacesthen:

Billie Holiday at the Downbeat Club in New York City, 1947, photo by William Gottlieb

wehadfacesthen:

Billie Holiday at the Downbeat Club in New York City, 1947, photo by William Gottlieb

updownsmilefrown:

Cab Calloway and his orchestra with the Cotton Club Chorus at the Cotton Club, 1936.

updownsmilefrown:

Cab Calloway and his orchestra with the Cotton Club Chorus at the Cotton Club, 1936.

lafuguedantoine:

It’s the birthday of the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. She loved to sing and dance as a child and when she was 16 she entered a contest at the Apollo Theater. She had a dance routine worked out and walked on stage wearing ragged clothes and men’s boots, but she froze up. Later she said, “I got out there and I saw all the people and I just lost my nerve. And the man said, ‘well, you’re out here, do something!’ So I tried to sing.” She won the contest and soon became a celebrity across all of New York. She joined Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington as the only performers who could draw audiences at the Apollo from south of 125th Street.
Ella Fitzgerald said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” 
It’s the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald | The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor

lafuguedantoine:

It’s the birthday of the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. She loved to sing and dance as a child and when she was 16 she entered a contest at the Apollo Theater. She had a dance routine worked out and walked on stage wearing ragged clothes and men’s boots, but she froze up. Later she said, “I got out there and I saw all the people and I just lost my nerve. And the man said, ‘well, you’re out here, do something!’ So I tried to sing.” She won the contest and soon became a celebrity across all of New York. She joined Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington as the only performers who could draw audiences at the Apollo from south of 125th Street.

Ella Fitzgerald said, “The only thing better than singing is more singing.” 

It’s the birthday of Ella Fitzgerald | The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor

updownsmilefrown:

Cab Calloway and his orchestra with the Cotton Club Chorus at the Cotton Club, 1936.

updownsmilefrown:

Cab Calloway and his orchestra with the Cotton Club Chorus at the Cotton Club, 1936.

updownsmilefrown:

The Nat King Cole Trio received acceptance from the mainstream American public through frequent performances on national radio shows.

updownsmilefrown:

The Nat King Cole Trio received acceptance from the mainstream American public through frequent performances on national radio shows.

safetylast:


"I’m On My Way" (1919)

safetylast:

"I’m On My Way" (1919)


Cab Calloway - 1947

Cab Calloway - 1947

whataboutbobbed:

Adelaide Hall (October 20, 1901 – November 7, 1993)

themelodicword:

Jazz Masters of the 1920s // Louis Armstrong: From 1923 to 1931

Krooked Blues | King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band
Everybody Loves My Baby | Fletcher Henderson and His Orchestra
Cake Walkin’ Babies | Clarence Williams and the Blue Five
St. Louis Blues | Bessie Smith
My Heart | Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Heebie Jeebies | Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Cornet Chop Suey | Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
Potato Head Blues | Louis Armstrong and His Hot Seven
Struttin’ With Some Barbecue | Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five
West End Blues | Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five (revised group, actually a sextet)
Weather Bird Rag | Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines
Sweethearts on Parade | Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra

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missjazzage:

Bix Bierderbecke and Tram (Frankie Trumbauer) <3

missjazzage:

Bix Bierderbecke and Tram (Frankie Trumbauer) <3

classicbluenotes:

Born on this day: Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 — May 14, 1959)

classicbluenotes:

Born on this day: Sidney Bechet (May 14, 1897 — May 14, 1959)