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bainer:

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers performing live at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, November 14 and 15 1959  (photos by Herbert Behrens)

theladybadass:

Marie Bryant singing and dancing in 1944 short jazz film, Jammin’ the Blues

(via haroldlloyds)

classicladiesofcolor:




 classicladiesofcolor:

classicladiesofcolor:

"I Want A Lot of Love" - Valaida Snow and The Six Swingers (1936)


Dinah Washington at the microphone, 1958.
Dinah Washington at the microphone, 1958.

(Source: artieshaw, via theodorafitzgerald)

theodorafitzgerald:

Thirty Days of Jazz: Day 3

Jeep’s Blues | Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

behardfreebop:

John Birks Gillespie.

behardfreebop:

John Birks Gillespie.

(via theodorafitzgerald)


The saxophone section of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, one of the most successful all-women jazz big bands from the 1940s.

The saxophone section of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, one of the most successful all-women jazz big bands from the 1940s.

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

In 2014, the National Museum of American History will celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) with the theme Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme, to pay tribute to John Coltrane and the 50th anniversary of his composition “A Love Supreme.”

A specially created image of Coltrane by artist Joseph Holston graces this year’s JAM poster.

A few links to help you celebrate jazz music and its rich history: Ways To Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month // Smithsonian Jazz // Jazz Appreciation Month on Facebook // Jazz Appreciation Month on Twitter

Support & Celebrate Jazz!

classicbluenotes:

April is Jazz Appreciation Month!

"I can only hope that one day America will recognize that our indigenous music — jazz — is the heart and soul of all popular music, and that we cannot afford to let its legacy slip into obscurity." — Quincy Jones

Jazz is the art of spontaneity, a genuine testament to the human spirit. It is a music built off of syncopation, improvisation, inspiration, and bended blue notes. It is inherently American, but performed and enjoyed worldwide.

The National Museum of American History has designated April to be Jazz Appreciation Month and encourages educators and students to take an active role in keeping this music and its rich history alive.

Celebrate Jazz!


Ella Fitzgerald, 1970s.

Ella Fitzgerald, 1970s.

(via 3rdplanet)