Newark Museum of Art Presents Two Photography Exhibits Featuring Jazz Legends » LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The Newark Museum of Art is currently showing two excellent photography exhibitions featuring Billie Holiday and a selection of jazz legends.

Entitled “Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection” and “Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic”, the two exhibitions will be open until August 22, 2022.

As Variety reports, “Jazz Greats” includes 33 photographs by 15 photographers dating from the 1920s through the 1980s, including Miles Davis, John & Alice Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Eric Dolphy, Louis Armstrong, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie. , along with photos of amateur musicians performing in their local communities, as well as their audiences.

The works on display have been captured by photographers as renowned as their subjects – William Gottlieb, photographer and newspaper columnist who captured the golden age of jazz in the 1930s and 1940s; Michael Abramsone, known for documenting Chicago’s South Side nightlife through portraits and intimate photos; Milt Hinton, the self-proclaimed “amateur photographer” and jazz bassist who captured jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and more.

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On the other hand, the Holiday exhibit features a collection of largely unseen photographs taken in 1957 by Jerry Dantzic, a photojournalist who got a rare glimpse of the singer when he documented the week of her performance at the Sugar Hill nightclub in Newark, NEW JERSEY. Two years before Holiday’s death, Dantzic’s lens captures intimate moments in the artist’s life, on and off stage with his family, friends and dog, Pepi.

Julia P. Cluff