Category: life magazine

In August 1939, Life magazine sent photographer Charles Peterson to shoot an assignment which was never featured in the magazine. This invitation only jam session was organized by jazz guitarist Eddie Condon and promoter Ernie Anderson. It took place in New York at the Riverside Drive apartment of cartoonist Burris Jenkins. The guest list included Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ivie Anderson, Hot Lips Page, Billie Holiday, Harry Lim, Pee Wee Russell, Johnny Hodges, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole, Clyde Newcombe, Bud Freeman, and Dave Tough.

Jazz singer Sallie Blair (1934-1992) photographed by Eliot Elisofon for LIFE magazine, 1957.

Dolores Gray and Cyd Charisse photographed by Loomis Dean for

“It’s Always Fair Weather” (1955)

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Boxer Mike Tyson and his wife Robin Givens photographed by Anthony Barboza for LIFE Magazine at home in Los Angeles, May 1988.

Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Edward Clark for LIFE magazine, 1951.

Eartha Kitt photographed by Gordon Parks for LIFE magazine, 1952.

Jazz singer Sallie Blair (1934-1992) photographed by Eliot Elisofon for LIFE magazine, 1957.

Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Edward Clark for LIFE magazine, 1951.

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Ike & Tina Turner photographed by Gjon Mili for LIFE magazine, 1970.

Ray Charles photographed by Bill Ray for LIFE magazine, 1966.