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Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz by Daniel Stein

52nd Street, New York City, NY, 1948

Louis Armstrong - Black and blue - Album SATCH PLAYS FATS

"Music washes away the dust of every day life." - Art Blakey

A Night Club Map of Harlem, 1932 by E. Simms Campbell.

Thelonious Monk (1959) Rehearsing in a New York loft with saxophonists Phil Woods and Charlie Rouse. Jazz: A History of America's Music; by Geoffrey C Ward and Ken Burns

Dinah Washington & Dizzy Gillespie

Portrait of jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Howard McGhee, Roy Eldridge, and Teddy Hill in front of Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, N.Y, 1947, from the William Gottlieb Collection.

Nice version by Al Jarreau- Agua de beber

Sergio Mendes One note samba

gil scott heron - the bottle

Dakota Staton (via)  On This Day in Pittsburgh History: June 3, 1930  Jazz and blues singer Dakota Staton is born in the Homestead neighborhood of Pittsburgh. [Wikipedia]

pharoah sanders

Horace Silver

BILLY STRAYHORN (November 29, 1915 – May 31, 1967) “In music, as you develop a theme or musical idea, there are many points at which directions must be decided, and at any time I was in the throes of debate with myself, harmonically or melodically, I would turn to Billy Strayhorn. We would talk, and then the whole world would come into focus. The steady hand of his good judgment pointed to the clear way that was fitting for us. He was not, as he was often referred to by many, my alter ego."

Sarah Vaughn in Denmark, 1963