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Margaret Marian McPartland, (20 March 1918 – 20 August 2013), jazz pianist, composer and writer. She was the host of Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz on National Public Radio from 1978 until 2011. In 1969 she founded Halcyon Records, a recording company that produced albums for ten years. In 2000 she was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. In 2004 she was given a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement. In 2010 she was named a member of the Order of the British Empire.

Letritia Kandle, electric guitar pioneer | with double neck console lap steel guitar and amp from the early 1940s www.vintageguitar...

Louis Armstrong in 1965, photo by Hervé Gloaguen

Marian Anderson, the elegant and groundbreaking contralto who was the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, was born 116 years ago today in Philadelphia. She is probably best known to this generation for singing before a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after being refused permission to sing at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR has made the effort to make up for the slight ever since, inviting Ms. Anderson to sing at the hall o

Pop Singer Chubby Checker Singing His Hit Song "The Twist" on Dance Floor at Crescendo Nightclub By Ralph Crane


The Byrds, New York City, 1965

The Byrds in New York City in 1965.

Iggy Pop as photographed by Mick Rock

Giacomo Puccini, (1858-1924,) - the Italian composer whose Operas are among the important Operas considered standards. Puccini has been called "the greatest composer of Italian Opera after Verdi." Click here for one of his most famous arias:

Talking Heads: David Byrne, photo by Gary Gershoff, May 1978

“Tina Turner Fringe, 1975,” by Lynn Goldsmith, at Jenkins Johnson.

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Miles Davis, Bill Evans & Paul Chambers - Epic photo taken during the recording sessions of Kind of Blue

Viola Smith, 100 years old. One of the first female professional drummers, she graced the cover of Billboard Magazine in 1940.

Facial composite of Mozart, circa 1777, created by the German Federal Criminal Police Office from four contemporary portait paintings. - Img...

Al Green, NYC, 1972 by Bob Gruen

Miles Davis, 1959. Photo by Bill Spilka.

Alfred Lion, Dexter Gordon and Ike Quebec during rehearsal for Gordon's Landslide session, Englewood Cliffs NJ, June 25 1962. Photo by Francis Wolff.

william eugene smith - dylan 1965