The “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, was born 100 years ago this month. 🎶
We’re celebrating the centennial of her birth and the legendary career that followed with this portrait on view at our @smithsoniannpg.
It shows Fitzgerald performing, flanked by Ray Brown (left), Dizzy Gillespie (right) and Milt Jackson (far right). The photographer, William P. Gottlieb, learned to use a camera so that he could include images in his weekly music column for The Washington Post.
Today, his photos of jazz musicians from the 1930s and ’40s are regarded as invaluable visual records of jazz’s Golden Age.