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Image description: April is Jazz Appreciation Month. These photos of celebrated jazz artists were taken during the “golden age” of jazz, between 1938 and 1947, primarily in New York City and Washington, D.C. by William P. Gottlieb. 

The top left photo is of Dardanelle, a female percussionist. Next to it is a portrait of Duke Ellington.

The bottom left photo is of Sidney Bechet, Freddie Moore, and Lloyd Phillips playing at Jimmy Ryan’s club. The bottom right photo is of Ella Fitzgerald.

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Photos from the William P. Gottlieb Collection at the Library of Congress