Photograph of Dizzy Gillespie playing the trumpet in Karachi, Pakistan

Photograph by
Doubleday & Company Inc., American, founded 1897
Subject of
Gillespie, Dizzy, American, 1917 - 1993
ca. 1956
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W: 8 1/8 × 9 3/16 in. (20.6 × 23.3 cm)
A black and white photograph of a group Dizzy Gillespie and seven other men on a stage with instruments. Gillespie is playing a trumpet on the left side of the photograph as the other members of the band look on. At the center of photograph are two music stands one of which reads “RHYTHM / SWINGTETTE,” while the other has R and S in overlapping, decorative lettering. Handwritten in ink near the top left corner of the image is “To, Dizzy - One & only / Here's Looking / at you. Sincerely, / Ray Baldwin / Karachi / Pakistan / 1956.” On the left side of the photograph a man is standing in front of a microphone. He is watching Gillespie play the trumpet. An illegible handwritten signature covers the man’s waist. Written in orange marker at bottom center is “637[illegible].” On the back of the photograph handwritten in orange marker at center right is “#59,” “D12,” and “59e.” Taped to the back of the photograph with masking tape is a white piece of paper with black type. The text on the piece of paper reads “DOUBLEDAY & CO., INC./ 245 PARK AVENUE / NEW YORK, N.Y. / TITLE:” Handwritten in black ink at the bottom of the piece of paper is “to Be or not to Bop-Auto- / biogr. of Dizzy Gillespie.”
Place captured
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, Asia
Media Arts-Photography
gelatin silver prints
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
International affairs
Jazz (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Paxton and Rachel Baker
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
2 image(s)