Duke Ellington celebrates 25th anniversary in show business, c. 1952

  • Image for Duke Ellington celebrates 25th anniversary in show business, c. 1952
  • Image for Duke Ellington celebrates 25th anniversary in show business, c. 1952
2 images
Photograph by
Jackson, Steve Jr., 1923 - 1999
Subject of
Ellington, Duke, American, 1899 - 1974
Unidentified Woman or Women
Jimbo's Bop City, American, 1950 - 1965
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (image): 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
Type
gelatin silver prints
Place depicted
Fillmore, San Francisco, California, United States, North and Central America
Date
ca. 1952
Description
This black and white photograph depicts Duke Ellington sitting behind a table set with flowers and tall candles. Wearing a dark suit and tie over a gray shirt, he is surrounded by a crowd of people; seated to his left is a woman in a dotted dress, smoking a cigarette. Another woman, only partially visible, is seated on his right. In the foreground is a woman in profile, wearing her hair in a ponytail. On the wall over Duke Ellington's head is a sign that reads "Welcome the DUKE/ of ELLINGTON/ on His 25th Year/ in/ music." On the back of the photograph is a green sticker with handwritten text "#8."
Topic
African American
Bebop (Music)
Entertainers
Jazz (Music)
Nightlife
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Mary E. Jackson, Posthumously and Linda A. Jackson
Object number
2016.117.8
Restrictions & Rights
© Linda A. Jackson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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