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In Pictures: the Golden Age of Jazz

While war was raging, jazz music was booming. It was the quest of one photographer, William Gottlieb, to capture the magic of this era before it faded into darkness

SINGING HER HEART OUT

This iconic image of Billie Holiday was captured in February 1947 at the Downbeat Club, a place Gottlieb often went to snap the era’s jazz stars.

WILLIAM P. GOTTLIEB COLLECTION/LIBRARY OF CONGRESS X4

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY

Nicknamed ‘The Street’, 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) was New York’s home of jazz. Lined with clubs such as Onyx and the 3 Deuces, music lovers could cruise from one venue to the next, hearing the greats perform. But by the late 1940s, the decline of jazz and the construction of the Rockefeller Center meant The Street lost its clientele.

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When we began thinking of how best to celebrate our 50th issue, we thought it would be great to look at the turning points in history, to pick which decisions had the greatest impact on the world. But as we started to come up with a list of key moments, it soon became clear that this was a herculean task; we were going to need some help. A few phone calls and emails later, we had assembled a panel of experts including some of the most respected and popular historians, writers and broadcasters in the land. We quickly realised it’s not possible to define the single biggest decision in history – how could anyone? – but the variety of responses we had illustrated the vast richness of history. So, from Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon, to Decca Records choosing to pass on the Beatles, we present 50 decisions that, for better or worse, have shaped our world. Before I let you go, I’d like to thank all of our readers most sincerely for your support since we launched – here’s to the next 50 issues!