Jazz Memories

In the late 1940’s, Herman Leonard’s passion for jazz brought him to the swinging clubs of Broadway, 52nd Street and Harlem. With the camera as his free ticket, he photographed and developed friendships with some of the greats of jazz history including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and many more. The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC has honored him by housing his entire collection in its permanent archives of musical history. President Clinton presented a portfolio of Leonard’s prints as an official gift from the United States government to a fellow musician, the King of Thailand. The jazz photographs of Herman Leonard appear as companion to the great musicians who created the unique sounds of America’s original art form.