Yourna Byrd, wife of jazz trumpet player Donald Byrd, photographed in 1960 by William Claxton.

A great photo, often mis-labeled as "Young Billie Holiday." As several people have pointed out, the era is wrong. This lovely woman is Yourna Byrd, wife of jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd. She was photographed on Street in NYC in 1960 by William Claxton

Eartha Kitt in Hamburg, 1950. Photo by Susanne Schapowalow.

Eartha Kitt: conceived by rape and born on a cotton plantation; spoke 5 languages, sang in recorded my fave Christmas song of all time, Santa Baby. She is so beautiful

Front Slit Turtleneck Long Sleeve Yellow Sweater, free shipping worldwide, check it out.

Front Slit Turtleneck Long Sleeve Yellow Sweater

Billie Holiday, 1949 by Herman Leonard

Herman Leonard, Billie Holiday, NYC, 1949 (c) Herman Leonard Photography, LLC (and John Coltrane died 42 years ago today.

Thelonious Monk (1963)

Thelonious Sphere Monk (October 1917 – February was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the giants of American music.

Eric Dolphy, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1964. "Out to Lunch" session.  FRANCIS WOLFF

Eric Dolphy, during Dolphy’s Out to Lunch recording session, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 1964 (photo by Francis Wolff)

Pearl Bailey & husband jazz drummer Louis Bellson were married 38 years. Reportedly fell in love while sharing a cab.

Pearl Bailey & husband jazz drummer Louis Bellson were married 38 years. Reportedly fell in love while sharing a cab. I Love Pearl Bailey!

Billie Holiday

Happy Birthday, Lady Day

giants at play : life with jazz legends " not published in life. billie holiday sings her standard, "fine and mellow," accompanied by james p. johnson on piano and others, new york, 1943 "

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