1940s Photography

The 1940s brought us film classics like Casablanca and artists such as Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland - who were at the start of the 'Crooner' era in the mid 1940s - while Jazz artists like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk helped introduce bebop style Jazz. Sports stars such as Heavyweight boxer Joe Louis and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio were among many stars and artists that left their careers temporarily to serve in the war. After WWII finally came to an end, the African-American community had a turn in their favor when Jackie Robinson was drafted onto the Dodgers team, making him the first African-American to play on a major league sports team. The entertainment and sports industry at this time was a way for people to connect amid tumultuous events and find a common ground to stand on once again.

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    JAZZ: The Birth of Cool

    From the intense soul of Miles Davis to the effortless charm of Sarah Vaughan, Morrison Hotel Gallery is pleased to showcase the luminaries of jazz music...

  • The Band, behind Big Pink, Easter Sunday, West Saugerties, NY, 1968

    The Band in Photographs

    “We're making our own world, our own atmosphere," says Robbie Robertson reflecting on The Band in an interview about Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson...

  • Nat King Cole, recording <i>Love Is The Thing</i>, Capitol Studio A, 1956

    Nat King Cole in Photographs

    Nat King Cole, 1919 - 1965, one of the great pop vocalists of all time, and a major figure in the development of jazz piano, during his life he charted...


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