Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Triptych, as part of Trendsetters in Triptych

Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Triptych, as part of <i>Trendsetters in Triptych</i>
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© Bob Willoughby, 1952

Dizzy Gillespie on stage during Gene Norman’s ‘Just Jazz’ concert, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles - 1952

“What a performer Dizzy Gillespie was! The audience loved him, for he was a consummate entertainer. He could have the fans laughing one minute with his on-stage antics, and the next screaming for more, as he literally blew them away with his brilliant stratospheric orbits. What pleasure he gave to us all! My first memory of bebop was of Dizzy playing those puzzling flatted-fifths notes, and then one day it just fell into place for me, and listening to his records as I worked in my darkroom at night, I was singing right along…oh yes, I can still hear the music whenever I see those photographs. In retrospect, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis-form a memorable triumvirate. There are other fine trumpet players and I don’t mean to diminish any of them, such as the great Bunny Berigan or Chet Baker, who had a very individual style that I love. But those three, I feel were the greatest influence on jazz music.” -- Bob Willoughby

Photography by Bob Willoughby

Louis Armstrong reflected in his dressing room mirror at the Bal Tabarin, Los Angeles - 1950

“In 1950 Louis Armstrong’s All Stars were playing at the Bal Tabarin in downtown Los Angeles, and I made my way down there with my old Speed Graphic and flash bulbs (early days in my photography). With his ‘golden’ trumpet, gravelly voice, trademark white handkerchief and famous sidemen, it was difficult to concentrate on taking photographs, and not just sit back and enjoy their musical journey back to New Orleans. This shot appeared in the short-lived but revolutionary Flair Magazine, and for me as a 23-year-old was a great thrill. Armstrong started recording in the early 20’s, and went on for the next fifty years. I think he influenced more musicians and the direction of music in the US, than any other single musician. Every time I think of Ella Fitzgerald imitating him it makes me smile. Singing together, they sounded like they were having such a great time.” -- Bob Willoughby

Photography by Bob Willoughby

Miles Davis listens backstage at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles - 1950

“There are a few musicians touched with the magic ability to communicate a feeling that is so strong, that it can make the hairs on the back of ones neck rise up, and that in 1950 on the stage of the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, was exactly what Miles Davis did to me. Standing backstage, looking through my camera, the sound of an emotion so pure,
so honest, that it made it totally impossible for me to concentrate on anything but listening to what Miles was doing on stage. Memorable, but yet I couldn’t tell you what music he was playing. In the end I guess that’s not what the sound that floated my way was all about. Miles was connecting with everyone in the audience, if they could be touched...singing his song to them...to me, through his enchanted trumpet. One of a kind!” -- Bob Willoughby

Photography by Bob Willoughby

Special Edition of 10. Triptych series produced by Arthouse 18.
Size 12 1/4" x 35 5/8".

Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Triptych, as part of Trendsetters in Triptych by Arthouse 18

Color: Black and White    Type: Archival Digital Print    Edition: Edition of 10    Signed: Signed

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