Category: Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday with her

dog Pepi at Sugar Hill nightclub in Newark, New Jersey, April 1957.

Photos by Jerry Dantzic

Albums Released In 1958

In August 1939, Life magazine sent photographer Charles Peterson to shoot an assignment which was never featured in the magazine. This invitation only jam session was organized by jazz guitarist Eddie Condon and promoter Ernie Anderson. It took place in New York at the Riverside Drive apartment of cartoonist Burris Jenkins. The guest list included Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Ivie Anderson, Hot Lips Page, Billie Holiday, Harry Lim, Pee Wee Russell, Johnny Hodges, Chu Berry, Cozy Cole, Clyde Newcombe, Bud Freeman, and Dave Tough.

Vintage Jazz Concert Posters

  1. Sylvan Gardens (Sand Lake, Michigan) – July 21, 1933

  2. Riverview Ballroom (Neponset, Massachusetts) – August 9, 1935

  3. State Theater (Hartford, Connecticut) – March 10, 1943

  4. Sacramento Auditorium (Sacramento, California) – March 1, 1949
  5. Memorial Auditorium (Chattanooga, Tennessee) – September 15, 1954

  6. Town Hall (New York, New York) – October 30, 1954
  7. Sports Arena (Toledo, Ohio) – January 15, 1956
  8. Regal Theater (Chicago, Illinois) – August 14, 1959

  9. Regal Theater (Chicago, Illinois) – December 25-31, 1959 

  10. Kleinhans Music Hall (Buffalo, New York) – April 30, 1961

Billie Holiday and her pet chihuahua Pepi photographed by by Isaac Sutton, circa 1957.  

Remembering Jazz vocal legend Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Fagan in Baltimore, MD) – April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959

Born on this day: April 7, 1915 – Jazz vocal icon and songwriter Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Harris in Philadelphia, PA). Happy Birthday to “Lady Day” on what would have been her 104th Birthday.

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Ebony Magazine Covers – 1949

Billie Holiday photographed by Charles Hewitt, 1954.


Billie Holiday photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1949.