London Jazz Festivals begins tomorrow and to celebrate the opening of another season of Jazz, IconicJazz.com are giving away a copy of ‘Jazz by Ted Williams’.
Ted Williams (1925-2009) first heard jazz on the radio as a youngster in the 1930s in Wichita, Kansas. The sounds of Earl Hines, Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway broadcast from Chicago’s legendary Grand Terrace Ballroom inspired him and in the late 1940s, Williams merged his love of music and photography and moved to Chicago where he captured unguarded photographic studies of some of the era’s greatest jazz musicians.
His work appeared in major international publications including Time, Newsweek, Look, Playboy and Ebony. His coverage of the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival landed him a spectacular 21-page layout in Down Beat magazine. Williams was active on the jazz scene from the late 1940s until the late 1970s. He photographed many of the greats in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong. Williams’ historic archive runs to more than 100,000 images and comprises perhaps the most intimate and complete collection of Jazz’s greatest musicians at work, rest and play.
Some of Ted’s most prolific images are available as fine art prints including Tony Bennett, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and more.
Winner will be announced Monday 21st November.
— Competition now closed —