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Red Norvo born Kenneth Norville (1908 –1999) was a jazz xylophonist and vibraphonist. He was married to Mildred Bailey and they were called “Mr. and Mrs Swing”.
He started his career with the band “The Collegians” then he played with the bands of Whiteman in the early 30’s, Goodman and many others.
In the 50’s, Norvo put together an unusual trio with guitarist Tal Farlow (later Jimmy Raney) and bassist Charles Mingus (later Red Mitchell).
Mildred Rinker Bailey (1907-1951) was an American Jazz singer known as Mrs. Swing for her influential way to sing.
She began performing at early age, playing piano and singing in movie theaters during the 1920s. She had a sweet and soft voice. With her husband Red Norvo, they were named “Mr. and Mrs. Swing”.
Nina Leen (1909 – 1995) was a Russian photographer. She grow up in Germany, Switzerland and Italy and she is considered a pioneering jazz and fashion photographer.
Eddie South (1904-1962) was an American violinist. He began his career in the 1920’s working in such Chicago bands as Jimmy Wade’s Syncopators, the Charlie Elgar Band, and Erskine Tate.
He was impressed by Gipsy melodies and used these in his jazz improvisations.
He worked with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.
Harry “The Hipster” Gibson (1915-1991) was a jazz pianist and singer.
He played New York style stride piano and was a master of boogie woogie, bop, blues, classical, ragtime, stride. He mixed all of these styles and create his own one.
Lots of his songs were banned from radio stations because of the subjects: drugs, adultery, but he maintained numerous followers.
William “Dicky” Wells (1907-1985) was an america trombonist and singer. He started as a member of Lloyd Scott band and he played with Count Basie between 1938 and 1945.
At the end of 1930’s he worked as a leader with Django Reinhardt as one of his sidemen.
William P. Gottlieb (1917-2006) was an american photographer.
He became famous for his photographs of the “Golden Age” of American jazz.
He did over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists from the jazz scene between 1938 and 1948.