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Feb. 26, 2004
DH-04 TK 016
Contact: Kathy Zimmerer
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Thomas Knox
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Email: tknox@csudh.edu

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Portraits from Jazz Photographer William Gottlieb
To Be Exhibited at California State University, Dominguez Hills

CARSON, Calif. – The University Art Gallery at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), will present, “Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz: Photographs by William Gottlieb,” from April 7 - 28. The exhibit, which features 75 photographs of one of America’s most honored jazz photographers, chronicles a rich period of musical history.

During the 1930s and ‘40s, Gottlieb photographed the contemporary jazz scene to illustrate his columns in The Washington Post, Down Beat magazine and other publications. The negatives were stored for more than 30 years until Gottlieb’s retirement in 1979, when he began printing the negatives. Gottlieb is now celebrated as one of the nation’s most honored jazz photographers.

Gottlieb’s images of various jazz artists from this era, which is considered by many to be the “golden age of jazz,” have become the standard icons of jazz history. The exhibit presents many major jazz musicians between 1938 through 1948, considered one of the richest periods in the history of jazz. The collection includes earlier pioneers and stylists as well as up-and-coming boppers. Gottlieb’s portraits feature many legendary figures including, Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. In April, 1995, the Library of Congress acquired the photographs of this eminent jazz photographer through the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Fund.

As part of an event sponsored by Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), “A Night of Theater and Art,” a gallery reception featuring the CSUDH Jazz Ensemble, will be held on Saturday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the University Art Gallery. The original musical, “Detox,” will follow the reception at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre.

This exhibit, sponsored by the Instructionally Related Activities Committee of the ASI, is on loan from the Edward J. Gottlieb Collection.

Admission is free to all gallery events. The gallery is open 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The campus is located at 1000 E. Victoria Street in the city of Carson near the junction of the Harbor, Artesia and San Diego freeways. Visitor parking permits may be purchased for $2 at the yellow dispensing machines near the front of each campus lot.

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