Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: With a reflection by Zadie Smith

Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: With a reflection by Zadie Smith


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A vivid, intimate, and largely unseen photographic chronicle of one week in the life of jazz icon Billie Holiday

In 1957, New York photojournalist Jerry Dantzic spent time with the iconic singer Billie Holiday during a week-long run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey, nightclub Sugar Hill. The resulting images offer a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of Billie with her family, friends, and her pet chihuahua, Pepe; playing with her godchild (son of her autobiography’s coauthor, William Dufty); washing dishes at the Duftys’ home; walking the streets of Newark; in her hotel room; waiting backstage or having a drink in front of the stage; and performing. The years and the struggles seem to vanish when she sings; her face lights up. Later that same year, Dantzic photographed her in color at the second New York Jazz Festival at Randall’s Island. Only a handful of the photographs in the book have ever been published. In her text, Zadie Smith evokes Lady Day herself and shows us what she sees as she inhabits these images and reveals what she is thinking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500544655
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 04/18/2017
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 768,154
Product dimensions: 9.40(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jerry Dantzic was a photojournalist whose photographs have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Life, Look, Vanity Fair, and American Photo. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Grayson Dantzic, the son of Jerry Dantzic, is a photographer and photo archivist. He edited and wrote the introduction for Jerry Dantzic's New York: The Fifties in Focus.

Zadie Smith is an English novelist, essayist, and short story writer.

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