The EBONY archives are filled to the brim with images of some of biggest names in Black entertainment and culture, documenting the lives of prominent and everyday people of color throughout the 20th century.
Here, we take a look back at some of our classic images of Jazz musicians that have not only influenced American music, but have inspired modern icons in the field, including Esperanza Spalding, Aaron Diehl and others.
Reminisce for Jazz Appreciation Month with Billie, Dizzy, Ella and many more above.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.