BOB WILLOUGHBY, GREAT AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER | JAZZ LEGENDS

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Bob Willoughby is a legendary Hollywood photographer whose incredible work includes many now iconic images of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Fonda, and some of Jazz history’s greatest artists.  Willoughby’s career started out with him on duty as a commissioned Hollywood studio portraitist– and through his sensitive, perfectionistic eye, he created (some say even invented) the art form of photojournalistic motion picture stills.

How ’bout I just shut my pie-hole now, and let you enjoy these stunning images by great American photographer Bob Willoughby…

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Cole Porter in his Beverly Hills home, 1954  --Bob Willoughby

Cole Porter in his Beverly Hills home, 1954 --Bob Willoughby

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Sinatra & frIends (Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin) - Sands sign  --Bob Willoughby

Sinatra & frIends (Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin) - Sands sign --Bob Willoughby

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Chet Baker  --Bob Willoughby

Chet Baker --Bob Willoughby

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Frank Sinatra, 'Marriage On The Rocks', Warner Brothers Studios, 1965 --Bob Willoughby

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Chet Baker (trumpet towards floor) Los Angeles record session, 1953  --Bob Willoughby

Chet Baker (trumpet towards floor) Los Angeles record session, 1953 --Bob Willoughby

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Billie Holiday, at the Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, 1951  --Bob Willoughby

Billie Holiday, at the Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, 1951 --Bob Willoughby

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Gerry Mulligan, Los Angeles recording session, 1953  --Bob Willoughby

Gerry Mulligan, Los Angeles recording session, 1953 --Bob Willoughby

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Chet Baker after a Los Angeles recording session (close) 1953  --Bob Willoughby

Chet Baker after a Los Angeles recording session (close) 1953 --Bob Willoughby

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Billie Holiday, The Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, 1951  --Bob Willoughby

Billie Holiday, The Tiffany Club, Los Angeles, 1951 --Bob Willoughby

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis, backstage at 'Just Jazz' concert, Los Angeles, 1950 --Bob Willoughby

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Louis Armstrong singing, Bal Tabaran, Los Angeles, 1950  --Bob Willoughby

Louis Armstrong singing, Bal Tabaran, Los Angeles, 1950 --Bob Willoughby

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Odetta singing at the Tin Angel, San Francisco 1954  --Bob Willoughby

Odetta singing at the Tin Angel, San Francisco 1954 --Bob Willoughby

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Dave Brubeck playing his first Los Angeles club date, 1951  --Bob Willoughby

Dave Brubeck playing his first Los Angeles club date, 1951 --Bob Willoughby

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Click here to see more of Bob Willoughby’s work

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4 thoughts on “BOB WILLOUGHBY, GREAT AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER | JAZZ LEGENDS

  1. Pingback: The Selvedge Yard Presents Bob Willoughby | Definitive Touch

  2. You can see more of Bob Willoughby’s work at mptvimages.com. You should also check out Sid Avery. He was another celebrity photographer working about the same time.

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