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Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill, Hardback Book


In 1957, New York photojournalist Jerry Dantzic spent time with the iconic singer Billie Holiday during a two-week 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 chiuhuaha, Pepe; playing with her godchild (son of her autobiography's co-author, 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 year, Dantzic photographed her at the second New York Jazz Festival at Randall's Island, in colour.

Only a handful of the photographs in this book have ever been published.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 93 Halftones, duotone; 7 Illustrations, color
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual photographers
  • ISBN: 9780500544655



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