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Herman Leonard, the photographer who virtually invented the cool, black and white, smoky jazz portrait, died last weekend, at age 87 in Los Angeles. In a prolific career spanning several decades, he shot jazz’s most enduring icons including Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others.

Frank Sinatra, NYC, 1956. Herman Leonard/Courtesy of the Catherine Edelman Gallery

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