Tag: Gjon Mili

How to Sleep — Gjon Mili for Life Magazine, 1943

How to Sleep — Gjon Mili for Life Magazine, 1943

Capsules, Photography
The April 5, 1943 issue of Life featured a brief story on the problem of sleeping in a relaxed state. It was basically an ad for a new book called You Must Relax: Practical Methods for Reducing the Tensions of Modern Living, written by Dr. Edmund Jacobson, which has been reprinted numerous times over the ensuing decades. The article wasn't very helpful or detailed, but the accompanying pictures were neat. Here are the original photographs from 1943, shot by Gjon Mili. They feature some cool stroboscopic effects of a model demonstrating sleep positions both tense and relaxed.  
Sunday Jazz: Jazz at the Philharmonic, July 1944

Sunday Jazz: Jazz at the Philharmonic, July 1944

Music, Sunday Jazz
The historic Jazz at the Philharmonic (JATP) concert series started by Verve impresario Norman Granz debuted at the Philharmonic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California on July 2, 1944.  It was a star-studded affair, featuring legends such as Buddy Rich, Lester Young, Nat King Cole, Illinois Jacquet, Les Paul, J.J. Johnson, and others. The fascinating thing about the recordings from this show is they serve as an excellent document of the bridge period between the late Swing era and the dawn of Bebop. I've updated by Spotify Sunday Jazz playlist with some choice cuts from the excellent compilation album The Complete Jazz at the Philharmonic on Verve, 1944-1949. Additionally I'd like to share some photos of that first JATP show, taken by Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili.