Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Guide to the Jeffrey Graubart Photograph of Ornette Coleman and John Lee Hooker

Collection ID:
Graubart, Jeffrey L.
Physical Description:
1 Photograph
8" x 10"
This collection consists of a photograph of jazz legends Ornette Coleman and John Lee Hooker posing together for the camera.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of one color 8" 10" photograph of Ornette Coleman and John Lee Hooker, taken by Jeffrey Graubart in 1982.

Collection is arranged into one file containing the photograph.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ornette Coleman (1930-2015) was a jazz composer and musician, specializing in the alto and tenor saxophone. Coleman composed scores that did not transpose among the different instrument keys and combined the different keys in unison. He was also known for playing differently from the rest of the ensemble, changing tempo, playing in another key, and belting out loud, outlandish notes. Coleman's famous albums include In All Languages, Virgin Beauty, and Naked Lunch. He performed up until a year before his death in 2015.
John Lee Hooker (1917-2001), popularly known as the "King of Boogie," was a jazz musician of the blues genre. He specialized in the acoustic and electric guitar, and his style was influenced by the Delta blues that he heard as a child. Distinct from the boogie woogie jazz piano style, Hooker pioneered the driving rhythms and southern style of boogie guitar. Hooker's acclaimed albums include The Healer and Hooker 'n' Heat, as well as the singles Boom Boom, I'm in the Mood, Crawling Kingsnake, and Hobo Blues. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991, and received many Grammys over the course of his career. Hooker performed up until his death in 2001.
"Biography - John Lee Hooker." John Lee Hooker. (Accessed July 22, 2016.
Ratliff, Ben. "Ornette Coleman, Saxophonist Who Rewrote the Language of Jazz, Dies at 85." The New York Times. June 11, 2015. (Accessed July 22, 2016.

Holly Nelson
Processing Information
Collection processed by Holly Nelson.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Jeffrey Graubart in 2012.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation
Jeffrey Graubart Photograph of Ornette Coleman and John Lee Hooker, 1982, undated, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

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