Dantzic, Jerry/ Dantzic, Grayson/ Smith, Zadie

Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill

A vivid, intimate photographic chronicle of two weeks in the life of jazz icon Billie Holiday as photographed by New York photojournalist Jerry Dantzic at the Jersey nightclub Sugar Hill offers rare behind-the-scenes glimpses of the artist with her family, friends and pet Chihuahua. 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 chihuahua, Pepe; playing with her godchild (son of her autobiography's coauthor, 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; as well as 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 color. Only a handful of the photographs in the book have ever been published.