We like to give you a fair amount of contemporary art and design here at It’s Nice That, but we recognise that it’s sometimes good to dip your toe into the murky waters of the olden days. Life Magazine’s archive website — which may as well be labelled #NSFW for its ability to distract you for longer than any other website ever — has an extraordinary amount of old, incredible series of categorised photographs for your viewing pleasure.
This particular collection allows us to poke our heads through the doors of a smokey nightclub in the 1950s where the legendary Miles Davis is performing and photographer Robert W. Kelley is snapping away. Velvet curtains, finger-smudged brass instruments and beads of sweat all lend a helping hand in these shots making you want to put some jazz on the speakers as soon as possible.
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