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Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection

This exhibition has been loaned through the Bank of America Art in our Communities program

Exhibit on view September 19, 2019- March 30, 2020

The magic that happens when a photographer captures a precise moment in a performing artist’s life – on or off stage – or reflects the joy the audience experiences – is on view in Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection.

The exhibition comprises 33 photographs by 16 photographers that date from the 1920s to the 1980s and portrays artists from varied genres in music and dance. Many are legends from the uniquely American art forms of jazz and modern dance; some are simply members of local communities entertaining their neighbors.

Antony Armstrong Jones (Lord Snowdon) is one of Great Britain’s most celebrated photographers, and best known for his elegant magazine portraits of notable personalities. A self-proclaimed “amateur photographer,” jazz bassist Milt Hinton captured intimate portraits of his mentors, colleagues and friends—photos of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Gjon Mili documented jam sessions he hosted in his New York studio in the 1940s, and created some of the most memorable jazz images of the era. Chuck Stewart is known as one of the most prolific jazz photographers, and has photographed hundreds of musicians for album covers, in clubs, concerts and recording studios, in formal portraits and in live performance. Barbara Morgan is known for her iconic images of modern dance pioneers Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham.

William Gottlieb, a photographer and newspaper columnist, created some of the most-recognized images of the golden age of jazz in the 1930s and 1940s.

Michael Abramson established his reputation during the mid-seventies with intimate portraits of nightlife on Chicago’s south side. Jonas Dovydenas, Arthur Felig (Weegee), and Marc PoKempner captured images of amateur musicians in local communities and the reactions of audience members enjoying a night out.

Exhibit Single

Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderly, Jimmy Cobb, 1959

Image Credit:© Chuck Stewart Photography, LLC