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Chuck Stewart
LOT ID: 79160
Dizzy Gillespie, ie. circa 1965

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
14 х 17 in. (35.56 x 43.18 cm.)
Signed, in pen on mount recto.
Lot description
Image size is 11.5 x 15 inches (29.2 x 38.1 cm). Mount size is 14 x 17 inches (35.6 x 43.2 cm).

Chuck Stewart (b. 1927) is an African American photographer best known for his cover photos on as many as 2,000 albums featuring his portraits of such jazz, blues, andperformers as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis. Stewart attended Ohio University as a photography major, one of the only two universities in the United States that offered the program at the collegiate level and the only one that would accept African American students. While in college, his friendship with photographer Herman Leonard helped him make connections with record companies in New York City, including Argo, Chess, Impulse, Mercury, Reprise and Verve, for whom he took cover photos of artists such jazz and R&B icons as Louis Armstrong, Gato Barbieri, Count Basie, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Gil-Scott Heron, Billie Holiday, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington, appearing on more than 2,000 albums and in publications including Esquire, Paris Match and The New York Times, as well as in the Encyclopedia of Jazz by jazz journalist Leonard Feather. Despite having a piano in his home and exposure to many of music's greats, Stewart remarked that he himself "couldn't play Chopsticks" even after years of lessons. In conjunction with Stewart's recognition with the Milt Hinton Award for Excellence in Jazz Photography, Jazz at Lincoln Center presented an exhibition titled Looking at the Music: The Jazz Photography of Chuck Stewart, which ran from November 2008 to February 2009.
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